10 Great Smartphone Pro Photography Tips for the New Year

Winford Hunter

We all know how to click on the shutter button on our telephones and get a essential shot. But how to acquire it to the next stage?

As the host of the YouTube PhotowalksTV collection, I get asked the dilemma all the time, and with a new yr in advance of us, what a fantastic time to up our sport, ideal? Below are 10 of what I imagine are the most vital hacks to shooting like a professional with your smartphone. You should watch the video previously mentioned for examples, and down below, examine on.


The best photos are taken at early morning and in the previous hour of the working day, called “magic” or “blue” hour. Check out any brochure, magazine, poster or no matter what, and you’ll see what I’m speaking about. The colors of our earth are comfortable and muted in the morning and late working day. Consider your photographs there and you can nap the rest of the day.

One particular professional trick is to usually clear your lens in advance of a shoot. We’re toting the phones close to in our pockets and purses, and they get filthy. Carry along a cloth to wipe it down, or just use your shirt or blouse to do the trick.

In the professional classification, this is my most important idea. I, like Joni Mitchell, glance at the entire world from both equally sides now. How is the gentle falling on my issue? Possibly from the entrance it’s not so good, but again lighting, or to the facet could possibly make a difference. You’ll see in the video clip how I framed my pal Abundant DeMuro from every angle right until we obtained the right one particular. Maintain moving right up until you get it ideal, and as a bonus, shoot from just about every angle to, vertical, horizontal, underneath, overhead….you get the idea, correct?

Overcast skies are what I contact “photographer temperature,” when faces have nice, even, individuals pleasing mild, with no the severe shadows of the mid-day sun. Wet temperature is even much better in that it provides great colorful reflections, specifically in the morning and night. Most new telephones are “water resistant,” indicating you can easily shoot in the rain devoid of stress. There is only a single problem—the touchscreen gets unresponsive when damp, and as a result, it’s challenging to snap the shutter. Which sales opportunities to the subsequent hack!

The quantity up and down buttons on your telephone can also snap the shutter for you. So if you are in the rain, or underwater (examine out my episode on doing just that) you can snap the shutter with the quantity button and not have to get worried about an unresponsive touch display screen. Next, the Iphone will do double duty by getting you to burst manner. This will cease motion and give you a bunch of photos to pick from. (On Galaxy phones, you go into the menu to entry burst mode.)

If you skipped the morning shoot and need to have to get a very good portrait in the mid-working day sunshine (we have all been there) I have a good hack for you, the magazine trick. There is commonly a genuine estate listings or a neighborhood calendar journal on most city spots. Choose a single up, and get a buddy to hold the journal about the topics head. This will deal with the harsh sun and enable you see your subject matter without the need of the raccoon eyes.

When shooting a sunset, how do you make it attention-grabbing? Adhere one thing in the foreground. In Pismo Seaside, as I showed in the video clip, we used a neat tree branch. In Manhattan Seashore, there’s the Pier or Lifeguard tower. Have a individual in there, ideally a silhouette. (Click reply if you have to have guidelines on how to do that on your phone.) Be inventive, but recall, nothing’s more boring than a substantial entire body of drinking water.

In some cases subjects shift so rapidly it is hard to snap a superior shot, so when in question, run video and know that you’ve picked every little thing up. Better yet—you can choose stills and video clip at the exact time on iPhones. When you’re in video mode, right after you have pressed history for online video, a white shutter button appears at the leading of the monitor. Hit it with your very best snaps and get the very best of both of those worlds.

No photo leaves my cell phone that has not been “developed” in a photograph application. My very first go-to is the plain vanilla Shots app on the Apple iphone, which has great equipment to darken the skies and boost the hues a little bit. (I demonstrate how in the accompanying video.) From there. my upcoming degree up is the cost-free Adobe Lightroom Cell app, and there are two vital sliders I demonstrate off in the video. When I want to go nuts, I arrive at for the Snapseed app from Google.

See the distinction beneath, with Lightroom, before and immediately after? Which do you favor?

Apple iphone shot in Palm Desert, unedited

Apple iphone shot in Palm Desert, edited in Lightroom Cellular

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