1. Clean your lens
Really? Yes, there's nothing worse than looking at photos and videos shot through a filth lens. Don't believe me? Go get your favourite sunglasses and smear vaseline (petroleum jelly) all over them. Then go to a nice picturesque viewing spot and see how the world looks through your newly tricked out shades. No don't do that, hopefully you get the idea though, suffice it to say that a clean lens takes much better photos and so cleaning a dirty lens will yield instantly better photos!
2. Frame your shots
The "Rule of Thirds" is one age old principle of visual framing but it's not something that has to be stuck to regimentally or even at all. Suffice it to say though, you will take better photos if you make some effort to frame your shots (arrange / line up the subjects / elements in your scene) before taking them. Smartphones make this process especially easy because they give you large bright screens to effectively preview what you're about to photograph. Make sure too that your phone is parallel to your subject rather than held at a 45 degree angle - unless of course you are intentionally shooting at such an angle for some artistic reason.
3. Zoom with your feet
Zooming digitally typically distort images, so never use them unless you have a newer high end smartphone that’s equipped with an optical zoom. Instead either move yourself or, where possible, your subject. Also, avoid cropping photos before sharing or printing them for the same reason (to avoid digital distortion).
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So there you have it, three simple steps that I can guarantee will instantly help you to take better photographs with your smartphone! If you have any questions about photography, smartphone photography, kit, apps, workflows, or if you have suggestions for apps or kit that you’d like me to review, then please feel welcome to message me directly here!