They say the best camera is the one you always have on yourself!! Smartphone cameras have gotten really good in the recent times to the extent that we don’t need to carry separate cameras for our digital needs. Social media platforms are showcasing stunning photos shot on phones that look like they have been taken using professional equipment.

Are you one of those persons who hasn’t had much luck getting your desired images through smartphone cameras?? Here are a couple of unique tips that can help you to take your smartphone camera skills to the next level.

  1. Using optimal camera software - Photo quality is as much dependant on software as it is on hardware. Usually, people often use “megapixels’ to determine the quality of a phone camera, that norm is now ever-changing. While it true a high megapixel camera will produce a photo of higher resolution, those photos can often be washed out, have really bad exposure and colour science. The best smartphone cameras in the market today like to Pixel 3 have mere 12 Megapixel sensors, this is a smartphone camera software has developed leaps and bounds. Companies like google and apple use artificial intelligence in their software to make photos look more realistic and desirable. Yes!! Different camera apps on your phone will produce different qualities of the image. You can also sideload google’s official camera app for any android phone and take advantage of all the software advantages it has.

  2. Editing your images - You can always edit your smartphone images to make them look as you please. Apps like Snapseed are really great for the same. Moreover, if you are more into professional photography, I would recommend you to click all your pictures in raw format. RAW as it sounds means taking the unformatted picture that your camera sensor takes. The advantage of taking raw pictures is that you not only get the highest quality image, but you also get a base image that can be more readily modified according to your needs.One thing to keep in mind is taking raw photos is only for the more experienced photographers who know how to edit their photos using professional editing software like Lightroom, for the rest you are better off leaving your photos on auto mode. Find below the camera picture edited with snapseed .                                                                                                                                                                                      

  3. HDR - You would have seen this sign saying HDR in your camera viewfinder with options such as auto, on, off. HDR stand for High Dynamic Range, which is the ratio between the light and dark areas of photography. What this basically means is that turning on HDR makes sure that the bright elements in your image don’t overshadow the dark ones and the dark elements don’t overshadow the light ones. It makes a perfectly balanced photo. HDR takes 3 consecutive photos at different exposure levels to produce one photo that is well balanced. In laymen terms leaving HDR on is always better than turning it off. Find teh image below with and without HDR settings.                                                                                      

  4. Rule of Thirds - Have you ever seen this Grid option on your camera view finder that converts your viewfinder into 9 equal squares, this is to take advantage of the rule of thirds. Studies show that people tend to never concentrate on the centre of an image, they always look off centre. This can be demonstrated by the rule of thirds, which is a rule of thumb that marks all the off centre points by using the intersections of the grids. Basically you are better off placing the main focus of your image at the intersection of the lines used to form a grid. Using rule of thirds will offer a more visually attractive image. Check the video link which explains the best way to capture any subject using the rule of thirds- teh best composition tips.


  5. Setting up of camera shortcuts - If you want to get better at mobile photography you will also need to be ready for all those surprise shots you need to click instantly. Thankfully smartphone processors have evolved to provide seamless opening and closing of the camera app. Set up camera shortcuts for all your phones. This is the case for usually all android phones, although some companies like one plus also offer off screen gestures. If you have an android phone the chances are that you probably have to enable this option in your system settings. For iPhone users you can set up the virtual home button, which can take you directly to the camera app.

  6. Manual Mode - Remember back in 2015 when manual mode was first introduced on smartphones and there was a lot of hype around it. Nowadays all phones have manual camera features. They might be also termed as “pro” mode on your camera apps. We recommend learning what each of the terms appearing in manual mode means and does to an image. You can check out this as a more detailed guide - These manual operations can help you get some really different perspective shots.


Remember that you don’t always need expensive camera gear to get good photos. Following these tips will give better pictures right of the back. You can get all your awesome photos printed down at our website , we have a plethora of different prints to cater to your smartphone photography needs.