Phone Photography: The Ultimate Guide

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

Phone Photography has become a thing now because Mobile phone cameras have improved a lot over past few years. This Mobile Photography Tutorial covers several great tips and tricks to step up your Mobile Photography game.

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We always don't have a DSLR or a professional camera with us. And we might not own a DSLR but still we like capturing images. This doesn't means we can't take good images just with our mobile phones. In this blog we will learn how to combine our mobile camera and some amazing techniques to create some amazing images.

This Mobile Photography blog covers the tips which can be used with android or iphone or any other smartphone device. In this blog, we will discuss Macro Photography, HDR Photography, Time-Lapse Photography, Low Light Photography, Long exposure Photography all these using your smartphone's Manual Mode. If you don't have a manual mode to control your smartphone camera you don't need to worry. We will be sharing a list of apps that will enable you to use manual mode in your smartphone. So let's start.

Shooting Macro and Bokeh Images

If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram and seen an incredible close-up photograph of a flower, insect, or even jewelry, you may have wondered how you can get similar photos, especially if you don’t have a DSLR camera. Thankfully, you don’t have to buy a DSLR or expensive macro lens to get these kinds of shots. All you need is a mobile phone, a simple accessory, and a bit of curiosity.


When you shoot a Macro Image, you want the subject to be sharp and the background to be blurred. While some phones have a macro mode, the best way to get amazing macro photos with your phone is to invest in a zoom/magnification lens (or set of lenses) that work specifically with your device. Make sure that the lens you buy fits with your phone and won’t get in the way of taking photos.

Focus and Framing

With macro photos, there are endless ways to frame your subject, but you will be limited in the depth of field or the area of the photo that will remain in focus. You want the subject to remain (mostly) in focus, depending on your magnification. The larger the magnification, the smaller the area of exact focus in your pictures. This can lead to surprisingly beautiful photos which you might not expect to get from just your mobile phone.

Sometimes your intended subject will be too large to fully capture, even with the smaller zoom lens (like the 7x lens), so you may have to focus on only a part of the subject like the center of the flower, or a few petals. This is the fun part of macro photography! You can shoot the subject from directly above, from the side, or even from below. Experiment with different angles for the same subject.

Manual Setting

One important aspect of macro photography is focus. Your smartphone camera usually wants to focus itself, so you are going to have to take it out of auto mode and into manual mode where you will lock the focus on precisely the area you want to highlight, the very specific part of your image you want to stand out. In auto mode, your camera doesn’t know where you want it to focus. It’s a smartphone, but it’s not that smart (yet). So just tap and hold to lock your focus where you want it before taking the picture.

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