There is no denying that smartphone photography has taken the world by storm. Everyone from professional photographers to hobbyists are exploring the power of capturing stunning shots with their mobile device. Now, as long as you have the right knowledge, you can become a smartphone photographer. Wherever you go, you can capture impressive shots and impress others. Below, we have taken a look at the key things you need to know about becoming a photographer with just your smartphone.

Top Tips for Becoming a Smartphone Photographer

There are many things you should do if you want to become a photographer with your smartphone, including getting to grips with the manual settings and choosing the right accessories.


  • Familiarise Yourself with Your Manual Settings - One of the most important things to do when using your smartphone for photography is to learn the manual settings of your device. Many smartphones have automatic settings, which are great if you are snapping away casually. However, becoming a photographer requires you to fully understand the impact manual settings can make. Using the manual settings, you have full control over how your smartphone captures images. ISO, shutter speed and aperture are all things to take into consideration. By changing these, you can change the quality of the photographs you take, depending on the location and lighting.


  • Choose the Right Mobile Accessories - A lot of people underestimate the importance of mobile accessories, assuming that a smartphone is capable of capturing stunning images without any. Though getting some good shots with your smartphone alone is possible, having accessories can help you to up your game. Accessories are there to help you to take better photos and to make the entire experience a lot simpler. For example, a tripod will allow you to take sharp images, even at longer shutter speeds, without worrying about them being blurry. A smartphone tripod is the best way to ensure your device stays in place, which isn’t always possible with your hand alone. A remote shutter is another essential piece of equipment for smartphone photography. It lets you activate your camera’s shutter without touching it, which is a great way to prevent blurry images caused by your hand shaking. A shutter remote also allows you to take photos from a distance, which is an excellent way to capture group shots. You could even invest in a selfie stick to get in the photographs yourself or a lens kit to give yourself more style options.


  • Practice, Practice, Practice - The best way to improve your smartphone photography skills is to take lots of photos and then take some more. Not only will it help you to become more familiar with your device and help you better understand how to use the different settings, but it will help you to develop a style. It will also help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, so you know what areas you need to work on and where photography improvements could be made. The more you practise taking photos, the more you will understand the process and discover new ideas and techniques.


  • Edit Photos with the Right Apps - There are many mobile apps for editing smartphone photos, and it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the key features. Editing your photos is an essential part of photography, and it’s something you should always do, regardless of whether you are using a digital camera or your smartphone. Many smartphone apps can help you edit your photos, so you won’t find yourself short of choice. Editing with the right app allows you to change the lighting, composition, saturation, brightness and overall look of the image. Some apps will allow you to get rid of unwanted people in the background - this comes in handy when you are taking photographs of busy places, such as a city landmark or a bustling street - and reduce any blurring.


  • Share Your Work on Social Media - One of the best things about smartphone photography is how easy it is to share your work online. Within seconds, you can upload and share your shots with the world. This is a fantastic tool if you are hoping to gain a following of fans or you are planning to sell your images to paying customers. Instagram is one of the most popular photo-sharing apps, but others are available. You can use hashtags to ensure it reaches the right audience. For example, using #landscapephotography will help your work reach those looking for landscape photography online. If you want to become a professional photographer with your smartphone, you need to be prepared to share your work with others.


  • Consult the Experts - There is a lot of help for budding photographers, and more of this is aimed at those using a smartphone. As smartphones become more and more capable of capturing high-quality images, there is a growing interest in this type of photography. You won’t struggle to find blogs, articles, videos and tutorials providing smartphone photography tips. You might even find a course to enrol in. The more you know about smartphone photography, the more capable you will become, and your skills will quickly develop.


Smartphone Photography Accessories at CameraWorld

At CameraWorld, we have everything you need to become a photographer with your smartphone. Smartphone cameras are becoming increasingly high-tech, and impressive photographs are within reach, but having a selection of mobile accessories can help. You can transform your standard photos into professional-quality shots with the right smartphone accessories. You could invest in a smartphone holder to steady your camera or a case to protect your device when you’re out and about. To find out more about any of our mobile accessories, speak to a member of the CameraWorld team.