How to take the best photos with your smartphone

The camera is arguably the most popular feature of the modern smartphone – and there is a reason why there are more images floating around the internet on social media than ever before.

Before the smartphone, we would have to be much more selective over what we take a photo of, as film would be expensive to buy and develop and would only offer so many pictures per roll.

Thankfully, this is now a thing of the past and we can now take almost as many pictures as we want, sifting through to find the best ones at a later date.

However, this does not mean there is any reason not to aim for the best photos you can at all times. By being conscious of a few simple tips, you can be snapping only the best shots like a pro.

Avoid digital zoom

Digital zoom is a always bad idea. In terms of the quality of the image, it will just destroy whatever magic you might have captured.

All digital zoom does is enlarge and crop the picture, which is why images taken this way will invariably come out pixelated. The editing options are therefore narrowed as a result.

If you want to focus on a small object, then simply move closer, or crop the image after you’ve taken the initial photo.

Another option it to try and find a smartphone with an optical zoom. This is a feature that protrudes from the device and uses lenses to take a high-quality image, rather than cropping it.

Use landscape

Some things require a portrait shot, but we have become so accustomed to seeing most images in 16:9 landscape that images loaded to social media in portrait can look awkward.

Think about how you are going to display your image – landscape is probably going to get the best results.

Avoid the flash

Natural light is the best way to illuminate a picture. The flash is situated so close to the lens on most smartphone cameras that it usually produces an unpleasant glare – even on the top-end devices.

Don’t fear HDR

Lot’s of people don’t use HDR mode on their smartphone as the file size of the image is huge. This is understandable – particularly if you are on holiday and are trying to get as many snaps as you can onto the smartphone’s flash memory.

However, if you regularly upload your images to the cloud, then there is no need to fear the memory running out, as you will be able to download the best high resolution images to your computer, or back to your device when you’ve had the chance to free up some room.

Provided your hands are steady, HDR is great for taking snaps of stationary objects, as it ensures the lighting and shadows in the photo are evenly exposed. This gives the image a level of detail that cannot be replicated in the default mode.


Filter modes have come under heavy scorn of late – but don’t get taken in by the prejudice.

Hipster filters like retro, black-and-white, instant and process filters can all add a lot of character to an image. Would Instagram be so popular if this was not the case? ADNFCR-2155-ID-801815794-ADNFCR

Written by Mazuma

Mazuma Mobile is the UK's most trusted mobile phone recycling service.

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