Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words. We are privileged to capture any image when we like thanks to the evolution of this powerful tool in our pocket. We take our smart phones for granted as we have all been brainwashed by the media and corporations that bigger the camera the better it performs, larger the lens the better the zoom and so we feel that we need a DSLR to become a serious photographer.

All of us want to capture a moment or wish to tell a story through photographs and we don’t need the best of cameras to do so. All we need is to be familiar with a few basics of smartphone photography to learn to capture every moment perfectly.

A few aspects will determine how you capture the moment with your smartphone, below are a few tips on the basics of smartphone photography. No smartphone camera is better than the other, this maybe be true on paper and in terms of specifications, but when the shutter snaps and your photo is clicked it very much depends on how a photographer has captured his image. Directional Light, Angle, positioning of the camera, subject placement all make up a good photo.


It’s all about finding the light, this holds true in smartphone photography, the amount of light your phone lens captures affect the quality of your photo. Your smart phone camera has the ability to compensate for the loss of light too but quite often this may result in a dull & grainy image, keep in mind your subject should have light reflecting off it so that the camera can capture this light. We have to also understand the direction of light and the amount of light before we are ready snap a moment.

Know Your Angles

Knowing where to place your smart phone while you snap a shot is key. Divide the frame of your camera into different quadrants according to what you wish to capture, a number of smart phones have an option to enable grid lines. Your subject placement in the viewfinder quite often defines the quality of your photo an off center subject is quite often more interesting compared to a subject placed in the center as the negative space in the off center image makes for an interesting background for the subject.Keep your photos out of clutter, always choose soft and simple backgrounds.

Standing Out

Every moment we capture would have a standout color that separates itself from the rest of the image, identifying such shots to capture makes for great photographs. Color can change the mood of any scene, an image filled with a lot of standout shades will be a lot different than one with muted tones. Based on what you wish to highlight choose your colors in a scene, does the colors focus attention to your subject, or distract from it.


A frame always enhances an image and draws focus to the subject, always look around for natural framing opportunities while you snap your favorite a shots a few examples of well framed photos would be a subject in a tunnel where the tunnel becomes your natural frame, another example would be of a doorway, if we place a subject in the doorway it draws focus on the subject making for yet another natural frame for the photo.

Shadows & Reflections

There is no bound to our creativity while snapping photos.Using reflections, we can snap interesting photos which form interesting shapes and elements which we can play with. Bright light in the background of a subject give us a wonderful opportunity to snap wonderful silhouettes of subjects of different shapes & sizes.

Smartphone photography has come a long way from traditional cameras and are constantly improving in specifications and capabilities replacing your big and bulky cameras. This powerful tool is enabling people of all generations, cultures and races to capture their favorite moments. A smart phone is all you need to capture fabulous images on the go. I wish you all happy shooting with your smartphone cameras.



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