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9 Tips for Fantastic Phone Photography

Hi everyone, I’m Amy and I’m the Video Director at Leverage Marketing. Today is a very special day that is near and dear to my heart. Today is National Donut Day! In honor of this great holiday, we are going to bring you some tips and tricks on how to get the best photography with everybody’s favorite device – the cell phone. So, let’s get started by featuring everyone’s favorite breakfast food the donut.

1. Keep it Clean

My first tip and trick is a very simple one but something that everyone very easily forgets. Clean your cell phone lens. All you have to do is get a cloth like this one, which is used for my glasses, and wipe the cell phone clean. Do not use any harsh chemicals or water because that can damage your lens.

2. Stay Focused

Our next tip is quite easy, setting the focus. On most cell phones, all you have to do is touch the screen, and that part of the scene will be in focus.

3. Zap the Zoom

The donuts are pretty far away from me right now and it is so simple to zoom in manually. However, that is not the right way to do it. If you have the opportunity, just take a step closer and don’t use your manual zoom. You’ll get a nicer picture and there will be less artifacting in the photo when it’s taken.

4. Shed some Light

Our third tip is to set the exposure. On many cell phones it’s different, so you may have to look up how your cell phone works. But, on my Google Pixel, all you have to do is tap the screen and the exposure bar will come up on the side. Then you can set how bright or how dark you want the photo to be.

5. Stay Steady

My next tip is, keep your camera steady. There’s nothing worse than having motion blur in a photo or video. You might not have a tripod for your camera, but that’s okay. There are other ways you can get around this. For one, take a wider stance. The wider your stance is the steadier you’re going to be on your feet. The other thing you can do is actually set the camera down on something so you get a nice and steady shot.

6. Line it Up

Next up, use the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is simple – split your shot into thirds vertically and horizontally. Your subject should land at a spot where the lines meet. This will give the subject plenty of space and be visually appealing.

7. Get Low (or high)

Another great tip is to get creative with your perspective. You see everything from your own height, so why not switch it up? You can shoot from above, from below, or you can even shoot from way below. Just get creative with it.

8. Watch your Back

My next tip is to make sure that you check your background. You don’t want anything weird going on in the back.

9. Forget the Filter

My last tip is to make sure you don’t over-process your photos. You have so many filters available to you, literally at your fingertips. Make sure you take a look at your scene, your lighting, and your color. Take a good picture, and you won’t need all that stuff.


So, there you have it. You should be taking better phone photos in no time. Oh, and by the way, Happy National Donut Day!

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