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12 Tips for Improving Camera Phone Photos

Camera-Phone-TipsPhoto by DavyRocket

We are living in a time where ‘convergence’ is everywhere. Gone are the days when a camera was a camera, a MP3 player was an MP3 player, a phone was a phone….

These days digital cameras are found in a variety of other gadgets – including cell phones. In fact Camera Phones are one of the fastest growing segments of the digital camera market and with the improvements in the quality of what is being offered in some phones (higher megapixels, better lenses, high capacity storage) some believe that they are beginning to win market share away from the low end offerings of many digital camera manufacturers. Our current poll on ‘take anywhere cameras‘ reveals that many of you are using camera phones regularly.

Unfortunately many of the pictures being taken with Camera Phones are poor in quality. This might partially be a result of lower quality cameras – but it is also often a result of poor photographic technique.

Following are 13 tips for Camera Phone owners to help them get the most from their cameras phones:

Cameraphone-TipsPhoto by Dr John2005

1. Light Your Subject Well

The better lit your subject is the clearer your image is likely to be. If possible shoot outside or turn on lights when shooting inside. If you’re turning on lights in a room to add extra light to your shot be aware that artificial light impacts the color cast in your shots and you might want to experiment with white balance to fix it (see below).

Some cameras come with a built in flash or light – this can really lift a shot and add clarity to it, even if you’re shooting outside (in a sense it becomes a fill flash). If your camera doesn’t have a flash or light you should avoid shooting into bright lights as you’ll end up with subjects that are silhouetted.

2. Get Close to Your Subject

One of the most common mistakes with camera phone images is that their subject ends up being a tiny, unrecognizable object in the distance. Camera phone images tend to be small due to low resolution (although this is changing) – so fill up your view finder with your subject to save having to zoom in on the subject in editing it later (which decreases quality even more).

Having said this, getting too close on some model camera phones creates distortion and focusing issues (particularly if the camera phone doesn’t have a macro or close focusing mode).


Camera-Phone

3. Keep Still

As with all digital photography, the more steady your camera phone is when taking your shot the clearer your image will be.

This is especially important in low light situations where the camera will select longer shutter speeds to compensate for the lack of light. One trick is to lean your camera phone (or the hand holding it) against a solid object (like a tree, wall, ledge) when taking shots.

Keep in mind that many camera phones also suffer from ‘shutter lag’ (ie the time between when you press the shutter and when the camera takes the shot can be a second or so). This means you need to hold the camera still a little longer to ensure it doesn’t take a shot as you’re lowering it away from the subject.

4. Edit Images Later

Whilst it can be fun to use your camera phone’s inbuilt editing and effects, editing pictures later on your computer produces much better quality images. Take your shots in color at high resolution to keep your options open on how to treat it later.

You can always make it black and white on your computer, but you can’t make it color if you take it in Black and White mode.

Camera-Phone-TipsPhoto by Bram and Vera

5. Don’t Throw Away ‘mistakes’

Remember that on many phones the quality of the screen will not be as good as your computer’s. So if possible hang onto your shots until you can get them on your PC. You might just find that they come alive on a quality monitor. You’ll also find that even ‘mistakes’ and blurred shots can actually be quite usable (in an abstract kind of way)

6. Avoid Using the Digital Zoom

As tempting as it might be to zoom in on your subject when taking your picture (if you have a zoom feature on your camera phone), if the zoom is a ‘digital zoom’ it will decrease the quality of your shot to use it (you’ll end up with a more pixelated shot)..

Plus you can always edit your shot later using photo editing software on your computer.

Of course some camera phones are beginning to hit the market with ‘optical zooms’ – these are fine to use as they don’t enlarge your subject by enlarging pixels.

7. Experiment with White Balance

An increasing number of camera phones come with adjustable white balance which allows you to modify color balance in your images based on shooting conditions. Experiment with this feature to get a good feel for the impact that it has on your shots. I find that it impacts different camera phones differently. Read your manual to find out how it works on your phone.

Cameraphone-TipPhoto by markresch

8. Take loads of Shots and Experiment

The beauty of all forms of digital photography (including that of camera phones) is the ability to shoot off many shots quickly and without cost. This means you can experiment with different modes and composition and discard those that you don’t want to keep.

Camera phones are particularly good for experimenting with new angles and perspectives – shoot from down low, up high, close up etc and you’ll end up with interesting and fun shots.

9. Follow Rules of Composition (and then Break them)

Learn some basic composition ‘rules’. (for example – the rule of thirds – ie don’t place your subject squarely in the middle of your frame but a third of the way in). Simple tips like this can bring life toyour photos.

But then also remember that the beauty of a camera phone is its ability to break all conventions – some of the best shots around break all the rules. So shoot from the hip, the floor, up high, up close – anything goes.

10. Keep Your Lens Clean

One of the challenges with many camera phones is keeping them maintained and clean. Phones spend a lot of time in pockets, in bags and being used in all manner of weather and conditions. As a result they get dirty and can easily become damaged – fingerprints are a common problem on camera lenses – especially if your phone doesn’t have a lens cover. From time to time clean the lens of your camera using a soft cloth (sunglasses cleaning cloths are great).

CameraphonePhoto by phil h

11. Observe Camera Phone Etiquette

While there is no formal set of rules for using camera phones – it is worth considering how you use it and what impact it might have upon others. There are many cases of camera phones being abused to take sneaky or voyeuristic photos. Ask permission to photograph strangers, consider restrictions on the use of cameras in places like theaters and concerts etc.

12. Use the highest resolution possible on your camera phone

Some phones allow you to choose what resolution you want to take photos at. It almost goes without saying (but we like to state the bleeding obvious) that the higher your resolution the clearer your shot will be. This is especially true for camera phones which often have sensors of under 1 megapixel in them. Keep in mind however that the higher the resolution the larger the file size of the images you take – this means if you want to send images they can end up taking a long time to send.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://ginadblog.tumblr.com gina degirolamo

    Great article an an undervalued way of taking photos. I’ve been a photographer/cinematographer for 25+ yrs and am now doing a photo experiment with my Motorola Droid camera. I’m getting some great results and just by using the basic techniques you describe here.

  • Pam

    Right now I am in a situation where I consider myself lucky to have a phone, let alone an iphone with a camera, and GPS< internet, etc. It is my lifeline to the outside world. Being in this situation does not kill the photographer within me. I have an eye for strange and unusual patterns, usually found in nature, and don't hesitate to take advantage of the given light. Believe me, I would have a "real" camera if I could afford one, but I was thinking a home and a car were more important at this time. It bothers me somewhat that now a thing called "camera phone snobbery" exists? Encourage creativity no matter what the tool, don't try to kill it with unhelpful comments, unless you are will to buy someone a camera?

  • Chris Carlson

    All the pictures on this photoblog were shot with a mobile phone and modified w/ in phone apps.
    http://www.thelittlecamera.com

  • http://sites.google.com/site/shinoysathyan/ shinoy

    Nice article.
    I would like to share my few snaps here. Hope you will enjoy watching it.

    Regards
    http://sites.google.com/site/shinoysathyan/

  • http://www.funfriends.com Lori Mellman

    Thanks for the tips – now I’ll feel more comfortable taking pictures with this tiny camera.

  • http://www.digital-camera-photo-recovery.com/ Digital Camera Photo Recovery

    Thanks for posting these photo capturing tips. I want to be a perfect photographer. Hopefully these tips will help me a lot .

  • http://life-in-the-backyard.blogspot.com/ daisugi

    thanks for the useful tips. i use my camera phone photos in my blog now

  • http://www.cellphoneshots.com Mark P

    Great tips! I’m adding, well, already have added this site to my list of links! I’m trying to jump start a site that lets people submit their awesome shots shot by cell phones.

  • http://www.mobipictures.blogspot.com Marius

    @Mark – you can start post some of your pictures on MobileArt facebook page. From there we will select and post on the blog. (www.facebook.com/mobileart)

  • jaylyn

    Thanks a lot! I really love taking pictures but sad to say I don’t have expensive camera but that doesn’t gave me any regrets coz if u really love photography, no matter what is your camera or how expensive your camera is…YOU WILL SURELY CAPTURE THE BEST PICTURE IN YOUR LIFE . more power

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/64105803@N04/ Daryl

    I got rid of my camera a while back but wanted to start taking photos again, check out what I’ve been doing with my Android motorola bravo phone

  • xcwatts

    Camera phones have come along way to the point that if its a bright day u can get some good photographs. But there arent going to replace proper cameras any time soon and that’s down to one thing the size of the sensor. Anyone who knows anything photography knows MP dont mean anything its the sensor that counts. So I will keep the Nexus s camera for clubbing but I don’t think my 5d has anything to worry about just yet.

  • http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/ raghavendra

    very nice. i too have a mobile phone with a camera. trying take good pictures. tips are appreciated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mr.GrimZ gerard

    this is very helpful :)

  • http://jimsfreephotofix JS

    Email the pic to fixyerpix@gmail.com and ask for a free edit;and what you would like done in the edit.Just that simple. (You may like to view the site sooooo…. google jimsfreephotofix . (Has 3 pages)& ads but if you do the above……is always a free service. (By me Jim). Enjoy..

  • Tom

    How i use this camera? I just see tips and advices

  • james

    if you have a high quality camera, and a really high resolution set, is it worth it to take the picture from further and using a computer to isolate the desired image later from a bigger picture? does this result in loss of quality from taking a far picture or does it give you options later?

    i was told that taking pictures from kinda far was the best way

  • Asish Roy

    I want to do bird photography using my Nokia 7210 camera phone with 2MP camera and Konus spottingscope 15x-45x65mm ,how do I start ?

  • raghavendra

    very nice to read about mobile photography in digital photography school.
    good motivation!

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/

  • TripodHoleForPhone

    Since keeping still while taking picture is one of the most important tip here, or for any low light picture moment, I really want to see one of the camera phone start to put a TRIPOD HOLE into the phone. It will instantly make any phone a lot more professional. And, it would hugely improve picture quality when lighting is less than ideal.
    TRIPOD HOLE!
    TRIPOD HOLE!
    TRIPOD HOLE!
    I have been looking for a phone with that for years. So far, the closest thing is either ugly after market adapters or Sony Ericsson once had a Sony Ericsson tripod for “Sony Ericssion hole” only.

  • Del

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66046610@N02/?saved=1 .These were all taken with a camera phone, to be precise, a 3.2 megapixel Nokia 5530.

  • creativity rulez
  • http://www.cameraphonia.info bil paul

    I took my best cameraphone photos from the past five years of shooting and created a web site around them — at http://www.cameraphonia.info. The first couple of years were shot with a 1.3 MP ‘phone and the remainder with a 5 MP unit. Check them out.

  • http://www.techrav.com/ Gourav

    Your article will be of great help to novice photographers like me. You mentioned the points in a fairly simple manner and I am sure that they’ll help me take better photographs.

    Also, I feel that one area where cell phone photos never get better is macro photography. I’ve already written an article about the same on my blog http://www.techrav.com/capture-excellent-macro-photos-your-mobile-camera/ which tells us how easily great close up photos can be taken with cell phone camera. Hope you’ll like that as well.

    Good work anyways !

  • saeron

    what is the advantage of a micromax ninja a27 phone which has digital camera in it than other phones that do not have a digital camera quality

  • Guest

    Thank you!
    Its very helpful… ;)
    A great photographer is not always using a DSLR.. :)
    I will definitely try it.. ;)

  • Joshua Lorenzo Andre

    Thank you!
    Its very helpful… :)

  • Robert Fahey

    I photograph my bland suburban town using only an iPhone 4s and free online editing. Here are three situations that overwhelm my phone:

    1. High-contrast predicaments. I took many shots of a highway overpass, from under the bridge. Overall, it was a dark environment, but the sun was striking a key spot with interesting graffiti. A terrific composition — but the phone didn’t agree. It kept adjusting to the overall darkness, thereby over-exposing the bright area to a blur.
    2. Panoramic shots. Forget it. You can’t really immerse the viewer in a landscape via cell phone — at least not my cell phone. There’s an interesting swamp with dead trees in my town, and at twilight time the tree trunks are lit nicely while the water remains a murk. But I can’t get close to the subject without a canoe, so I’m forced into a “big” shot, which falls flat, literally. No depth of field at all.
    3. A strong light source from one direction. It tends to wash out the image. You’ll see plenty of otherwise good shots bleached by sun glare, even indirect glare from a wet street. Blech!

    Despite these handicaps, I’ve put together a purportedly interesting photoblog of my home town using just my iPhone and free online utilities. No Photoshop or the ilk. I try to rely on composition and opportunism to carry the day.

    http://www.burlingtonma.org

  • wilson booster

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips of photography with us.

    http://cellphoneboosterstore.com/

  • Mohammad Addin

    Good. ad very inspiration … i get many tips in here.

    visit me to

    http://creativemobilephotography.blogspot.com

  • Arjun Kishore

    Please check my article on Mobile phone photography too.. :)

    http://www.domainnameistaken.com/learning/photographer-mobile-phone-photography/

  • Dean

    im always using simple camera phone, no flash, no auto focus. so i must work in difficult.. but i try to make good photo…
    can find all my mobilephotography in this blog

    http://creativemobilephotography.blogspot.com .. i also give simple tips to create mobilephotography from many site source ,

  • erica
  • JP

    Hey there, I am using my Nokia Lumia 800 for photography as a beginner. My camera phone has a resolution of 8 Megapixels, but I found myself having some difficulties while having a shot. Can anyone suggest me any appropriate material regarding these ?

  • Liz

    I have noticed that when taking photos at the highest setting on my phone (8MP) the actual details of the photo size displayed is only 2.25MP. Curious as the whether anyone else has noticed this.

Some older comments

  • saeron

    May 17, 2013 05:35 pm

    what is the advantage of a micromax ninja a27 phone which has digital camera in it than other phones that do not have a digital camera quality

  • Gourav

    May 12, 2012 11:26 pm

    Your article will be of great help to novice photographers like me. You mentioned the points in a fairly simple manner and I am sure that they'll help me take better photographs.

    Also, I feel that one area where cell phone photos never get better is macro photography. I've already written an article about the same on my blog http://www.techrav.com/capture-excellent-macro-photos-your-mobile-camera/ which tells us how easily great close up photos can be taken with cell phone camera. Hope you'll like that as well.

    Good work anyways !

  • bil paul

    May 11, 2012 12:57 pm

    I took my best cameraphone photos from the past five years of shooting and created a web site around them -- at www.cameraphonia.info. The first couple of years were shot with a 1.3 MP 'phone and the remainder with a 5 MP unit. Check them out.

  • creativity rulez

    January 13, 2012 10:11 am

    check out some more here
    http://creativityrulez-creativemind.blogspot.com/

  • Del

    December 23, 2011 08:09 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66046610@N02/?saved=1 .These were all taken with a camera phone, to be precise, a 3.2 megapixel Nokia 5530.

  • TripodHoleForPhone

    December 1, 2011 10:47 pm

    Since keeping still while taking picture is one of the most important tip here, or for any low light picture moment, I really want to see one of the camera phone start to put a TRIPOD HOLE into the phone. It will instantly make any phone a lot more professional. And, it would hugely improve picture quality when lighting is less than ideal.
    TRIPOD HOLE!
    TRIPOD HOLE!
    TRIPOD HOLE!
    I have been looking for a phone with that for years. So far, the closest thing is either ugly after market adapters or Sony Ericsson once had a Sony Ericsson tripod for "Sony Ericssion hole" only.

  • raghavendra

    November 30, 2011 01:53 am

    very nice to read about mobile photography in digital photography school.
    good motivation!

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/

  • Asish Roy

    November 21, 2011 10:24 am

    I want to do bird photography using my Nokia 7210 camera phone with 2MP camera and Konus spottingscope 15x-45x65mm ,how do I start ?

  • james

    October 14, 2011 08:56 am

    if you have a high quality camera, and a really high resolution set, is it worth it to take the picture from further and using a computer to isolate the desired image later from a bigger picture? does this result in loss of quality from taking a far picture or does it give you options later?

    i was told that taking pictures from kinda far was the best way

  • Tom

    October 13, 2011 02:05 am

    How i use this camera? I just see tips and advices

  • JS

    September 18, 2011 07:17 am

    Email the pic to fixyerpix@gmail.com and ask for a free edit;and what you would like done in the edit.Just that simple. (You may like to view the site sooooo.... google jimsfreephotofix . (Has 3 pages)& ads but if you do the above......is always a free service. (By me Jim). Enjoy..

  • gerard

    July 19, 2011 11:36 pm

    this is very helpful :)

  • raghavendra

    June 23, 2011 07:45 pm

    very nice. i too have a mobile phone with a camera. trying take good pictures. tips are appreciated!

  • xcwatts

    June 23, 2011 10:23 am

    Camera phones have come along way to the point that if its a bright day u can get some good photographs. But there arent going to replace proper cameras any time soon and that's down to one thing the size of the sensor. Anyone who knows anything photography knows MP dont mean anything its the sensor that counts. So I will keep the Nexus s camera for clubbing but I don't think my 5d has anything to worry about just yet.

  • Daryl

    June 21, 2011 12:13 pm

    I got rid of my camera a while back but wanted to start taking photos again, check out what I've been doing with my Android motorola bravo phone

  • jaylyn

    March 30, 2011 01:24 am

    Thanks a lot! I really love taking pictures but sad to say I don't have expensive camera but that doesn't gave me any regrets coz if u really love photography, no matter what is your camera or how expensive your camera is...YOU WILL SURELY CAPTURE THE BEST PICTURE IN YOUR LIFE . more power

  • Marius

    March 24, 2011 04:30 pm

    @Mark - you can start post some of your pictures on MobileArt facebook page. From there we will select and post on the blog. (www.facebook.com/mobileart)

  • Mark P

    March 24, 2011 04:29 am

    Great tips! I'm adding, well, already have added this site to my list of links! I'm trying to jump start a site that lets people submit their awesome shots shot by cell phones.

  • daisugi

    March 19, 2011 10:19 am

    thanks for the useful tips. i use my camera phone photos in my blog now

  • Digital Camera Photo Recovery

    September 8, 2010 06:42 pm

    Thanks for posting these photo capturing tips. I want to be a perfect photographer. Hopefully these tips will help me a lot .

  • Lori Mellman

    June 19, 2010 06:33 am

    Thanks for the tips - now I'll feel more comfortable taking pictures with this tiny camera.

  • shinoy

    April 16, 2010 03:13 pm

    Nice article.
    I would like to share my few snaps here. Hope you will enjoy watching it.

    Regards
    http://sites.google.com/site/shinoysathyan/

  • Chris Carlson

    April 16, 2010 03:43 am

    All the pictures on this photoblog were shot with a mobile phone and modified w/ in phone apps.
    www.thelittlecamera.com

  • Pam

    April 15, 2010 11:47 pm

    Right now I am in a situation where I consider myself lucky to have a phone, let alone an iphone with a camera, and GPS< internet, etc. It is my lifeline to the outside world. Being in this situation does not kill the photographer within me. I have an eye for strange and unusual patterns, usually found in nature, and don't hesitate to take advantage of the given light. Believe me, I would have a "real" camera if I could afford one, but I was thinking a home and a car were more important at this time. It bothers me somewhat that now a thing called "camera phone snobbery" exists? Encourage creativity no matter what the tool, don't try to kill it with unhelpful comments, unless you are will to buy someone a camera?

  • gina degirolamo

    April 15, 2010 04:46 am

    Great article an an undervalued way of taking photos. I've been a photographer/cinematographer for 25+ yrs and am now doing a photo experiment with my Motorola Droid camera. I'm getting some great results and just by using the basic techniques you describe here.

  • Tom

    February 28, 2010 10:48 am

    All of it great information. I can especially vouch for the take lots of pictures tip. I might add lots and lots to that first lot.

  • fizwoz

    February 19, 2010 07:30 am

    If you get some great news worthy pictures on your cell phone, you can sell them on http://www.fizwoz.com
    These are some great tips for people who are looking to get creative on their cell phones. With the way cell phone cameras are progressing, I believe that this will continue to become even more acceptable form of photography.

  • fizwoz

    February 19, 2010 07:29 am

    If you get some great news worthy pictures on your cell phone, you can sell them on fizwoz.com.
    These are some great tips for people who are looking to get creative on their cell phones. With the way cell phone cameras are progressing, I believe that this will continue to become even more acceptable form of photography.

  • Marius

    January 26, 2010 03:26 am

    On www.mobipictures.blogspot.com you can find pictures taken ONLY with mobile phones and NOT EDITED. You can see that art can be done through handy's also. Wait for oppinions. Enjoy.

  • Aundrea

    January 21, 2010 02:23 am

    I enjoy using my camera phone to send images to my Facebook account. Here is one unretouched image posted to my blog account.
    http://acsheffey.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/first-sunrise-in-hawaii-laie-by-a-celeste-sheffey.jpg

  • vichuzz

    December 9, 2009 09:05 pm

    thanqq.. for this info... i love mobile photography..!!

  • pankaj

    November 26, 2009 03:02 am

    Great summary Darren- I have a few more you may want to add to your list on my Phone Camera Blog.

    http://isthishouston.com/6-camera-tips/

    1. Clean your lens – since phones are in your pocket or purse most of the time, the collect lint and dust around the lens. A quick blow of air over the lense will get most of the dust off, but use a cotton cloth to wipe off any other debris. I use my shirt quite often.
    2. Add Memory and picture size resolution- most phones now have expandable memory slots for Micro SD cards which allow you to store more data for sharper larger photo sizes. Get yourself the maximum memory for your phone, 2GB is more than adequate. Then set your camera phone to store the any photos taken on the card and make sure the Resolution setting is at the highest since you have more memory.
    3. Watch the light - depending on the lighting conditions of your photo scene, make sure you do a quick adjustment of your White Balance which allows you to choose from these typical options; incandescent, fluorescent, sunny, cloudy or night. The White Balance option is usually available under your options when in the photo taking mode.
    4. Use two hands – when taking that photo, use both your hands to have a steady picture since aperture times on phone cameras are typically slower than a standard digital. This will give you a blurry free photo and a level horizon most of the time.
    5. Don’t Zoom - if you want to shoot something far away and use the zoom mode on your phone camera, you lose the higher photo resolution. If you plan on viewing your photos on a PC, its better to keep your zoom at the widest and then crop your photos later on your PC photo editor. Just extend your arms out if you want to zoom or take a couple steps forward towards your subject.
    6. Avoid glare – if your are taking photos outside or around bright lights, you can avoid some of the glare by tilting your phone camera slightly away from the sun/lights or use your hand as a hood to shield the lens from the extra light.

  • ton

    November 13, 2009 03:54 am

    Talk is cheap and so are the images. Maybe someday, but for now use a camera.

  • pixelshots

    October 7, 2009 04:41 pm

    Nice place for cell phone photography learners.. come across this when searching around. nice and useful place, keeep the spirit..

    have loads of mobile phone photography in my blog.. varieties from flower macro shots to fishes.. auto show to macro of caterpillars and spiders to candle flames..

    www.pixelshots.blogspot.com

  • Shahzad

    September 15, 2009 02:35 pm

    Thanx alot Darren Sir, before 2 days i came to know about this site. I buyed Olympus FE5020 in last week, as im not professional in photography. Before this i was using (still) Nokia N73 camera phone. Its worked good for me...... uploaded some images for N73. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3494/3922124066_41cbee9197_b.jpg Is it possible to play with Arpeture in Olympus FE5020, i tried but i dont think so..i love Macro photography. And thanx for making this site and giving a heaven to beginners. Thanx so much.

  • Lance

    August 22, 2009 07:30 am

    I recently lost my camera phone and thought I would let
    you know of software that can help.  iTag.com can help recover your lost phone.

  • CellPlaza

    August 20, 2009 03:48 am

    Great read. Taking pictures is a pain with your cellphone. I recently did a bit of a write up about a gadget that you may find interesting. I am in no way realted to this product and havent purchased on yet, but I will soon. Its called a "mobile telescope." The company producing them has kits for nearly all phones and a universal. Should solve alot of the issues we have with cell phone pictures, and its cheap! Cellphone Pictures: Now Available Fuzz-Free

  • weblomaniac

    August 8, 2009 09:24 pm

    Excellent post, lots of great tips. You might also want to take a look at http://freeupload.mobi It's a free camera phone photo hosting and sharing site. It makes it much easier to share your mobile photos than messing around with bluetooth, mms or trying to connect your phone to a PC

  • AussieDingo

    July 28, 2009 01:28 pm

    Great post. I have been taking alot of photos on my new iPhone and loving the back to basics approach.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussiedingo/sets/72157620810584620/

  • Trudy

    June 23, 2009 02:22 am

    This is a great link. I will let my fans on my Facebook photography page: http://tinyurl.com/TSP-FB-PAGE know. People are on the go and cannot always hire a pro but can still have great everyday photographs. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andy

    May 13, 2009 09:51 pm

    I use a blackberry to document daily life as part of a photography project: www.blackandwhiteberry.com , one thing that I noticed early on is that the enter key can be used as the shutter release, i'm sure other phones have a similar keypad function, and that using this rather than a click wheel or similar will mean that you can depress it a lot more gently and so reduce camera shake.

  • kam

    May 13, 2009 05:13 am

    This is a really helpful article. Camera phones are getting better & better with the Camera's as well as storage so in the future most people wont need a camera any more.

  • hahuhe

    May 6, 2009 02:51 pm

    nice tips. thanx! i've been using nokia e71 for about a year now and i love it! the photo quality is good enough for me. can handle close up and can even create beatiful panoramic image stitched from several photos. These are some shots from my e71.
    http://www.taskita.blogspot.com

  • Mallix

    March 2, 2009 09:48 pm

    I don't own a normal camera and most of my images are taken on a camera phone, with mostly great results (even if the resolution is crap, this should not make a difference, and can sometimes have really artistic effect). And remember: "Wow, that cake is amazing, you must have a really good oven" sounds just as stupid as "Wow, great pic! You must have a good camera"

  • John

    October 20, 2008 11:45 am

    Just a general peeve about camera phones, or at least my Chocolate Spin: You have to hit save after taking the photo. Nope, didn't know that. I just came back from a 12-kilometre hike, during which I took lots of photos. Or thought I did. Stupid set-up - if you hit the shutter, it should be obvious you want to save the photo you've just taken.

  • Jam

    October 8, 2008 11:16 am

    Great Advice for me, and a lot of people like me. I'm not a photographer of any sort i don't have the patience, and i don't care to carry an expensive camera with me when i go out partying/dancing which is when i take photos, of me and my friends. But i still want to take the best photos i can with my CAMERA PHONE!

  • Nico

    August 29, 2008 11:21 pm

    Good article. I reviewed a extra camera lens for mobile phones in a blog post. You can read it here http://www.ncomparo.com/news/mobile-phone-camera-lens/

  • Greg

    August 17, 2008 06:30 pm

    Have you seen www.nycraze.com? It's a site built around camera phone submissions. It's amazing, although they could use some of these tips.

  • Alvin

    June 16, 2008 12:08 am

    I do take many great pictures with my nokia n82.The camera of the nokia n82 is better when compared to a nikon coolpix s500,and its images are sharper despite it being only 5mpx.jump over to my photostream to take a look!!( http://www.flickr.com/photos/23577348@N06/ )

  • Tom Ryan

    June 5, 2008 04:00 pm

    thanks a lot for this article.

    i'm not a pro photographer and i don't own any other cams but just my n82 cam phone. i like photography very much and i'm ridiculously obsessed with "good" photography. i'm sure the tips presented would really improve my amateur skills and taste. i learned much about fill flash, but i find it a bit hard to perfect the rule of thirds and choosing the right white balance. thanks again :)

  • Cindi

    April 19, 2008 09:16 am

    I usually have my dslr with me but it is fun to snap pictures just for the memories you know! Besides, it keeps my grandbabies happy! And I have a small way to show their cute smiles lol....

  • John Mc

    April 19, 2008 08:58 am

    My little camera phone is handy, portable & most importantly ... FUN. It will never replace my DSLR, but then again my DSLR doesn't fit in my top shirt pocket!

    Thanx for the handy tips :))

  • Patricia

    April 18, 2008 06:26 am

    wow, thank youfor all of the tips! I used to hate taking pictures with my phone, but now I take good ones! Thank you!

  • Gustokonyan

    March 26, 2008 07:00 pm

    Try Nokia n95, Sony Ericsson K850i, and of course Nokia N82. Sure you'll be more than happy with the results. Even in complete darkness, have your photos with great detail and quality using N82, thanks to xenon flash. Also, you can have up to 8gb of storage, and soon up to 32gb cards will be available. Take high quality videos 640x480 30FPS. Haters up there, i am confident to say that some camera phones now are capable of beating many standalone digicams.

  • Kay

    February 2, 2008 11:30 pm

    I think I see a bit of elitism here. :-)

  • cakefork

    February 2, 2008 09:44 am

    i don't think anyone is suggesting ditch the SLR for a camera phone. bear in mind different situations can call for different cameras - how many of us here own more than one?
    everything has its place - if you are not interested in the topic, skip it and go to the next topic.
    this is a fantastic forum which aims to stimulate learning and promote conversation about digital photography in ALL its forms. if all you are interested in is making money from photograpy - go somewhere else. 99.9% of us here are reading and talking about DP because we love it, not because we are trying to make money.

  • Ed O'Keeffe

    February 1, 2008 11:50 pm

    Shutter lag is probably the biggest problem I have with my camera phone, although I mainly use it for photographing flyers, posters or notices such as shop opening times and street maps, then it is important to hold the phone still in order to get a sharp picture with readable text. Couldn't do without a camera on my phone but I still stick to my DSLR for the "real" photography.

  • Arie Kraai

    February 1, 2008 07:04 pm

    Thank you: great article!
    You are absolutely correct that a phonecam is great for experimenting.
    This shot was made with my Sony Ericsson W800i - when a train came rushing by in the station I put the phone on the floor and simple pushed the button:
    http://arie.persijn.net/img/dsc00686_640s.jpg

  • aelysa

    February 1, 2008 05:47 pm

    You know, you can still get some pretty cute shots you wouldn't normally have gotten. So what if it's a bit blurry, it makes for some interesting effects.

  • Tim

    February 1, 2008 04:10 pm

    At the end of the day, the number one thing that is going to improve your photography is taking lots of pictures, and seeing which turn out. Given that it's not practical for most people to carry even a point and shoot with them all the time, a camera phone is a real option for improving in that regard.

    @ Pete - sure, it's not a commercial substitute, but most people aren't in this to make money. Personally, I'm happy to produce a nice image, regardless of whether it's low or high resolution.

  • Christine

    February 1, 2008 10:00 am

    This is my first time reading an article on DPS, although I'm a big fan of Darren's ProBlogger.net blog. This is a great list of tips. While a good camera is always preferable, sometimes you're just stuck with your cell. I've gotten some great shots of my nephews on my camera phone on days when we didn't have a birthday or other event to prompt me to bring my "real" camera.

  • kevin

    February 1, 2008 09:35 am

    On a bus tour to Uluru/Ayer's Rock, we had a group of Japanese tourists using cameraphones to take pictures. Granted, the technology in cameras in that part of the world is top of the line impressive (and expensive), but it can't fully compare to even a standard point and shoot. I find my cameraphone is handy for note-taking, say when shopping - pictures of the model number or description tag of something you are interested in buying. They can work as pseudo-Post-it notes - take a picture of something to remind you to deal with it later, as long as you regularly look back at your photos.

  • Johanna

    February 1, 2008 09:29 am

    Camera phones are ideal for just snap shots taken on the spur of the moment if you don't have another camera with you. Use a "real camera" for quality photos.

  • George Fragos

    February 1, 2008 06:11 am

    I find it's difficult to hold a camera phone still because of its small size. I always hold the phone with two hands to avoid movement when the picture is taken.

  • mdwsta4

    February 1, 2008 05:32 am

    to the haters of camera phones:

    i've used multiple Sony Ericsson phones with 1.3, 2, 3.2, and 5mp's all which produce great printable photos. the latest two models i've owned even have xenon flash rather than a garbage LED light. SE is also regarded as the best camera maker on phones with nokia coming in second. i haven't used a regular P&S camera in about 2 years and haven't missed a single opportunity that wasn't captured in the same way it would have been on an actual P&S camera.
    unless you have personal experience with them, stop being a hater.

  • Donna L

    February 1, 2008 05:18 am

    Thanks for the tips - nothing beats a 'real camera' but a cell phone is always handy. Am passing the article along to the nieces - who never carry anything but a cell phone!

  • Don

    February 1, 2008 03:46 am

    Talk is cheap and so are the images. Maybe someday, but for now use a camera.

  • My Camera World

    February 1, 2008 01:48 am

    For those of you who don't think you can get decent pictures or keepers with your camera phone please take the time to look at a article on my Blog.

    A Photo Walkabout – A Low Cost Method (Nov 2007)

    http://niels-henriksen.blogspot.com/2007/11/photo-walkabout-low-cost-method.html

    Thanks

    Niels Henriksen

  • Chandamama

    February 1, 2008 01:25 am

    Naa... Phone is meant for talking and camera is meant for photos only. Even if my pentax guy provides a mobile phone feature on my SLR still I use it for taking photos only. :-)))

    Kind of felt this article does not fit for this (not the content) site.

    my 2 cents

  • Wayne

    February 1, 2008 01:24 am

    Thanks for the great tips. There are times where it's just me and my cell phone, and I wouldn't want to shy away from an opportunity just because my SLR is at home.

  • AC

    February 1, 2008 01:20 am

    Somehow, I am not a big fan of camera phones - even the "good" ones. The picture quality suffers in anything less than bright lighting. Pictures taken at night are horribly grainy and there is no flash worth mentioning. I'll stick to my normal camera.

  • Pete Langlois

    February 1, 2008 01:17 am

    14. Keep dreaming you're going to get a keeper with a camera phone. Great for snaps but not for resale unless it's to TMZ.com.

  • Tony

    February 1, 2008 01:06 am

    Who isn't biased? There isn't any question there. I think the article assumes that for some reason you get caught without your "good" camera. Case-in-point I was out ice fishing a few years ago and forgot my camera. As fate had it I caught a nice 33" fish and the only way to document the catch and let the fish live was with the camera built-in on my mobile phone.

  • Badri

    February 1, 2008 12:53 am

    Suggessions are always welcome only thing noboby practices
    can we make as rules for cellcams then it will be more
    precised more appriciated

  • Klaidas

    February 1, 2008 12:40 am

    13. Use a normal camera. :]
    Yes, I am biased.

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