Ultimate Guide To Mobile Photography

(Making that preset WORK ON YOUR PHOTO even WITHOUT a professional camera!)

“It ONLY WORKED because they’re using a high-end camera.”

I get it. You are not a professional photographer but you want to make your photos look cool. After reading blogs after blogs, you then decided to finally give presets a try. Presets are one-touch magic that will change your “mediocre” photos into professional-looking ones. You were so excited to try it out that after you downloaded lightroom, purchased that preset, had a hard time deciding what picture to edit, or maybe take a new one, you ended up disappointed. 


You should have known. None of the preset you bought looked perfect with your photo. Maybe one did make it a little better but still! Well, worry not because it ain’t going to waste. Today, I’m going to share with you the ULTIMATE GUIDE to mobile photography. Do you know that the best camera we can have is the one that is always with us? One that isn’t bulky and always handy? OUR PHONES. YES! Even with zero experience, you can do this and finally make use of the preset you just bought! 

Mobile photography may seem a little bit daunting but with a few simple tricks, you’ll be able to shoot the kind of photos you never thought possible! You really don’t need to invest some serious time and energy into learning how to use a fancy camera. All you need is to practice this easy guide we have and voila! Your photos + Flourish Presets = perfection! (I swear!)


  • This has always been on the top of my list. No matter what camera you are using, or wherever you are, the first thing you should do is look for where the natural light is coming from. Direct light from the sun is the best, but it could also be from lamps or windows. BUT also do remember to avoid being backlit. Don’t stand in front of the window. Maybe at the side, but not in the front unless it’s dark outside. You can also adjust the brightness before shooting. Just tap on the area where you want to focus and set the exposure for that area. This will usually bring up a circle or square on your screen and at the side of it will be a little sun you can move up or down. 


  • Sometimes because of the limited low light performance of your mobile camera, keeping it steady is really important. A stable shot will improve your image quality. Shaky hands are just as bad for cell phone images as they are for larger cameras. Especially in low light conditions. Your camera shutter speed would be a bit slower so that it can let in more light. This is why you often get blurry photos when shooting in low light or at night. 


  • It may be not that obvious but your camera lens can actually get covered by dirt, dust, or even fingerprints. Your mobile phone spends a lot of time in your hands, pocket, purse, or at the table. It might actually give you smudges, blurs, or dust spots on your shots. This might seem obvious but most people don’t remember to do it. (Guilty here!)


  • Use your feet to move closer to your subject. Zooming will make your pictures look blurry, grainy, and pixelated. You can always play with cropping it later on. Also, use a flashlight or LED to light your subject instead of the flash. In my experience, mobile camera flash does not yield flattering results. 


  • Edit your photos by playing with cropping it a little if needed, applying different presets (next problem you’ll have here is that almost all of the preset will look great on your phone), and adjusting the settings a little bit. Don’t be afraid to play with it. 

    I know this isn’t as hardcore as the other tips you can probably find here on the internet but doing mobile photography, for me doesn’t need to be all that serious. This is already a good start. Just follow this guide and surely, your images will improve quickly. Have fun while you are at it. Enjoy capturing each moment.

    If you followed this guide and got an awesome result, feel free to send it to us or post it here so we can feature you. If you want to share other simple tricks like this, you can do that too! We love to hear from you! 

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