Phone Photography 101

What is phone photography?

Phone photography is no different to normal photography, it’s just a different camera! Just like going from DSLR to mirrorless, it’s all about learning that tool, but the fundamental principles are the same, now that technology. The biggest issue with smartphone photography is people believe that you just point and press, just like the old point-and-shoot cameras. The reality is, there is so much more to this understanding your camera in your phone. People spend 700- 800 on the phone and the reality is that we wouldn’t pay that for a point and shoot camera that you can buy from Argos.

Take the time to appreciate/respect and get to know your camera. It is probably the most expensive thing in your handbag right now so take the time to learn exactly what it can and can’t do.

Did you know that your phone has the ability to do exactly the same as manual control as on your DSLR? Did you know that you can set it different modes such as long exposure, HDR, burst mode and many more features. You can choose where to focus and set your exposure currently but the reality is many people don’t.

By the end of this post you will learn exactly what you can and can’t do with your camera the advantages and disadvantages of using your phone and hopefully you’ll be more confident to take the photos you’ve always wanted to take like a pro.

What should you look for in a phone camera?

So you’ve decided you want to venture into mobile photography but don’t know which phone to upgrade to, check out this guide to the Best phones for photography.

Here is what you need to know about your phone, including 4 must have ways to get to your camera quickly and my best phone photography tips to catch the shot every time.

Biggest phone photography mistakes and how to fix them

In this live you’ll learn how to fix the most common phone photography mistakes:

Clean your lens

Make sure you’re set to the right format


Choose the right zoom

Avoid flash

Find your phones best friends

Figure out your actual native camera and then decide if you want a new one. The best iphone camera app 2020 is Lightroom Personally I will always recommend Lightroom (Android/apple). Not only because it has a very good built-in pro camera, that allows you to manually control your camera settings. It also allows you to get used to editing them on the go. Giving you more time to do other things and yes you can sit in the park and take a decent photo of your child and be able to edit it or while they play photography should not be something you make time for it should be something that is incorporated into your daily life allowing you to catch those precious moments on the go.

New Samsung, Huawei P20, google pixel

Must have Mobile Photography Accessories

  • Tripod
  • Lenses

Check out my gear post to see exactly which ones are the best for you.

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