Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How To Take Great Pictures on Your Phone

If you're anything like me, then the majority of life's little moments are captured via your cell phone camera (especially if you have a child or pet). It's not hard to figure out why that is. In today's world we are attached to our cell phones so when that picture perfect moment occurs, we can instantly capture it. Camera phones had a bad reputation regarding photo quality until recent years, now you don't even need a pocket digital camera because your phone can do just as good.

I by no means consider myself a professional photographer, but if you're like me, just your average bear, then this post is for you. The key for taking pictures with your phone is to snap as many as possible so you are sure to capture that picture perfect moment. Don't worry about centering your subject or zooming in just right because if you wait too long your baby's smile can quickly turn into a frown.
Charlotte was making the cutest faces while we were shopping so I quicly snapped this picture. As you can see from the edited version, I was able to center it a little better to make it look like I captured this picture perfectly the first try.

Always know you can edit your pictures. In fact, I edit almost all of my pictures right off the bat. You'll be surprised what cropping a picture can do for you! But if you're looking for a little more editing functionality then you should try out the VSCOcam app.

I am still learning how to use all the features, but what I like is you aren't forced to rely on filters to fix your pictures. Don't get me wrong, I love the Instagram filters just as much or more as the next guy, but sometimes there isn't a filter to fix your picture. What's cool about this app is you can use filters if you want or  go into the settings and change the sharpness, exposure, tinting, shadows, temperature etc. I can continue to bore you with all the details or you can just check it out for yourself! Download the app, give it a try and let me know what you think! 

In this picture I was able to straighten the horizon from my original. I also worked with enhancing the colors to give it more of a pop.

This picture needed less shadows and a bit of sharpening to get it the way I wanted it.


  1. I'm teaching myself Photography, so always try and get lovely shots and try to use my Compact 16mp camera rather than my iPhone 5, but I STILL find myself using my iPhone 5 because its so much more handy. (Unless I'm doing Pro Pictures on my canon with a set up) I definitely agree with tweaking after as moments pass so quickly, plus a little editing is always in need for colour saturation and exposure or sharpness etc. You've edited your photos lovely especially the one of your little lady :)

    Clair x


  2. I think I need to get an Iphone! There are a ton of photo editors for android, but I haven't found any as nice as the ones for Iphones!

  3. I love VSCO. I also love Snapseed too. I love being able to sharpen my photos, sometimes thats all you need, especially when you have a stupid iPhone 4 camera! Haha! Thank you for sharing your tips!

  4. Where do you go into the settings to change the sharpness, temperature, exposure, etc?

    1. Under the filters there's a little arrow-up button, click that and then the icon that looks like a wrench will have all the different settings. Hope that helps!