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Top 10 Tips for Camera Phone Pictures


boy and girl with phone


Whether you're a novice or a pro with your camera phone, we've got some tips that will help you get more camera out of your camera phone. So grab your camera phone and get started!


Take lots of pictures

Since your camera phone is always with you, take advantage of capturing those spontaneous moments. Take lots of pictures to increase your chance of capturing just the right shot.

Use pictures to communicate - it may be faster and easier for both you and the recipient.


car and bunny



Move in close

Many camera phones lack a zoom lens, so make sure you move in close to capture your subject

Fill your phone's display screen with your subject to create pictures with greater impact. Up close you can reveal telling details - a wrinkled nose or an arched eyebrow.

Don't get too close or your pictures will be blurry and distorted. As a general rule, stand about one to two feet from your subject.

  move in close


Shoot at eye level

Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a picture of someone, hold the camera at the person's eye level to unleash the power of those magnetic gazes and mesmerizing smiles.

For children and pets, that means stooping to their level. Your subject doesn't have to stare at the camera - all by itself that eye level angle will create a personal and inviting feeling that pulls you into the picture.


eye level



Watch the light

To create impactful pictures, move in close and fill your viewfinder or LCD with the subject.

Unless your camera phone has a built-in flash, low light = bad picture. Try to take pictures in bright light. Without adequate lighting, your camera phone pictures will look dark and grainy.

In sunlight, move around where the sun beams onto your subject. Indoors, turn on extra lights to brighten your subject.


watch the light



Use a plain background

A plain background shows off the subject you are photographing. When you're ready to take your picture, force yourself to study the area surrounding your subject. Make sure a tree isn't growing from the head of your subject and that no cars seem to dangle from their ears.

Check your picture in the your phone's display screen and retake it if necessary.


plain background



Try different angles

Start by shooting at eye level. *CLICK*

Capturing many angles will add variety and interest to your photos.

Keep the ones you like, delete the ones you don't.


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Stay still

Jittery hands cause blurring.

Keep your hand still a second or two after shooting, since the shot is still processing.

When you hear the click sound, it doesn't mean you captured the photo, it just indicates that you pressed the shutter.


stay still



Be courteous, be legal

Cell phone etiquette includes being mindful of its camera. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Ask permission before taking people's picture.

Don't use your camera phone in places like health clubs or theaters.

Places like airplanes, courthouses, concert venues, and military bases, don't allow cameras or phones. Abide by their rules.