6 Tips for Smarter Smartphone Photography

Clever tips for using your smartphone's built-in camera to achieve the best possible photos.
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 Use polarized sunglasses to stylize your smartphone photos

Use polarized sunglasses to stylize your smartphone photos


Keep your phone from going overboard. Tie together two large rubberbands into a figure eight. One loop fits around your hand, the other loop fits around the phone.

Shoot through polarized sunglasses to reduce reflection on the water and to darken blue skies, as in the catboat image at left. You can also try the Trygger polarizing filter camera clip for iPhone 5 to eliminate glare. ($39.99, bitemyapple.co)

Use your smartphone’s wide-angle lens or panorama mode to capture extra-wide shots both inside and outside the boat. This is the method I used to capture the masthead image below.

At dawn and dusk, shoot toward the light to create dramatic silhouettes of boats and people. If your foreground subject is close enough, fill it with the built-in flash.

Get close! Smartphones have fairly wide angles of view so other boats must be close to be seen clearly in your photos.

Print your best photos on good photographic paper. Today’s digital files may not be readable in fifty years, but paper copies will survive.

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