Pro Tip: How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone

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If you’re anything like me, you probably never leave home without your smartphone. Let’s face it, just about everyone, “except for great grandpa & grandma who’s still hanging onto their flip phone”, will have a smartphone.

So, how can you take better pictures with your smartphone when that’s the only camera you have?

How to take better pictures with your smartphone

Tip #1a: Stand Still & Use Both Hands

I know, this is an obvious tip but not everyone will hold their phone with both hands and stand still while taking a picture. Often times you may only have one hand available.

Sometimes we catch ourselves holding our smartphone with one hand and keep walking while trying to take the picture. That’s a “no-no” for beginning photographers & professionals.

How to take better pictures with your smartphone

Tip #1b: Try resting your elbows on your torso

We’re all human (at least I hope we’re all human) and no matter how hard we try not to move are shake while taking a picture, we cannot do it.

Which is why I encourage you to rest your elbows on your torso for stability and increase your chances of taking a much sharper picture.

How to take better pictures with your smartphone

Tip #1c: Hold your shutter button while focusing

Most smartphone cameras will allow for holding the shutter button, or you may have to hold the shutter button and touch your screen, in order to allow your camera to focus.

Either way, you want to hold your shutter button and give the camera a few seconds to focus and then slowly release the button without moving or shaking.

This will greatly increase your chances of getting a better picture indoors with low lighting, but when you’re outdoors on a sunny day, your camera should focus much faster. If not, please upgrade your phone ASAP.

How to take better pictures with your smartphone

I hope that you found our #1 tip helpful. If you’d like to get our next tips of getting rid of those dark photos or maybe you’re having trouble with blurry photos, click the button below and join the PVG e-Club Family and get the next tips dropped in your inbox.

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