Tricks for Better Smartphone Photography

I remember the days when carrying a camera meant having a big 35mm SLR body, a couple of hefty lenses, a bunch of rolls of film, and a big tripod – to name a few things – in a bag slung over your shoulder.

Today, though, we’re spoiled in that we’ve got powerful cameras right in our pockets.

That’s nice for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is being able to carry a lot less gear!

It’s also nice because having a camera on us at all times enables us to practice our craft more often, and as they say, practice makes perfect.

So, as you practice your photography skills with your mobile phone, keep the following tips and tricks in mind to help you create even better photos.

If you really want to expand your phone’s capabilities as a camera, you need to get an add-on lens.

Better still, why not get a series of lenses, each for a different purpose?

For example, I shoot with Sirui’s line of smartphone lenses, which includes a portrait lens, a wide-angle lens, and a fisheye lens.

As you might imagine, having these lenses at my disposal gives me many more opportunities to create interesting smartphone images.

The 60mm portrait lens shown above is an ideal focal length for portraits.

It gives you just the right perspective for getting frame-filling portraits of friends and family, but without being right up in their face.

At 18mm, the Sirui wide-angle lens is perfect for capturing wide subjects like street scenes, landscapes, and even large group portraits.

In other words, it’s a much more versatile focal length than what your camera’s native lens offers.