10 Mobile Photography Tips from the Owl

Compilation of 10 simple and easy tips to improve your photography skills and take your photography Game to the next level.

  1. Clean your lens

I know it sounds obvious, but your mobile spends its day with whatever is in your pocket or handbag. You will never take great pictures with pocket lint or greasy thumbprints on the lens…

This is a really easy issue to fix, but if you ignore it, it will handicap you before you even start. Also, try not to keep your phone in your pocket or bag with things that might scratch the lens like coins, keys and the like.

2. Read the light

Lighting is what makes a great image, whether you take it with a Pro DSLR camera or a mobile phone. If you know what makes great light you are halfway to making great photographs.

3. Forget about flash

If you are out in a bar with friends, by all means flash away — but as with point-and-shoot phone cameras, the light is going to be flat and prone to red eye. You get much better images if you can use the room light.

4. Low lighting

If you must use flash then you can use some accessories to help get much better results in low lighting situation, we recommend using something like the Clip-On LED Flesh Lights that will provide much better lighting and remove the red eye effect that you usually get from using a built in flash.

Selfie: There are few more flash alternatives for the selfie lovers out there like the Yoome case, the Ty-Lite and the Lumee cases. the Yoome case is actually the one that gives the best Bang for the buck so to speak.

5. Take lots of pictures

As a professional photographer, I almost never take one picture. The final image that the client sees is almost always the result of an iterative process.

Take a shot, critique it, then take another shot…. Change your angle, change your distance to the subject, change your exposure… Almost ALWAYS the end result will be better than the first image you took.

6. Learn to step out of auto mode

If you like to take photos you probably have a phone that allows you to take some control of the exposure. One error that many novices make is to presume that the camera will always take the best picture.

The camera runs an algorithm that outputs a general result, it has no artistic judgement. The more control you take of the process the more you will be able to express your artistic judgement and the more likely you are to get outstanding pictures.

7. Experiment!

Try using different accessories like Clip-On lenses and filters, try different lighting settings this will give you much more options to play with

8. Shoot RAW (or at least DNG)

The ability to shoot RAW files is great , there are many phones this days that have this ability RAW files will retain more highlight and shadow detail than a .jpeg, and also give you more leeway in extreme lighting situations. But the BEST thing about RAW files is that they give you better material to work with.

9. Learn to edit

Learn to edit your pictures. As a pro, all of my pictures are edited. The same applies to mobile phone pictures. And by edit we do NOT mean slapping an Instagram filter on a picture. Learn about brightness, contrast and saturation. we recommend to use apps like Adobe Photoshop Express.

10. REALLY learn to edit

This is where RAW files really shine. To get the best results, import the RAW files into Lightroom and Photoshop and edit them there. The power of these programs and the control that comes from making fine adjustments on a really big screen are what will make the most of your image.