7 Smartphone Photography Tips and Tricks you Can Try Today

Aug 25, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

7 Smartphone Photography Tips and Tricks you Can Try Today

Aug 25, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you own a smartphone (and we know you do), and you were wondering what fun tools you can add to your arsenal of fun things to do, the folks at COOPH teamed up with Lorenz Holder and have some great ideas for you.

I would probably catalog most of those in the novelty compartment of my toolbox, yet they are a great collection of fun things to try:

1. Multiple you panorama

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Most software allows you to take a panorama shot, the trick here is to have a model run couter-panorama wise and post at various stages of the panorama. This will crate the appearance of them being present at multiple places at once. If you do end up making one, tag it #panodash. Here is a short clip that explains it:

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2. The Drive By Panorama

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Instead of moving the camera around to create a 360 degrees panorama, you can do a parallel panorama by keeping the camera at a steady position while driving. This creates a different panorama altogether.

3. The Binocular Zoom Lens

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While you can probably get a zoom lens off of amazon for less then $10, you may already have such a lens at home if you own a pair of field binoculars. Or even a pair of kids binoculars. Jsut attach them to the lens and you got instant insanity purple fringed lomo-like zoom lens.

4. Droplet Macro

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If you don’t have a DVD available for sacrificing a macro lens, you can simply apply a small drop of water on the smarphone lens to get it to shoot macro. The curved drop will act as a macro filter. Be careful not to get water anywhere else in your phone.

5. Use a car shade as a reflector

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This is a hack we talked about a lot when DIYP was younger, but we never discussed applying it to smartphonography. The idea is to get some cool reflections on the cheap by using a car sun reflective sun shade. The idea is that a little bit of reflected light can either open up the shadows or provide a hard light look, depending on how oyu use it. That’s another $10 well spent on Amazon, or you can probably get ti for a buck in your neighborhood Dollar Store.

6. Use headphones as shutter release

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If you need to get some distance from your phone for a self portrait, you can actually use your headphone as a shutter release. And if you are looking for a small tripod you can try this credit card tripod design here, or any of those nifty, albeit more complex, designs.

7. Underwater cup case

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This one is a bit risky for my taste, but you can snap an shallow under water photo by placing a phone in a cup and using the cup for water protection.

What are you waiting for, go shoot something.

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5 responses to “7 Smartphone Photography Tips and Tricks you Can Try Today”

  1. Kim Nethery Avatar
    Kim Nethery

    first tip should be “get rid of that crappy standard camera app and download a better one”. i use an app i downloaded takes way better photos than the standard app that came wth the phone

    1. Michael Grover Bartnik Avatar
      Michael Grover Bartnik

      What do you use?

  2. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    7. (no, not a cup) use a ziplock bag for a waterproof case by the pool or beach. you can still use the touch screen through the bag (when not submerged). keep it shallow water and use a real ziplock bag, not a cheap off-brand!

  3. DiverDutch Avatar
    DiverDutch

    Hey, you are professional writers. Can you PLEASE run a spell check before you publish? And make sure your editors are actually reading your copy before publishing.
    Otherwise, nice article.

  4. addrea liana Avatar
    addrea liana

    To be honest, everyone is a photographer, it’s just that they don’t know how to use their smartphones. I’ve been doing smartphone photography for sometime and get some cool/good shoots. But I really wanna have a smartphone that has manual access to aperture, shutter press and exposure.