How to take great photos with your cheap smartphone

I’m forever encouraging people to take photos, regardless of equipment simply because I’ve always used my smartphone. Nothing flashy, just a cheap £70 Nokia Lumia 520 that came with a free experience day of my choice; Lamborghini ride! It has done me proud, taking some great photos and now I have amassed 2000 followers on Instagram. Happy days! I’ve now upgraded to a £100 Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation – big spender, I know! I’d be worried about getting a £600 Iphone stolen or damaging it but not my crappy Nokia/Motorola! So how do you take great photos with such a cheap phone, here are my 5 rules…

Rule 1: Don’t bother with the zoom

It looks awful and pixelated, that isn’t a good combination. Use your legs to zoom… as in move around!

Rule 2: Compuntitledosition is key

What you should do instead is focus on how you compose your shots, using the rule of thirds comes in very handy here. The screen is split into thirds by a 3×3 grid and you just align your subject (the thing your photographing) into one section. For example, my subject is the windmill and have placed it the middle to right of the shot.

Rule 3: Lighting is very helpful

Grafton beach, Tobago

Golden hour (sunset/sunrise) is notorious for offering the perfect lighting for photographers so use it! I have found apps such as Sun Surveyor Lite and Golden Hour to be very useful. Just search in your app store and you’re sure to find similar apps to these. As you can see the lighting of this photo makes it look a lot more dramatic

 Rule 4: Find those wacky angles

You don’t need to stick to the same conventional angles that everybody uses. Get down low or up high for different perspectives!  To take this one below I had to be crouching down in a puddle


Rule 5: Have fun!


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27 thoughts on “How to take great photos with your cheap smartphone

  1. thanks for visiting my blog especially as its led me to yours 🙂

    all great tips – best for me is to not zoom in – love how fore & background are both interesting in pic with logs

    I don’t know how other phones work – do they, like iPhone, have option of improving color balance?

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  2. Good tips — especially the last one. I love taking pictures, but only a few are really worth printing. It’s about the fun, though, and how taking pictures allows me to remember better the details of the moment. Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. Glad you’ll be traveling along with us!

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  3. You have a great set of cellphone photo tips here.
    Thanks for stopping by and following my photo and travel blog. The new camera phones are truly amazing in their capability. I went to a graduation this week with family and some of their phone camera shots came out better than my Nikon with 16-300mm zoom lens! That’s why I feature a cellphone pic every Sunday, to share the capabilities of these new cameras.

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