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Mobile Photography Tips From the Pros - Part 1

Love The One You're With

This two part series is packed with pro tips from South Africa’s talented professionals and outstanding instagrammers who use mobile cameras in a pinch with outstanding results.

A famous saying among photographers is that the best camera is the one you have with you. That mobile phone you have in your hand is a powerful tool for capturing and sharing magic moments. You don’t need a pro camera to capture brilliant shots. A mobile may land you those quick creative shots you’d miss if you went running for another camera.  We’ve got proof!

Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith


Instagram: Alexandersmithphoto

Hidden Light Revealed

Hidden Light Revealed
Hidden Light Revealed

I noticed the steam from my shower revealing the morning shafts of light through the blinds. A fleeting moment captured with the camera closest to me... my iPhone.

Pro Tip: I used Instagram to add a filter and share it.
Tools: iPhone and Instagram

Deen Schroeder Profile PictureDeen Schroeder

Instagram: deenschroeder
Twitter: deenschroeder

Document It

Deen Schroeder Freedom?

On 7 April 2017, I joined in the protest action that took place across the country. People gathered to uphold their civic duty and oppose an unjust ruler. I was fortunate to accompany some talented journalists and we covered the protest action in downtown Johannesburg. This image was captured on my iPhone.

Pro Tip: Don’t underestimate the power of having an unobtrusive device with exceptional capabilities. You are able to capture powerful events with phenomenal accuracy and emotive depth.
Tools: iPhone 6S and native iPhone editing app

Ashvir MaharajAshvir Maharaj

Instagram: ashvirmaharaj
Twitter: AshvirMaharaj
Facebook Page: AshvirMaharajPhotography

Keep it in focus

Ashvir Maharaj - Keep it in focus
Keep It In Focus

This photo was shot with my Sony Xperia Z3 on 8mp (16:9) mode. I have a variety of mobile apps but the most popular and easiest to use is Snapseed. This allows me to tune the image slightly to give it a bit of extra life. For these images I lowered the highlights and shadows a little, increased the contrast and reduced brightness slightly. I also boosted the saturation and ambience slightly to boost the colour. 

Pro Tips: The key to getting a good mobile photo is keep editing to a minimum. Adjust to fix minor errors that you see only as too much of editing will ruin a good photo.
Often we take a shot and only after realise that the final result is blurry. Some phones have a touch capture and some have dedicated buttons. With the touch capture you need to ensure you stay dead still. An easier method is to switch on the 3/5 second timer function, touch focus on your subject and hold the phone firmly. This ensures everything is in focus and you capture a razor sharp image.
Tools: Snapseed (FREE) Apple Androis, Adobe Photoshop Express Android Apple, Adobe Lightroom Mobile (Requires Subscription) Android Apple 

So the next time you are lamenting that you can’t get to your camera in time. Don’t fret, your saviour is close at hand. Snap that shot then follow the tips above for a pro image to impress!

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