The best tip for taking a photo with your cell phone:

woman holding black smartphone
Photo by fauxels on

Taking a photo with your smart phone or cell phone or a good digital SLR should all be the same. If you are trying to take some real good photos, there is one thing to always keep in mind:

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

This is a comment made by one of the worlds most famous photographers: Ansel Adams. So, what does it take to get a photo, rather than just a snapshot? It takes understanding composition, and lots of practice. Since this website opened up, we have given you some great ideas about composition. If you will now take those ideas and learn to just try them, and if you don’t like your photos, then practice some more.

brown landscape under grey sky
Photo by Andy Vu on

The question you may have now: Can I get this kind of photo with my cell phone? The answer is YES! It might be a little bit tricky to get the lightning in the photo, but, imagine you are at this location. What are things to look for to create the perfect photo:

  • Can you see the different zones of light in this photo? Once you learn to see light patterns, you can take advantage of this, and get amazing photos.
  • Look for patterns in the sky. This one just happens to have an approaching storm. A real good scenery photo will have some form of clouds in it, whether it’s a storm, or just beautiful puffs of clouds. Look at this one below and notice how the clouds have added to the photo:

Take the clouds away, and it’s not a bad picture, but, it certainly adds to the photo.

  • Look for different angles in your photography. So many photographers, and especially cell phone photographers, will snap their photo, while standing, instead of getting involved in the subject. Notice how much better this photo is when getting down to the level of the child:
two children standing near concrete fence
Photo by Bess Hamiti on

I think there is too many photos of the top of children’s heads. See how much better this looks.

  • Take pictures of things around the usual subject. For example, you get out to the forest, and want to take a photo of the trees, and the surroundings, but, did you notice the little wild flowers right by your feet:
selective focus photo of flowers
Photo by Fabien Burgue on

There are so many wonderful things around you that you just need to take the time to stop, look around, and try taking a photo of something around you.

  • Always have your camera ready to take a picture, no matter where you are. A good photographer never misses anything:
metal fence with spider web
Photo by Olga Lioncat on
  • Just to add to this a bit more: the key is to look around you all the time. I can go outside, in my yard, and find something artistic to take pictures. Like this one:
Just noticed the water that was on one of my roses.

I hope you have learned all there is about “seeing” a photo. The opportunities are all around you. Start taking pictures of a lot of things, practice, practice practice. There was another professional photographer who said:

The first 10,000 photos are your worst.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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