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

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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.

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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:
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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:
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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:
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  • 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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Today’s smartphone camera systems are amazing! If you look at the newer cameras, they almost always have 2 or 3 lenses built-in to the phone. You can take pictures wide angle (to get all the landscape in), and a telephoto lens so you can get up close, and the “normal” lens, which is the one you would use most of the time. As we look at the newer cameras coming out this next year, you will notice even more lenses built-in.

But the hard part is keeping up to technology is expensive. You have OPTIONS to have even more exciting lenses for your cell phone camera. Let’s take a look:

I want you to click on this: lenses for cell phones. There is so many different ideas of how to put a lens on your cell phone, you will have to look through the many different choices and see which one will work for you.

Click on this video to see what lenses are available:

The above link explained all the different ways to attach lenses to ANY cell phone camera. Watch the video, and then go to this link: lenses for cell phones


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Important points on how to protect your smart phone camera :

1- Many of the cellphone companies today, are installing on the front of the phone, a glass made by “Gorilla Glass”. And that is truly an amazing thing that should help keep your phone’s glass from breaking. I said it will help, but, do your put extra protection on your phone’s glass from breaking in case you drop it? Should do it.

Check this out so you can see all the different ways to protect your glass:

glass protectant for cell phones (click on this link)

2- Protect your camera with a “shock absorbing” case. Now, here is going to be the challenge in the near future: As you purchase a new cell phone, you will be asked: “what color would you like your cell phone?” And you will have several choices to make. But, It almost always makes your body cringe when you drop your camera. Please protect it. Maybe get a colored case, or some new style of cases for your phone:

CASES FOR CELL PHONE (Click on this link)

3- This one kills me every time: You now have on your camera: Optical glass for the camera part of your phone. Don’t clean that glass with your shirt, or other pieces of clothing. Get some “Lens Cleaning cloth” to clean your camera glass:

lens cleaning cloth (click on this link).

And, because you are already at, you can go ahead and just purchase these items, once you have linked on to it.

Here are today’s photos submitted that were taken by cell phones:

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As you may soon realize, taking “selfie’s” with your cell phone is not the best way to take photos of you or a small group. They all look the same after while.

If you want to be a real “photographer” with your smart phone, you would try taking your “selfie’s” using a tripod. Take a look at some of these tripods, made just for cell phones:

54″ Cell Phone Tripod with Rechargeable Remote, Aluminum Lightweight Travel Tripod with Extendable Tripod Stand, Phone Holder and Carry Bag, for Cellphones/GoPro/Digital Cameras

Just a note: I know you are thinking tripods are supposed to be sturdy. These tripods are made lighter so you can carry them around easier. And remember, you are not putting on a big huge camera. It’s just the weight of a cell phone. So for $10.99 this is a great deal.

Phone Tripod Stand & Selfie Stick Tripod, Sosirolo 62″ All in One Extendable Cell Phone Tripod with Wireless Remote and Phone Holder, Flexible Cellphone Tripod for iPhone/Android/Camera

With these tripods, your photos will quit looking like “selfie’s” and start looking like real portraits.

I believe all cell phones have a “self timer” in it. Just put the camera on the tripod for cell phones, and frame the image on your phone, and picture where you will be, and then set the self timer, and run around and put yourself in the picture. And now a real nice “selfie”, with some real class!

Now, we want to see your photos that you take with your smart phone or cell phone. Just send your photos to:

It will be fun to see others photos. Let’s do it!



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WOW ! The launch of “Smartphone – Smart Photographer” has been fun, been exciting, and more is coming this next week. I don’t want you to miss anything, so here is what is happening next week:

  • Did you know they make tripod for cell phones? And they are not that expensive. Want to get away from the selfies, that look like “selfies”? We will show you how?
  • A special blog on accessory lenses for cell phones. Amazing what you can do with your cell phones
  • Plus, they make amazing smart phone accessories that most people don’t know exist. This will make taking pictures with your phone so fun.
  • Plus, some more great highlights on composition to help you take better photos.

Those words in blue (above) by clicking on them will take you to a website that sells these things, and provide more information about those products. Try it!

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