"The best camera is the one you have with you." This statement is extremely true and with the great sensors in current generation mobile devices, having a camera attached to your phone is a great thing! Here is a list of 5 things that can make your photography better and eliminate the phrase 'that looks good for a phone camera'.
1. Keep It Simple
People tend to overcomplicate things. Steve Jobs said 'simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' and that can be seen even today in nearly all of Apple's products. Keeping a photo simple can bring out the harmony and make for a naturally dramatic shot. If you only abide by one rule, this is it.
2. Shoot From The Level Of Your Subject
One of the biggest mistakes people make is shooting from above when taking pictures, especially portraits. This creates a birds-eye view and makes you subject disappear into the background. Get down to the height of your subject, whether it is children, pets or a fountain to give better perspective and to make them stand out.
3. Keep Your Phone Horizontal
For the most part, photos simply look better in landscape mode. Unless your taking an intentional portrait keep your phone horizontal. You'll be happy you did. Bonus: This is especially true when taking video!
4. Limit Your Software Based Editing
Doing layers of editing to your picture can yield a great result if done right, but know when to hold back. Changing certain aspects of the photo, such as some modifications done by filters can lower the quality of the image dramatically. This is a big deal to keep in mind if you're images will be viewed on larger screen devices.
5. Get An Accessory Lens Kit
An accessory lens kit can add some great analog effects to your photos. This kit is attached via a universal clip and includes a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens and macro lens. The fisheye lens especially can add fun depth to you photos for an entirely different perspective.