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10 composition tips that will make your smartphone photos sensational

 
 

  It's no secret, I am amazed by the quality of images it is possible to achieve with a mobile phone.
 In fact, since getting my Apple iPhone a couple of weeks back, I've hardly used anything else. Is the iPhone better than Android phones? I don't know. But who cares? I've seen some pretty incredible photographs produced with Samsung smartphones and well as mobile phones from HTC and others.
 The truth is, the top-line smartphones are capable of astounding results.
 And, while it is true, simply pointing and shooting camera phone often produces usable images, if that's all you do, you are missing out on its - and your - fantastic photographic potential.
 With a little bit of thought and learning, the marvel in your pocket, can open up photographic possibilities that will truly astound you and have you producing work you'll be happy to hang on your walls.

Composition

 One of the keys to all photography, no matter what instrument used to capture the image, is composition.
 "First and foremost, composition is the placement and relationship between objects and elements within a photograph or piece of artwork. Good composition will give balance to an image. It will lead the viewer's eye into the image and direct it towards the intended subject," writes Andy Butler, in the latest edition of Mobiography.
 "Good composition can turn even the dullest of subjects or scenes into an amazing masterpiece. On the other hand, bad composition can ruin a photograph, no matter how interesting the subject."
 Butler's article, "10 Composition Tips To Take iPhone Photos To The Next Level" is guaranteed to help anyone who takes photos with a mobile phone. But not just a camera phone, the tips and principles apply to any picture-taking device.
 It makes no sense to rehash Butler's article - he does a great job and it is a highly-recommended read - but his 10 composition tips that will make you a better camera phone photographer are:

  1. What is the subject of your photograph?
  2. Follow the "Rule of Thirds"
  3. Don't follow the "Rule of Thirds"
  4. Balance the image
  5. Shoot from different points of view
  6. Use leading lines
  7. Add something of interest to the foreground
  8. Frame your subject
  9. Crop in close
  10. Use negative space

 Each of these photographic composition tips is discussed in more detail in Butler's article and there are some wonderful iPhone images.
 


 

 

 

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