6 Tips For Taking Better Pictures With Your Android Phone

by Emily on June 19, 2016

in Android, Articles, Photography

Photo by alanant @ flickr.com

Photo by alanant @ flickr.com

Owning a smartphone makes it easier than ever to record the important moments in your life. But good photography is not automatic. You may have to pay attention to a few things for nice looking pictures. Follow these six tips to start taking better pictures with your Android phone.

Choose a Phone with a Quality Camera

Choosing a phone with a quality camera is the most important thing you can do to improve your photos. For instance, the LG G4 has a 16MP camera, one of the highest resolution cameras available on a smartphone, that can take pictures even in low-light environments. If your current phone can’t compete with that, consider upgrading.

Get to Know How Your Camera Works

Your smartphone’s camera probably comes loaded with several features that can help you take attractive photos. Those features, however, are sometimes buried in the camera’s software.

Learning how the camera works will give you more control over your pictures. Get started by reading about your camera online. That should introduce you to features that other people find helpful.

It’s also a good idea to spend time experimenting with your camera. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. The more experience you have with yours, the easier it is to take advantage of the benefits while avoiding the downsides.

Concentrate on Moments that Matter

Having a camera in your pocket makes it tempting to snap pictures constantly. Realistically, most of those photographs are a waste of your time and your phone’s memory. Having too many pictures can even make it harder for you to spot the ones that actually look good.

Concentrating on the moments that matter will immediately improve the overall quality of your pictures because you won’t have so many images that no one, including you, cares about.

Learn the Basics of Composition

A little knowledge can go a long way in photography. By learning the basics of composition, you can take more attractive pictures.

Some of the most important elements to learn include:

  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Working with horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines
  • Using focal points
  • Framing shots

It really doesn’t take much time to improve your photography skills. Even if you just devote a few minutes to reading about these composition elements, you’ll gain insights that help you take better pictures.

Use Additional Lenses to Change Your Perspective

Most new Android phones come with lenses that will help you take sharp photos. As with any camera, though, your smartphone’s lens is limited to one perspective. This can make it difficult to get the perfect picture, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to take daring shots.

You can make your smartphone’s camera more adaptable by using additional lenses. Some popular options include:

  • Macro lenses for close-up photography
  • Wide angle lenses for panoramic photography
  • Telephoto lenses for taking pictures from a long distance

There are plenty of companies that make smartphone lenses. Explore your options to find one that fits the kind of photographs you want to take. There are also smartphone lens kits that include three or more lenses. That can make it easier for you to take pictures in a wide range of situations.

Use a Photo Editor App

At first, you may not have enough experience with photography to take really beautiful pictures. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for sub-par images, though. You don’t even have to sign up for a photography class.

Downloading photo editor apps will give you more control over how your pictures look. Even if you make mistakes while taking photographs, you can often correct them later.

Some common features that you’ll find in editor apps include:

  • Photo filters
  • Color balance
  • Crop and rotate
  • Photo collage
  • Red eye correction

Many of the best photo editor apps are free to download, although some have in-app purchases. Start with:

They will introduce you to a variety of features to help you decide whether you want to spend money on more advanced options.

Taking better pictures with your Android phone doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. If you follow these tips, you should see improvements quickly.

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