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As a Plano senior photographer, I know a thing or two about what makes a great photo. And it's not always what you think. I'm going to have to speak in general terms because, of course, every cell phone is different. But a few little tips will greatly improve the quality of your images. I have only ever used an Android phone so will talk about my experience on it.

  • First thing, you are going to have to decide, for everything, or for each individual time you shoot, whether you want to print the images or whether you will be using them for the internet and social media only. If the former, you want the highest resolution you can get on your phone. If the pictures are for the internet only, you don't need the best quality. The reason this matters is space - memory on your phone, how long uploads take, memory on any other device you store images on.  The problem is, of course, that if you set to low res files, they will not look good printed.
  • Back up your images!  I cannot stress this enough. Put them on another device, cloud, whatever, but back them up!
  • My camera app has a depth of field feature. I like this because it allows me to keep in focus what I want to be in focus. Play with it if you're curious.
  • Cell phone flash is awful. I avoid it most of the time. It's straight on and will, therefore, cause flat light and red-eye.
  • Try for different angles of the same shot. Raise it up high, shoot from down low.
  • Use focus lock if your camera app has it. On my phone, I touch the area I want to focus on. This will help if you've been having out-of-focus shots.
  • Vary your composition. With focus lock, your subject does not have to be in the center. Off-center compositions can totally change an image.
  • Look for mergers and, of course, avoid them. Mergers are things that run through your subject that are distracting. Think telephone pole running through someone's head.
  • Vary the zoom on a shot to see what you like best.

Mostly, a lot of this involves experimenting and seeing what you like!  Have fun!

If you are looking for a Richardson, Texas senior photographer, give me a call at 214.783.9691 or e-mail me at Thanks for reading!