Do you want to take stunning photos with your mobile phone?

Mobile phone cameras caught the world by storm but the photography seems daunting. Millions of photographs are taken daily, thousands are deleted because of limited storage space on mobile devices but above all hundreds of thousands are being deleted because of poor composition. But with a few simple tricks, you’ll be able to shoot the kind of photos you never thought possible!

Inspired by 100 Things I’ve Learned about Photography article, I decided to share mine about mobile photography. I have practiced Mobile phone photography over the past few years of shooting, editing and sharing. Feel free to add yours in the comments. All photos in this article were taken by a Samsung A8 2018

1. Shaky hands are just as bad for cell phone photos. Steady is good

2. Clean that lens! You might think this is obvious, but really.

3. Tap. Focus. Just don’t forget.

4. A good mobile photograph is a good photograph.  Don’t be afraid to call yourself a photographer! hahaha.

Miner with rock salt in her palm at Lake Katwe
Pile of Rock Salt at Lake Katwe
Photos Museruka Emmanuel

5. Zoom with your feet not with your phone.

6. Make a photobook out of your photos

7. Don’t forget your rules of composition. Even if these shots are just “on your phone,”

Students with instructor at Buhler African Milling School in Nairobi, Kenya.

8. Backup your shots: Google Drive, Dropbox, a hardrive. Pick two and stick to them.

9. Don’t edit and cross the street at the same time.

10. There are photo editing apps that can make good images better images

11. Print, frame, stick and gift your mobile photos.  Just make them real!

A pupil of Ntinda School of the deaf holding a Photo gifted by The Lens Foundation

12. Not all photos have to be square – think outside the Instagram box.

13. The best camera is the one you own and know how to use.  Learn to control your exposure manually.

Nile Perch
Fisherman at one of the factories in Kalangala

14. plenty of third party camera apps., experiment with some.

15. Be prepared, let your camera app be easy to find.

16. There are no good #selfies.

Malaika Media team in Nakivale Refugee Settlement on one of the assignments with Rotary

17. Likes don’t mean quality, may be popularity.

17. okay #nofilter.. hahaha

18. Taking a portrait? Offer to share with the owner.

19. It’s hard to tell the difference between a mobile, digital and film print (up to A3)

Camp Site at Kidepo Valley National Park

20. We don’t care what you shoot with.  We respect vision not tools.

Epic Hotel and Suites Nyagatare

21. Phone flash is not good stay away from it. May be with a selfie.

22. Little editing, dont try so hard

24. Put your mobile photos on your own blog. Don’t just give them to social networks. 

25. Made more friends on social media than anyway else.. Online friends can and do become real life friends.

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  • Reply
    Nabisenke Teddy
    November 25, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Inspirational indeed

  • Reply
    Kizito Nestor
    November 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Am always interested in Mobile Photography… I use my OnePlus 6 to take pics of my family, and nature and landscapes, thus us a great article… Quite insightful… Looking for more of these articles… Great work… And info

  • Reply
    Geoff Walker
    November 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Well put together, there is always room to learn more!! ????

  • Reply
    Peter Ateenyi
    December 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Very interesting piece. I learnt alot from the article!

  • Reply
    Anthony Michael Mwami
    February 1, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Excellently put together. I’ll happily share this. I’d also call on aspiring mobile photographers to give as much time to their camera phone as they would a camera and really explore it. I hate it when I discover new fascinating functionalities on my camera phone a year after purchase ??‍♂️

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