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March 10, 2019 3 min read

Love them or hate them, smartphones have transformed daily life.

Remember back when you’d have to lug about a million camera parts just to take the simplest photo?

And don’t even get me started on the shoulder video cameras LOL.

Nowadays, we always have a camera on hand, and can capture a special moment quicker than the fastest gunslinger in the west.

There’s just one problem, about half of the photos we take at our kids’ games end up blurry.

UGH. Memory ruined.

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, with just five simple tricks, you can instantly improve your smartphone pictures.


  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Take Multiple Pictures

Sometimes it's easy for us to look at a bad picture we have just taken, and then give up. Keep on trying! Even professional photographers take HUNDREDS of photos just to get the few that they want to use. Photography takes patience sometimes. Don’t give up after a few bad pictures.


  1. Adjust Exposure

Most smartphones will allow you to adjust the exposure (this affects how bright or dark the photo turns out). For example, on the iPhone you can tap your camera screen to focus. Did you know that you could also hold down after tapping to lock that focus? You can then drag your finger up or down from that locked point to adjust how much light you are letting into the photo. Sometimes with action or movement shots you must make the photo darker to avoid a blur, but don’t worry. There are plenty of free apps that allow you to adjust the brightness after you’ve taken the photo. One great app for that is Snapseed. You can go in and adjust your photo brightness to exactly what you need.


  1. Burst Mode

When it comes to capturing movement in a photo, burst mode is a great feature. On the iPhone (and most smartphones) you can hold down your shutter button. This makes you camera take multiple shots in just a few seconds. Later, you can go in and select the photo that works the best for you. Burst mode is your best friend when taking those awesome action shots.


  1. Get Close, Don’t Zoom

When a smartphone zooms, it doesn’t work the same way a regular camera does. The lenses on a phone can’t move to zoom, so the phone uses what they call a digital zoom. Unfortunately, this can result in blurry and pixilated pictures. To get a great picture that has a lot of movement, try to get as close as you can physically to what you are trying to take a photo of. This will result in a much clearer photo.


  1. Take Your Time

We’ve all had this happen. You try to take a photo quickly to capture your kids, and then you see it…It’s tilted, blurry, and your kids aren't even in frame. This is what we can call “rushed photography”. The problem with rushed photography is that you miss more moments trying to figure out what went wrong with the last photo. Take a second and steady your hands, adjust the exposure, and frame your kids in the camera towards the center. Picture Perfect.


Follow these simple tips to instantly improve your smartphone photos. But above all, remember to enjoy the moment that you are in, and don’t be discouraged by a bad photo. You'll be a professional smartphone photographer before you know it.