April 16, 2023

Smartphone photography: easy, right? You open your camera app, point at your subject, and ‘click!’ – you’ve got a picture. This might be true at the surface level, but you’d be surprised how many people can’t get a decent snap out of a cutting-edge phone. Not to worry, there are lots of things you can do to improve your pics. We’ve rounded up the best tips for you to share with your clients. 

But why should you care about your clients’ holiday photos? Well, there’s actually a bunch of reasons. First of all, great pictures are a win-win – you could get some quality, free marketing materials out of it if the client is willing to share the photos with you. Then you’ve got the added shareability of stunning snaps. Clients are more likely to blast great pics all over social media, extending your reach in their circle. 

And the best reason of all? It’s a quick and easy way to show you care. Clients will LOVE the fact you’re genuinely invested in the little details of their trip. And, better yet, you can send the same tips to multiple clients, meaning a little bit of effort goes a looong way. So, without further ado, let’s get into our top ten tips.

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How to get great holiday photos with your phone


1. Wipe the lens! 

All that pocket dust and fingerprints can ruin a shot – a quick wipe on your shirt will fix that.


2. Use your camera grid 

Turn on gridlines on your phone and position your subject along one of those lines, or fill one section, leaving the others empty. 


3. Ditch your phones flash 

Phone flashes give off a harsh, artificial light that doesn’t make for a great shot. Find a natural light source or use a tripod. 


4. Go for the golden hour

Speaking of light, many super snappers will tell you the absolute best lighting if found 30 minutes either side of sunrise and sunset – use it when you can. 


5. Editing isn’t cheating

Don’t be scared to edit! Photographers have been doing it for decades to make great photos even greater. 


6. Use a tripod if you can 

This is especially true in low light, but even on a bright day, the slight shake of your hand can blur a shot.


7. Turn your screen brightness up

It’s great to save your phone’s juice but when it’s time to shoot your shot, it’s better to be able to see every little detail. 


8. Consider the full composition

You might be so blown away by the diving dolphin in the centre of your image that you didn’t notice the bare-bummed paddleboarder in the background. 


9. Plan your shoot 

If you know you’re going to an iconic landmark or famous historical site, do some research on the best angles to snap from before you go. 


10. Shoot your shots in RAW

Shooting in RAW means that your smartphone photos aren’t processed, which is epic when it comes to editing. 


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