Improve You Phone Photography with Three

I’ve loved taking photos for as long as I can remember. I used to spend my Saturday afternoons in the town waiting for my photos to get developed, and receiving my first digital camera for Christmas was a pretty exciting time for me.

Back then, phones didn’t have cameras on them. I can still remember the first time one of my friends bought their first ‘camera phone’. We all stood around in wonder with this little Nokia being passed around. It had a vga camera on the back, not even 1mp, and took pictures so pixelated you could barely make out what was going on. But hey, it was a phone with a camera, space age man!

Things have come on so much since then, and now the quality of the cameras on phones has pretty much eliminated the need for a compact camera.

I have an iPhone and I use it for a lot of my photography. It’s great for taking snaps of the kids when we are out and about, but I’ve also captured some pretty nice images on it that you wouldn’t believe weren’t taken with my big DSLR. Working with lighting and using apps can produce some fantastic photos, and just a quick search on photo sharing sites for hashtags like #iphonegraphy or #iphonephotography can show you what can be achieved.

Here are some I’ve captured –



Of course, for families, having a good camera phone in your pocket means you never miss an opportunity to capture precious family moments again. I have hundreds of memories stored on my iPhone that I would otherwise have missed because I’d left my camera at home.


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To celebrate the launch of the brand new iPhone 6s & 6s plus, Three mobile are offering a fantastic phone photography kit to any budding parent phoneographers who love capturing happy memories with their smartphones. Your photography kit will help to ensure you don’t have any more blurry family photos clogging up your storage!

Up for grabs is: a bubble pod, two mini studio lights, phone stand, mini light box with 4x colour backgrounds and a bag to transport the loot in.

To win, Three want you to tell us your best phone photography tips. Tips will be judged again the following criteria:

  •  Technical knowledge of their handsets (e.g. phone-specific tips to easily focus the camera, create cool effects during the editing process or use exposure to get the best photo etc)
  • Originality of tip (e.g. one than hasn’t been submitted before, or has made an effort to find a quicker, easier way fo getting the best picture)
  • Knowledge of photography (e.g. photographic know-how around Rule of Three, exposure etc).

To enter, you must first login via the rafflecopter below, this ensure that I get your contact details for notification should you be chosen as winner.

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For full terms and conditions of the giveaway see here.

I’m looking forward to reading all of your tips, and hopefully we can all learn a thing or two about fabulous phone photography!

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  • Reply Charlotte Moore November 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Balance your phone on a flat surface to ensure picture are not blurred

  • Reply Suzanne Drummond November 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    i double tap on the screen so it focuses on the topic then click and fingers crossed you have a great natural pic

  • Reply iain maciver November 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    don’t try to hard

  • Reply Malcolm Butterworth November 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Always have the sun behind you and photographs always looked better on sunny days, natural light is so important, much better than flash so use it as much as you can.

  • Reply Sukhjinder Kharaud November 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Top tips, remove the lense cap

  • Reply Emma Ellams November 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Don’t think about it too much. Aim to capture the moment and the rest will follow.

  • Reply Jennifer Haden November 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Always try to use natural light if you can x

  • Reply Kelly Ellen Hirst November 8, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Use the function which takes a succession of photos & pick out the best ones to keep

  • Reply Ruth Harwood November 9, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Always take more than one just in case you don’t like the first, and then periodically go through and delete as required xx

  • Reply sue seaman November 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

    take your time and get to know your camera

  • Reply Diane Jackson November 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Don’t photograph things with the sun behind

  • Reply oana79 November 17, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Always use Instagram for taking pictures as you can edit your pics instantly, lol!xx

  • Reply Sam Goodwin November 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Crouch down, it always captured a much nicer photograph for me

  • Reply Nicola McC November 19, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Be adventurous! Take photos from all sorts of different angles and unusual angles. Experiment and explore!

  • Reply Hannah ingham November 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Get as close to the subject as possible rather than using the zoom as it tends to blur the photo!

  • Reply Ali November 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

    natural lighting always works best for me

  • Reply Florrie November 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    When using the iPhone camera make sure you tap the subject to make sure it’s in focus – I know it’s basic but it’s an essential tip!

  • Reply Jade Wilson November 26, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I always try and take an iPhone picture on the side, I just think it gives it that little bit more dimension rather than a bog standard profile x

  • Reply Martina Evans November 27, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Take multiple pictures of what you are trying to capture, sometimes your last photo can be better than your first. Also, use more natural lighting in your photos & take photos from different angles and positions.

  • Reply Matt McAndrew November 30, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Download timer and editing apps and even a poor picture can become great.

  • Reply Nancy Bradford November 30, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    My best tip is to frame your photos on your iphone with as much care as you would with a regular camera and take your time.

  • Reply Lyndsay Harris December 1, 2015 at 10:31 am

    You can use manual exposure settings to get the perfect shot if it’s too dark or too bright… Tap on the bit of the photo you want to be the main focus, then you can use the slider to adjust it up or down to create a different effect.

  • Reply Andrew Grange December 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Take a burst of shots, you’ll be surprised what moments you capture that you may otherwise have missed.

  • Reply charlotte December 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

    when i go on holiday i always use the panorama function and the live photos to remember the moment 🙂

  • Reply Georgee December 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    My best tip is to your elbows in – the same as a SLR camera – it helps stabilise your camera so the photos will be sharper 🙂

  • Reply Jamie Edwards December 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Take a few shots, it’s better to have 1 good photo out of 8 than 1 bad photo on it’s own! 🙂

  • Reply Petra Hora December 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    The best tip is to take pictures outside I never take pictures inside as they don’t look good.

  • Reply Erica Price December 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Take lots of pics from different angles and with different focuses so you can pick out the best.

  • Reply Cristín Williams December 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    My best tip is just take as many photos as you can, you always have your phone with you so snap away. I recognise a lot of the pictures in your blog I grew up not too far away but now live in cornwall

  • Reply Stephen Williams December 1, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    It’s all about the lighting with small sensor cameras, get the lighting right and you will get some quality images.

  • Reply Hannah Igoe December 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I think one of my best tips for use with an iphone is that if you attach your headphones you can use the volume to take the pictures which means that you can take selfies and other photos from further away, it also gives you better control.

  • Reply Monika S December 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    making sure the light is good

  • Reply Amy Jo McLellan December 1, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    My best tip is to first of all, make sure that you’ve got your subject – you can’t take a good photo without a good subject! However, once you’ve got the subject matter, you need to make sure you keep everything in focus. With a phone, it’s so easy for everything to be a blur but no matter how basic your phone camera is, just make sure you keep your subject in the frame where the light hits right and, if in doubt, take several photos (if on an iPhone, tap, tap, tap, tap and one will come out crisp and clear!)

  • Reply Natalie Crossan December 2, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Stop your subjects from making duck face! No duck fac e= much prettier smiles 🙂

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