Light and composition are 2 of the most important things in a photograph. Both of these can be captured by a phone camera, especially with the latest and greatest phone cameras. There are some down sides to using a camera phone but there are lots of up sides to using one to.

The up sides

It is always with you. Now I do have device free time when at home but if I am out and about I always have my phone with me. I see images everywhere and I am now able to capture these images as I see them. I know what I can and cant achieve with my phones camera, simply by playing around with it and learning what it is capable of.

Its discreet. If you love street photography you can use your camera phone to not be obvious about the fact that you are shooting in the first place. If you find a great spot you can simply sit and watch the people go by until the right person for the shot walks into the frame and BAM!! This is what is called the decisive moment. And not as easy to capture with a large camera. When you use a large obvious camera you are noticed more. And we don’t always want to be noticed, we just want to create awesome images.  You can edit and share quickly. If you blog like I do then you want to be able to shoot, upload and post/blog asap. Your phone camera is awesome for this.

Its cheap! You already own it! It costs you nothing but some time and experimenting to learn how to use it. But with a little research on lighting and composition, you can make your images really something. If you are on Instagram then #iphonography is worth having a look at.

The down side

You can’t be as creative as you could be. There is only so much that you can do with a phone file. And it depends on the type of phone you have. Some phone files are amazing. Others not so great. If you are finding yourself shooting lots with your phone then make this a priotiy next time you upgrade. It also depends on how much time you want to devote to learning editing techniques on the phone and on your computer!!


The most important thing to learning is to have lots of fun along the way!!