5 Great Smartphone Photography Ideas

Smartphones have more and more powerful cameras and tech behind them as the years roll on, opening opportunities for shoots with just your phone.

I have always opted for smartphones with strong cameras, even though I spend most of my life with one or more cameras by my side. In the last five years or so, I've started to treat my phones as an accessory for my photography anyway, using their brilliant screens as external monitors, as remotes, and even as wide-angle setups. Then, with the advent of phone gimbals, they are brilliant for b-roll with most shooting 4K at 60fps, quite comfortably!

In this video, COOPH takes you through some concepts for shots that you can complete with your phone. In all honesty, you can recreate most with your camera and a wide-angle lens, but a phone's small form factor, wide lens, and high resolution lend themselves well for creating images with front-to-back focus. I'm not which smartphones have the light painting feature built-in, but I'll check mine later for that as the model car image in this video is superb.

What's the best shot you've ever captured with your smartphone? Could have done better with your camera?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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