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Top 5 Accessories for Better Smartphone Photos

Top 5 Accessories for Better Smartphone Photos
Are you frustrated with the quality of your cellphone photos? Cellphone photographers are no stranger to shakiness, blurriness, washed-out glare and dark dingy captures. The good news is that anybody can remedy at least a handful of those common complaints by using a few smart accessories. This quick guide will help you equip your phone with the most effective tools to boost the quality of your captures.
The following five must-have smartphone accessories are a great place to begin:
Better Smartphone Photos
  1. Mini-Tripod
The greatest advantage of cellphone photography is also the greatest disadvantage – the freedom of mobility means that you can go anywhere and take photos of everything possible, but it also often leads to shaky and blurry photos due to slow exposure time. The good news is that a miniature tripod or collapsible monopod can remedy this problem instantly. Now all you have to do is make sure that your subject stays still, but that's a matter for a different guide!
  1. Lens Pack
Lens packs are one of the neatest innovations in smartphone photography technology. If you have a current and popular smartphone model, you might want to explore your local phone accessory store to see if they have any awesome starter packs. Some lenses attach to the phone face using magnets and others require a special case for quick application and removal. These lenses can improve the clarity of your photos and can even add neat effects, like the classic fisheye lens.
  1. External Lighting
Smartphone cameras need ample light to create nice-looking photos, but the integrated flash often washes out the subject and makes a dark-condition photo look worse. Disable the flash and move toward external light sources instead. Some companies make neat synchronized flashbulbs to give your phone that paparazzi feel, but traditional photography stores probably have professional and hobby grade light boxes that could work with any camera or phone.
  1. Photo Editing Software
Though not a physical accessory, the right photo-editing app can make all the difference. Cellphone photography probably won't begin to rival the quality of real cameras any time soon so some clever editing can help you make the most of what you have. Look for an editing app that can adjust brightness, remove stray objects, and remove motion blur; take some time to try the apps from MacPhun for all these features and more.
  1. Lots of Storage

Modern smartphones offer a whole lot of space, but one of the most important rules of cellphone photography is to keep every picture until you can review it later – what you see on the screen is not representative of what you'll see on the computer monitor or in print. Most phones don't have a slot for external memory, so you might want to start investigating cloud storage options for unlimited storage potential.  

Taking Your Photography to the Next Level

Now that you have all the tools you need to succeed, it's time to think outside of accessories and focus on technique. Eliminating technical problems is just one way to improve your smartphone photography: emulating the pros is another. Make sure to pick up a few basic photography books to learn about composition, color balance, exposure, etc.

Dive into the instruction manual so you can learn to change the resolution and compression of your photos. Learn how to turn on your phone's gridline feature so you can align your photos for the best results. Work to familiarize yourself with all the settings for best result. Avoid the biggest smartphone photography mistakes like using the integrated zoom and flash features.

Most importantly, never stop practicing. Smartphone photography is growing in legitimacy: a few stock photo websites accept high quality smartphone photos, and as technology improves, they may start to infiltrate other areas of commercial photography as well. The quality of a photo has nothing to do with the camera: it's all about the subject matter, the emotional impact, and the intention of the artist who took it.

So stop feeling self-conscious about your smartphone shots – with a little practice and technique, and the right accessories, you'll soon be snapping such nice photos that your fans won't even know the difference unless they happen to be pro photographers themselves. So jump right in, and explore the potential your cellphone camera is waiting to unleash!
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