How to Take Great Pictures on Your Smartphone: 5 tips from TAGN

Smartphones cameras can do more than we give them credit for. Thank God the days of carrying around a heavy camera are behind us.

Taking great photos with your smartphone isn’t rocket science, but it’s not as simple as just pointing and shooting.

TAGN’s app designer, Anne Ryan Cavin, has some secrets on how to improve your smartphone camera game.

5 TAGN Tips to Take Better Pictures With Your Phone


1. Keep your focus on one 

Don’t try and do too much in a photo. Focus on one subject, its easier to get everything right when you only have one subject. As soon as you tap your screen to focus on your subject, shoot! alyssa

Photo Credit: Alyssa Rose

2. Symmetry and Patterns

We are surrounded by symmetry and patterns, both natural and man-made. They make eye-catching compositions, particularly in situations where they are not expected.Another great way to use them is to break the symmetry or pattern in some way, introducing tension and a focal point to the scene.



Photo Credit: Blake Lannom


3. Take Candid Shots

Candid shots tell a story of there own. There is such beauty in people

I love all kinds of photography, but getting a great candid takes a few things to line up just right. Sometimes you have to fake a phone call, or act like your a tourist, but the picture will be worth every awkward moment.


Photo Credit: Blake Lannom


Photo Credit: Taylor Campbell

4.  Turn on your grid lines

Using your camera grid lines solves many problems! It saves you from taking multiple shots because its at a wired angle, and you can use the grid to create a more interesting photo by using the rule of thirds.

The Rule of Thirds is one of the first things photographers learn to create well balanced and interesting shots. To simplify the theory, you just want to position your subject so that it is

Photos look better when they aren’t slap-bang in the middle of the scene, right? Well, that’s what the rule of thirds is based around.  Place them to either side, and to create more balance, align the subjects point of interest on one of the four intersections of the grid lines.


Image Credit: Digital Photography School

5. Don’t zoom… EVER

You aren’t getting a better shot because you’re zoomed closer to the subject. All zooming-in on your camera does, is enlarge and crop the picture.

Either walk closer to the subject, or crop the photo after taking it. If you crop the photo after you take it you will have better editing options.


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