Phone Photography | Creative Process

Here I’m going to give a basic rundown of my creative process when taking pictures.

I used a phone(Huawei P20 lite) in order for us to be on the same level.

I’ll use a flower as an example.


What to look for.

Harsh light on the flower can make it difficult. I prefer soft light. Luckily the flower was in the shade which made things easier.

Stay out of sunlight, otherwise there can be a big difference in contrast. It isn’t always as pleasing to the eye.

Next, I decide which angle will look best to show off the flower in all its glory. Try it from all sides.

Shoot down. Shoot up. Move closer. Further away. The limit is your imagination. When you’ve found your angle, now you can adjust the settings.

Tip: If you can, try and shoot ‘through’ something. Shooting through something can mean, literally shooting through an object or, in this case, have something in the foreground(in front of your object/subject.)

It can drastically change your photo and make it look more professional.


Most of the time, the picture will be overexposed. (That means everything is very bright. There is very little color and definition.)

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It usually will look like this (Overexposed)

Depending on which phone you have, if you tap on your screen in order for the camera to focus on what you want to photograph, a setting should appear which will allow you to adjust the exposure. Bring it down just a little bit, until you see that your object/subject is not overexposed.

If you’re happy with your frame, you can snap the picture.

This was a very basic explanation to take a picture of something very simple.

If you want an easy tutorial on how to edit pictures on your phone, have a look here.

If you found this helpful, here are 5 photography tips for beginners.

Learn about developing your eye for detail here.

Thinking about which camera you should buy to begin photography? Here is my advice.

Confused by some photography terminology? Hereโ€™s a list of photography jargon.


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  1. Thank you for your explanation, I have recently dropped my Huawei Pro P 20 so you can imagine how irritated I am feeling until it is replaced im stuck with an old Samsung!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! My sister-in-law takes great photos too, we take turns in taking photos using the same phone and I always wonder why hers looked amazing vs mine. Will definitely bookmark this blog ๐Ÿ‘ thanks!

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    1. It’s my pleasure! I’m so glad to hear you found it useful! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Haha. Keep developing your eye for detail. It’s difficult to put into words. It’s like Gordon Ramsey giving me a taste test and asking what it needs. I’d try my luck and say salt, and he’ll probably call me something for being an idiot.
      The point is, you develop your taste buds and your eye for photography the same way. With practice, over and over again. Trial and error.
      Eventually it will be second nature.

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      1. I wonder how long could Gordon endure my trials and errors hahaha! Will try to take photos more often… I do hope to eventually have an eye for detail.. Thanks!


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