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.)

Processed with VSCO with  preset
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. Thanks for the advice. I especially like your example of overexposed because sometimes I donโ€™t realize the issues. Iโ€™ve used that focus feature on my iPhone. YOur advice helped clarify how train my eye to what I should look for.

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    1. It’s my pleasure! I’m SO glad to hear I could help out and that you could learn something from it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m busy with creating more phone photography tutorials. Hopefully they’ll be just as helpful ๐Ÿ˜€


    1. It’s my pleasure. That’s fantastic. Your phone’s capabilities are amazing.

      Soft light, as in, in the shadow. Anything but direct sunlight.

      Although, even taking pictures of things in the shadow at 12pm, where the sun is directly overhead, can still make the pictures not as ‘soft’. It can look harsh. Maybe not that pleasing to the eye.

      That’s why the ideal time to take pictures is either early morning, which is something I highly suggest because SO few people take pictures then because they’re still in bed. The light is the softest in the morning and can make for very pleasing pictures.
      Or late afternoon. Also known as golden hour. An hour before the sun sets.


      1. Thank you so much, this is a great explanation.

        Now that you have explained it, I actually realise what it is that you mean. It’s something that is more subconscious to the untrained eye.

        I’ll definitely be trying these tips next time I’m snapping pictures.

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        1. It’s my pleasure.

          Yes, you’re right. With time and lots of practice, it will move from the subconscious to conscious and you’ll be more aware of the light.

          Definitely play around. I’d also recommend taking pictures in bright sunlight so that you can experience it for yourself. To see what works and what doesn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Wow! Thanks so much for your tips! There is hope for me and my Samsung after all! I will investigate Snapseed and VSCO too โ€” I have to admit, that up to now I have been using microsoft office to correct my usually poorly-defined, ‘got-no-idea-at-all’ photos, but I’ll give these tools a bash! Have a good day, and please keep snapping and sharing! Much appreciated!

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    1. It’s my pleasure! I’m glad you found them useful! There is absolutely hope for you and your Samsung! Definitely give VSCO a try. You can make magic with it. Valuable tip – Keep it simple and don’t overdo it. It’s something 99% of people do, especially when they’re new to it. Even I did it in the beginning.

      When editing, set the intensity of the preset/filter between +5 or +8. Usually, anything more than that is overdoing it. Same goes with saturation, contrast, sharpness. Use them, but just a small amount. It’s the subtleties that will make your pictures look great.

      Because in a world where everyone is overdoing, over-saturating, over sharpening, too high contrast – your photos will stand out with their beautiful simplicity.

      Then other people might tell you as well, “wow your pictures look so amazing. How do you do it? You make it look so simple.” – That’s because it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ “Keep it simple. Don’t overwork it.”

      Thank you! Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have questions, please let me know!

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