How to get more from your camera phone - the way I do it

Remember when your phone could only make phone calls?  When playing snake was about as exciting as it got.  I don't need to tell you that these days it's all changed and the phones we have in our pockets are like carrying around a very (very) decent camera.

Being a photographer I'm always looking for something to photograph.  And being a new father, there's no shortage of moments I want to capture.  However having my Nikon D800 with me at all times is not really an option.  As much as I love my Nikon, it just wont fit inside my pocket.  

My phone therefore is my go-to weapon of choice.  Always with me, always ready to whip out and use.  So I though I'd share some recent images of my daughter Ivy I photographed on my new (recently upgraded) phone and show you the process I use (all in phone) . 

Step back- You don't always need to get in close with your photos.  Stepping back a little and getting the surroundings in can be really interesting.  It sets the scene, the place, the time and is more of a record of that moment on that day when you look back.

Step back-
You don't always need to get in close with your photos.  Stepping back a little and getting the surroundings in can be really interesting.  It sets the scene, the place, the time and is more of a record of that moment on that day when you look back.

Don't be obvious- We have a tendency to photograph in the same way each and every time, from the front at head height.  Why not change your position and see things from a different perspective.  A phone is easy to hold up high or down low (just don't drop it).  Often the volume button will act as the shutter release making it easier do.

Don't be obvious-
We have a tendency to photograph in the same way each and every time, from the front at head height.  Why not change your position and see things from a different perspective.  A phone is easy to hold up high or down low (just don't drop it).  Often the volume button will act as the shutter release making it easier do.

Forget traditional composition- The rule of thirds is a concept which says divide your image up into thirds in order to align the subject in a way which best suits the frame.  To be honest I never adhere to this.  If every photo was shot in this way life would be very dull.  Don't worry about empty space, it can be just as interesting.  

Forget traditional composition-
The rule of thirds is a concept which says divide your image up into thirds in order to align the subject in a way which best suits the frame.  To be honest I never adhere to this.  If every photo was shot in this way life would be very dull.  Don't worry about empty space, it can be just as interesting.  

Black & white or colour?- This is down to preference of course.  I learned photography in the darkroom and loved traditional black and white processing.  I find a monochrome (B&W) image can appear timeless and really feel like a documented moment.  Colour is great too but can sometimes date when you look back on photographs years down the line when the filter or style you used is no longer relevant. Snapseed has some amazing monochrome and 'noir' options to play around with.  

Black & white or colour?-
This is down to preference of course.  I learned photography in the darkroom and loved traditional black and white processing.  I find a monochrome (B&W) image can appear timeless and really feel like a documented moment.  Colour is great too but can sometimes date when you look back on photographs years down the line when the filter or style you used is no longer relevant. Snapseed has some amazing monochrome and 'noir' options to play around with.  

Even the ordinary is interesting- Don't wait for them to turn and look at you and smile.  Photograph them when they're not paying any attention.  The small moments and micro-expressions are just as important as the big bang moments.  If you can look back at your family photographs as more than just birthday's and Christmases I promise it will be more rewarding.

Even the ordinary is interesting-
Don't wait for them to turn and look at you and smile.  Photograph them when they're not paying any attention.  The small moments and micro-expressions are just as important as the big bang moments.  If you can look back at your family photographs as more than just birthday's and Christmases I promise it will be more rewarding.

Print Print Print- Do something with your photographs.  We spend so much time swiping left to right on our phones we forget that photographs are meant to be displayed.  Save them up for a year and get a small book printed, or print some out each month and keep them in a small photo box, these are great to get out at family occasions and pass around and talk about.  I truly believe a photograph is not a photograph until it is printed.  

Print Print Print-
Do something with your photographs.  We spend so much time swiping left to right on our phones we forget that photographs are meant to be displayed.  Save them up for a year and get a small book printed, or print some out each month and keep them in a small photo box, these are great to get out at family occasions and pass around and talk about.  I truly believe a photograph is not a photograph until it is printed.  

THE PHONE

I use the new Huawei P9.  Great phone, comes with all the bells and whisltes.  The reason I chose this particular phone is Huawei has partnered with Leica, a camera brand famed for their high quality (and high price tag).  It comes with two lenses on the back of the camera one to shoot colour and one to shoot monochrome both at 12mp.

THE APP

I always use Snapseed.  A google app with tons and tons of options to edit you photos.  Very easy to use and gives you the ability to share the final images on various social media platforms.