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Contrary to popular notion, we don’t need a digital SLR, tripod, or thousand dollar lenses to create amazing pictures. The best camera is the one we have at the moment – in most cases, it is our smartphones. But, as in the case of most tools, there are a few tips and tricks to extracting the smartphone’s full potential. In this post, I’ll cover 3 simple, non-technical ideas to broaden your smartphone photography.
1. Shoot first, think later
When you come across something that catches your eye, pull out your phone and start shooting without judging the results. Try different angles and vantage points by walking around the scene, reaching high or crouching low. Sometimes, the most mundane of scenes can look fascinating from an ant’s perspective.

Shot with Galaxy Note 2 during lunch

Shot with Galaxy Note 2 during lunch

2. Mess with your smartphone’s mind
Your smartphone tries very hard to produce a well focused and balanced picture. Sometimes, it’s fun to mess with its mind as it tries to do this. Confuse its autofocus by covering the lens with your finger, remove your finger, and take a series of pictures while it tries to figure out what is going on. Here’s an example of what you can create.

Dew on my rental car - Taken with Galaxy Note 3

Dew on my rental car – Taken with Galaxy Note 3

3. Play a game of “art with friends”
Find a friend who also wants to become more spontaneous with their art and photography. Challenge each other to create novel images of everyday surroundings. Before you know it, the floor tiles at the airport will start looking like an interstellar galactic field …

Airport tiles at IAH - Taken with Galaxy Note 3

Airport tiles at IAH – Taken with Galaxy Note 3

… and the dew on your car looks like an alien landscape.

Dew on rental car - Taken with Galaxy Note 3

Dew on rental car – Taken with Galaxy Note 3

I hope I’ve left you with a sense of whimsy and eagerness to try some of these. Join us on Facebook at EVKPhoto, post some of your tips, images of your experiments, and give us a glimpse into your creativity.

For additional tips, ideas and inspiration, check out the http://iphonephotographyschool.com/. These guys have some awesome videos articles and amazing images taken with smartphones.

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