Landscape Photography with a Mobile Phone

Landscape Photography with a Mobile Phone

Do you want to be able to take Landscape mobile photography pictures like this using your phone? I will be sharing amazing mobile photography tips to improve your mobile photography focusing on landscape, food and still life, and portrait. To start your photography you do not require expensive DSLRs. All you need is the camera in your pocket, your mobile. I want you to be able to take your camera and go out and take amazing photographs. Today we're going to focus on How to take good landscape photos with the phone.

So in landscape photography or any photography, the first thing we should do is clean the lens of our camera. We carry this phone everywhere with us so the lint from our clothes, the oil from our hands are stuck to the lens. But to be able to get clear and non-blurry images it's very important to clean the lens. So take a microfiber cloth just get the lens clean.

One of the most important and my own favorite tip in phone photography is to pay attention to the light. When you're in a new location, I want you to scout out the light. Look a though the light is falling on the landscape. Look at the direction that the sun is rising and setting. Look at how the light is illuminating the landscape around you. Sometimes you can find the most interesting textures in nature just because of the way the sunlight hits it at a certain point in time.

My second tip is to take a moment for yourself and look at the different angles around you. This will help you to learn better phone photography. One of the biggest mistakes I've seen people do is just picking up their camera and holding at their eye level and clicking a picture. I feel like you're missing out on so many different and unique perspectives because you're just not looking. Look up, look down. If you're at the base of a mountain look up towards the mountain because that would be a very unique perspective.

If you're at the edge of a mountain and looking down at the valley rather than shoot the valley at eye level itself, tilt the camera down look down and see if there's a unique perspective to be found there. Move around a little bit. Bend your knees; bring your camera to ground level and bring that texture of the ground as foreground when you click the rest of the landscape. You will find so many different and unique perspectives if you just change your position. 

Keep in mind if you are shooting an image and there's an unwanted object right in the middle of your frame, move around a little bit move towards your side and see if there's a frame that you can find where you can take the object out of the frame or maybe make it less visible so the focus of the viewer won't be right at that object. You might just be very surprised as to the composition you can find. 

My third tip on landscape photography or most of the times is turn on your grid. What the rule of thirds essentially means is that you're using a 3x3 grid and placing the most interesting elements in an image at the intersection of these lines. As a beginner photographer, I utilize this rule very often if I'm shooting in horizontal or landscape mode but as they say rules are meant to be broken and so if you are shooting vertical I actually find that placing a subject especially a person in a landscape smack-dab in the center of the frame creates a beautiful and stunning composition that makes the landscape photography more realistic. 

Landscape Photography with a Mobile Phone

My fourth tip is underexposing the image, that is, to adjust the exposure value you're taking the photo. The native camera settings when you just pick up and click an image are to actually overexpose the image a little bit so your highlights tend to get blown out. For example, the sky is usually washed out. You won't find the beautiful textures of the clouds that are seen in the sky so underexpose the image a little bit so you can bring these beautiful textures in the highlights in the sky. This is especially true when you're shooting a sunset. If you just take a picture of the sunset the sky will be completely washed out but under-exposing the image just a tiny bit will help you in retaining the beautiful textures in the sky during the sunset. What that would do is it would darken your shadows but keep in mind you can always lift them up during your post-processing or editing of the image.

My fifth tip for you is to use leading lines to create depth in an image. You can use these lines to direct the viewer's eye towards the main subject of your image.

The next tip I have for you is a pro tip to improve landscape photography which you can use to create depth and dimension in an image. Shoot through something. I love to find something like a window or a frame that I can shoot through to be able to capture my subject. It creates multiple layers in an image, thus helping you to create that dimension and depth, and also keeps the images from looking flat and boring.

Another tip I have is to use symmetry to create balance in an image so that it can be a more aesthetically pleasing shot.

My next tip is for mobile users who have a night mode on their camera. This is a mode you can utilize to create beautiful light trails at night or even a smoother motion of waves if you're shooting an ocean. Make sure you always have a live view on by the way because it allows you to be able to choose from different frames. It almost clicks a short film so it has lots of different frames that you can choose from in case you're not happy with the shot that you took. But an option that the live view also gives you is long exposure so you can smooth out water in waves or in the waterfall or even create some light trails in an image.

It is not as good as the night mode but you can still get some long exposure shots using the live view. What I would recommend while using the night mode or even the live view for a long exposure is to utilize a tripod, so there's no camera shake. If you are somewhere outside and you do not have a tripod, try to lean your camera against something like a wall or a fence and use self-timer mode so you can reduce the camera shake and get really crisp and sharp images. To wrap up these tips, I want you to be able to look around you. Look at all the different elements you can utilize to tell your story through a photo because yes, you are telling a story through one single image. You don't have the luxury of lots of minutes like in a video to be able to get to the main part of your story. 

Landscape Photography with a Mobile Phone

You have one frame and one image. So try to make maximum use of whatever is around you in your surroundings, in landscape photography ideas you should be able to bring the viewer's eye to the focus of your subject. Think about these questions while you are taking the shot. Why is this photo different? Why is this location unique? What do I want to convey to people as they are taking a look at the image? Do I want them to have that calm and relaxing feel as they're watching the sunset? Do I want them to feel the busyness in a city? Do I want them to feel the beauty of a plant or a flower that you have seen or the morning dew that is just there on a leaf or the animal that you spotted in his natural habitat?

When you are taking a photo, you want to be able to bring the viewer's attention to a point of view that is just unique to you. Something at the location that nobody else could see, that nobody else had thought about and that brings value to that particular photo.

Don’t copy other ideas instead create your own creativity and you may take ideas from other landscape photographers. Yes, I mean you can always follow their work but try to think outside the box for that uniqueness that is just you.

In your camera inbuilt camera application many features available that we are not aware of neither using. You should try to experiment with all your camera features and create your own style. In editing, I use Snapseed and Lightroom app. It is so easy to use and it gives you a lot more flexibility in terms of reducing your exposure, increasing or decreasing your shutter speed in your landscape photography.


Just to remember mobile photography is easier than DSLR. You can easily carry it all the time. The LCD is bigger than DSLR’s LCD screen. It’s compact and easy to handle. To shoot landscape photography from your phone is the best way to start and learn photography. If you follow the basic rules of landscape photography techniques I am sure we are able to create beautiful images with your phone. 

Thanks for reading.

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