Take Great Photos with Your Phone

You can capture a great photo of your listing right from your phone.

April 1, 2010

World-renowned photographer Chase Jarvis sums it up nicely with the title of his new book: The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You (New Riders, 2010). The book, featuring images shot exclusively with an iPhone, is proof that top-notch photography doesn’t require a fancy Nikon.

Camera phones vary greatly, but many newer PDAs are equipped to snap high-quality images that work well on your Web site or blog. Australian photographer and blogger Darren Rowse tells how to capture the best photos with your mobile phone.

Seek natural light. Most camera phones don’t come with a built-in flash, and even if they do, they’re not that powerful. Open the blinds, turn on the lights, and when photographing people, ask them to step outside into the daylight.

Get up close. Cell phone and PDA cameras don’t normally produce high-resolution images. Therefore, it’s hard to make the pictures much larger without distorting the image. Take the photo how you’d like it to appear. Also, make sure your camera is set to the highest resolution possible.

Hold it steady. To capture a clear image, try to prevent any camera movement. One trick is to lean your phone against a solid object, such as a wall or tree, as you snap the photo.

Take more than you’ll need. If you’re relying only on your cell phone to capture the image, be sure to take more than one shot. If your smartphone has different photo settings, experiment with each mode. Before you determine if your photos are worth saving, view them on a larger screen.

Keep your lens clean. Considering that most people carry their phones in their pockets or purses, it’s important to wipe the lens free of dust and other particles using a soft cloth.