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Snap like a pro - Smartphone holiday photography tips
Whether you're planning on taking holiday photos simply for the memories, or need to keep your Instagram followers up to date with your latest adventures, it's never been easier to get that perfect shot straight from your smartphone.
If you're eager to up your smartphone photography game, take a look at our top tips below so you can snap like a pro no matter where you are in the world!
Work out the basics
Smartphone cameras today are pretty impressive - so much so that you might not even realise exactly what yours is capable of if you've managed to get your hands on one of the latest releases.
Before you hop on board a plane, play around with the camera on your phone. Figure out how to perfect burst mode, master the self-timer and get to know your camera's manual mode inside-out. With manual mode, you can adjust the ISO, aperture and shutter speed, providing you with all the tools to point and shoot like a professional.
Don't forget about the rule of thirds
Great composition can completely transform a photo, so don't forget to learn about the rule of thirds. Enabling the grid on your phone's camera will make things easier - it's even handy if all you want to do is make sure the horizon looks straight on your snap of the sunset!
Make the most of great lighting
If you're jetting off to somewhere sunny, make the most of the brilliant natural lighting. There's no need to bump up the brightness on your smartphone's camera, just face the light and enjoy clear, vibrant and detailed shots.
For anyone feeling a little more artistic, try capturing the sunset or take a silhouette shot. You'll need the sun to be low in the sky for a silhouette, so head out early in the morning or in the evening. Find your perfect location, make sure the subject of your picture is facing away from the light source and turn to manual mode on your phone - if things are too bright, reduce the shutter speed or the exposure.
Clean the lens
Sunscreen, sand and dust can ruin a photo if it's stuck on the lens - so don't forget to clean your smartphone before you start shooting! It's a simple thing, but something that so many people forget!
Download a brilliant editing app
Every great photo involves a tiny amount of post-editing, and it's easy to turn up the brightness or sharpen a specific area of your image straight from your smartphone. It's a great way to enhance the colours in a sunset shot too!
Make sure you download a photo editing app before you go on holiday - there's tons to choose from. Our favourites include Adobe Photoshop Express, Snapseed, VSCO and Facetune.
Whether you're about to backpack around Europe, ski in the Alps or simply relax on a beautiful beach in the Bahamas, we hope our handy photography tips will help you get the most out of your smartphone. And don't forget, there are many more useful articles over on our blog - take a look today for more smartphone news and advice!