The Smartphone Photography 101 for dummies

The Smartphone Photography 101 for dummies

What is Smartphone Photography?

Your best camera is the one that is always with you. For most of us, and when it comes to smartphone photography, that means our smartphone.

It is small enough to fit in your pocket and lightweight enough it won’t break your back. Smartphones have advanced to the point where stunning images are only a few screen taps away

Smartphone photography is a great way to capture the world around you. Both candid images and planned shots are possible. Browse through our complete guide, then read it in depth. We’ll equip you with all you need to know to take advantage of the camera you’re always carrying around.

Unless you’re one of those admirable people who carry their favorite camera with them at all times, at the ready, chances are that you often watch great photographic opportunities pass by you. (Not quite there yet? Start taking photos with your phone regularly, and in no time, the world will be full of photographic potential!)But nowadays, most of us keep our phones with us all the time, which means most of us to have a camera with us all the time too. And because of the advances in smartphone design, that camera does a pretty decent job! Awesome shots are now within your reach, everywhere you go. You can easily practice your craft – and add to your visual record – every single day

Mounted accessories and gadgets

Let’s start by defining the word “Gadgets”. A gadget is a small tool such as a machine that has a particular function but is often thought of as a novelty or "complimentary"

Gadgets are electronically simplified applications that make work easy. They play a significant role in a person's life and we have grown so used to it that it becomes very difficult for us to think of daily life chores in the absence of machines. Ranging from a washing machine, a chimney or an electric hub, the churner or simply the television set; Instruments have invaded every part of our life and have proved themselves to be useful.

Smartphone Photography 101


Here's the checklist:


Universal Tripod Mount

All tripods will need a universal tripod mount to hold your phone. These mounts can be screwed to the tripod and come with a bracket holder that you can use to clamp and secure your phone. Some that lets you change the orientation of your phone from landscape to portrait with a simple turn action. Others offer a flash shoe mount so you can mount your mobile camera lights to the top of the phone.


Bluetooth Shutter Remote

This allows you to work handsfree or even get involved in the picture Bluetooth remotes provide a range up to 10meters and is native with both Android and iPhone once you've fixed the camera on your tripod you can use this receiver to take your photo


Telephoto lens

camera clip-on lenses come in handy when your smartphone’s built-in glass is too limited. These smartphone photography accessories can offer higher focal lengths, zoom capabilities, macro focusing distance, fisheye effects, and wide-angle perspectives.

Smartphones are becoming more versatile thanks to the implementation of multiple cameras and lenses. While this helps, they don’t come close to what you can do with these larger, external lenses. Not to mention, these lenses can usually be attached to a wide variety of devices, giving you more freedom of choice when it comes to smartphones.


Light panel (optional) outdoor shots

Photography is all about light, and having some extra help in dark environments will allow you to get better results. LED panels have gotten smaller and more affordable. The one shown above is the Godox LEDM150 and features a rechargeable battery, a dimming mechanism, and a phone mount. There are a plethora of lenses for smartphones out there. We can’t name them all here, but we have a list of our favorite options.


Portable Powerbank

Your phone will quickly run out of battery if you are shooting photos and videos throughout the day. You don’t want a dead phone when a photo opportunity presents itself. For that reason, getting a portable power bank is a good idea. Here is a list of our favorites.


Microphone for Videography

Audio is one area where smartphones usually lack quality, and it is crucial for recording video. Improve your clips by using an external microphone. A good one is the Rode Smartlav Plus (pictured above). It can be attached to your phone’s 3.5mm headset jack… or dongle.


Microfibre cloth 

Keep your equipment tidy and dust-free make sure all extending parts and turning knobs are cleaned and well maintained 


Shock dust life proof protective case + Water-resistant case

Nowadays most mobile phones can probably withstand a storm or a hurricane keep in mind your photography equipment cannot or any attachments you may have if your mobile phone is going to be the center-piece of your equipment you need make sure it's well protected

Mobile phones and water do not mix. But don’t worry, you can shoot in all weathers and even the sea, with this waterproof case 


  • 1 x Microfibre cloth 
  • 1 x Bluetooth receiver 
  • 1 x Telephoto Lens 
  • 1 x Battery pack
  • 1 x Black pop socket 
  • 1 x Waterproof + Shockproof case 
  • 1 x Microphone fitted (universal)

Please read our blog on our beginner's photography guide to gain more insights