Tip number 1– Look for good and interesting light: All cameras, including smartphone cameras, need good light to help get a “properly” exposed image. Look for the light that hits your subject (person, place, thing) in an interesting way.
Tip number 2- Take more pictures than you think you’ll need and edit later: Lots of times we snap a pic with our phones and realize we should have taken a couple more. The law of averages applies here. Take lots of photos and delete the images you will never share or post.
Tip number 3– Learn how to use the exposure and focus lock on your camera phone: Most phones have this ability and are very helpful in helping you get a properly exposed photo. For iPhone, touch and hold the screen where you want the camera to focus and it should lock on and expose for that part of the screen. You can slide your finger up/down to dial it in more precisely. Nobody likes a photo at a concert of a blurry, blown out white stage.
Tip number 4- Take pictures of details: Get close. Find unique areas that have great texture or interesting patterns.
Tip number 5- Remember to have fun: You are there for the experience first then the memories. Put your phone away when you get a photo you like. Take it all in and enjoy the show or event. You don’t need pictures to prove to anyone you had a good time.