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7 Simple & Creative Tips and Tricks For Your Smartphone Photography

By Hanssie on August 26th 2014

I don’t know about you, or if you have this problem, but my phone is pretty much attached to my hand permanently. So much so, that it may need to be surgically removed when the new iPhone 6 comes out.


So, for me, it’s always fun when I can teach it new tricks – or well, I guess I am the one who learns the new tricks – so when I’m bored and have already checked Facebook and Twitter 16 times, can entertain myself for just a few minutes more. Now, I have 7 new tricks my smartphone can do, thanks to the guys over at COOPH (Cooperative of Photography). They’re the ones that brought us super popular 7 Simple Photography Hacks and 7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Products. In the video below, German photographer Lorenz Holder bring us 7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks.

The video is only 3 minutes long and will provide hours fun and creativity!

My personal favorites are:

#1 Panorama Sequence

I’ve only ever used the panorama feature for, well, panoramic-worthy photos. I never thought of making a sequence of images like this:


#3 Zoom Lens with Binoculars

This is a neat idea, doable with a cheap pair of binoculars:


#6 Tripod and Shutter Cable

This was my favorite trick. Using some cardboard to make a makeshift tripod and your headphones, you can now take all the no arm selfies you want with your DIY shutter cable.


What other tricks can your smartphone do? Let me know in the comments below. I’m off to play with my phone now. 


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    The headphone remote is a handy tip/

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  2. Isaak Kwok

    Cools tips!

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  3. David Lara

    The panorama sequence is a pretty cool idea. Can see my self using this more than the others.

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  4. Leslie Troyer

    I like the glass trick — but around here waves from either the normal ocean or the jet ski that just flew by would probably yield a wet phone.

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  5. Rafael Steffen

    Great vídeo. I hope a Galexy version will be made too.

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