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#Tip of the day from – taking better photos with a phone

If you have ever found yourself on a reporting job with only your phone as a camera, the New York Times Gadgetwise blog has a handy post with four tips for better phone camera shots.

The advice comes from Adam Bronkhorst, “a professional photographer who has made a sideline of specialising in iPhone photography and has written a book on the subject, titled ‘SnApp Shots’“.

One of Bronkhort’s tips is to ensure you light the picture correctly. One way to do this is to use a second phone (this probably relies on you having someone else with you).

Lighting is the bugaboo of camera phones. “Look at the lens”, he said. “It’s a fraction of an inch”. Not a lot of area to squeeze light through. Indoors, finding enough light can be a challenge, yet Bronkhorst advises against using the flash, saying, “It’s rather harsh”. Instead, he improvises, even lighting a shot with a second mobile phone. “I’ve used the phone as a torch to get light coming in from the side”, he said.

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