10 Cheap & Clever Tricks for Getting More Out of Your Mobile Photography

If you’re looking to get more out of your smartphone’s camera with minimal financial investment, look no further. Kai and the DRTV team have created a short little video that goes over ten cheap, clever tricks that’ll help you get the most of your mobile photography.

Kai specifically uses an iPhone throughout the video, but a number of these tricks can be used on any mobile device.


Some of the tricks shown may be viewed as a bit strange or borderline useless, but it’s through experimentation that we discover new things, and plenty of these tricks serve just that purpose.

From using your headphones as a remote trigger, to using telescopes and binoculars as telephoto lenses, to using HDR mode to create motion blur, we’ve covered a few of these in the past on an individual basis, but this roundup makes for a nice reference when you feel like your phoneography routine is getting stale.

Check out the video at the top and feel free to drop any additional tips you might have in the comments down below.

(via Picture Correct)

  • OtterMatt

    Oh Kai, you so silly.
    Legit, though, I hadn’t thought of using some colored gels as BW filters before. Could be worth something, even if it is generally pretty easy to do the adjustment in post.

  • Doug

    With the iPhone you can hold your finger on the screen to lock auto-focus and auto-exposure. This is helpful when trying to focus on something small with a busy background. Hold the item in front of a plain background, lock focus on it, then recompose and shoot.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Definitely a good tip. I use this all the time when I’m purposely capturing a blurred/bokeh image.

  • Tyson Williams

    You can also use iPhone to buy a new camera online :)

  • Michael Palmer

    Is Petapixel sponsored by DigitalRev?

  • Dan Howard

    I once removed the lazier lens from a DVD player and stuck it to the lens on my iPhone. It gave me ridiculous magnification and a narrow depth of field. I could see the thread on my jeans. Awesome for macro photography.

  • dan110024

    They must have forgot, if you run an article of a business or company, then they’re obviously sponsored by them.

  • Century Business Soultions

    I’ve used polarize sunglasses in a pinch.. Trick is getting the iphone lens

  • Ian

    blah blah blah. was expecting something more useful. what the hell happened to DigitalRev these days?