Top Mobile Photographers Share Their Tips for Creating Stunning Images with a Phone

Mobile photography has gone from a convenient novelty of sorts to a full-fledged art form in its own right. And in the video above, some of the best photographers in this burgeoning form share insights into their art and tips on how to make the most of the camera in your pocket..

The video was put together by SGNL, and in it, Founder of the Mobile Photography Awards Daniel Burman and a number of other award-winning mobile photographers offer insights, show off their incredibly impressive work and share tips on how to make the most of your own mobile photography.


In just over three minutes, the video makes a great case for smartphone photography as, at the very least, a great starting point. As Burman says, most of the ‘hard work’ a camera does is already handled by your phone automatically, forcing you to focus on “light, composition and focus.” Not such a bad idea for a beginner.

Check out the video to hear from these photographers for yourself, and prepared to be amazed at some of the work they show off. Keep in mind, all of it was captured and edited using ONLY the little computer in your pocket.

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  • Guest

    Pro photog rage in 3…2….1….

  • Chang He

    Probably not, since pros have definite embraced mobile photography. Certainly a phone isn’t going to replace bigger and heavier gear for many applications, but Henri Cartier-Bresson might have used an iPhone if he could have.

  • Pickle

    If the only camera you have with you is a potato then that potato is your best friend and you can do your best with it. What the pickle has an issue with however (yes Ihe refers to himself in the third person) people who have access to a DSLR with a new sensor and good glass and somehow think they are making an artist statement by using the aforementioned potato. Adding filters only makes things worse in both cases.

  • yopyop

    “all of it was captured and edited using ONLY the little computer in your pocket”

    That guy’s face, detached from the back of his head, showed in the photo illustrating the article, has been shot and processed only with a mobile/smartphone ?!?

  • reservoirdan

    Yep. Otherwise I wouldn’t have said it :)

  • sirbarton

    What’s the point of highlighting incredibly manipulated photos just because they were manipulated on a tiny computer (iPhone) vrs. a larger computer (iMac)?

    I’m with the Potato on this one. This is the stupidest thing I’ve read/watched about photography in a long time.

  • a_w_young

    Working with a different set of limitations is fun exercise, it’s also an entry point for some folks who might not otherwise be interested or have the resources to dabble in these things. Being angry that people do it is silly.

  • Jonas M Luster

    The only person ever to say “that’s not pro” or “that’s for amateurs” are amateurs themselves who try to hide their small (if at all) paychecks behind large glass and large sensors. Protogs, professional photographers, are by definition people who make money with photography. And those who do, really do, don’t care if it’s an iPhone, a Nexus 5, a Micro 4/3 or a Hasselblad back – it’s a tool, not a lifestyle or club membership.

  • Vicious

    20 apps later….

  • Vicious

    I find it pointless to use so many cell apps. I don’t care who you are. That’s being pompous. Just drop it on the laptop or pcapple. you’ll get the same results if not better.

  • reservoirdan

    Some people enjoy working with a tool in their hands, wherever they may happen to be, rather than sitting at a desk and using a mouse or trackpad. There’s no real necessity to get upset about it just because you prefer to create with different tools.

  • Vicious

    Agreed, upset? Umm I won’t lose sleep over this article.

  • Mr Hogwallop

    Protogs? LOL

  • Rafael Chambers

    my buddy’s
    step-sister makes $82 /hour on the internet . She has been without work for
    six months but last month her pay check was $15706 just working on the
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  • Travis

    Light, composition and focus… Sheesh I wasn’t supposed to look at that stuff when I used my $5000 set up???

  • Yoni Mayeri

    App Stacking and iphoneography or mobile photography is an emerging art form that is here to stay. Knowing how to use apps is not pointless if you know what you are doing. I achieve results that are completely different from what I do with software on my desktop and laptop. It’s not just about filters. As a pro photographer who has gobs of great glass, a multitude of cameras and digital hardware and software, I embrace the iPhone as a tool in my arsenal, enjoy working with the digital darkroom in my pocket. My iPhoneography has been displayed in several galleries in the Bay Area and at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, and I teach workshops in iPhoneography at UC Berkeley, JFK University, at resorts, and to corporate and private clients.

  • Jamie Rhoades

    I am an iphoneographer myself, and agreed with what I’ve seen here. From all the sites on which I post, I can tell you that DSLR photographers are very supportive of us. It’s really NOT the camera you use as much as the composition, lighting, and overall processing you choose to add to your work. There are always a few “haters” out there, but that’s only because they’re not getting the attention they think their work deserves. I imagine that goes both ways as well. Good article. Just make sure “You” like your photo, and everyone wins. ~ Jamie.

  • Jason Muspratt

    Anything that helps to prove that good photos come from photographers, not good cameras is a good thing. How many times have you been frustrated by “your camera is amazing!” type comments?