5 Unique photo ideas with your smartphone


Unleashing Your Creativity: Explore Unique Photo Ideas with Your Smartphone

Like most people, when I first started using my smartphone to take photos, it was more of a convenience thing.

My main camera was at home and when I saw something interesting, I took a snapshot. If I was out with friends, or visiting family, my smartphone was a convenient way to record the memory.

How about you? Are you tired of taking the same old selfies and generic snapshots with your phone?

Pigeon snapshot


Do you want to start pushing the boundaries of your creativity? Or, maybe capture photos that truly stand out?

Well, you’re in luck. Because we’ve got some exciting and creative photo ideas, to help you unleash your imagination using just your trusty smartphone camera!


Photo ideas, not photo subjects

There are an unlimited number of photography subjects out there. Some people focus on food photography, or car photography, portraits, landscapes, pets, etc.

This article isn’t that. The 5 photo ideas I’ve listed below can be used in any photography category.

Let’s get started 🙂


1. Perspective Play: Exploit Unique Angles

One way to add a touch of creativity to your smartphone photography is by experimenting with various perspectives and angles. Break free from the conventional “eye-level” shots and explore different viewpoints.

A line of Pigeons


Try capturing your subject from a low angle to create a sense of grandeur, or get up high and explore subjects from a ‘birds-eye’ perspective.


2. Candid Delight: Capture Genuine Moments

Candid photography is all about capturing real, unposed moments. Instead of asking your subjects to pose, try capturing them in their natural state.

Candid pigeon photo ideas


This approach adds a sense of authenticity to your photos, revealing genuine emotions and expressions.

Keep your smartphone handy and be ready to capture those spontaneous moments that unfold in front of you.


3. Play with Light: Experiment with Shadows and Silhouettes

Lighting can make or break a photograph. Explore the magic of light by incorporating shadows and silhouettes into your smartphone photography.

Pigeon shadow


Experiment with different times of the day, such as golden hour or blue hour, to create stunning contrasts and captivating mood in your images. Play with light and shadow to add depth and drama to your compositions.


4. Reflections: Find Beauty in Mirrored Images

Reflections can turn an ordinary scene into a visually captivating masterpiece. Look for reflective surfaces such as water pools, windows, or shiny objects, and capture their mirrored beauty with your smartphone camera.

Pigeon reflection


Reflections offer a fresh perspective, creating a symmetrical or distorted effect that adds an artistic flair to your photographs.



5. Miniature World: Unleash Your Inner Macro Photographer

Macro photography allows you to get closer and capture the intricate details of small objects.

Discover the hidden world that lies within everyday items by using the macro feature on your smartphone camera. From the delicate petals of a flower to the texture on a piece of fabric.

Or, use the telephoto option and concentrate your focus on one specific area of the subject. This is a great option when you want to take a photo of wildlife, or really any subject that doesn’t like to stay still.


Pigeon macro


Nature looks entirely different when viewed up close.You should definitely give it a try.

Also, getting up close and personal with everyday items will reveal intricate details that are not easily noticeable at a distance.


Final thoughts

These 5 simple photo ideas can turn your everyday snapshots into intriguing, artistic images. And all just using the equipment you already have.

Sometimes though, the subject just isn’t that interesting. And if that’s something you occasionally struggle with, I can help with that too!

So, grab your smartphone, charge it up, and embark on a creative journey of capturing unique and captivating photos. Experiment with different photo ideas, push the boundaries, and allow your imagination to soar.

Remember, these photo ideas are meant to inspire you to think outside the box and explore the endless possibilities of smartphone photography. So, go ahead and let your creativity run wild!

Let me know in the comments which ones you try and how you got on.


Featured image courtesy of ‘Surprising Shots’

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