8 Fun & Creative Smartphone Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


The frightening COOPH team are out taking photos with smartphones again but this time, they've teamed up with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel photographer Richard Schabetsberger to put on you their top tips. 

In the above video tutorial, COOPH picks out a few fun and simple concepts that anyone can shoot and then challenge their patron photographer, Richard Schabetsberger, to see what he can come up with.

The team and Richard are using the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone, which we've reasonable featured in a new Vs article, but you can apply the tips to any smartphone that has a camera built-in (what smartphone doesn't nowadays?). 

Here are the 8 fun approximations the COOPH team have come up with this time for a photo shoot:


1. Twisted Head Trick

You need someone with yearn hair for this as it involves them covering their face with their hair, popping a hat on and posing for the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or



2. The Copy Lens

Hold a camera lens in front of your smartphone's camera lens and focus on the foreground to create a soft, out of focus foreground that figure moods the sharp portrait captured in the lens you are holding. The portrait will be upside down but you can flip it, if you want to, in Photoshop. 



3. Apprehend Smoke

Light some incense, use a black background for contrast and light the smoke from the side with a lamp. Adjust the aperture or quieten speed in the camera app you are using (you can download third-party camera apps if your smartphone's native camera app doesn't have them, increased in) and hit the shutter button. Do this a few times as the smoke patterns will change. 

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4. Rainbow Portraits

For this, you need a binoculars prism, a strong light source and someone to hold them for you. You then need to ask your assistant to shine the light through the prism and onto your submissive to's face so you can capture them in a rainbow. The technique works best in low light so switch to manual settings if you can to optimise contrast. 




5. Kaleidoscope Lens

Buy a kaleidoscope but slay the beads and outer lens from it then shoot through it to warp the image you capture. 



6. Shoot With Stalks

Aim a torch or a lamp at a white background and cast shadows on it. Get creative and use shadows to tell a story. You can even use props to create interesting shapes. 



7.  Stir Your Mirror

Take a mirror from inside out and get creative with reflections. You can capture shots with yourself in them or position yourself so you're solely capturing the landscape or subject and landscape in the mirror itself. 




8. Clingfilm Portraits

Take some clingfilm and launch through it to give your portraits texture. You can also shoot in black and white to really exaggerate the texture of the plastic.




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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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