10 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your Smartphone
Ditch The Flash
The problem with many smartphone flashes is that they don't actually, well, flash. They're glorified LED flashlights, thrust into a duty they're not fully prepared for. They are bright, but the color temperature can be gross and they miss one of the primary duties of a strobe: freezing the action in the frame. The actual "flash" duration is much too long, so you end up with an image that's both blurry and terribly-lit. Not to mention how close it is to the lens, which makes those horrible demon eyes almost a given.
So, what do you do in the dark, then? Unfortunately, even with advances like Nokia's nifty PureView technology, there's only so far you can push a smartphone sensor in low-light. Often, your best bet is to seek out another light source. It likely won't be perfect or even flattering, but it can be interesting. In a dark bar? Look for a neon sign or a bright juke box. At a concert? Wait until one of the wacky swinging stage lights makes its way over to your area. Photography is about creativity after all.
If it comes right down to it, though, getting a bad flash picture can be better than getting no picture at all if you just want to remember a moment.
Image: Yellow skin, demon eyes, and motion blur. Check, check, and check.