Tips For Transforming Your Mobile Photography

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During last week’s #VZWBuzz Twitter chat the Verizon Team led us in a discussion about mobile photography. Today smartphones are becoming our go-to cameras because they’re always near by. Unfortunately, not all of our results are frame worthy. On Friday we talked about features, settings, composition, and what it takes to nail the perfect shot.  Check out our recap and be on your way to becoming a mobile photography pro! 

Each Friday at 3pm EST Verizon Insider and a team of host tackle a unique tech subject during the #VZWBuzz Twitter chat. In addition to great conversation and personal experience from hundreds of tweeters, these gadget geeks provide numerous helpful resources to continue your education long after the one hour chat is over. In case you missed it, we are bringing you a recap of all we learned but be sure to join us next week!

The world of photography comes with its own set of rules and terminology. First up, camera terms explained: focus, white balance and image resolution. 


The focus is the function that allows you to create a crisp and clear depiction of the main object of a photo. You can manually choose which area of the frame you want the focus to be on, usually by simply tapping on that particular spot.

White balance

White balance is the camera’s attempt to act like a human eye by compensating for colored lighting on white objects. In a photo, a white object illuminated by a blueish light may appear blue. But with the white balance settings, the camera adjusts the lighting so that the white object is in fact white—mimicking the natural functions of the human eye.

Image resolution

This is the amount of detail a digital image holds. The higher the resolution, the greater the quality of the photo. High res cameras produce photos that are sharp and defined. In most cases, this also means a larger file size.

More camera terms are explained in the Verizon Insiders Guide

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The same sun sets every night, yet the beauty is always different @thesomerset. #sunset #TurksandCaicos #travel #luxury #beach

A photo posted by Jeana ( (@jeanatravels) on

These fall colors are gorgeous! Now is a great time to get out and capture moments with your family, your pets or your fall colors. A few things to consider for nailing your photography: 

Lighting is one of the most important things! 

“The “golden hour” for outdoor photography, especially in the fall, is the first and last hour of sunlight,” says Heather McGinnis of Heather McGinnis Photography in Greensboro, North Carolina. “The sunlight is soft, warm and very diffused, creating a beautiful, golden glow—perfect for accentuating the red, yellow and orange tones of fall foliage.”

Change your perspective

You can create completely different photographs just by changing your perspective. Megan Fogel suggest “Look around your subject and get creative with angles.”


I get up to answer the door and @thekittyroxy steals my seat. #sillykitty A photo posted by Jeana ( (@jeanatravels) on


Use your focus

One of the best ways to instantly make your photos better is by taping the screen to choose a focal point. This is also a great way to lighten up your photograph if it appears dark. 

Find even more tips and tricks from the pros at Verizon Insider’s Guide.

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