Previously, in order to take better quality photos, you needed to ditch your smartphone and take out a proper camera.
Times have really changed.
Compare an image taken by your smartphone with an image you took with your digital camera years ago and you'll notice how far smartphone cameras have improved over recent years.
But good photos will always depend on how well you take them with your camera, regardless if it's a smartphone or a DSLR. I have seen amazing photos on the web that were taken with a smartphone, and these were taken by experienced photographers.
Remember that smartphone cameras still have their limitations: smaller sensor, fixed lenses, and lack of physical button controls, so they may require a slightly different approach than the regular camera we used to have back in the pre-smartphone era.
Taking better photos on your smartphone goes beyond slapping Instagram filters on your shots. Now that smartphone cameras perform as well as a decent point-and-shoot camera, you can apply the same basic principles of photography, such as lighting and composition.
Adding some form of control on your shots can really go a long way. Take these basic tips if you want to take better photos all the time with your trusty smartphone.
This article is excerpted from a piece first published in The Brunei Times/Asia News Network.