How to Take Good Photos With Your Phone - Part1

Part one of a multi-part series

1. Use grid lines to balance your shot.

One of the easiest and best ways to improve your mobile photos is to turn on the camera's grid lines. That superimposes a series of lines on the screen of your smartphone's camera that are based on the "rule of thirds" — a photographic composition principle that says an image should be broken down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you have nine parts in total.

According to this theory, if you place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced, level, and allow viewers to interact with it more naturally.

To switch the grid on ...

  • iPhone: Go to "Settings," choose "Photos & Camera," and switch "Grid" on.

  • Samsung Galaxy: Lau