Competition: Win Portable Photography Kit For Your Mobile Phone

Being a dad and a blogger, you’ll never find me too far away from my mobile phone. Updating social media, obsessing over my blog stats and snapping hundreds of photos of the sprog takes up a hell of a lot of my time. You never know when your little one will do something cute, funny or weird, so my phone really has become an extension of my hand as a way to capture and record those precious memories.

As such, and assuming that I’m not alone in my phone photography obsession, I’ve teamed up with the good folk at Three to offer you the chance to win a portable mobile phone photography kit, which gives you everything you need to create your very own home phoneography studio!

With the majority of smartphones these days – such as the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 – coming with high spec cameras and the ability to edit images on your phone, I find that there really isn’t much need for a separate camera like there used to be. I’m very much an amateur when it comes to photography, but my HTC One M9 does everything I need it to do to capture my life with the missus, baby and dog.

That’s not to say that having the right kit and a little helping hand isn’t important though. That’s where this phone photography kit comes in! Be it capturing panoramic snaps of your holidays, taking photos of your kids or improving the quality of your images for product reviews, this awesome kit has what you need to take you from being a phoneography amateur to a pro.

The phone photography kit, which is available for one lucky entrant to win, includes a BubblePod for 360 degrees panoramic images, two mini studio lights with 240v GU10C Daylight effect bulbs, a stand to keep your phone steady to avoid blurry images, a mini light box with four colour backgrounds which expands to approx 20x20x20cm and a carry bag to transport your new kit.

Entering the competition is simple. To be in with a chance of winning the mobile phone photography kit, all you need to do is:

Leave a comment below telling us your best mobile phone photography hint, tip or hack.

Each entry will be reviewed by a judging panel, with the favourite tip chosen as the winner of the kit. Good luck and happy comping!

 

Winner as chosen by the judging panel:

Three giveaway winner

 

Terms And Conditions

The giveaway is for one mobile phone photography kit from Three, which includes 1 x bubble pod, 2 x mini studio lights, 1 x phone stand, 1 x mini light box with 4 x colour backgrounds and 1 x bag. The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on Monday 28th September 2015 and is open to UK entrants only. The giveaway can be entered by leaving a comment on this page of the DADventurer blog with your best phone photography hint, tip or hack. All tips will be judged by a panel, which includes myself and employees of Three, with the best hint, tip or hack being selected by the panel as the winner of the mobile phone photography kit. The winner has three days to claim their prize and provide their contact details. The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Three within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. The judges’ decision is final. The giveaway is run by The DADventurer in conjunction with Three.

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  • maci234

    don’t put too much effort into it as quick snaps can turn out amazing

  • TeddyBearandCardigan

    Lighting is the most important thing, lots of light, natural light is best but if not possible then indirect light from lamps etc is better than a flash, especially for babies as it freaks them out too much!

  • Annaloa Hilmarsdottir

    make a loud noise, it makes their eyes go wide.

  • ashleigh allan

    Clean the lens before taking your photo!

  • P Wendy Clayton

    continuous mode is great for getting the perfect action shot and you can bin the rest

  • bentheo

    Try to keep the phone and yourself as steady as possible.

  • Lynn Lemon Fancy

    Get to know your settings! So many people I know still say ” oh I haven’t a clue what this phone can do!” Try it! It won’t explode or cause a nuclear winter if you press a button by accident!
    Most camera apps are set to Auto but this is not always the best for your pics, try playing with the white balance and avoid the zoom! Get in closer to your subject and in natural good light where possible, flash is NOT always the answer!!

  • Salem Alawi

    Adjust the settings to the condition you’re taking the photo in.
    be as steady as possible, put your hand in a wall do whatever you have to do.
    take more than one shot as fast as possible
    be natural and don’t look weird when taking pictures, specially when people are around you,, then you’ll be the target of other people taking pictures of you taking pictures :”)
    don’t try to time everything sometimes when we wait for something to happen we miss it, sometimes random pictures turn out awesome..
    here’s an example and my friend wasn’t even planing on taking it .. and that was during the last few minutes during the day light before the sun went down, the phone adjusted itself and the pic came out that way..

  • Karl Borowy

    use a selfie stick

  • Tracy K Nixon

    Your iPhone spends a lot of time in your pocket, a bag or in your hand, and as a result it will get dirty. Dirt, dust, grease and fingerprints on your lens will have a big effect on the quality of your photos.

    There’s no point trying to take great photos if the glass of the lens is dirty. It will block light from entering the camera’s sensor and will leave smudges, blurs or dust spots on your images. A clean lens will ensure you get sharp, clear images with your iPhone.

    You should clean the lens each time you take it out to take a photo so my tip is to carry a soft lens cloth/glasses cleaning cloth in your handbag!

  • kayleigh bates

    Snap away when people are unaware, photos always look better when they are natural

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  • Kay Panayi

    Don’t try and be all fancy I think they always look really fake people having fun look much nicer xx

  • Chris Harris

    The best camera in the world is the one you have with you when you need it! so the best tip is to always remember to have your phone to hand.

  • laura stewart

    take a few and you’ll get a good one xx

  • Samantha Loughlin

    Don’t rush and take your time if quick shot needed keep a steady hand I always keep my mobile on manual

  • Matthew Sinclair

    I always take 5 or 6 of the same shot to capture the best one

  • Gareth Evans

    To take pictures of astronomical objects hold your phone up to a securely mounted pair of binocs

  • treboreuk

    to give all your photos a james bond theme, shoot pictures through a toilet roll holder

  • Dan

    Always make sure to have good editing software to take really bring out the best in your photos 🙂 x

  • Aaron Broad

    Clean the lense and keep it steady

  • Leigh Marea Boyle

    focus the camera i always forget x

  • Michael Clyma

    Take plenty, especially of people when they least expect it! makes for more realistic, natural photos

  • kathycakebread

    use a tripod for clear shots

  • Always make sure its on hand. The best photographs are often the ones that are caught in the moment. Take plenty to get the perfect photo.

  • Try to avoid using zoom and more often than not, it lessons the quality – try moving closer to the object you’re taking a picture of – or crop the image after if you were trying to avoid something else being in shot!

  • Julie Ward

    Don’t have any hints/tips my phone does nothing, think I need to update it

  • lyndsey80

    always use the flash if its dark it produces better pictures

  • Elisa McCombe

    I love using the apps to crop and recolour photos, especially making them black and white or soft focus..Pixlr is really good…fab prize ?

  • Stewart Miller

    Make sure your phone is level, that verticals are vertical and not leaning over, and horizontals are horizontal, -especially important on a beach with the sea in the background- you don’t want the sea all running off one edge of your phone do you 😉

  • Keep a soft lens cloth with you to clean the lens of your phone/camera

  • jessica Catherine

    use apps to get different tones and colours

  • Adelle Robinson

    Learn from other (better!) phone photographers. Follow them on Instagram, Twitter etc. Observe what they do, what works and why… then try it for yourself!

  • Gwen Maynard

    Take more than one shot to make sure you get a decent pic.

  • Samuel Beard

    In bright, outdoor light, use the flash when taking photos of people. As long as you are not too close to the subject, the flash adds a soft light to a persons face that make the photo look so much better. Especially when the sun is behind the subject and their face would otherwise be shadowed.

  • Betony Bennett

    Do it as quickly as you can, and for God’s sake don’t use a Sony Xperia!

  • beckielh

    Know how your phone works, and make use of the free photo filters on there. They take a pretty mean shot!

  • Liz Ferguson

    you never know when that unique shot will appear,so keep you’re camera to hand xx

  • Aidan

    Use walls or tables to stabilise your grip if light isn’t great

  • danielle stewart

    make sure you have all your mess and crap out of the way 😉

  • Juliette

    use the burst function so that you get lots of images to choose from

  • Theresa Louise Cooke

    You can turn your photo into a Macro lens by putting a droplet of water on the lens

  • Michelle Dagger

    Take a few photos to make sure you get the perfect photo!

  • Dee

    Use natural light whenever possible, even if it means placing your dinner plate on a windowsill while you take a picture of your meal. The colours will be sharper and more vibrant and you’ll get an overall cleaner & natural look to your picture. If you really can’t get your subject into natural light try using a homemade foil reflector made from tin oil and cardboard, natural light really brings pictures to life.

  • Monica Gilbert

    Be aware of the light and avoid using the zoom.

  • Kristyn

    Keep a steady hand 🙂

  • SERG

    Turn the phone on

  • Maggie Lee-Roberts

    Don’t be afraid to crop your image. It can give you a good, uncluttered image.

  • Paul M

    Use the facility where you can take several pictures in close succession and then pick out the best and delete the rest

  • Rosalind Blight

    ensure your phone has plenty of charge

  • Colin Gault

    Always have set at auto

  • Carly

    Never use the zoom

  • Paul Sharp

    Take lots of pictures and alter your position as you do so and don’t over think each shot, do it and review it.

  • Ian White

    Learn how to adjust the camera features of your phone and you will be amazed at how much a picture can be improved on your phone.

  • Helen Humphries

    Remember the same basic rules apply re lighting. It’s easy to forget where the sun is or the lighting conditions when snapping out and about but the right exposure on the original will minimise noise and give a sharper result which will also stand up better to editing.

  • Lyndsey Beckford

    On an iPhone when taking photos you can use the volume button on the side to take the picture. It’s especially handy for selfies when it can be hard to reach the button on the screen 🙂

  • Kat Glynn

    I took a lovely christmas photo by accident one year. I had come in out from the cold into a warm house and my phone camera had misted over. It took a lovely hazey festive photo of my parents together! x

  • Try to take photos in the natural light!

  • Postman Spotting

    Try to keep the sun behind you when taking a photo. It will make for a better lit, more balanced scene!

  • GCforever

    Keep your phone to hand at all times and keep snapping to capture the most spontaneous moments.

  • Noisette

    Always look carefully as to where the sun is. For landscape shots, especially, keep it behind you. Portrait shots can be enhanced if the sun is to the side of your subject as you can get some nice halos but otherwise (except for sunsets *g*) keep the sun behind you and your phone as much as possible. No more washed out shots if you remember this!

  • petruska81

    selfie stick!

  • Rebecca Howells

    Where possible, use a mini tripod so you aren’t holding the phone and wobbling it around to make it blurry!

  • Mike

    Make sure you know where the lens is and keep your fingers clear of it

  • PamGregory

    Be ready cos the perfect shot won’t wait for you!

  • Hayley Matthews

    use it to take the most natural shots when ur not posing takes the best photos

  • Juliette

    Take photos in burst so that you have a few to choose from

  • Natalie Crossan

    Try to get out of the sunlight so that your people in the photos don’t end up squinting!

  • Michelle Hughes

    Capturing a picture in natural sun light makes the picture look more natural 🙂 x

  • Claire Thomson Little

    Have your camera out and ready you never know when the chance will arise

  • ha32

    Always, and I do mean ALWAYS, focus before you take a picture. All it takes is a tap on the screen and you will end up with a nicer looking picture in the end.

  • ELZBIETA ZNYK

    use auto mode and make sure battery is fully charged

  • Claire

    The best photos are taken with no planing snap away

  • juliebooth

    Use the zoom in facility to capture better shots. I suddenly remembered this when taking a photo of the Hollywood sign from some distance away, and ended up with a great shot.

  • Paul Walsh

    Take more than one photo

  • Annmarie Nutt

    Take more than one sho

  • Sinead Charlotte

    Make sure you are stood in a good position in order to get the best lighting

  • charlotte

    i always take photos in burst mode to get lots then chose one

  • Jill Fairbank

    Use the burst option your bound to get a good one

  • champaklal lad

    burst mode is great

  • h_igoe

    I always think you get better pictures on a sunny day when you are outside with my phone camera, setting up a shot that contains blue sky and fluffy white clouds is always going to give you a winning picture!

  • MARK HOPKINS

    Don’t put your finger over the lens.

  • Duncan Day

    hold the phone steady

  • Mark Stevens

    I hold my breath for a moment just before taking a
    picture, it adds to stability as breathing causes even the smallest movement.
    You can try it for effect without a camera by taking your index finger of each
    hand and placing them in front of each eye and watch the shake stop when you
    hold your breath.

  • Audrey Spratt

    On sunny days take a photo with the sun behind you to avoid glare in your pictures 🙂

  • Monika

    get yourself a little tripod – no fuzzy pic