How to Get the Most From Your Mobile Photos

Our Guest Android Photographer Shares the Secret to Finding Inspiration

-by Dainon Moody

You might say I’m an ‘Androidographer.’ Or perhaps ‘A Samsung Galaxy Artist.’

The world is full of incredible sights and places. Sometimes I plan ahead and bring my DSLR, but most of the time, I don’t. My Galaxy phone, however, is always with me. Because I never know when I might see something particularly amazing, my phone lets me capture these things right at the moment I experience them.

Two sombreros in shadow

Two sombreros in shadow

The images you see here are just a few of these moments that have spoken to me, that tell a small story about a time, a place, an event or a subject. They are my observations and my take on things, my perspective about the world as I move through it and live in it every day.

Look out below

Look out below

I’ve been able to get – and, from what I’m told, give – so much from taking these photos. This is a great feeling that I highly recommend.

So how can you get the most from capturing images on your mobile phone too?

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Hurdle the invisible walls.
We all have invisible walls in our lives. They tell us: we can’t go on that trip right now. We can’t take time off work. It’s too far. Whatever it is, these walls prevent us from the vital seeing and doing. There’s a big world out there and it’s important to not let anything get in the way of your experiencing the most out of your life. Get out there and really explore everything and try and uncover its magic parts. Be curious. Be patient. And never, ever be in any kind of a hurry. You never know what you might find, see and ultimately share.

Sky's the Limit in South Florida

Sky’s the limit in South Florida

2. Discover magic in your own backyard.
Find the extraordinary in the ordinary. See flowers in a field from a new angle. See them the way a bug would. See them the way a little kid might. There are no rules, just endless possibilities.

A whole world inside an orange grove

A whole world inside an orange grove

3. Unearth the odd and the unknown.
Don’t ignore what might be perceived as ugliness. Find the beauty in it. Even in the cracks, the rust, the creepy, the dark, there’s something to see and know. Don’t shy away from looking hard and deep and intentionally at all of it.

Off the beaten tracks

Off the beaten tracks

4. Find your visual poetry.
When a photo is grainy, they say it has ‘noise.’ What’s your noise? What’s the soundtrack to your life? What is your music? What are your songs? Take the pictures that match you best. Help others hear you.

And there was light

And there was light

5. Give the gift.
Share the world you see and feel around you. Each photo you take is a gift you give to broaden your friend’s world, to heighten your mom’s soul, to make your brother laugh or your girlfriend feel appreciated. Give with your whole heart. Make it worth it.

Pipe dream

Pipe dream

6. Most important, have fun.
Because that’s what it is all about, really. The journey is fun and the adventure never, ever ends.

It's okay, I'll wait

It’s okay, I’ll wait

About the guest blogger

Headshot-Dainon-MoodyDainon Moody is a freelance writer. While he assists a variety of clients worldwide with their various writing and marketing needs, he did publish a collection of poetry last year, The Sound of Scampering. He currently resides in Florida (and is, most likely, currently barefoot.).

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