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7 Photography Tricks You Didn’t Know Your Smartphone Can Do

Who needs a digital camera nowadays when you have a smartphone.

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Just when you thought you needed to purchase external devices such as fisheye lens or tripods, now, there’s an alternative solution! In this video, the guys at COOPH demonstrate some creative smartphone photography tips and tricks that you can do with your iPhone 5S.

Which one is your favorite?


Isabel Claudet
Isabel changes her hair colour seasonally. She is also a huge eyeliner junkie and loves eating Milo. A tattoo enthusiast, she can be found on Instagram/Twitter: @isabelclaudet
  • Raul J. de Vera, Jr.

    I really enjoyed the videoclip! 6th and 7th are just marvelous!

    • sanaullah khan

      My phone dosent supports this video!
      any altrnate??

  • Wow! these are super cool.

  • Matt Silfer

    also, using a second smartphone’s flashlight for off-axis lighting makes for much better night shots

    • SJ Grossman

      Brilliant! Thank You!

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  • Jean

    Wow. SOOOOOO cool!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Cathy

    I did not know you could use your headphone to click a pic!!!! AWESOME!

  • mariel

    How about in iphone 6, is it applicable??

  • Cathy Rhodes

    Love these ideas Ty

  • Sonja

    Fascinating, inventive and useful…especially the reflector idea .

  • obi wan

    cool but the last part is stupid with iPhone… I prefer samsung S4 active or sony xperia Z3. Apple is just an overpriced crappy products!

  • Avinash Vyas

    Underwater Housing is the most creative one.. !!!

  • Jax

    Great ideas, very clever!!

  • Brian

    You can also use a BluTooth headset to take picture when using the +

    • shannon

      how do you use a Bluetooth for picture taking? And will it work with older Bluetooth headset? Plus my headphones don’t have any “buttons” on them………just headphones.

  • Max

    This is super cool. Thank you for sharing.

  • Martin

    Nice tricks. I haven’t tried all of them but I have to say that the trick with the drop of water doesn’t work. I’ve heard about it a while ago and I tried it several times and the drop of water does run off the lens.
    The panorama tricks look really cool, can’t wait to do them.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Mike

    Haha my Galaxy S4 is voice activated. Just say smile or cheese and it snaps a photo, no need for the headphones.

  • Fantastic! Thanks really helpful…. Was gonna buy expensive camera.. why bother?

  • Alister

    So… There’s some good iPhone photography tips… I came for the smartphone photography tips.

    Useless Apple owners think they’re the only ones with cool shit…

    • Simon says

      yes apple owners think they’re the only ones with cool shit… just wait till apple decides to make the iphone ip67 it will be so amazing to have a waterproof phone and not need to use a glass any more …. some are pretty excited that they are (finally) allowed to use different keyboards …..

  • Rhody

    This is wonderful stuff! I like the moving pano the best. Gonna try next.

  • AWESOME stuff! Number 1 is my favourite and I’ll be trying that out next week with friends. Thanks for this!

  • Louise

    No1 &4 are great, thank you. Love the music on your clip too

  • Way cool tips!!!!!! I especially love the DYI tripod and headphones to do a better #selfie! Sharing!

  • I love the underwater one, going to try that with some tattoo pics.

  • Brad

    who is Milo and why does the author love eating him?

  • Jason

    oh yeah absolutely! You can do everything that you want to do with a high end DSLR that you can with a smart phone!

    Like variable shutter speeds, apertures, etc. I’m just glad that people think that you can achieve professional quality photos with your iPhones.

    WHO NEEDS A DSLR!!?!?!

  • Awesome ideas!
    I’ll try some of them this wkd…
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Patricia Bearer

    I Love the headset selfie!! What a great idea! I have already practiced that! Now I have to go find a little bitty spider. Thank you so much. Keep em coming.

  • hester

    Love them all! Thanks!

  • Arvie

    LOVED THESE! Thank you for so much for making it 🙂

  • Tyler

    You could actually get a long clear tube big enough to fit your phone and go as deep as you want for deeper water shots and combine the method for the earbuds + button and water shots

  • I almost didn’t play it, since I don’t have an iPhone, and the description stated “tricks that you can do with your iPhone 5S”. Many of these work with any smartphone – not just an iphone. I decided to watch anyway, and Thank you for the tips.

  • #6 &#7 are awesome!
    great clip.

  • Stefanie

    The headphones doesn’t work

  • Figlizzzy

    I love the way ideas came to do unique fotos.
    Thank you for sharing. For sure I will try all of them.

  • Awesome tricks, thanks for making this video. Love number 5!

  • they all were amazing and I have to try them all. Thank you so much.

  • Wow, these are fabulous ideas! Well-done presentation and so good of you to share it with us!

  • Adrian hicks

    Loved them all . Really well produced by the way & was there any production on the shots themselves or is that as the iPhone produces itself. Very cool guys espically for us untalented souls

  • These are great – and number six is genius. Id not thought to use the headphone cable as a cable-release! May need a bit more help with the tripod though… downloadable template? 😉 😉

  • This is super cool! am sure am not the only one that watched the video more than once?

  • Stuart wilkinson

    Awesome !

    Used a telescope and iPhone to capture images of a peregrine falcon on the Wales England borders earlier this year.. The glass in water idea has me thinking!

  • Really neat ideas! Thank you all!

  • John

    Nice music too

  • Mobile photography is the best option for me

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  • Chandana

    Pretty darned cool!! Love them all!

  • Did you seen any phone branded by Canon or Nikon? Everybody must theirselve’s jobs! Maybe many people was interested with this, but you can NOT do everything that you want to do with a DSLR that you can with a smart phone or mirrorless cameras.

    • I don’t think that was the point, Peter…

    • Ab

      I think you meant “many people WERE intersted…”

  • Kendra Olson

    but how do a flash fill for back lighted subjects? It seems the flash is not strong enough.

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  • Christine

    Very cool. Does this work with iPhone 5, not 5s?

    • Chris Dorrego

      It only works with the iPhone 5c yellow 16g. Other than that, you are out of luck.
      Just kidding, any phone with a camera.

  • Les

    More and more tips. let’s share

  • poojaw

    Amazing . My passion has got a new meaning with this. Being considered a moron to have a passion as photography n journalism. This is a dream come true for me. Thanks a ton. Im sure i can make my parents blv in me 1 day

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  • This was great. I’m going to make my own tripod right away.

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  • Krissy

    I think the under water one will ruin your phone unless you have a life proof case.

    • The phone isn’t actually under water though. Your phone would be in a glass and the water only touches the outside of the glass.

    • Lalollyloves

      my phones waterproof so its all good

  • Ally

    This is fake.

    • Mile


  • Miles

    Omg. This is very helpful! I’ve never thought of anything like this before!

  • Stephen Conley

    Underwater is the best. Awesome idea.

  • iPhone’s don’t have a Macro option for the camera? Androids do. 🙂

    • Char

      He didn’t use a macro setting. He literally just put a drop of water on the lens which made it a macro setting

      • Right, but why would you put a drop of water on the lens to use as a macro setting unless your phone does not have a macro setting. Hence the reason for my question/statement.

    • Shobin Drogan

      Androids can’t manual focus and adjust shutter speed? Windows phones do 😛

  • mamastitch

    A month ago at Disney, a couple had secured an iPhone onto one of those grabby poles that you would use to get something down from a high shelf. The squeeze/grab button triggered the shutter button. Many different lengths without an arm in their selfies. Pretty clever!

    • d

      It’s called a go pro.

      • Lalollyloves

        is that not the selfie stick everyone got for xmas?

      • mamastitch

        It was a Selfie Stick. Just saw an advertisement for it 🙂


    i love smart phone

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    Isabel changes her hair colour seasonally. She is also a huge eyeliner junkie and loves eating Milo. A tattoo enthusiast, she can be found on Instagram/Twitter: @isabelclaudet

  • This is absolutely brilliant!

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  • Hannah

    Does it work with iPhone 5c or iPhone 6

  • Ruliena Piñate

    Great innovative tips. The underwater probably my fave 😉

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