Using the Nokia 7 Plus, Katrina shares her tips on how she creates such beautiful pictures using a smartphone. The 7 Plus pro camera mode lets you take pictures like a pro by giving you quick and easy manual control over advanced camera settings like white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure. You can see the impact of your adjustments in real time before you snap to achieve your perfect photo with just one take and no need for filters. I myself have been using this device some months now as a daily driver and indeed it takes excellent photos but lets see what tips Katrina has to share. This is something that reminds me of the Lumia years.

The hidden tools that make your smartphone pics pop with professional edge

Most of us are used to using pre-determined filters to turn average holiday snaps into sharable #goal shots. However, rather than capturing the moment in beautiful clarity these filters often distort the picture and rid it of its natural beauty.

For truly beautiful, natural pics that stand out from the filtered crowd your smartphone may hold hidden tools that make #nofilter photos gallery-worthy. Even if you have a basic smartphone camera, these nifty hacks can help you take better pictures in an instant.

Play with shutter speed

Taking great pictures at night isn’t as simple as just pointing and clicking. Cameras take in less light than the human eye so your automatic camera modes will rarely deliver what you can see with your eyes.

To capture more detail, you need more light. A slow shutter speed keeps the camera lens open longer to let in more light. But be careful – even the smallest wiggle when using a slow shutter speed can leave the result blurry. Whether you have full control of shutter speed or it’s automatically adjusted to the environment, here are some tips for maximize your picture quality:

  • It is always best to steady your hands when taking a picture so using a portable tripod will give you the best possible shot
  • If you don’t have a tripod, try spreading your feet shoulder width apart and lean your back against a wall to create a tripod with your body
  • If you have a desk/table/counter to lean on, plant both elbows on the platform – elbows should be wider than your shoulders

Photo by Jason Corey on Unsplash
Another way to steady a shaky hand is to take the picture as you slowly breathing out.

Altering the shutter speed does more than allow you to take low-light shots in amazing detail. Playing with shutter speed and movement in low light can help you create artistic effects such as this.


While your smartphone camera auto-settings might work well enough, one simple way you can ensure pro shots is by playing with your camera’s ISO settings.

ISO simply refers to the cameras’ light sensitivity settings. Changing the ISO setting changes the size of the lens – a low ISO is like squinting your eyes and a high ISO is opening them up wide.

For the perfect portrait or selfie that brings out the contours and shading of a face it’s better to use a low ISO. To make the most of the detail this setting allows, you should ideally try to position the subject in natural light, with the light focused on their face. In these circumstances, flash will kill the image so try to use the light available along with adjusted ISO settings to create pro-portraits.

In simple terms – on darker light, up your ISO. For close-up detail in the midday sun, lower it! Play around to see what the effect is in different conditions and you’ll soon know what levels to use day to night.

It’s all in the detail

Modern smartphones are great for letting you tap to focus on the main subject of your picture.

However, to capture the small details, sometimes this pre-determined area is too wide, and intricate details can be missed. This is where aperture comes in. In simple terms the aperture is the size of the opening in the lens where light enters.

By manually controlling the aperture you can choose the exact distance your smartphone camera will focus on, so you can capture everything from the smallest insect to the largest landscape.

Aperture ranges from f1.2 to f22 – setting your aperture between f1.2 and f4 is ideal for capturing close details while f16 is great for getting your whole family in your perfect holiday sunset.

Give it a go! – Some smartphones allow you to manually change settings in your camera and play with ISO levels, shutter speeds and aperture – getting it right is sometimes a matter of trial and error! Pro Mode on Nokia smartphones is the perfect interface to give you full manual control over all your camera settings.

Available on its latest models including the photo-fab Nokia 7 plus, Pro Mode allows you to easily access manual settings in one swipe. With super-quick and easy manual control over advanced camera options you can see the impact of your adjustments in real time before you snap. One-take wonder tools like this make photography fun, personal and professional – with perfection just a few clicks away… give it a go!

About the Nokia 7 plus:

The Nokia 7 plus is a stylish Android smartphone that delivers true to life imaging and an amazing 2-day battery life. Made for creators to deliver stunning content, the Nokia 7 Plus has the-screen, power, design and features to make it a true hero in Nokia’s smartphone range. Combining innovative optical hardware and imaging algorithms, the Nokia 7 plus captures moments into photos that are true to life. It’s optimised and integrated for maximum performance and battery life, even when you are broadcasting your #Bothie videos (videos taken using the front and back camera simultaneously to create a split screen image) live on Facebook or YouTube.

Why would you recommend the Nokia 7 plus?

“What makes the Nokia 7 plus stand out for me is just how simple it is to take a good picture. The amount of professional-level options available on a smartphone at this price is very impressive and the interface is uncomplicated and easy to understand. With just a basic understanding of the manual settings using the Pro Camera mode you can capture images which are true to life, and you can even edit and share your content without changing apps.

If you like to capture as many memories as possible on your smartphone you’ve probably run out of space on your phone many times! With the Nokia 7 plus you have free unlimited space on Google Photos so your pictures are stored safely in the cloud. Google Photos also has a really handy search feature so if you’re looking for that awesome sunset you captured on holiday all you have to do is type “sunset” into the search bar to find the photo you want.”

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Available in Black/Copper, the Nokia 7 plus is available from Vodafone and through Three Ireland and Dixons Carphone.

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.