Using your smartphone to record a wedding.

It can be tricky to determine whether to allow social networking at your wedding — in actuality, it might have even caused a marriage argument or two! Whatever you decide, however, if you don’t go full on Mariah and confiscate your guests’ phones upon arrival, you will want to accept your guests will be snapping pics of you in their telephones.

Why don’t you share this manual with them to ensure that the images that will look at some stage surface on social websites would be the best they are?

Online smartphone merchant Mobiles.co.uk found that over three quarters’ of guests prefer to take pictures on their phone in a wedding, and on average every guest catches 28 snaps of the happy couple. We invited them to offer up their top suggestions on how best to take amazing wedding photos by using a smart phone.

Understanding your smart phones Camera Settings

Learning to use your smart phones camera settings is the best place to start! Most people today tend to just leave their phone camera in the default ‘auto’ mode — which is working but means you miss out on a lot of cool features that can improve your photography and provide you higher quality pictures.

Don’t be an afraid experiment with unique modes, and try it out in portrait, landscape and ISO. ISO (Industry Standards Organisation) is worth checking out as the setting judges how sensitive your phone camera is to light, based on your present surroundings. Lower ISO numbers are better for brighter lighting, and higher ISO numbers work best for brightening low light shots, like those taken in candlelight.

Think About Your Lighting
If you wish to use an image on any device, it’s important to consider your flash when you’re forming your shot. Photography is all about catching the lighting and how it mirrors on the image.

Before you take your picture, consider what your light origin is and where it is coming from. Professional Derby based wedding photographer Tony Hall of We Are Wedding Photographers advises: “Organic lighting will normally build a better shot. When taking photos inside, start looking for artificial lights or approaches to reflect what natural light is there.”

Consider Composition
How you frame and set up your picture can make all of the difference between it being a beautiful photograph and something which looks cluttered and chaotic. Follow the lead of professional photographers and use the ‘rule of three’ when composing your shot.

To do this, you will want to break down the photograph both horizontally and vertically into a nine-sectioned grid and confirm the subject of your photo (as an instance, the bride) is placed at joining points on the squares and not entirely in the middle of the frame. Most telephones have a grid framework pre-installed, and this can be switched on in settings.

Clean Your Phone
This is a straightforward feature, but it makes plenty of difference — clean your lens before you begin using your phone as a camera.

Give it a wipe with a lens-friendly cloth before you start snapping to remove dust and grease — you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes to the pictures you take.

Use Different Apps
Experiment with different photography apps to provide your photos with the perfect finish — you can add filters, alter brightness, play around with the sharpness and more to add more dimension and flair to the photos you take.

Don’t go too far though — you don’t need to over-edit your photographs and have them lose their original beauty. Wedding photographs should be timeless, and a few filters and effects can date your photos — avoid trends in regards to your pictures, and they’ll last a lifetime.

You can also try some of the best photo editing apps:

VSCO Cam

Prisma

Pixlr

Snapseed

Afterlight

Understand Your Camera Highlights
Looking at the smart phone market today you could assume that phones are now some of the most technologically advanced cameras on the market. Phones today are gradually passing the standard DSLR concerning versatility and advanced software.

The latest iPhone now features dual camera technology – this comes with a 12MP state of the art wide-angled camera which can also work with a 12MP telephoto camera this provides higher-quality zooms from further away. The dual camera is also ideal for producing blurred bokeh impressions behind your subject, with the high-tech Portrait mode.

For high-tech video record, examine the Sony Xperia XZ Premium — this phone includes a groundbreaking action eye camera, which can copy up to 960 frames per second. This permits you to watch the previously unseen action unfold in super slow motion.

If you’re all about taking selfies at a wedding, the Samsung S8 is high as it has intelligent auto-focus technology which will ensure everyone who’s crowding in for the snap will be in excellent focus, even if there’s a bit of jostling going on.

For snapping spontaneous wedding moments, the HTC U11 has squeeze technology which lets you take several wedding photos in a fast burst.

For more interesting wedding photography ideas, don’t miss our round up of the best wedding selfies!