How to Take and Print High-Quality Smartphone Photos

Tips and apps for high-quality prints.

By on February 5, 2014

Smartphone cameras have become the primary way to capture special moments and share memories. According to a survey by Suite 48 Analytics, the majority of photo-taking smartphone customers take photos exclusively using their phones. While you may be proficient at shooting, editing and sharing photos via your phone, you may not know how to optimize the settings to take better pictures or how to improve photo quality for the printer. 

The first step is to take high-resolution photos. Most smartphones’ built-in camera apps are pre-set to high resolution. But if you are using additional apps to shoot or edit photos, such as ProCamera 7, Retro Camera Plus and Cross Process, check the setting to make sure it’s set to full resolution. 

Another way to improve your photos for printing is to capture those moments in ideal lighting. You can adjust the lighting by turning on and off the flash on your camera app based on the needs of your surroundings.

Even with the right photo and light settings, however, you’ll still want to capture the best facial expressions. HappyShutter allows your phone to automatically detect and take pictures when people smile. With this app you don’t have to rush for the timer because the camera will wait until everyone is ready and smiling.

Finally, when it comes time to print, there are a growing crop of apps and printing services that can help you print with style. PostalPix, for example, helps you turn your snaps into professional prints and have them mailed directly to your home, which is especially convenient if you don’t own a printer. The app offers a variety of sizes and customizations, including square prints that work perfectly for Instagram photos.