Hi there! Nice to meet you. I am Inge, the founder and owner of Smartphone-photography.com. Let me take you into my world of photography. I am dedicated to teaching beginner smartphone photographers how to use their cellphones as DSLR cameras.
You can find and follow me on Instagram @ingekaman. Please send me your smartphone images. I love to get in touch with smartphone photographers like yourself.
Now let’s start with how my photography journey began.
The early days
As a kid, I tend to spend my time hanging around gardens, parks, and woodlands close to my home in the Netherlands. Small things like bugs, butterflies, flowers, and leaves would attract my attention.
I would not even hear my mother call for dinner. During our holidays, my father would lend me his camera and teach me how to take random photographs of our adventures in the mountains or at the ocean. How times have changed!
Later on, when I was old enough to go on holidays and other adventures myself, I would create lovely shots of landscapes and animals. Nothing serious yet, but I really loved taking pictures of mountains, lakes, flowers, and oceans. It was a really exciting time waiting at the photography shop to develop my pictures.
Yes, I admit, I grew up in the 80s. In the era when cassette tapes were popular, you had to develop the camera roll at the photographers’ store.
First DSLR Camera
My very first DSLR camera was the Nikon D5200 with an 18-55mm VR lens. It was a pretty big investment at that time, but boy, what fun I had. You could find me lying flat on my belly at every mushroom I found in the woods and parks close to my home.
I read everything I could find about photography and editing software and took a beginner and advanced digital photography course in my hometown. I got my first job, a photo shoot for a personal fitness instructor.
A few years later, I got my second DSLR camera, a Canon EOS 7D, with several lenses, filters, tripods, and other helpful accessories. I learned to look at compositions differently and developed my own style in taking and editing photographs.
After many years of taking digital images with my Nikon and Canon cameras, I was ready for something new. I found myself taking many images with my smartphone while hiking in the mountains, canoeing on lakes, and camping in the woods. It was just easy and convenient to take out my smartphone and shoot images. Why not do it professionally?
I started collecting different phones from several manufacturers, took endless amounts of pictures, and edited them in Lightroom. Although I was quite familiar with my digital camera’s capabilities, smartphone photography was a different cup of tea.
I had many questions and challenges to overcome before I was happy about the results. Now it is time to share my new-found knowledge on smartphone cameras, lenses, editing apps, and other useful tips with you.
I won’t bother you with a list of all my photography gear, but here are a few devices and accessories I love for beginner smartphone photographers. I have used these items a lot and can definitely say it is a good investment. Most of the accessories I use are affordable yet sturdy and reliable.
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- Samsung Galaxy S20FE
- Honor 10 (no longer available)
- Professional Tripod
- Smartphone Mount
- Remote Shutter
- Microfiber cloths
- Moment lenses
- Moment Gear Bag
You can find all my favorite gear on my favorite gear page.
Share my knowledge
Please let me invite you to take a look at my blog. It is jam-packed with useful tips, reviews, and problem-solving posts. You can find tons of information to become better at smartphone photography. But we also highlight possible problems you might encounter during your smartphone photography adventure.
I will keep testing different smartphones and accessories and give you my honest opinion. You will find recommendations on where to buy your own smartphone photography gear, and we will showcase some of the most beautiful images from myself and other phone photographers.
And remember! Practice makes perfect. You must fail before you succeed. Don’t be afraid to start and take images; I did, too, at some point in my life, and I am still learning new skills.
Did you know that Inge also owns Studio Pico, a digital design studio in the Netherlands? She makes designs on-demand for businesses but also for the general public. You can find her digital artwork at Redbubble. The designs are available on clothes, mugs, pillowcases, postcards, and much more.