Creating a bespoke canvas print for your home or a wonderful gift for a loved one is such a great way to design something special!
However, if you've ever come to upload a photo of your treasured moments and found them grainy, blurry or out of focus, we've got some tips to ensure you put your phone camera to better use.
A huge number of canvases, posters and accessories we produce are created from a simple phone snap. With some pointers from the artwork experts, there is no reason you can't capture everyday images on the go!
Today the Personal Canvas Prints team has collated our go-to advice to make sure every mobile photograph is as vivid as possible.
How to Take Great Photos on Your Phone
Almost every smartphone out there has an incredibly high specification camera, so it's all about understanding how they work to ensure your photography speaks for itself!
They all have different settings, timers, filters and functions, so getting to grips with the functionality is step one.
While a flash was essential for an older digital camera in a dark space, they aren't so crucial with advanced mobile camera technology.
The best images are taken in natural light, and a flash can cause a glare that won't look good in print.
We know that it's tempting to use digital zoom to get close to the person or object you're photographing, but many phones just enlarge the image rather than actually zooming.
The result is a grainy capture that would have looked just fine cropped down from a larger image.
You don't need to be a photography professional to take incredible phone snaps, but you need to practice making the best of the camera you have.
Keeping the lens clean is another sure-fire way to improve your photos since a grubby fingerprint or dust detracts from the sharpness your phone camera is capable of.
Getting the Right Exposure on Mobile Photography Captures
Now, we all know that lighting is crucial to taking great images, particularly if you're hoping to print and frame the moment on a canvas print that you'll be able to enjoy forever!
It's really tricky to take a decent photo even on the best mobile camera in the dark, so grey days and nighttime events aren't the best moments if you're planning a family portrait or visiting your favourite landscape.
Does Photo Editing Help Design Better Quality Canvas Prints?
Photo editing apps are controversial but, if used correctly, they can be an excellent way to sharpen images, deepen colours, or design something quirky and original!
The trick with photo editing is always to enhance the quality and aesthetic of your photos, not to try and morph or change them to the extent that they look unnatural.
Let's think about landscapes as a great example - here are some of the most popular photo editing apps for iPhone or Android and the effects they make possible:
Those are just a tiny snapshot of the apps out there, and if you do decide to try out photo editing, we'd recommend going for a free version and only paying for a premium app if you're comfortable that you'll get enough use out of it.
How to Take Amazing Portraits Through a Mobile Camera
They always say not to work with kids or dogs - and if you're struggling to get that perfect capture to turn into personalised gifts, cards or canvas prints, you'll know it's true!
There are quite a few ways to make it easier to help your fidgety photo subjects stand a little more still.
If all else fails, a few treats don't go amiss either!
By using all the advanced settings on your camera phone and aiming to take your photos in the best light possible, you'll have a memory card full of fantastic shots that you'll want to remember.