Making the Most of Mobile Photography

CC Chapman Shooting at MetLife Stadium

As a photographer, I take pictures with whatever camera I have with me.

Today, that quite often means the phone in my pocket which currently is a Motorola Droid Turbo (provided to me for free as a member of the Verizon Influencer program I am part of).

This also means that I get asked by friends, family and strangers for advice on how to take better photographs on their phones so I thought I’d write this post to share the advice I most often give.

All of this advice is non device specific, so that everyone can use it no matter what kind of phone they own.

Take More Than One Photo

We are not shooting on film when we use our phones, so why not take multiple shots?

I’m not encouraging you to shoot in burst mode all the time (but definitely use it if trying to capture an action shot), yet I am telling you that having options is always better than having a single shot.

It is easy enough to go back and delete the ones you don’t want to save space, so why not take them?

Use Apps, But Never Shoot In them

Anytime I see someone open Instagram, EyeEm or VSCO Cam and take a photograph directly in the app I get a bit twitchy.

Sure, I do this sometimes when I’m taking a quick snapshot, but I try to always shoot in the native camera app or in an app that shoots in full resolution.

I do this because I want to make sure that I always have the full sized original image for use if I need it. Also, all apps tend to crash more than any native camera app on a phone. Nothing worse than setting up a perfect shot and having the app crash.

Plus, in doing this you have more options for printing (yes people still do this), publishing and other options beyond the cropped desires of the app.

Turn on Auto Backup

More and more applications have the option to auto backup your photos to a private area of their site. Flickr and Dropbox both do this, but personally I use Google+.

Google never figured out how to use Google+ as a social network, but it handles photographs perfectly.

I travel a lot and would hate to lose my photos if I lost my phone while on the road. I have my phone set to auto backup anytime it is connected to WiFi. That way at the end of the day when I get to the hotel or in an airport lounge I know the latest photographs are saved.

All services allow for these to be saved in a private folder so it is up to you to decide if anyone else sees them. The reason I’ve chose to use Google is because I know they are not going away anytime soon. I like the stability of that knowledge.

Also, keep in mind that this feature is great when you are at home and not just on the road.

I’m also a member of the #LifeOnFiOS team and love that whenever my phone is connected to my home WiFi, it quickly uploads a backup of all my photos. Because of the speed and reliability I get from Verizon FiOS (I was a happy paying customer for years before they ever approached me to be part of their influencer program) I never have to worry about them not being there.

Make sure your phone is set to connect to your home WiFi and that you’ve got fast Internet at home. That makes everyone happier 🙂

Think About Post Production BEFORE You Take a Photo

You may not do any post production on your photos, but I do. Most photographers do.

When I take out my camera to take a photograph, I’m already thinking about what I might do with it in post. Some shots I know will be black and white. Others I frame to crop to a square for Instagram. Finally, if the light isn’t quite right I know I can boost it a bit in post.

I personally use SnapSeed on my phone and Lightroom CC on my computer for editing.

Never depend on post production to save your photograph, but the more pictures you take and edit, the more you’ll think this way when shooting.

Share and Tag Your Photos

You can pick whichever social photography communities you want (Instagram and Flickr are my big ones), but I encourage you to share the photos you take with others.

Nothing feels better than someone liking or commenting on a photo you’ve taken. It feels good and it’ll make you want to take and share more.

Tagging means you need to add hashtags that describe your photo. Also, be sure to look at similar photos to yours to see what other hashtags you might want to use.

This will allow other people interested in say #dogs, #travel or #breakfasttacos to find your photos. They also allow you to go back and find your photographs in the future when you know you took one, but can’t remember where you put it.

Have Fun

Technology has empowered everyone to to be a photographer and take photos anywhere they go. Don’t stress out over the quality of your photos if you have no reason to.

Photography is suppose to be fun and I promise that the more fun you have with it, the better your pictures will be.

Happy shooting.

Want to see more of my photos? Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr or EyeEm.



Disclosure – I am a member of the #LifeOnFiOS & VZWBuzz  influencer teams from Verizon. From time to time they provide me with gadgets, information and experiences in exchange for articles focused on my digital life style. I control the topics, words, thoughts and everything else. They just get to read and share them. 🙂

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C.C. Chapman


Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will Happen, Content Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters, and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing, and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


Helping others learn and inspiring them to achieve their goals is the most fulfilling thing I do. As a Visting Instructor of Business and Management at Wheaton College and as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communications at Bentley University I get to do this with the next generation. I’ve also developed and taught courses for LinkedIn Learning,, CreativeLive, and Treehouse.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at


Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course, will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

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Milford, MA

Current relationships include:

  • Verizon FiOS provides me with service in exchange for a monthly post on technology of my choosing


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