These days, smartphone photography is the only photography that many people know about. But for others, it's simply another medium to express themselves in. That's the case for acclaimed National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, who we talked with to get his take on the best smartphone photography tips and mistakes to avoid. After all, if you can't take advice from someone who's photographed rain forests, caves, jungles, and the seven wonders of the world on different types of Lumias, who can you trust?
Most of Alvarez's tips were given during a trip to Alaska that I went with on with Microsoft. As someone who's lived most of her life with a camera phone and used to think someday I'd be a photographer, I definitely take these tips to heart and think you will, too. All the photos ahead were either shot on a Lumia 640 XL or iPhone 5C — try and see if you can spot the difference!