Photos With Your Phone

Posted by on 13 April 2020 | 3 Comments

Do you create quilts from photos? I use photos all the time and although I have a really good camera, I often see potential quilt ideas when I'm out walking without it in hand... but I always have my phone so can snap photos with this. So today I thought I'd share with you how I go about doing that because there are a few important tips you should know.

All phones.... as far as I know... come with a camera and an app to use the camera. The app probably looks something like these:

camera apps

camera icons

Most people know how to click on it and point the phone, then click to take the photo however do you know what resolution (number of pixels) you are taking the photo at? Yes this is important. Most likely yours is set to email or web setting which is low and good for sharing on social media or in emails.... but this is too low for a good quality photo that you want to work with, as in a quilt. So you need to check how big your photos will be.

When you go into the app, you will need to click on the cog which in most applications is the settings. In the settings, you will find various size settings. This is what mine looks like.

Camera resolutions

Resolutions in my Phone camera at

You can see on the left, the picture ratio. 4:3 is a standard photo like those you print for standard photo frames, 16:9 is a wide photo - great for landscape scenes, and 1:1 is square. On the right, you will see the number of pixels in the photo. The higher the pixel count, the higher the resolution. For good photos, you want to use the highest setting so for me on a 4:3 ratio, I want to use 4032 x 3024.

.....But although this is great for good quality photos, be warned. Taking lots of photos can fill up your phone so you will need to know how to download them to your computer so they are removed from your phone to free up space again. 

The great thing is, you can change between the settings depending on what you are doing. If you just want a photo to share online, then keep the resolution lower, but if you want a quality photo to print or enlarge for quilting, you will need to set the resolution high. Of course, if you want both, you will need to start with a high resolution. Remember you can always reduce the resolution, but you cannot make it higher as this only causes it to lose its quality and become blurred as you can see in the following photos. This is my manuka flower block, on the right is high resolution and the left is low.

high low resolution

Manuka flowers

It's hard to see this clearly on the screen until I zoom in.

high low resolution2

close up of high and low-resolution photos

You can see how blurred it looks now when the resolution is low compared to the high-resolution photo.

PS: The photo is of my Manuka block, if you would like to find out more about it you can find it here: Manuka Flower applique block

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  • Glad it was helpful Barbara. Yes, videos can be done in the same way. Look for the settings in your app.

    Posted by Ruth, 04/05/2020 5:04pm (3 months ago)

  • Thank you! I have been trying to figure out how to downsize the videos. I learned about a way to take a video with the phone attached to a holder you wear around your neck. The issue was that it was too big.

    Posted by Barbara, 04/05/2020 5:01pm (3 months ago)

  • Amei a dica. Muito obrigada!

    Posted by Mary, 15/04/2020 8:56pm (4 months ago)

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