If you're looking to add a little depth and complexity to your photos, whether you're shooting with a smartphone or a point-and-shoot, the answer may already be on your face. Just take off your sunglasses, polish the lenses a bit and hold them up in front of your camera before shooting. You might like what you see.
This tip comes to us from award winning photographer (and author of the photography education blog Lightism) Simon Ellingsworth, who admits that the image above is a cheating a bit (since it's been processed to exaggerate the effect), but if you hit the link below, you can see two great examples of the technique in action: the same photo taken with and without sunglasses in play.
The beauty of this tip is that it actually uses some pretty basic photography principles to give you a softer, more diffuse, and more dramatic final image using a filter that you probably already have (and may even have on you while you're taking pictures). Plus, it works just as well with your point and shoot camera as it does with a smartphone shot. Give it a try the next time you're snapping an outdoor picture and see if you like the results.
Free & Simple Way to Add Drama and Depth [Lightism]