We keep our smartphones with us at all times these days and depend on them for lots of different things – not least for capturing snapshots of special memories and exciting moments. People carry digital cameras less and less, relying on their smartphone for pictures instead. This is due to the fact that camera technology in smartphones is improving all the time, enabling users to take higher-quality photos than before. In this article, we’ll share some essential smartphone photography tips for taking simply really great photos with your phone.
A rule of thumb for smartphone photography is to take pictures in the highest resolution available – this makes editing an image afterwards a whole lot easier. Storage space is almost always an issue on smartphones – in contrast to a camera, it’s taken up by not just photos but other applications, music and games. Higher resolution images take up more space, so the right balance of quality and size for your pictures depends on the space you have available. Alternatively, you can increase your storage space by purchasing an additional SD card, if possible for your device.
While auto mode is handy for quick results, it can also be problematic in ways. By experimenting with different light conditions, distance from objects and different color palettes, you can quickly identify the weaknesses of this mode. More and more applications (and even standard applications) enable manual modes where you can manually control shutter speed, white balance, focus point and exposure. This gives you a lot more options and better results. Have a closer look at your smartphone camera options to get an idea of what you can do with them.
There are not many hard-and-fast rules when taking pictures in general. However, there’s one rule in smartphone photography that should be followed: don’t use the zoom! Even if you’re tempted to use it, you’ll soon see that zooming leads to poor image quality. In contrast to optical zoom, smartphones enlarge an image digitally, which has a negative effect on resolution and makes it hard to achieve satisfactory results. That’s why it’s always better to get to get closer to the subject to photograph it. If you really need to, it’s better to edit photos in the post-production process to modify a picture section to the size you want, for instance.
Always hold your smartphone with both hands to try to keep it steady. Even with your best efforts, though, a shot can sometimes come out distorted or shaky and even small movements can lead to a blurry image. A small tripod or a shoulder rig can help overcome these problems. You can also stand with your legs hip width apart for a more steady standing position. If there’s a wall, table or similar object nearby, use it to support your arms while taking the picture.
Carrying a smartphone and using it all the time will make the camera lens dirty, so make sure to clean it from time to time. Use a microfibre cloth to clean it so that fingerprints on the lens won’t affect the photo you take and to help avoid avoid images that are blurry or have marks.
Lots of lens adapters are available for playing around with the perspective in your smartphone recordings – from macro to fisheye, telephoto to panorama lenses – there are no creative limits to the photographs you make with your smartphone. Entire lens sets (some including a tripod) can be purchased at reasonable prices and will help you take really breathtaking shots.
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