Got a brand new smartphone, you might be all over the place taking photos. The camera is one of the most important thing that people think about just before they buy a smartphone. But in addition to having a powerful smartphone camera, you’ll want to make sure that you are in grasp of all the cool tips that you need to make sure that you are taking the best possible photos. In this post, we highlight a number of the best smartphone photography tips that you can take advantage of.
Know your Camera Settings
First things first, do not rely on your smartphones default camera mode. Of course, tapping on the zoom icon and selecting where you want the camera to focus on will give you better quality, but there’s much more than that. Learning how to manipulate your smartphone camera’s focus, white balance, exposure and ISO settings will go a long way towards making sure that you get it right every time.
Set a High Resolution
You might have a good camera, but if you don’t know how to make the best out of it, you won’t be making the best out of your time capturing photos. It goes without saying that the higher the resolution, the better the photo quality. While capturing photos with your smartphone camera, make a point to go with higher resolution settings. Also, you’ll want to avoid zooming as much as possible. It’s recommended that you actually get as close to the subject of the photography as you possibly can without zooming.
Use the Back Camera
Everyone loves their smartphone’s front camera, because it makes it possible for you to video-chat and at the same time take photos without having to ask a stranger to do it for you using the back camera. However, almost always, the back camera is your best bet when you’re looking to capture awesome photos. Focus on the higher resolution common with the back camera since the more megapixels there are, the better the photos.
A Selfie Buff? Get a Monopod
If you consider yourself a selfie buff, you might want to do something more in addition to the tips highlighted above. Get a selfie stick, which makes it possible for you to easily capture high quality selfies. A selfie stick will cost you just a little over $20. Considered the added flexibility and portability it adds to your smartphone photography, I’d say that it’s definitely worth the price.
This post is a continuation to the one published above, we deliver more tips that will help you take better photos on your smartphone.
Use Lenses Well
You capture all your photos via your smartphone’s camera lens. Lenses are a key part of the photo-capturing process. Remember that when you keep your phone in your bag or pocket, the lenses will likely get some dust on them. That’s why it helps a lot to give your smartphone camera lens a wipe every once in a while. You can extend the quality you get from your smartphone camera by trying attachable lenses. This gives you cool effects such as the popular fish-eye shots and macro shots too.
Follow the Light
Light is one of the most important environmental factors that you should consider when taking photos. Almost always, you’ll want to make sure that you go towards the light. Actually, one of the biggest problems facing indoor photography is the lack of adequate lighting. The right amount of natural lighting can go a long way towards making sure that you make the most out of your photography. If you’re taking photos indoors, consider avoiding dark places. For once, you might want to go near sources of lighting such as neon lights or street lamps when you’re outside and need to take one at night. You should also have in mind where your source of light is coming from. When taking pictures of people, you’ll want to avoid back light so that you do not get the silhouette effect.
Composition is your number 1 bet when you’re looking to take attractive photos. You might want grasp some basic composition rules and practices before you can call yourself a professional photographer. To start with, grasp the rule of Third, scale, framing and leading lines just to name a few. Once you are sure you’ve got the rules right, play with them and try different lighting methodologies and capture angles.
This is the third article in our series of kickass smartphone photography tips.
Panaroma & Burst Modes
Most smartphones have a panorama mode. If yours don’t, consider downloading an application that can stitch your 180-degree photos. There are a number of cool apps that can do this, including Autostitch Panorama Pro for Android and Photosynth for iPhones. You can easily take landscape snaps using these applications, just provided that you keep your hand steady enough to capture the moment. It’s also important to remember that moving objects aren’t particularly great candidates for panorama. If you’re determined to capture moving objects though, it’s important you understand that these will not just stay still for you to capture them. That’s why you should consider activating your camera’s burst mode. Burst mode increases the possibility of you capturing multiple clear images that you can use from a moving subject.
3rd Party Camera Apps
As you might know very well, your smartphones default camera app has limited functions. That’s why it’s important that you get yourself a good third-party camera application that can help you overcome the limitations. Applications such as Camera+ for the iOS, and ProCapture Free for Android bring on board a wealth of useful features. These can help make your photography better all the same. There are also apps that have specialized functionality for your photography. A good example is the Slow Shutter Cam for the iOS, as well as Pro HDR and Night Cam for Android.
Photo Editing Apps
Most times, there’s just so much that you can do to edit a photo once you have taken it. I cannot understate the importance of popular photo editing applications such as Camera FV-5 of the Android and Camera+. Photoshop Express is also another great app available for both Android and iOS that helps a lot with editing. Other great photography applications include Pixlr Express that hosts a number of editing functions including cropping, straightening, rotating, flip and red-eye removal. If you’re so much into filtering, you might want to try Snapseed which is available on both iOS and Android mobile platforms, as well as VSCO Cam.
In addition to the tips highlighted in our previous post, here are more ways to take better photos on your android smartphone.
Using HDR mode
HDR is one of the key features available on most smartphones. Most people however don’t take advantage of this mode, mostly because they don’t understand its importance. But if you trust your stable hands, consider taking advantage of HDR (high dynamic range), which evenly exposes lighting and shadows in your images. HDR is essentially important in photos that have a high contrast – including lots of light and dark bits. Important to understand is the fact that HDR captures 2 or more photos of varying exposure almost simultaneously. This done, the mode then combines the best parts and brightest bits of both photos into one final output image. You have to keep your smartphone camera super-steady though if you’re looking to make the best out of HDR mode. Failure to do this? The photo will be blurred.
Use Post-Processing Filters
Most people have a not-so-kind view of all the lovely filters that can make your photos much better. If you consider yourself a professional photographer, you might be forgiven for calling all these features bogus. But then if you’re a digital smartphone camera consumer, like most of us are, you have no choice than to acknowledge the usefulness of post-processing filters. By default, most new Android smartphones are equipped with scores of filters, but if you’re looking to take it to the next level, consider trying a pro-app such as Pixlr (which was earlier known as Pixlr Express).
Reflective Sunglasses Trick
A pair of sunglasses that have a reflective coating on the lens can be a good way to make great sense out of your photography. To get away with this trick, always have the light source being reflected off your lenses so that you can be able to capture all the scenes more easily.
Own an Android Smartphone? Photography is probably one of those most important things you can do with your smartphone. There are thousands of Android smartphones available out there. Although critics have complained about the rampant fragmentation common on Android, this is really not a problem you should get a headache over. Most modern Android smartphones are equipped with powerful cameras that can contribute to great photography if used the right way. Below, we highlight a number of tips that can help make your Android photography much better.
Forget the Flash
You might want to avoid the flash, but why? Well, as it happens, the flash function is basically best-used in the case of emergencies. If you’re able to effectively make use of natural lighting or other sources of lighting for that matter, there’s no reason why you’ll want to make the illuminating flash on your photography subjects. The science behind it is that the LED function on smartphone cameras happens to be very closely located to lenses, and thus produces a nasty glaring effect. If you’re not able to make the best out of natural lighting, you can also increase EV (Exposure Value) as well as ISO on your camera. But before you get your phone out of your pocket, keep it in mind that by increasing ISO, you’ll also be increasing the graininess or noise-effect in your photos.
Avoid Digital Zoom
The digital zoom is an overly used effect that destroys photos more than it helps them. This feature has often been referred to as the notorious digital zoom. Well, unless you camera has an optical zoom whereby the camera lens can actually come out of your device, all that you’ll achieve with digital zooming is enlarge and then crop the photo. Rather than zoom-out your photos, consider getting closer to the subject or cropping them manually later.
Learn From the Details
This is one of the best ways you can improve your photography portfolio. There’s no better way to learn than to do so from your past successes and mistakes. Take a few minutes to look through your best shots, worst shots and auto images so that you realize what really went on behind the scenes. Some of the properties that you should be looking for include the Flash feature, exposure time and as well the aperture value. Also consider investing some time to take a look at the ISO and other auto conditions that influence the quality and/or size of a photo.
Almost everyone is spending a considerable deal of time trying out various photography tactics on their smartphone, but not everyone full comprehends the essence of a great photo. Based on lessons from professional photographer Lorenz Holder, here are a number of creative and ingenious smartphone photography tips that will take your photo-capture skills to the next level.
Know your Camera
Different cameras have different capabilities, more so when it comes to photography. The quality of photos that your camera can take right off the bat is dependent on its resolution. It’s important that you fully understand what your camera can and what it can’t be able to do. If you own a smartphone with a low resolution camera, you’ll probably need a miracle to get away with professional-level images. But you can follow a number of photography tips covered elsewhere in this blog to make sure that you make the best out of what you have.
Leverage Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is one of those ingredients that are critical to a good photo. By making use of natural lighting, you can all too easily capture the best facets in any photo. Most cameras are designed to work best with natural lighting. But sometimes, you might just need to capture a photo indoors, in which case you’ll have no choice but to take advantage of light sources such as bulbs. Make sure that you’re aware of the direction your indoor light is coming from so that you don’t end up with the silhouette effect on your photos. If you can, make it a point to avoid all forms of back light.
Find your Best Apps
There are scores of photography apps available on most mobile apps marketplaces. To start with, the Google Play Store is home to a wealth of rich android photo-editing apps that will take your photography to the next level. Make sure that you search for the best apps based on what you’re looking to accomplish (e.g. add filters, background effects, etc.) and then install them on your device. Just like on Android, there are also scores of superb photography apps on the iOS marketplace.
By making use of these cool but simple tips to enhance your smartphone photography, you can get away with great photos. Still, the next time you’re out there shopping for a smartphone, make sure that the camera is one of the most important features that you consider!