Over the last couple of years, smartphone cameras have seen some dramatic improvement, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing – arising from the smartphone photography trend that has made it necessary for features that guarantee better zoom and depth-of-field effects.
However, having a great tool like a wonderful camera is just one part of the big picture. The rest is up to you, so, here we’ll journey into exploring a few smartphone photography tips together. Come with me.
First things first: Learn all you can about your camera app
Yes, this is one of the most underrated things in smartphone photography. A lot of people just jump into taking pictures without spending the time to learn how best their app works.
If you really intend to be awesome at taking pictures with your phone, learn to shoot in other modes aside auto.
Also, you can download another camera app if you feel your phone’s preinstalled app doesn’t serve your purposes well. Depending on what you want, you’ll find apps that are suited to your exact intention.
If your photography is selfie-focused, you’ll find that Candy Camera may just be what you need. Really, third party camera apps do bring better pictures sometimes.
Wipe the lens before shooting
Most people pay less attention to lenses while focusing more on features such as aperture, sensor size and secondary cameras. However, lenses another important factor when it comes to taking great photos, and low quality or smudged lenses can totally ruin what could be a shot.
Get a micro-fiber or lint-free cloth for wiping your lens before going into shooting mode. Make that a habit and you’ll be surprised how many more usable shots you get.
Learn how to use the sun
Unless you want to create silhouettes or you’re just experimenting, try not to shoot into the sun when taking photos of people. Instead, aim to have the sun lighting up your subjects, rather than directly hitting your camera.
Also, as much as you can, take photos during the ‘golden hours’ (just after sunrise or just before sunset). Doing this will likely get you some gorgeous colours.
Explore diagonal lines
What diagonal lines do is that they draw attention to your subjects, so keep an eye out for things like roads, painted lines and buildings running diagonally, and get yourself in the right position to take proper advantage of those lines when taking your snap, as they’ll add depth to your photo.
Also, you can achieve this effect by tilting your camera 45 degrees, so roads, buildings and other subjects are running diagonally.
Don’t forget to crop when necessary
With the quality of today’s smartphones, don’t be afraid to shoot wider than you want and then crop in on the end result. If you weren’t thinking about the rule of thirds at the time you took the shot, you can often get better framing just by cropping later.
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