How to take better pictures with you phone?
How to take better pictures with you phone?
We tend to underestimate capabilities of our phone cameras. It all sums up for us to the number of megapixels it can take. By considering different settings, angle and lighting and combining it with multifeatured apps and tools, you will be able to snap more interesting and inspiring pictures that show beautiful moments of your life.
We would like to present you a few handy tips, that can improve the overall quality of your smartphone photography.
1. Get to know the settings
Come on, don’t use auto mode. The cameras are designed to take good shots on auto, but hey - you want to take better pictures, right? Play with settings. Read more about focus, exposure, white balance and ISO. The more you know, the better. Later - practice. Nothing teaches us bettter than doing something repeatedly. Go out, prepare for a shot and adjust cameras settings. See by yourself, how these options infuelnce the pictures.
2. Set the high resolution
Pictures taken with higher resolution, will look better, especially when you want to view them later on PC or TV. When taking images, try to go as close as possible to the object you want to take picture of. This way, you will get a better resolution compared to zoomed images. Don’t zoom - you can always crop the picture later.
You should also think about the storage of your phone. The better resolution you want to have, the more space you need. There are some pro-tips. Use external memory cards - if you can. Buy a few if you are going on a vacation. Try cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive - they offer a lot of space for just a few bucks a month.
3. Use back camera
Front camera are made for video conferences. They also take good selfies… Back camera is harder to operate, when taking a selfie, but the results will be much better thanks to higher resolution specifications. When taking any photos but selfies, back camera is a must. You can also try apps which let you take pictures with front and back camera at the same time. You can then create a picture that shows not only a location or an object, but also the author of the photo.
4. Lenses are important
We transport our phones in strange places. Backpockets, backpacks, pockets, bags and many more. Lenses are easy to scratch or get dirty. Clean them before use and they will reward you with cristal clear images.
To get more out of your camera, use detachable lenses. They can give you special effects like macro or fish-eye, and above all, they will boost the image quality. They are easy to use - just snap them on top of your camera lense.
5. Tripods, monopods and sticks - accessorize!
You phones stabilizing options are never enough. If you like landscape photography - they will be your best friends.
Selfie sticks can help you get a better shot if you like to spend holidays on your own.
Most of accessories are small and portable, and you can always have them with you.
6. Remember about the light
For outdoor images remember about the golden hour - the hour surrounding sunrise or sunset. The light will be warm which helps bring out the details.
If you want to get dramatic, use one source of light in a dark room - you will get unflattering shadows coming from different directions.
In most of the situations - use natural light. If indoor - take pictures near the windows. And always, be aware what is your source of light. It can be sometimes a bad idea, to take pictures of people with sun shining directly into your lens.
Don’t use flash. It makes people look pale and change the colours. If you feel like doing it - use an external flash.
7. There are certain composition rules
Poeple are taking pictures for years now. There are theoretical rules, which make a good photo. A few of them to know: Rule of Thirds, leading lines, scale, framing. Google them, use them. But remember to be creative as well. Step on a chair, use mirrors, strange angles. The photography is not rational - you have to know the rules to break them and take shots.
8. Photo modes - an interesting option
Most of our phones have different modes. Panorama, Burst, HDR. Try them and check, if they can be to any use for you. It is important to be aware of what your phone can do, so that when you need to take an image in a specific situation, you will be able to draw the best settings possible. And don’t make panoramas of moving objects. Just don’t.
9. Third party apps
There are many. Some of the phones we use, have limitations. If you need more than your phone can offer you - and this is not a matter of low specifications - try third pary apps. Check their options and consider paid apps. To mention some of them: Camera+, Pro Capture, Shutter Cam.
Take pictures - many of them. You don’t want to miss anything, so it’s better to take multiple shots or even use burst mode, than regret not doing it later. Pro-tip: don’t edit anything on your phone. Your display is small, resolution not-so-high. Get back to your computer and choose and edit your images. You will get much better results, and the PC software will give you more options than mobile apps. Don’t over-do the editing. Play with brightness, contrast, crop the picture and adjust it’s size.
If you really need to edit pictures on the go, use Instagram filters. They are simpler, faster and better than most of the apps there are. And they will cover your needs in 99%.
To sum up
Taking pictures may seem easy, and it is way easier than it used to be - we have our cameras almost always with us. The internet is full of amateur pictures - if you want yours to stand out from the crowd, or you just need to have good images from your holidays, remember just 10 tips we gave you. Additionally, remember to be creative. Rules we show you, should be considered as tips to know, not to follow blindly. And maybe some day you will win Word Press Photo award - who knows?
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