GREAT TIPS FOR TAKING BETTER PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE
You don’t have to own an expensive camera with all the bells and whistles to take great photos. A good photo is a good photo no matter what it was taken on. The cameras on smartphones have some weaknesses and some strengths. The trick is to emphasise the strengths and know how to use your smartphone to take a better photograph.
Here are some great tips to taking publish-quality photographs with your smartphone.
FORGET THE DIGITAL ZOOM
Just about all smartphone cameras offer a digital zoom. The problem is that photos taken when using the digital zoom feature will get really ugly very fast. Because most cameras have a substantial amount of resolution, you can always crop the large image you have taken later and maintain an excellent resolution.
USE YOUR FILTERS
Instagram was the first app to really make photography filters popular. So much so, many smartphone cameras even have built in filters to help improve the look of your photograph. There are numerous online applications that offer very easy-to-use functions and amazing filters to give your images the edge.
TRY DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHY APPS
The application your smartphone comes with might be pretty good for general photography but that doesn’t mean you are stuck with it. There are numerous camera apps that add more functionality to your phone’s camera. The only way to find out which ones will work well with your phone is to try them.
I like to use the rapid fire photography function, especially when I am taking photos of people in action. If you are taking a number of photos in sequence, the chance one of them will be fantastic greatly increases.
KEEP THE LIGHT BEHIND YOU
Taking a photo into a light source or into the sun is a typical newbie mistake. You always want the light on your subject. Always stand with the sun behind you. If you are taking a photo of someone in a room, ask them to move where a light above them is shining down on their face.
DITCH THE FLASH
The problem with smartphone flashes is the fact that they don’t actually flash. They are little more than glorified LED lights doing a job they are not designed for. While they appear to be bright, the colour temperature is often very wrong. This amounts to them not delivering on one of the main functions of a flash; freezing action in the frame. This is because the flash time is way too long. You end up with an image that is both poorly lit and an image that isn’t crisp.
GET A SELFIE STICK
Now that taking photos of ourselves has become an accepted norm, we might as well do it in style. Selfie sticks don’t cost much and will give the appearance you didn’t take the photo yourself. If there was only a selfie stick that wasn’t held by hand we could take photographs of a prize catch in our hands.
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