7 Essential Tips To Help You Become A Better Smartphone Photographer
We live in a day and age where everybody, including mum, dad, sister and even dogs, has a phone on him at all times. Most of these phones have a camera slapped onto it which means there’s always a picture being uploaded to the internet. I used to be a horrible photographer and realised later on what a knob I was being by putting up ridiculous looking pictures. Anyone can share a picture today, anyone can click a picture today but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good photographer.
There are a lot of factors that contribute towards taking good pictures and there are various ways you can make your skills betters. Some of these tips apply to any camera, but these tips are specific to smartphone users and these tips will help you up your photography game.
1. Clean That Lens
This tip can be applied to any camera and is probably the most obvious tip you can find on the internet. However, there are quite a few people who never bother cleaning their camera lens. No matter what you do, a dirty lens will always end up giving you mediocre pictures. Just the same way you clean the screen of your phone, make a habit to clean your lens too. A microfiber cloth (the ones that are used for spectacles and what not) is the perfect accessory that is good for wiping your lens. It helps in removing fingerprints, dirt and body oils that interfere with your pictures. You can even use a cleaning fluid like ‘Colin’ if you are serious about your pictures.
2. Composition Is Key
This should be your number one priority. If you are serious about your pictures, then you can make no excuse about your compositions. Your picture might look perfect to your eyes, it might have the right colours and might be perfect in every other way; but if the framing of your picture is off, it will destroy all your efforts.
You can start by utilising the grid feature every phone camera has today. It is paramount that you use this feature as it’s the first thing you will learn in a photography class as well. The idea behind this feature is to give your subject the main focus. The grid lines make the subject much clearer. You want to keep your subject located towards any of the corners of the centre square. You can understand better with the picture below:
3. Background Is As Important As Your Subject
You need to make sure your background is not very distracting and does not take away the focus from the main subject. Make sure the background is clean and presentable and ensure there aren’t objects that can cause any sort of distraction. These distractions can vary from bright lights to garbage and other striking objects.
4. Use The Right Mode
If you are using your camera to take a picture of landscapes or a selfie or that of a sunset, there are different modes that go with each photo type. Whether you are taking a portrait or a close-up, you need to know the correct mode. There are modes like slow motion, panorama and other modes that can make that extra difference.
5. Never Use The Zoom
Your phone might have the option to zoom into your subject but it is probably the stupidest thing you can do if you want a perfect picture. Zooming into your subject and taking a picture makes the photograph grainy, pixelated and it crops out the edge. It also messes up the composition of your picture. Please leave the zooming for DSLRs and even those pictures can be grainy at times.
If you really need to get a close-up shot, stop being lazy and actually move towards your subject. It will always be better to walk up to your subject rather than using the zoom option.
6. Ditch The Flash
Using the flash for pictures has always been something I’ve hated. The flash can be really harsh and it can make your picture look weird with shadows, highlights and what not. Reflections are also something that cannot be avoided and the flash will not enable you to capture anything at all. Turn it off!
7. Use Third Party Apps
The stock camera on your phone is good but there are plenty of other camera apps that will not let you down and get you that great shot. Most third party apps offer more settings and filters and they also let you tweak the focus and exposure separately. Some of them also have different flash options in case you need to use it. Apps like VSCOcam, Camu, Camera+, ProCamera are only just a few you can play around with.
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