Phone photography! We all love it when with friends, family or even alone. And, it’s easy and everyone can do it thanks to the technology. Today, you can find a wide range of mobile devices with cameras that can click high-quality pictures. Moreover, you can edit them using built-in applications. However, clicking pictures from your smartphone isn’t just taping the camera button and shooting instantly. You need to have a good understanding of some basic rules to click amazing pictures. Let’s learn those.
Adjust the Focus
There has been a lot of advancements made in smartphone cameras. Modern phone cameras allow users to have complete control over the focus of the photo. Just switch on the manual focus, and tap on the point on the screen where you want to focus.
Moreover, you should check other settings on the phone camera. The face recognition option allows you to avoid shots with your friends’ faces in a blurred mess.
Use HDR Mode
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a common phone camera feature that creates a better balance of colors. One downside is—in HDR mode, pictures take a little longer to load. HDR mode is perfect to shoot on locations with darkest and lightest parts. Since it takes longer to capture the pictures, you should avoid HDR mode when taking pictures of fast-moving subjects.
No matter what the brand and make of your phone is, you should see the HDR mode option in an easily-accessible place. However, you can also set it to automatically turn on whenever your camera finds something useful.
Use Natural Light
When it comes to clicking amazing photos, light plays an important role. If possible, don’t use flash, which can reduce the picture quality. Moreover, flash can produce unwanted artifacts like glowing eyes. Although in low-light environments, you can use flash as an artificial light source, avoid it as much as you can.
When using flash, you need to be a lot more careful. For example, ask your friends to get closer rather than standing deeper in the shadows. Make sure all the faces are well-illuminated. However, you can click two pictures—one with flash and one without flash—to see the difference.
Avoid Shaking Smartphone
This usually happens to everyone. We set the right focus, light and other parameters, but at the time of clicking, the device moves slightly in the hands, thus resulting in blurred photos. Even a slight shake can ruin your photos. Thus, try to minimize the camera shake as much as possible.
Buying a tripod is a great idea to take steady shots. If you don’t want to invest in a smartphone camera tripod, use alternatives such as a wall, your other arm or a friend’s shoulder. Keeping your shot steady is important when you are capturing in low-light conditions where the exposure time is longer than normal shots.
Use The Rule of Thirds
Rule of thirds is the process of drawing two parallel lines vertically and horizontally across the screen. This creates nine equal-sized squares. The idea behind this rule is to capture photos containing subjects aligning with imaginary lines, thus making them more interesting and balanced.
You don’t need to imagine these three-by-three squares yourself. In the age of smartphone photography, almost all cameras come with the built-in feature to display for you. Just click on the grid icon at the edge of the screen or you can select it from camera settings.
Say NO to Digital Zoom
Avoid using the digital zoom function. Why so? Because in most smartphone cameras, it doesn’t work the same way as a normal camera does. In a camera with optical zoom, lenses adjust the inner elements to increase/decrease focal length. On the other hand, digital zoom merely zoom into the photos to get closer. The best way to capture a subject that is far away is to get closer to it and take shots.
To sum up, like any other art, the key to capturing amazing photographs is to keep practicing. Adjust the focus on the subject carefully, and use HDR mode to create a better balance of colors. Avoid using flash as this can cause issues such as glowing eyes. The rule of thirds allows you to position different elements in the picture with the help of two parallel horizontal and vertical lines. Hope you liked the post. Keep capturing!