Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years and most of the new mobile cameras have lots of features from the digital cameras.
The advantage of mobile digital photography is that the camera fits in your pocket and is always with you anytime. The best camera is the one you have with you when the opportunity is there to be able to catch great moments even if not planned.
The tools may be different but the factors that make an image great are the same regardless of the gear that is used to capture it.
It is your eye, mind, and skill that make you a professional, not your gear. It isn’t as high professional digital cameras, but it can be a good option in lots of situations.
Here are some tips that can help you get the best out of your mobile camera.
1.Know your gear
Understand how your mobile phone camera works and get familiar with its limitations. Go into the settings and keep trying the different settings and moods.
It’s all about the light. That’s what will help make a good photo a great photo.
Wait for the right light. Use the sun. Check out the shadows that the sun makes on subjects. Notice the reflective light off buildings. Watch how the light from a window falls inside a room at different moments. Take shots during the “golden and blue hours”.
The smart phone is not the greatest in low light situations. It’s preferable to capitalize on lighting conditions your device functions under best.
Try not to use mobile phone camera flash often, it’s bad and can ruin what would otherwise have been a nice shot.
Your final image will always be better if you get the exposure right in-camera: this is just as true with a mobile camera as a DSLR. Even with all the great editing apps and filters available, exposure fundamentals remain the same. Get it right in-camera then play with it afterwards.
3. Adjust Exposure Manually
You can adjust the lighting manually through your camera. Try to investigate the “Manual Mode” in your camera phone and have its benefits.
4. Clean the lens
Your Phone spends a lot of time in your pocket, a bag or in your hand, and as a result it will get dirty. Dirt, dust, grease and fingerprints on your lens will have a big effect on the quality of your photos.
It will block light from entering the camera’s sensor and will leave smudges, blurs or dust spots on your images. A clean lens will ensure you get sharp, clear images with your camera Phone.
But take care to clean it with Soft cloth or cotton in order not to be scratched.
5. Set the Focus
Tap the screen and a small square or circle will appear let this square or circle pointed on your main subject. This will let it be sharper.
6. Don’t use the zoom
Unfortunately this is a digital zoom and not an optical zoom. In essence what happens with a digital zoom is that the image is cropped as you zoom in. This results in a loss in image quality the more you zoom in.
If you want to take a photo of a faraway subject, don’t use the zoom. Walk closer instead and use the camera as normal without any zoom. You’ll end up with a far better quality shot.
Alternatively you can crop the image yourself in the editing process to bring the viewer closer to your subject. Cropping afterwards gives you more control over how much of the image you want to remove, but also don’t crop too much as this will lead to losing some of the photo quality.
An Austrian-born photojournalist called “Ernst Haas” once said “The best zoom lens is your legs.” Zoom With Your Feet rather than with your lens.
7. Use Panorama Mode
There are certain situations where the standard camera just won’t be able to capture the whole scene you’re trying to capture. For example, you might want to take a shot of an expansive landscape, a cityscape or a wide building, but can’t fit everything in the frame. This is where you should use panorama mode.
8. Keep Your Camera Steady
You need to keep your camera always steady without shaking, especially in dark light as it uses slow shutter. The problem with this is that any movement of the camera will result in a blurred image.
You can use the timer to help you keeping your camera steady.
9. Take Multiple Shots
If you see something that catches your eye don’t just take one shot and hope for the best. The chances of getting a good photo with your first shot are very few. You should take shots from various angles and distances. If you find an angle or point of view you like then take multiple shots from that position. This helps ensure that you get a well composed shot that is in sharp focus and if one is hazy the other would probably be good.
The beauty of digital photography is that you can delete all the photos that didn’t work… and there will be a lot that don’t work!
Just take care of your storage 🙂
10. High resolution
Always save your photos at the highest possible resolution as this will let you reach good quality photos as well as helping to edit those photos with minimum loss in resolution.
All pictures in this article are taken by my mobile 🙂