Summer is almost upon us!
The best camera is the one you have with you, and most likely that is the camera on your smartphone. But, while your phone can almost certainly take good photos, it might need a little help to be the best camera it can be. Here are 5 tips for taking great shots with your smartphone camera.
1. Line up your Photo
How you frame your shot can be the difference between a good image and a bad one, regardless of the quality of the camera. Ensuring your subject has the right amount of prominence is key to a well-framed shot.
The general rules are:
- Fill the frame with your subject and limit the superfluous.
- Use the camera app’s built-in grid to line things up vertically, horizontally and according to the rule of thirds.
- Holding your phone horizontally will create photos that look better when viewed on a widescreen computer or television (i.e. no vertical black bars on each side of the photo).
- Use selective focus on your subject (press on your focal point). Once close in, this will give you the most amount of ‘depth of field’ that your smartphone’s camera can muster.
2. Get Close
One of the biggest problems with smartphones is that they don't provide optical zoom. That means anytime you zoom with them, you are going to end up with a blurry picture. You can crop later, but the less cropping and editing you do results in a better photo. This means you need to get close to your subject.
You can practice by finding small objects to photo and take a picture from where you would normally take it, and then take another photo after stepping in closer. You'll see the difference right away.
Make sure there are no shadows in the way of your subject you can turn on your flash, or move your subject for a better photo. Avoid harsh mid-day lighting. If possible, move your subject to the shade. A second smartphone works great to provide a secondary light source in low light situations.
4. Avoid the Blur
Moving your elbows into the sides of your body can give a bit of extra stability where needed, as can physically resting the smartphone on a stable object.
If you want perfect stability, it is possible to get a tripod attachment that you can slot your smartphone into. You’ll probably look a bit silly bringing a tripod out and about to use with your phone, but I have seen and achieved myself some fantastic shots with a tripod in hand.
|GripTight GorrilaPod Stand|
Software - For photo editing on your smartphone:
|Adobe Photoshop Express App|
Now get on out there, take some awesome pictures, and have a great summer!