The camera phone has made a radical change on the photography community, mostly because it’s easier to move around a camera phone which fits in your pocket than to lug around a much larger DSLR. Most of the professional photographers and photojournalists are also using there smartphone cameras to speed up their work. Now anybody can click photos and easily Share their photos to different social media platforms with very few clicks ! Isn’t it amazing ?
Most of us underestimate our smartphone camera’s capabilities but they are more able then we think.In fact, with few tricks and settings,you might be able to snap more interesting and beautiful pictures that capture the essence of the moment than you can with a DSLR.
If you can play with your camera settings, lighting, scene modes, and composition you will rock on !!
In this post, I will show you some handy tips that will help you to improve your mobile photography. Please feel free to add your own tip in the comments section.
1. Know your phone camera settings :
First of all,don’t just rely on your phone’s default auto mode. If you want to improve the overall quality of your images by tweaking the different aspects of an image, you must switch to the “PRO” or “Manual” mode. In this mode different phones have different settings like – focus, exposure, white balance and ISO,try to learn how to play with them.
Try to match them according to the environment you are shooting to light up your photos better.
- Always try to use back camera
- Set your resolution high
- Learn how to play with Exposure,White balance and ISO
2. Adjust focus and exposure :
Smartphone cameras give you full control over the focus and exposure of your shot. If manual focus is available, it’s usually activated with a tap on the screen, on the point where you want the camera to focus.In the default iPhone camera app, you can tap once to focus you mobile camera, then hold and drag it to adjust the exposure. Similarly,in case of camera app for Android,you need to tap once for focus, then you can adjust exposure via the slider that pops up at the side or top of the screen.
Do want to know more about exposure ? Click here.
3. Use HDR mode :
High Dynamic Range, is now a common feature of every smartphone camera. As a Lyman we can simply say – it brings detail out of the darkest and lightest parts of the picture and creates a better balance of colors overall.
CONS :In HDR mode, photos take a little longer to process while your smartphone works all this out.
This is very useful for landscapes and portrait shots, especially when there’s a wide range between the darkest and lightest parts of your photo. As it takes a few milliseconds longer to take a snap, you should try avoid this mode,while capturing the fast-moving subjects.
- Rule of Thirds
- Use of leading lines
- Basic framing skills
- Snapseed(It is available for both iOS and Android)
- Pixlr (iOS, Android)
- Photoshop Express (iOS, Android)
Lenses are very important
Use natural light where possible
If you are taking Photos on outdoor,light sources like neon signs or street lamps will help you to click some creative shots.
Additionally, do keep in mind that – where your source of lighting is coming from. The general rules on lighting is – avoid back light when taking pictures of people unless you want to go for the silhouette effect.If you use side light to film the subject it can catch the texture and depth.
Use Tripods & Mono-pods
Take photos on Brust
Third-Party camera apps
1.How do you hold your phone when taking a picture?
while taking pictures the basic approach for stabilizing your phone is very simple.Just
hold the phone in your both hands and hold your arms with your elbows pointing towards your feet.For more stability, lean your elbows against your stomach.
If your phone allows physical camera trigger, use it.
2. What makes a good photograph?
“The most important element of a good photo is the ability of the photograph to communicate with the viewer. Your photograph should be able to tell a story through its composition, lighting, and most importantly its subject matter.”
3. Which mobile is best for photography ?
You can go for – One Plus 7pro,Iphone XS Max
4. What are the best Photo editing apps for mobile Photography ?
- Snapseed is one of the best professional Android photo editor developed by Google.
- Photoshop(Mobile Version)
5. How to take awesome smart phone Portraits ?
- Use gridlines : Gridlines are very helpful to balance your shots while taking pictures with your phone.
- Get closer.
- Use external Apps
- Clean the lens : Give your phone camera lens a regular wipe to clear any dirt or fingerprint stains.You can use cotton buds for that.
- Try taking pictures with your phone from different-different angles.
- Forget the flash : Your camera flash is a hard/harsh light source,so try to avoid it.
- Swtich to the “PRO” “MANUAL”Mode.
- Use the volume button : Sometime it helps to stabilize your image
6. How do mobile Photographers Earn money ?
You can sell your photos on different platforms like – Shutter stock,i stock etc.
7. Are Mobile cameras are better than DSLR ?
If you are taking your shots in day time,Premium smartphones gives a tough competition to the DSLRs but in case of Night photography, DSLR performs far better than mobile cameras due to their bigger sensor size.
8. Suggestion on mobile photography poses :