Taking Better Cellphone Pictures

There are a lot of photo enthusiasts out there who will disregard any photograph as soon as they realize that it was taken using a smartphone. Most of them will argue “get a proper camera”, and such comments can be heard resounding on the spaces websites allow for comments.

It is true that everyone needs to have a good dedicated camera, but still, a good snapshot is always a good one regardless of which device was used to take it. Just like mirrorless cameras, phone cameras have good and bad qualities that come with them and just by deciding to concentrate on the good and forget the bad, you can silence the quiet naysayers before they hit the enter key. Below are some of what you should consider if you want to take an awesome snap from your smartphone.

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Hand holding smartphone while making photo – Image by © Mother Image/mother image/ Caitie McCabe/mother image/Corbis

Many of the mobile phone cameras, particularly the iPhone, usually start to shine when the subject for the photo comes close to the camera. You can get entire objects in focus because of the relatively wide depth of field brought about by the small sensors. Cameras with longer lenses and bigger sensors would have trouble achieving this feat.

The closer you get to the subject, the more control you will have on the lighting of your subject. Are brilliant patches in the background of the subject diverting your camera’s meter and making your subject dull? Get closer and piece it out altogether. If done right, small detail shots can produce some quite amazing pieces.

Many phone cameras come with the digital zoom capability. This is different from the zoom offered by dedicated cameras because those have lenses. It is, therefore, best to just act as if the zoom function doesn’t exist. Indeed, even in the live view preview, you’ll have the capacity to see how your shots deteriorate noticeably the minute you start zooming in on your subjects. This is because the camera is just extrapolating what was there and making guesses to fill out the pixels making the image get ugly pretty fast.

When cropping an image, you are just sampling the pixel information that was pre-recorded. Many smartphones in the market today come with cameras with 8 megapixels or more. This implies that you can crop the image without losing on its quality. What’s more, the absence of gross upscaling artifacts will help hide the fact that the image was taken using a smartphone camera.

In case you need your pictures to be one of a kind, the last thing you ought to do is to have them painted with the same filters that millions of people are using. This is not being anti-Instagram though, the sharing element is fabulous, yet the pre-decided “retro” washes are played out. Furthermore, that goes for each other application throwing the same things.

Getting an all-out picture editing software or application like the SnapSeed, Photoshop Express, or iPhoto is always a great idea. They’ll give you a chance to make sensible alterations, like the color temperature, contrast, and most of the things you would perform with a bigger camera. It’s likewise not insane to dump your pictures into Lightroom or other editing software in the event that you don’t feel the need to share them immediately. Alright, it’s a bit crazy, but it is a common thing.

It’s with this choice that you can really start to pick your particular style, or even augment the style you’ve already created outside of your cell phone. It’s a great deal more real than picking your best Hipstamatic filter and applying it on each photograph.

One of the biggest challenges with smartphone cameras is the depth of field. The wide angle lenses and small sensors make it more difficult to achieve any substantial background blur. While some people may try faking it, it usually makes it quite often worsens the situation.

To start with, adding a background blur using an editing software is normally consistently applied across the whole frame, which is not the way a lens works, making it look extremely unnatural. Second, it’s difficult to be exact when selecting the object you need in get the focus on and so you can end up with harsh transitions from sharp to blurry. It’s diverting and a dead evidence that you have just been messing with the snapshot.

In the event that you need the viewer to focus on one particular thing, make it the focal item in the frame. Try as much as possible to keep your backgrounds simple. You can even ask your subjects to move some steps behind or even turn around. It’s justified, despite the trouble.

Whatever you pick, it is worthwhile to invest a little energy truly getting accustomed to it. It appears to be senseless to take out your phone camera and practice taking photos, yet you’ll be happy you did it in the event that you figure out how to catch an awesome shot while others are as yet flipping through pages of applications or attempting to turn off the phone camera flash.

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The issue with numerous cell phone flashes is that they don’t really, well, flash. They’re celebrated LED flashes, pushed into an obligation they’re not completely prepared for. They are splendid, yet the color temperature can be poor and they miss one of the essential obligations of a strobe: freezing the activity in a frame. The flash holds for a longer length of time, so you end up with a picture that is awfully lit and noticeably blurry. Also that it is so close to the lens, which makes it almost sure to get those terrible demon eyes.

Therefore, how do you manage to capture images in the dark? Tragically, even with advances like Nokia’s clever PureView innovation, there’s just so far you can push a cell phone sensor in low-light. Usually, you’re the best choice is to look for another light source. It likely won’t be impeccable or even satisfactory, yet it can be intriguing. In a dark lit bar? Search for a neon sign or a bright jukebox. At a show? Hold up until one of the wacky swinging stage lights advances over to your area. After all, photography is all about being creative.

If you cannot get a light source at all, you can still use the flash. Getting a picture taken with a bad flash is much better than not getting a picture at all, especially if it is a moment you really want to remember.

Don’t fear fiddling with your phone. You can switch different modes in phone camera to realize mush more amazing images. Did you know you can use the Panorama mode in your smartphone to take beautiful shots in your beach view front? Or that most cameras now come with the front facing view, which makes it much more easy to take those ‘selfies’ without having to get your face cut off the frame. Feel free to explore much more functions being offered by your mobile phone, you will land on that which will make you deliver much better work.

The resolution of your camera is very important when taking a photo. Make sure you check on your settings on the resolution you have selected before taking a snapshot. Most previews have the resolution indicated, therefore, ensure you use the maximum resolution for your images. In case you want to take an image to upload online, then a lower resolution, such as three megapixels can work, but if you need images to print, then the higher the resolution, the better.

Cleaning your phone lens once in a while is key to getting better results. We have our phones kept in our purses and pockets that make them much more vulnerable to getting thumbprints and dust. If you do not know much about editing, then you might have to work on your lens to ensure you don’t post images with dust particles and smudges. For this, just use a piece of cloth, or your t-shirt to rub the lens before taking an image.
Just like in digital photography, the more steady your camera is, the clearer the image will be. This is important, especially in low light places where the camera chooses to take longer shutter speeds in compensation for the lack of light. One trick to achieve steadiness is to lean your phone camera on a solid object like a tree, or a wall when taking images. Remember that many phone cameras suffer something known as a shutter lag, which is the time between you pressing the shutter button and the time the camera takes the shot. This implies that you have to hold the phone camera a little longer just to be sure you did not move the camera before the image was taken.

Keeping a backup of your photos is a wise idea. If it could be possible, I would write this on a banner and put it everywhere. There are a lot of times when people who did not backup their images lose them in a terrible way. You lose your phone then your contacts and messages are gone, and worst of all, your best pictures are gone forever! You can back up your pictures on your computer, or to an online cloud where you will be sure that they are safe. There are many sites that offer these services. They include Flickr, Picasa and others of the like. Backing up large volumes of photos takes time, but at least the peace of mind it comes with is worth it.

Take your time if you want to get the best. Shooting an image using your phone puts you in a different mindset than when you are using an ordinary camera. It is likely that you will go for a quick shot without giving a lot of thought on the perspectives, lighting angles and so on. This is mostly because you just want your image online as quickly as possible, but what would the point if you just upload a messy image? Slow down, take your time to get the best shot, and if need be, take more than one shots. Remember, you are not using a film camera and neither are you paying by the frame.

Taking more and more pictures will get the best photos out of your camera. You can start by implementing some of these tips and soon you will realize that the others follow after you get take shots. Within no time, you will have people telling you how incredible your photos are. Get out there with these tips and start snapping!