How To Produce Better Images With Your Smartphone

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Creating attractive images is so easy these days. Smartphone cameras keep getting better, and there are amazing photo editing tools, both open source and for the more advanced editor.

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One needn’t even stick to using images as they were when taken: an app to remove background is all you need to place your subject in any scene you like.

 

But no amount of editing will quite conceal a badly taken image, so the better the pictures you can take with your phone, the better your edited finished product will be.

The Right Tool For The Job

 

As you’d expect, taking good pictures starts with the smartphone camera itself. Apart from the hardware, there’s also the software that helps you to take better pictures by recognizing what type of scene you want to shoot and auto-adjusting your camera’s settings accordingly.

 

However, even the best camera software has its limitations, and there are times when you either need to give it a “hint” by specifying which automatic settings it ought to use, or do a few manual tweaks yourself.

 

Experiment With Your Camera

 

Experiment With Your CameraThe best way to learn about your camera is to use it! Try out the auto mode and the basic adjustments you can make there. For example, how do you focus? Usually it’s just a matter of tapping the focus point. Try it out.

 

Once you’ve got the hang of auto mode, which, to be honest, will be the mode you use the most, move on to see what manual settings you can adjust.

 

Shutter speed, for instance, can be very important in capturing scenes and creating effects, and white balance settings can make a big difference to results.

 

Once again, play around to see how changing these settings changes the images you take. If you get really adept with them, you will have greater control over results than if you use auto settings only.

 

Natural Light Is Almost Always Best

 

Indoor photography and artificial light are tricky to work with. You’ll see professional photographers using special lights and channeling light in various ways when taking photos indoors.

 

Since you’re not a pro and won’t be buying expensive equipment, try to get good, natural light instead. This could be light coming through a window, or you might take your photo shoot outdoors.

 

If push comes to shove, night mode might work reasonably well for you depending on your camera and how good its auto settings are.

 

Eliminate Wobble

 

When you are holding your camera in your hand, there will always be some degree of wobble. You can reduce it by holding your breath when taking a shot, but the best solution is a mini tripod or tripod that will hold your camera dead still.

 

You might well be surprised at the difference this tip makes to your images, and mini tripods are really affordable and worth investing in.

 

Don’t Use Digital Zoom

 

Even a bit of digital zoom reduces the resolution of your images. Some smartphones do have optical zoom, and this doesn’t affect image quality.

 

If you only have digital zoom, see if you can get closer to your subject. If you can’t, cropping the image will reduce resolution, but unless you crop heavily, it won’t affect image quality as badly as digital zoom does.

 

Take A Lot Of Pictures Of Everything

 

Professional photographers invariably take a lot of pictures and only use a very small percentage of them. Take a leaf out of their book.

 

Not only will it give you a chance to pick and choose, but it also allows you to experiment with your camera and work out how to set it up for different types of shots.

 

For the very best photos, you will need a really good camera plus a range of accessories, but smartphone cameras are a lot smarter than they used to be, and you can produce surprisingly good pictures with them. Practice makes perfect, so get out there and start snapping!

 

If you have any questions or comments about this information please feel free to share them in the comment section below.

 

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