The camera phone has changed the notion of traditional photography, mainly because it is easier to carry a camera phone that fits in your pocket than to ride with bulkier DSLR. This phenomenon has generated an influx of photo-sharing and photo-editing applications, and has probably helped change the way professional photographers and photojournalists work.
Most of us underestimate the capabilities of our smartphone cameras because after all, we understand little more about smartphone cameras than the megapixels it can afford. In fact, by adjusting the settings, angle and lighting, plus the use of applications and tools with various features, you can take more interesting and beautiful photos that capture the essence of the moment. But if your cell phone camera is not good enough in some ways, let’s see how you can improve the quality of your photo.
Improve the camera’s settings by settings
First, do not rely on the default auto mode of your phone. Of course, tapping where you want the phone to focus will give you a sharper focus on the target. However, you can improve the overall quality of your images by adjusting the other aspects in an image. Although different phones have different settings, most should allow control of focus, exposure, white balance, and ISO.
Note that some cameras block exposure and focus together, so depending on the focus, you can change the illumination of the photo. As for white balance, there are four settings to choose from. It is best to combine them according to the environment you are recording to brighten up your photos.
For example, Cloudy and Daylight are best suited for external sessions, while Flourescent and Incandescent are used indoors. That being said, you can choose to mix them to create different shades and moods for your photographs.
To improve the Android camera, increase the resolution
The higher the resolution of your photo, the better the quality. When capturing images with a camera from your smartphone, try to get as close to the subject as possible instead of zooming in while shooting. You’ll get better-resolution photos cropped instead of enlarged. Of course, with high-resolution photos, you’re faced with the problem of having enough storage to store them. You can solve this by storing your photos externally instead of on your phone. Try photo-sharing apps or cloud storage services, like Google Photos or Dropbox, or consider buying a microSD card to increase storage on your device.
Learn to switch between the front and back camera
Of course, the front camera makes it easier to take off your selfies. However, this does not eliminate the fact that the front camera generally has lower resolution specifications than the back. This is mainly because the rear camera is better equipped with more megapixels, while the front camera function is for video conferencing and selfies. So again, why not use both? Some apps let you take pictures with the front and back camera. This allows the photographer to participate in the activity along with everyone else.
The lenses are the windows of your soul
You take all your photos through lenses, so yes, they are essential to the process of taking photos. When you store your smartphone in your pocket or in your bags, your lenses get a little dust on them. Give your camera phone lens a cleaning to wipe away any dirt or fingerprint stains. You may be surprised at what a simple act of cleaning can do with your photos.
To make the most of your camera phone, try using extra lenses for smartphones. They give you special effects like macro or fisheye photos, and all you have to do is fit one on top of your camera lens. There are lenses compatible with the most diverse types of smartphones, just choose one that pleases you.
Tripods and Monopods are accessories that can enhance your camera’s photos
The camera’s camera stabilization function has a limit, and if you’ve ever felt frustrated because of a blink of an eye, you’ll appreciate the clarity offered by tripods and monopes (selfie stick or selfie stick). Tripods are great for shooting at slow shutter speeds, while the monopod is a long stick that allows you to shoot from a distance, which is perfect for selfies.
Most of the phone tripods are small and portable so you can always get it moving. There are also tripods that you can put around poles and bars to allow taking pictures from an impossible angle. For monopods, there are even models that fold to become super-portable.
How to leave the camera of the mobile better with the right lighting?
One of the biggest problems with taking internal shots is the lack of natural light. The right amount of lighting can make food more appetizing, facile expressions more cheerful and environments more welcoming. As much as possible, try taking your photos under natural light. You can do this by going near windows or doors when taking pictures indoors and using light sources such as neon signs or street lamps when taking pictures outdoors.
Also, remember where your light source is coming from. The general lighting rules are the same here as in traditional photography: Avoid backlighting when taking pictures of people unless you want to go for silhouette effect. If you shoot your target using the side light, it can capture the texture and depth.
While we are in the subject of photography in low light, do not use flash. The flash of the camera you have on your phone is almost always very hard and is rarely useful. Instead, try increasing your camera’s exposure and ISO levels. Alternatively, you can use an external flash for smartphones. You can even download night-photo applications for a better photo-taking experience.
Respect the composition rules for taking your photos
Nothing beats composition as a way to take attractive photos. Learn some basic composition like the three rule of photography, main lines, scale, framing, to name but a few. When you think you already understand the rules of composition, play around with other aspects such as lighting and angles.
Speaking of angles, firing from a different angle can sometimes make your subject more flattering and interesting (there is a reason why selfies are shot from the top down, not down). This also presents a different point of view and sometimes highlights neglected details. Do not be afraid to stand on the top of a chair or lower yourself to get a perfect angle.
Panorama and burst modes
Most phones have a panorama mode. Even if yours does not, you can download an app to take or sew your 180 degree photos. They are great for taking landscape photos as long as you can keep your hand firm enough to get a well-sewn photo. Also, moving objects do not create a good panorama.
Speaking of taking pictures of moving objects and people, they will not stand still for your camera phone. In order not to miss this perfect moment, activate the burst mode on your smartphone or camera. It will take several photos at a time, which will increase the possibility of taking at least one clear image that you can use. It’s safe to say that this is a great way to catch kids and pets on the go.
Third-party camera apps can better your mobile camera
As mentioned earlier, the camera on your smartphone has limited features. Consider acquiring a third-party camera application to overcome these limitations. Some applications have additional features next to the phone’s normal settings. Others have more specialized functions, such as those made to take night shots or slow motion videos. Many of these third-party applications are regularly updated with new features, filters, modes and options as well. This is better than buying a new phone just to get more photo features to play with.
Photo editing applications to enhance photo quality
Sometimes there is a lot we can control when taking a photo. Much of the enhancement has to come from the use of photo editing applications after the photos are taken. Some camera apps already come with embedded photo editors. Look for apps that have editing functions like cropping, straightening, rotating, flipping, and removing red-eye. If you like filters, experiment with apps that have this option.
How do you improve your smartphone camera? Which tips work for you?