Due to leaps and bounds in technological advances over the past few years, your cell phone camera has the capability to take really awesome pictures. However, all that technology won’t take good pictures by itself. After all, it’s not the camera that makes a picture great, it the photographer. We’ve put together a few of the best tips for taking excellent pictures with your cell phone. Follow these tips and you’ll enjoy better quality photos.
1) Take Care Of Your Equipment
It’s been said that a camera is only as good as its lens. It’s true that your lens is of utmost importance when it comes to the quality of your photos. A scratch or a smudge on the lens of your camera will affect every picture that you take. Just like a bad fax machine has a black line down the side of every fax it sends, your lens will have the same effect on every one of your photos and videos. To prevent damage to your camera’s lens, keep your phone in a dust free environment if possible. That’s not always possible, the next best solution is to keep a lint-free cloth with you to keep your lens clean. Before wiping your your lens do your best to blow away any dust or particulates.
2) Lose the Flash
Can you remember the last time that you used a flash and liked the resulting photo? We can’t. In fact, when my camera flash does go off, it’s only because I forgot to turn it off before taking my photo. The flash should really be the last resort for lighting. Before you take a picture, consider the lighting in the area. In dimly lit areas, put the light sources behind you so they are shining on your subject. If natural light is available, it is almost always the most effective lighting. On the other hand, in brightly sunlit areas, shadows can be an issue. Your subjects may also be affected by light in their eyes. The sun may also cause glare on the lens. Be sure to take note of the environment’s lighting and adjust your positioning accordingly.
3) No Digital Zooming
Your camera probably has digital zoom. This is often utilized by spreading two fingers on the screen. As you zoom, your subject will grow closer – but if you look clearly, you’ll notice that it also seems to make the picture fuzzier. That’s the drawback, so we recommend not using digital zoom. The pixel density these days is quite high, which yields very high quality pictures, so a better solution is to crop the picture on your computer.
4) Take Multiple Shots
If you’ve seen a professional photo shoot, you know that the photographer’s camera shoots almost non-stop. If a professional doesn’t rely on one shot to catch the perfect picture, why should you. If you see a great shot through your viewfinder, then make sure you catch it by taking multiple shots. You never know what you might catch in a photo in the moments following your first shot that you wouldn’t have seen if you only take one shot. You also run the risk of someone or something not being completely ready as you take your picture.
5) Be Still and Know…
Unless your camera has a very high-speed shutter, moving the camera as you shoot can be a problem. If you can use a tripod or stand, that’s the most stable. You probably don’t have time to set up a tripod for most of your pictures if you are an impromptu photographer, so just do your best to hold still when taking your picture. If you have trouble trying to touch the picture button without moving, sometimes you can push the volume buttons to take a picture. Just use whatever works best for you. Another thing to keep in mind is that the photo-taking process goes from a manual button push on the screen to a digital process as the software tells the lens to focus and the shutter to click, then back to the physical actions of the lens refocusing and then shutter opening/closing. All of this can take a short time, so keep the camera still for a second or two after taking the picture.
Good luck shooting!
jacob July 28th, 2015
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