Mobile phone tips

Here are tips to taking better photos using your smartphone

Phone cameras have eventually revolutionized the world of photography, with more people taking photos and sharing them on social sites such as Instagram. With the advancement of technology in phone cameras, features of these cameras have kept on changing, both on the hardware and software level.

Below we highlight some of the few tips that could help you get the best out of your phone camera

  • Identify the power of the camera in your phone. Can the camera take photos in low light environments? Can the camera capture HDR images? What is the default ISO setting of your camera? To answer these questions, you need to understand each and every feature of your camera, and know when, where and how to use them. If possible, consult your user’s manual or read online reviews for more information.

  • Get closer to the subject. Being close to the subject makes it possible for the camera to focus precisely. The small sensor in phone cameras provide a wider depth of field, enabling you to get entire objects in focus while still getting control over the light of the subject.

  • Avoid use of HDR feature while capturing moving subjects. HDR uses multiple images to come up with the final masterpiece. In a moving subject, the continuous images taken will be different, greatly affecting the final HDR image.

  • Use camera effects appropriately. Every camera app comes with a bunch of camera effects or filters, to add more effects to the final image. Know when and where to use these effects. For instance, use the grayscale effect in an instance where color detail is not necessary. Also, to capture an old subject, such as your uncle’s 40 years old Peugeot, use the sepia effect to give the feeling of an old photo.

  • Try new shooting angles. Don’t just stick to ordinary shooting angles, try switching between tilted angles, eye level tip, subject off center, straight up, or think of more captivating angles. Well, if an angle doesn’t yield good results, delete the photo and try a new angle!

  • Don’t forget to include shadows and reflections in your photography. Shadows and reflections of your subject should never be underestimated. They are part of the subject! Moreover, they help in giving more information, such as the source of light, time of the day, etc.