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A Guide to Taking Great Photographs with Your Smartphone
With smartphone cameras getting bigger and better all the time, it’s hardly surprising that mobile phones are often used to take photos instead of a stand-alone camera. After all people are likely to have their handsets on them pretty much 24/7 which is ideal for spontaneous photo-taking. It takes a bit of organisation to remember to take your camera along too. Here are our top tips for getting the best quality photos from your smartphone.
Take More Photos
OK, bear with us on this one! It really is true, the more photos you take of a particular subject/view, the more likely you’ll have a good one among them. Take several at a time and ditch the ones of people pulling faces or shrouded in darkness straight away. Some of the newer smartphones have a ‘burst’ or ‘action’ mode where you can take multiple pictures within a few seconds which is ideal.
Get to Know your Phone Camera
Rather than just leave it on the automatic settings, have a play around with your phone, read the instruction manual and practice taking some pictures. There will probably be settings you didn’t even know it had, even the most basic phone cameras will usually have different light conditions you can set.
Get Up Close and Personal
Unless you’re taking a picture of a beautiful view, it’s usually better to get as close to the subjects you’re photographing as possible. Fill the screen with whatever you’re capturing and crop out anything you don’t want.
If you can’t get that close, use the normal zoom rather than the automatic digital one as automatic zooms on phone camera can often look grainy or blurred.
Don’t always stick your subject matter in the centre of your picture, try experimenting with different angles or taking the photos off centre for some more striking pictures. Check whether your smartphone has a panorama mode as this is often best to capture scenery or a view.
Don’t always use the automatic flash it can blast the image with too much light. Familiarise yourself with any light settings your camera may have or even better get to know what conditions or positioning work best for your photos so you can maximise the natural daylight.
There’s no point waving your arms around or trying to take a picture at arms length unless you want the blurry effect. Hold your handset as if it were a ‘proper camera’ and keep it steady for a decent, sharp photograph.
Clean your Lens
A really simple one but probably something that rarely gets done, give your lens a clean with soft cloth and you could sharpen up your photos instantly.