There was a time before smartphones were introduced and if you remember, taking a shot was a task on its own. Nowadays, since smartphones came into play it’s so much easier to click picture without having any fancy cameras or photo editing software. Present day, people rely on their smartphones more than anything and they do all sorts of work and most popular being- Taking pictures! But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Having a smartphones may give you a platform to take pictures but that doesn’t mean all the shots that you take will come out to be ‘Great’. So what can be done to master your photography skills with a smartphone? Below are some tips given that will help you improve your photography game with a smartphone.
Phone Photography- Lesser known facts
Use of natural light:
Natural light is often underestimated by a lot of people and instead, people use flash to take pictures which comes out to be overexposed, have negatively altering colours and washed out. So one should take advantage of natural light as it gives you many effects to play with like silhouettes, shadows etc. Even after dark, finding a source of natural light can enhance your picture to great extents.
After taking your desired picture, change the exposure of the picture using any photo editing app to make the picture slightly brighter.
Using HDR mode:
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It is a feature that helps to balance out the light and dark elements when a picture is taken in high contrast. It is used to produce an image similar to what the eye captures and hence makes the picture more creative.
While taking pictures from smartphone camera, we often find it hard to get the perfect exposure for light and dark areas. Even after setting the exposure for the background, one could make the subject that is being photographed underexposed. HDR prevents that by retaining both the foreground and background in darker areas, brighter areas and shadows.
For android users, you may have to adjust the HDR settings manually whereas in iphone, HDR is set by default.
Balancing your shots by using Gridlines
One of the best ways to improve your smartphone photos is by using camera gridlines. It imposes a series of lines on your smartphone’s screen which is based on the “rule of thirds” which is a photographic principle that says that a photograph should be broken down into thirds both horizontally and vertically so that you have in total of nine parts. According to this principle, if the points of interest is placed in the intersections of the lines, then the picture will come out to be more balanced, leveled and interactive.
To turn this on,
- Android users: Launch the camera app, go to "Settings," scroll down and switch the "gridlines" option to "on."
- iPhone users: Go to "Settings," choose "Photos & Camera," and switch "Grid" on.
Take Better Photos
So taking high quality photos is not that difficult since smartphones came into play. And by the tips mentioned above, you can improve your skills as a photographer and click better pictures.