5 tips to make the most out of your smartphone camera

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Want to take better pictures with your phone? Here are 5 easy tips to make the most out of your smartphone camera.


Don’t use flash

Pictures should look natural. In most cases using your phone’s flash will result in incorrect colour reproduction, glares and non-uniform lighting. Try to find a brighter spot or switch to manual mode and increase the exposure value and ISO. Remember not to go overboard, as increasing the ISO too much will result in grainy pictures.

Don’t use digital zoom

Unless your device has optical zoom, don’t enlarge the picture before taking it. All that does is crop the image and greatly decrease its quality. Also, you’re much more likely to get a blurry photo that way. Take photos fully zommed-out and crop them afterwards. Not only will you be able to zoom in much more precisely but also you will not loose the original picture.

This is what you get when you use digital zoom.
This is what you get when you use digital zoom.

Use HDR

HDR (High Dynamic Range) takes two pictures of different exposures and combines them. By using this mode your photos will have better contrast, better dynamic range (all portions of the picture will be well lit), they will be brighter and the colours will be more saturated. Remember to use this mode only for steady objects or otherwise your photo will be blurred.

The rule of thirds

Most camera apps will let you turn on a grid in the viewfinder. After enabling this mode you will see two horizontal and two vertical lines every time you open the camera. To get the best shot, place the subject of your photo on one of the four intersections of these lines. The grid will also help you get a perfectly horizonal or vertical shot.

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Most camera apps will let you turn on a grid.

Edit your pictures

If you don’t like a photo, don’t delete it. There is a great chance that you can make it look good in an editing program. Most photo editors will let you crop and straighten out your shot, increase the contrast, saturation or exposure, change the temperature, add filters and vignetes and much more. Remember to keep the photo looking natural though.

featured image: blog.oneplus.net

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