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How to take better pictures with your smart phone

Nowadays, smartphones have become a worldwide phenomenon and pushed classic photography away. Of course, a professional photo taken with compact camera will always beat smartphone snapshot in quality. But on the other hand, who wants to carry the camera everywhere? The main advantage of shooting with smartphone is convenience. We have it always in our hands or at least in our pocket:-D

The trend of bigger smartphones with 6 inch or larger screens goes along with a higher resolution as well. In contrast to compact cameras it enables you to see much finer details and makes composing of pictures easier.

Here are the most important things you should keep in mind before you push the release button. I hope that some of them will make your photos more unique than coloring them with the same filters as millions of other people do!


How to take better pictures not only with your smartphone

  1. First of all you have to keep your lens clear from fingerprints This is the basis :-D
  2. To be more professional, you should pay more attention to the composition. And what does it mean? Composition is actually how the elements are arranged in the picture. So not only the main subject but also its surroundings. If you want to know more and think it with photographing seriously, you should learn more about composition tips, there is a lot of articles you can find on internet. The most known rules are the Rule of thirds and the Golden ratio.
  3. One of the factors determining the quality of the whole picture more is light. Set the camera according to the intensity of light intensity. If you are backlit, use the HDR backlight correction option. On the other hand, in a darker place, a high-sensitivity mode is selected to additionally illuminate the dark areas. HDR – High Dynamic Range solves the problem if there are dark parts in shadow as well as lightened ones in the scene. This function makes at a range of different exposures and creates a composed photo with all parts visible. For example, a picture of the valley in the shadow of the lighted mountain
  4. Zoom – avoid using zoom, rather move yourself! It has the same effect as cropping the image that will make the final picture rather grainy.
  5. There are situations when your mobile takes a blurry image. It can be caused when there is not enough light. The solution in this case is simple – set up ISO according to the lightning. ISO sensitivity is a measure of the camera’s ability to capture light. In the dark raise ISO to 400 - 800, if there is enough light ISO 100 will be ok. But be careful, use higher ISO only as much as necessary to avoid the blur.
  6. Flash – you should use flashlight if your object is closer than about 2-3 m from you and the lightning is poor or there is a shining against you behind the object.
  7. W&B / white balance defines the overall color temperature of the picture. The automatic mode is not always working right, so if you want to take a good natural picture in a place where are lightbulbs or on the snow, it is necessary to set up manually the appropriate regime.
  8. Shutter speed – adjusting this value can help you to capture a nice pic of fast moving object without being blurred. The faster the object moves, the lower value you need.
  9. Self-Camera Timer allows you to delay the shutter release, to give you time between pushing the button and taking the photo. You can use this feature not only to take photo together with your friends but also to avoid jerking when you press the shutter.
  10. If you go into the landscape and want to capture the whole atmosphere of your outlook, there is nothing better than panoramic photograph. It's nothing complicated and need just a little exercise. Simply set the Panorama mode, set the direction, press the trigger and move slowly the mobile phone around.
  11. Don’t be afraid to try various photo applications which can upgrade your camera’s basic functions

But most important should be your feeling, so sometime just forget all the rules and be just original!

And if you want to learn even more, you can read our articles about taking pictures with smartphone we will continuously complement.

Take care,


PhoneCopy (Jana) | Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 11:28 am |

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