In these modern days, people are more inclined to greater technological marvels of information and technology. Photography is no exception. The sad thing is, if you?re one of those people who love to take photos on their smartphones, some people will start ?dismissing your ?art? once they find out that the photo you just uploaded is shot by a camera phone. Truth to be told, smartphone cameras of the present day are MUCH more powerful and flexible than the first cameras to be created way back in history. If you?d like to take your ?iPhoneography? to another level, having the camera on your phone is one thing, knowing the basics of photography is another and knowing how to utilize the powers and limits of your phone?s camera is essential.
Here are some tips you can consider to produce better results with your phone?s camera:
Getting Closer To The Subject
Most phone cameras shine the best when they are used to take close up shots of their subjects. This is particularly useful for macro shots. You can have total control of light with this kind of photography as well. Even with a 5-mega-pixel camera phone can produce stellar results rich in detail if done correctly and it is fairly easy. You will actually get to like shooting small stuff in close up once you view them one by one on your computer.
NEVER use the Digital Zoom function on your camera phone
The same can be said with regular point-and-shoot cameras and even with modern day DSLRs. It doesn?t actually zoom into the image. What it does is just extrapolate the image and pixelizing it in the process, making it ugly fast. As a photographer?s rule, it?s always best that you move yourself instead of using the zoom function as this allows photographers better control of composing shots. If you really need to emphasize a certain part of the image, cropping is the better solution.
Don?t Overuse Filters
Simply put, if you want your photo to stand out, don?t settle for preset filters like the ones found in Instagram. There?s no reason to dislike these instant effects, but if you are taking your smartphone photography seriously, it would be better to get software that allows you to adjust the brightness, sharpness, contrast, saturation and color of your images. There are dozens of free applications online for that purpose or you if you have access to professional ones like Photoshop or Lightroom, they?re good solutions too. Not just because the photo is taken using a phone camera, doesn?t mean you can?t post process them in these software.
Avoid Using The Flash Everytime
Or better yet, don?t use it at all. What it does is is blow up the image real bad. The results you get from using LED flash of your phone camera won?t look professional even a tiny bit. They cause red eyes, blurred images and overall color quality loss. Most phone cameras suffer in dark or poorly lit areas, but come to think of it. Photography is about light manipulation. ?Photo? means light and it is the photographer?s duty to make sure that light is well controlled. You can use other alternatives to provide light to your subject and that is way better than settling for mediocre results you can get from LED flash.
Print Your Photos
This is kind of hard to explain without seeing it first-hand, but if you print the photos you worked on, they wouldn?t have the same impact that they usually give out when being viewed online. The only way to fully understand this is to try it yourself. You might even get the reaction of ?I took this photo using a phone camera?? yourself.
Learn The Basics Of Photography
This is the most important thing you need to take note of. Just because your camera can make calls as well, doesn?t mean you just ditch the same standards that dedicated cameras follow. It?s not about the gear you use in creating the images. It is about your skill in composing shots, your eyes and knowledge that will make your photos worth the look.