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How to Master Smartphone Photography

March 20, 2017 9:00 am

When you want to take a picture, there’s no more convenient way than to utilize the camera on your smartphone. The cameras on smartphones have advanced to the point where you can get very high-quality imagery if you know how. That being said, many different tips and tricks can maximize the quality of the photographs you take. Here are a few ideas that will help you achieve the level of quality you desire in all your smartphone photographs.

1. Take Your Time

In the past, mobile phone cameras were all the rage because you could whip your phone out of your back pocket in an instant and get that once in a lifetime shot. Now that the technology is here to stay, it’s time to exercise some patience. When you take your time lining up your shot, you’ll get better results.

2. Remember the Rule of Composition

The rule of thumb when it comes to good photography is that your subject shouldn’t be in the center of the photograph. Instead, they should occupy the space to the left or right of the center, about a third of the way in from the left. This will take your smartphone photography to the next level.

3. Let Your Smartphone Focus

Your smartphone can measure the light of your subject if you give it the time to focus. Before snapping the shot, let your smartphone’s automatic focus feature take effect. You’ll wind up with fewer blurry images.

4. Turn on Locations for Images

Years ago, people had to try to remember when and where a photo was taken, then write it by hand on the back of the photo. Now, you can get your smartphone to automatically keep track of when and where photos were taken, even when you’re away from home. To benefit from this feature, though you have to turn on location tracking for images in your smartphone settings. Now when you look at pictures from your smartphone, you’ll always know when and where they were taken.

5. Turn on the Lights

Smartphone cameras still need good light to get a good shot. If your subject is in the dark in your smartphone camera lens, the image will turn out grainy and underexposed. Turn on lights on nighttime indoor shots, and get your subject in sunlight for exterior shots.

6. Manage your Light Filters

Your smartphone can adjust to varying light conditions as long as it’s not too dark. Before snapping, make sure your smartphone features are set to the appropriate conditions, such as candlelight, fluorescent lights, and sunlight. The coloring on your images will appear more natural when you do.

7. Turn on the Sharing Feature

Inside your smartphone camera settings, you’ll find an option for turning on or off sharing. If you turn this feature on, you’ll be able to instantly share your images to your social media accounts, like Instagram and Facebook, without ever leaving the smartphone camera interface.

8. Take Better Selfies

Front facing smartphone cameras are great for taking selfies. For best results, put your camera above your head, so your chin is tilted up. The light should be in front of you, not behind.

Your smartphone camera is a powerful feature, so it makes sense to make the best use out of it. These reminders and tips will help you get the most out of your smartphone photography.