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Transform Your Smartphone into a DSLR Camera

August 31, 2015 11:20 am

With the constantly improving picture quality of today’s smartphones and the vast array of innovative photo editing apps available, it’s easier than ever to take stunning photos without having to carry around an expensive camera, multiple lenses and heavy bag of gear everywhere you go. Along with the technology already crammed into your compact smartphone camera, you can utilize a few tools to improve the images you shoot, all while reducing the stress on your back and shoulders with the lightweight convenience of your phone.

Attachable lenses for camera phones

Today there are multiple lenses specifically designed to work with the camera on your smartphone. These lenses (like the Sony DSC-QX100 in the featured image) transform your single-dimensional point and click phone camera to a more versatile photography tool. Explore the different lenses available and do your research before purchasing because while there are inexpensive options available, they may not give the improved quality you’re looking for by adding an external lens to your smartphone camera. Attachable lenses often include multiple effects including wide angle, macro and fish-eye to capture the subject matter in a way that matches your artistic vision. A wide-angle option doubles the standard field of view on a smartphone and while an attachable lens may not be the most attractive addition to your smartphone, it’s worth investigating. Using the lens only when needed ensures that your smartphone retains its original convenient compact size.

Smartphone photo editing apps

There are countless photo editing apps available for your smartphone and the number increases daily, which can make choosing the right one tricky. The best way to choose an app is to read the reviews by other users and then try it yourself. Never pay for an app unless you’ve tried the free version and found it useful for your needs or read several favorable reviews of it from credible photography sources. Using a combination of several different photo editing apps in combination with your attachable smartphone camera lens can give you the best results. With an app that you can use during shooting that helps you find the right focus, you can improve the exposure of your shots and then further enhance them during processing with a photo editing app that modifies saturation, contrast, shadows, highlights, etc.

The biggest advantage of using an attachable lens to your smartphone in combination with photo editing apps is that you achieve great pictures for less money than you’d spend on a high-quality DSLR camera and computer with photo editing software. Your smartphone isn’t the ideal camera for all situations, such as professional paid shoots, but it can be exactly what you need for capturing those unexpected moments when your regular camera gear is back at the studio.

No matter what equipment you use to capture your images, trust their development to Baboo Digital. With our quality digital printing, innovative mounting and custom framing services, you raise all your photographs to a higher level of quality.

Featured image courtesy of Sony Mobile