World Photography Day: 10 tips for taking great photos on your smartphone

World Photography Day: 10 tips for taking great photos on your smartphone

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Portraits, landscapes, dishes in restaurants, travel, pets, works, books, characters, shows: social networks are full of pictures. Providing them with beautiful pictures is the wish of millions of amateur photographers.

So on World Photography Day celebrated on Friday (19/08), business season I collected 10 tips for you to take great photos with your smartphone. paying off:

1. Start by cleaning the camera lens – but not your jeans

It sounds a bit obvious, but many amateur photographers forget to clean the viewfinder before taking the photo. The lens can accumulate traces of grease and dust, making the image less sharp. “This is rule number one for me,” portrait photographer Henry Augie says in an interview with Time magazine.

While cleaning the lens on jeans can work, using rough materials — such as a T-shirt or handkerchief — can damage the lens over time. If you want to avoid scratches, use a soft material, such as a microfiber cloth.

2. Activate the grid to improve the composition of the image

On iOS, visit Settings and select Camera. From there, activate “Grid” to install an overlay of the fonts that will appear when you open the “Camera” app. This grid will help to better compose the image and keep the image parallel to any vertical or horizontal lines.

On Android devices, go to “Settings > Apps > Camera” and select “Gridlines” to choose between a rule of thirds overlay or a square overlay – which can be used for Instagram custom photos, for example.

3. Adoption of the rule of thirds

In the rule of thirds, the image is divided into nine equal blocks that form a three-by-three grid (hence the importance of activating the grid).

The rule states that the photographer should try to place the most interesting parts of his photo where the grid lines meet.

Using the rule of thirds gives the image a more natural feel and allows the eye to flow around the image more easily.

4. Use the HDR function to balance exposure

It means HDR mode High Dynamic Range. Adds details in dark and light areas to give the image more balance.

It is a good choice if there is a significant difference between the lightest and darkest parts of the scene. For example, it will prevent the sky from getting too bright or the ground too dark. It is great for landscape photography.

5. If it is dark, place the phone on a stable surface

In low light conditions, it is more common for camera shake to occur, resulting in blurred results. The camera will also increase the ISO, which tends to blur images.

To reduce this risk, place your phone on a flat surface, such as a wall, table, or ledge. It’s a great tip for taking photos at a show, party, bar or anywhere at night or in low light.

6. Forget about digital zoom

Digital zoom photos are cropped and resized, unlike the optical zoom function of professional cameras.

The digital zoom will not only produce a grainy image, but it will also reduce the overall image resolution and make any kind of shake of the photographer’s hands evident.

This includes photos taken on phones with multiple camera lenses, such as the iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. If you can, get closer to the subject of your photo to avoid using the zoom in/out.

7. Look for light sources

LED dazzling lights from a single source can give images a rough appearance and odd color.

It is best to look around the room for diffused light from one or several sources. Try to find other light sources that you can use, whether it’s sunset time, some indoor lights, or even lighting candles.

If you’re already out of light, use another smartphone’s flashlight mode to provide a more consistent light source.

8. Ask your smartphone to take a photo

How about asking for help from your smartphone?

On Android smartphones, you can ask the Google Assistant to take a photo or selfie and watch your smartphone open the Camera app.

On Google Pixel smartphones, you can have Google automatically sense the perfect moment to snap a photo, thanks to AI-powered face detection features like Top Shot and Photobooth.

On iOS, Siri will open the Camera app for you, although you’ll have to press the button yourself.

9. For remote shots, use a remote shutter

Remote shutters are the perfect accessory for shooting portraits that require a firmer hand or for self-portraits. Touching the screen, no matter how careful you are, will cause vibrations that affect the image. It is great for group shots as well as night photography.

Some devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note series smartphones, offer a built-in stylus that acts as a remote shutter button and can be tucked away in your hand or pocket when you’re ready to take a picture. There are also remote shutters for other systems that connect to the phone via Bluetooth.

10. Portrait mode works best when there is light in the environment

Using Portrait Mode, which simulates the depth of field found in photos taken with professional cameras, will result in a more visually appealing photo.

While everyone loves the look of portrait mode, in some cases it can get in the way, especially if the environment is not well lit. “If you’re using an iPhone, only use portrait mode when you have enough lighting,” says Oji.

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