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Phone photography is becoming more and more popular nowadays. Smartphones are becoming more reliable as time goes by. The camera feature is getting better and better. Just ten year ago, if you took a phone photo, and print it, it would turn out pixelated, not that sharp and of course, it was a very small file, so the quality was not there. But times are changing, and cameras on our phone are getting better. After all, if you think about it, we do take more photos with our phone than our fancy cameras. If little Sam is doing something funny, you know you are going to pick up your phone and take a photo or record the moment. If you are using your phone a lot, then why not become a pro at it…or maybe just a little better at it. Here are a few tips that we use to master our skills of phone photography.
- Clean your camera lens! You have no idea how many times I’ve seen fingerprints all over my camera lens and when I take a photo, and it looks all foggy. Just wipe your camera lens regularly. Use a microfibre cloth and cleaning fluid to clean the lens.
- Remember that photos taken in selfie mode have less resolution that the images that are taken from the rear-facing camera. Take photos from the back of the phone whenever is possible.
- You can change the focus of your phone camera by tapping on the screen of your phone. Once you have framed your shot, touch where you want to focus, and your camera will focus it.
- Avoid zooming with your phone camera. You will lose quality as you zoom in. Your smartphone camera has no optical zoom. Instead, when you use the zoom feature, your smartphone is essentially blowing up the image and cropping it. Zooming makes pictures pixelated and difficult to see, so just try to get closer!
- Get a phone tripod to avoid shaky photos and to nail the perfect selfie!
- Use a phone lens kit! We know you were once inseparable from your fancy bag of camera equipment. But now you take more photos with your phone than your pro camera. So why not get toys for your mobile camera?
- I love VSCO app to edit all of my phone photos. All of their filters have a beautiful film look to it and editing and adjusting your pictures is super easy! All the photos you see on this page were taken with a phone and the VSCO editing app was used.
- Take a lot of pictures – Because you can delete things quickly on a smartphone camera, take lots of pictures and go back to find the best one, especially when it comes down to photos of kids.
- Don’t use flash – The camera flash on smartphones is getting better, but they still have a habit of washing out pictures and giving you red-eye. Just look for better lighting options.
- Follow rules of composition. Learn some basic composition ‘rules’. (for example – the rule of thirds– i.e. don’t place your subject squarely in the middle of your frame but a third of the way in). Add the grid lines to your camera to help you with composition. Simple tips like this can bring life to your photos.