Smartphone cameras are the easiest way to carry as compared to carry a professional camera everywhere. Nowadays these smartphone cameras are easier to use and sends out a strong message that you really don’t have to buy a DSLR to become a good photographer, Smartphone cameras are enough to exude your photographic talent. Today’s flagship smartphones can create stunning images, but remember, any tool is only as good as the person using it.
Photographer Sanjay Austa have given some tips on how to use your smartphone for the best to have photos.
The advantage of having the quick launching the camera app allows the user to access the app a lot quicker, otherwise it can take a fair bit of time if you’ve locked the phone. Most phones allow you to work around this limitation though, and quick launch the camera, so you can take pictures in moments.
In other smartphones have similar quick-launch shortcuts that looks for a similar way to launch the camera quickly to make sure you don’t miss out on the all-important moments.
The decisive Moment
Photographers must have patience. It is said that patience is the virtue. Clicking at the right moment makes the difference between a good picture and a great picture. It’s important to evoke emotion – surprise, wonder or awe – through a picture, says Austa.
When to use the HDR mode
In almost all the smartphone has the HDR (high dynamic range) mode that helps to balance out the lighting in a picture. The image captured in this mode where the lights aren’t too bright and the shadows aren’t too dark, so that no details are lost.
This feature allows the phone to take the picture twice at different exposure levels, and then software balances these images into a single shot. Austa recommends using the mode in high contrast situations such as outdoor photos around midday.
The Golden Hour being crucial for certain photos is shortly after sunrise and before sunset when the light is ideal for capturing landscape shots as well as monuments since midday light tends to ruin most landscape shots.
Austa says, “Foggy conditions are best for portraits because there are no shadows or harsh light. Fog also adds a bit of mystery to photographs,” A bit of fog around a small settlement makes it seem mysterious and adds a slight charm to the picture.
Selective focusing/ refocusing images
This feature helps to find the right object to focus on that either in the foreground or the background. The selective focusing allows sometimes make the image much better, rather than just pointing the camera at the scene and hoping for the best. Smartphones that let you refocus after taking a shot allow you to experiment and get the best photo.
A good photographer doesn’t have to go and search far enough to get picturesque images. Look around you and you’re likely to find at least one great photograph waiting to be clicked although the hardest part is to compose the frame. Most of the smartphone have cameras that have a grid view, by which you’ll see that the screen has four lines that divide the frame into nine equal parts. Your subject should be on one of the lines, preferably where these lines intersect. This feature is very useful for beginners and users will notice that sticking to this helps you click better photos.
According to Austa the backgrounds can also be used to tell a story. It’s the photographers’ ability to show his creativity using this feature.
Majority of the smartphones have the volume buttons or a dedicated camera button that enables to click pictures in landscape mode. This feature facilitates you to keep your hands steady while clicking pictures, rather different from shaking the phone while tapping the on screen button. Some phone does not come with a dedicated camera button, although the phone might have a feature in settings to see if you can set one of the volume buttons as the shutter. Many third-party apps on Android will let you do that, if the stock app doesn’t.