Are you on Pinterest? How about Facebook or Google + or even Reddit? Now ask yourself what makes these sites so engaging and fun to participate in? That’s right—we’re addicted making and sharing photographs.
Back in the olden days of the late 1990s it used to take an expensive camera to make good digital photos, but now-a-days many of us are running around with powerful Smartphone cameras in our pockets at all times. So how can you make sure the social pictures you take stand out in your friends’ streams?
Taking quality photos with your phone isn’t particularly challenging, but the basics of doing so tend to get ignored. Here’s a look at a few simple ways you can improve the quality of your smartphone photography.
Start with a better phone
Start With a Better Smart-Phone
Want a quality meal? Expect to make it with quality ingredients. The logic is simple and hard to discount. The same holds true with Smartphone cameras. The number of pixels is critically important. The technical facts are as follows: The higher the number of pixels, the better the resolution of the picture.
The top smart-phones from Motorola, Apple, Samsung, and HTC all offer cameras with 8 megapixels and HD capture capabilities. This exceeds the quality of many handheld digital cameras that were on the market just a few years ago. This type of quality will get you off to a good started in creating high-quality photos with your smart-phone.
Is The Lens Clean?
Most smart-phones spend their day in our pockets and handbags, or in the hands and mouths of our toddlers. Lint, finger prints, bits of food and drink, and a host of other debris will eventually collect onto the lens. All these things lend to low-quality photos.
Take the time to clean the lens on a regular basis. A clean, dry cloth will work to get dust and similar particles removed, but you may need something damp to remove the rest. Most stores like Walmart and Target carry pre-packaged lens cleaners made for eyeglasses. They’re also perfect for camera lenses and come pre-packaged in single-use applications.
Lighting Is Everything in Photography
Great pictures often start with proper lighting. You will most likely discover the best pictures you’ve taken with your Smartphone had
Good Lighting is Everything
one of two things going for them: good light or interesting light.
So, what is good light? Good light naturally illuminates your subject in such a way as to highlight its features. Good light doesn’t create a glare, nor is it harsh or overly bright, which can serve to “washout” or overly brighten a picture to the point of casting a whitish hue on everything in-frame.
Interesting light, on the other hand, is any type of lighting, natural or otherwise, that creates some sort of contrast in your photos. Long shadows, interesting reflections, sunspots, and the like can create awesome results, particularly if you have a keen eye for what you’re shooting.
Diffused lighting, like the kind that comes through a pulled window shade, or is present on a cloudy day, or even created artificially with a professional lighting kit, will produce the best results. Remember, smartphones tend to have limitations when it comes to light-sensors, which really just means one thing: Take lots of pictures. The more pictures you take in different types of lighting, the more familiar you will become with what will and will not work, or what works best with your particular Smartphone.
Try to get an interesting angle
Create Interesting Angles
The best cinematographers and still-photo artists know that interesting points of view make for interesting films and photos. Because smartphones are small and simple to use, the world of attention-grabbing angles is at your disposal.
Want to take a great picture of a skyscraper? How about standing at its base and shooting straight up to the sky? This type of angle gives viewers the impression the building is much taller than it is, blending the “significant” with the “insignificant” in a single shot.
Using angles doesn’t necessarily mean just turning your camera to some arbitrary degree off-center. Angles are more about your relationship to the subject of your photo. Shooting up at something from a lower vantage point makes the subject seem taller. Shooting down on something makes them feel smaller. Shooting a close-up photo can take away the perspective of size, creating a thought-provoking picture that has everyone discussing it.
High Resolution Will Improve Results
The camera included with your Smartphone will allow you, to some extent, to adjust the picture resolution. The rule is this: The higher the resolution the higher the quality of your final product. This is the reason we prefer Blu-ray technology over DVDs, and why we choose to watch movies in HD instead of standard definition.
For richer, deeper, and fuller looking photos, you must use the highest pixel count possible on your particular Smartphone. Set your phone’s camera to the highest resolution available and see what a difference it will make. Remember, high-res picture take up more storage space than low-res, which means you’ll wind up with a smaller number of pictures stored in your phone’s memory or on an SD micro chip, but they’ll be considerably better photos: Quality over quantity!
These five tips will have you taking better pictures with your Smartphone in no time. Millions of great photos are taken every day with smartphones, and many are quite impressive. A little practice and effort on your part will make for dramatic improvements in all your photo shoots. What other tips can you offer for taking better pictures with your phone? We’d love to hear them below in the comments.
Greg Buckskin writes at CableTV.com. He loves to explore how social media, TV and the internet collide to create our pop-culture driven lives. Check him out on Twitter to read more.
culled from: How To Take Better Pictures With Smartphones