Because of the relative cheapness of modern cameras, photography is becoming increasingly popular amongst those looking to take on a new hobby. However, it’s a much more complex art than you might think, with many people starting off on smartphones. If you’re a bit stuck as to how those phone pictures can improve, then keep reading: we’ve got some tips for you…
Don’t use the zoom.
Whilst the zoom can seem like a genius feature, it’s actually a surefire way to decrease the quality of your photos. Essentially, a zoom on a smartphone simply blows up the picture and does its best to fill in the gaps. Sure it’s ok in terms of getting a few photos here and there, but if you’re going for professional you’re best off leaving the zoom alone.
Keep that filter away.
Whilst filters such as those on Instagram can on occasion look great, there’s little point pretending that they’re not representative of amateurism. That’s why the app is so popular! However, really professional results are achieved by using proper editing software such as SnapSeed or Photoshop Express. This way, you can make individual changes, which will lead to far better results than simply swamping the whole image with a ‘nostalgic’ filter or something similar.
Consider other apps.
Whilst you can’t change the camera in your phone, you can certainly change the software that comes with it. Doing so can increase the control you have over your shots. Camera Awesome is a popular app which enables the user to shoot in bursts, as well as being able to separate the AF lock from the exposure lock. Take the time to work out the most useful software, and use it! Don’t just take what you’re given.
Don’t use the flash.
Want to know a secret? Most smartphone flashes aren’t actually a flash! They’re often glorified LED lights, and aren’t created with the specific aim of improving the quality of your pictures. Essentially, the duration of their ‘flash’ goes on too long, meaning that the images resulting from their use are often badly-lit and quite often blurry. Oh, and they’re nearly always too close to the lens. Keep the flash away!
Clean the lens!
There’s a reason why professional cameras always have covers – to keep the lens clean! That layer of dust and dirt earned from a day outside will add extra haze to your images, not to mention darkening them. Assuming it stays in your pocket, the lens on your smartphone will naturally get dirty, so ensure you clean it regularly.
This article was written in association with UK canvas prints experts Somer Print.