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Tips on Mobile Photography

Mobile & Apps 21 Feb 2014
Tips on Mobile Photography

Mobile photography is the next big thing amidst technology innovations. It is wooing casual and avid photographers to try their hands on photography. Phone manufacturers are strengthening their devices with improved sensor quality, speed, and optics rather than one-upping each other on megapixel specs. In addition, photographers are making the most of editing tools and image enhancers, intending demonstration of their sense of photography among friends and on social networks. Though, this is true, but as with any type of photography, the equipment plays a small part in taking a memorable image.

There are few techniques that can transform an ordinary scene into a viral photograph without aids from editing tools. So, photographers polish you techniques by considering these tips for effective mobile photography.

Get the Exposure Right 

Clicking stunning photographs mainly depends on the exposure. Though, smartphone camera sensors have taken huge leaps, they still have a long way to go before rivaling SLR in terms of capturing light. So, to click a sharp and clear image, ensure that your subject is well exposed to light. Turn on the light, open curtains or wait for the Sun to appear higher in the sky. If your phone has a flash function, you can give it a try, but it won’t make a huge improvement. You can also workaround with the editing apps, but exposure remains the core of gripping photography. It is simple, get it right in-camera, and play with it afterwards.

Keep Still

Blur images and distorted pixels are effects of airy-fairy captures. Especially, in low-light situations, where the camera takes additional time before taking the shot to compensate for the lack of light. The best option overcoming this limitation is mounting the phone on a tripod. If you don’t want to invest, you can lean your camera phone against a solid object (wall, tree, ledge, etc) to get a steady shot. Before criticizing camera phones, remember that camera phones suffer shutter-lag .i.e. the time between tapping the button and capturing the image can be a second or so. This implies that you need to hold the camera for a bit longer after clicking.

Avoid Zoom

The zoom function is generally atrocious on most phones. Though, they provide the luxury of zoom-in and zoom-out, it is terrible, and the first step towards an unsuccessful capture. Try to zoom with your feet rather than the phone. Pretend that the zoom feature doesn’t exist. If you zoom, the camera is only trying to guess what the image looks like. So, when you sit down to crop, you will find that the image is not actually what you intended. Get closer to your subject and click the image.

Don’t rely on filters – trust your eyes

Since you have identified a perfect setting to capture images, using filters is the last thing you will do to ruin them. If you are looking to introduce creative element in your image by using sepia, black and white or other filters, think again. Apps like Instagram have gripping filters, but they are played-out. Be genuine, avoid filters; of course, minor adjustments are acceptable, but picking regular filters and slapping on every photo is dirty photography trick that does not work anymore.

Crop It

There are numerous occasions with plenty of surprise elements, in which, you need to react instantly and take photos. Under these circumstances, shoot wider and crop later. As phones normally come with 6 – 8 pixels, you can click a full-shot and then edit later. The right crop can change or enhance the context of the image to a large extent.

Experiment often, it costs nothing

This is the best part about digital photography. You can click as many as photos you want without shelling a penny. This is best for photography learners. You can try multiple things in different modes and composition and delete those that you don’t want to keep. You can easily place the camera in close- up, down-low, up-high, and other positions, and you will end up with unique shots.

Set the highest resolution

To capture a clear picture, set the resolution to the maximum limit of the phone. This is needless to say, but it is worth a mention. The higher the resolution the clearer the image will be. However, there is a drawback of using a high resolution. The file size becomes large that makes it difficult for you to send images. It takes a long time for sharing and uploading on social networks.

Click during magic hours and see the difference

The first and the last hour of the sunlight are magical hours. The scenic beauty is fascinating. Randomly clicking during these hours makes every click worth admiration. These times of the day do not require filters, zooms or additional light effects for stunning photos. The colorful sky is just about perfect to have a perfect photography setting.

Follow the rule of thirds

It is the basic rule but mostly ignored. Capturing the subject right in the center of the frame creates unappealing and boring photos. Practice the rule of thirds and see the difference. When you are looking to compose a picture, imagine two vertical and horizontal lines splitting the frame equally. You will have a nine-square grid lines, reserving the important points for important subject matter.

These are golden rules of photography to be implemented when clicking photos. But, prior implementation of these photography tips and tricks, know your mobile device inside-out. Get the basics right – clean the camera lens, check settings, have additional battery, share your stuff, meet photographers to learn tricks, get feedback on your photography and most importantly take more picture and  edit later on computers.

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