Alexander Graham Bell never knew what in the form of “Telephone” he is inventing if he has to look at the metamorphosed telephone of today. Similarly, Joseph Nicephore Niepce would never think that his invention can take shape what it is today. If at all they would have got the chance to work together they would not have invented the versions of Smartphones which exist today with the camera. There is a full history of the evolution of the mobile phones, camera, Smartphones and even the camera phones but that is not the subject matter.
You use your latest Smartphone to do a lot of things; one of such thing is taking pictures. With few tips for using your Smartphone camera better, you can click photographs just like professional photographers do.
Grasping the features of the Camera – You must understand the quality of the camera your Smartphone has. Like the resolution, modes, frames, zoom, pixels and the aspect ratio. There are a lot of other features which your Smartphone might have and to get acquainted with them is crucial. You need not take a tutorial on these, just start clicking at your will and explore the different attributes.
- Adjust the Resolution – Always keep your resolution adjusted towards the higher side, this will provide you best quality photographs. Even when you crop these photos the quality will not deteriorate. Never zoom the camera while you are taking pictures, this will blur your photos. Remember High-Definition pictures consume more space and hence you must store the images in "Micro SD Card" or can transfer them to an appropriate device. This will keep the memory of your device free.
- Implement the Golden Ratio – You may call this the game of grid lines or the "Rule of thirds." In few of the Smartphones, you need not imagine this, but most of them have them and are two horizontal and two vertical lines creating nine boxes on the image. You just need to adjust the subject on any of the intersections to get a quality picture. While shooting a landscape keep the horizon on any of the two lines.
- Identify Natural Light sources – Pictures look more vibrant, appealing, emotional, and creative only when they are taken with that perfect sense and use of natural light. This is more so critical when you shoot indoors. Try to be near the natural sources of light – like a window, terrace, etc.; if not able to then try to reflect the natural light on the subject. Still, if the answer is no then, try a bright source of light. Try to avoid the camera flash light to best possible times, instead increase the exposure and the ISO levels. Avoid backlight, and if at all you tend to picture the texture and depth of the subject take side light.
- Explore Exposure settings – Aperture, Exposure, and the ISO Values – Talking of aperture most of the Smartphones have a constant aperture, and you cannot adjust it manually. Hence it is advisable to fix the rest of the two. The perfect adjustment will decide the sharpness and brightness, and focused pictures are taken. Exposure for a longer period increases the chances of illumination of the photo which is suitable for cases with poor light. But the lower exposure time can freeze the picture and its quality. An ISO value designates the light sensitivity of the sensor. The higher the value, the more sensitivity, sharper the image. In poorly lit places higher ISO and longer exposure can create wonders.
- Cleanliness – It is needless to mention, though critical, that you must keep the lens of the Smartphone neat and clean. Often due to the heavy use of the phone, the cleanliness of the lens gets a back seat. Periodic cleaning is essential for getting a good quality picture. Another very clear reminder is to use the back camera and not the front camera. It is always that the back camera has a better resolution.
Following these tips for using your Smartphone camera better will always give interesting pictures. Though the list is endless, you may even try the "Panorama" mode, or practice different angles, use tripods and monopods, and even try camera apps and different photo-editing apps to make further the photographs more lively.