Smartphones can take amazing pictures, but a good image also requires skill. There’s no way to learn photography in one day, but you can follow simple guidelines to improve results quickly. Today we are here to give you five smartphone photography tips that will not fail. Let’s jump right in.
Smartphones can take amazing pictures, but a good image also requires skill.
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Great photography tips to keep in mind
- Composition: Rule of Thirds
- Flash or no flash?
- Night Mode and HDR
- Taking advantage of Burst Mode
Keep Photography Composition in Mind: The Rule of Thirds
Good composition tramples everything; It can turn a mundane snapshot into a masterpiece. This part of creating an image is important, which is why a skilled photographer can take a great picture even with the cheapest smartphone cameras.
Good composition tramples everything; It can transform a mundane snapshot into a photography masterpiece.
Learning the rules of composition isn’t as easy as reading an article here, but we can get you started by teaching you the rule of thirds. This is the most basic of photography tips and a popular rule of composition, but if applied correctly can make your image more aesthetically pleasing.
The rule of thirds is simple: Draw two equally spaced imaginary lines horizontally, then do the same vertically. This will create a 3 x 3 grid. You just need to make sure that your main subject or focus point is in one of the cross-sections.
There is likely an option to turn this grid on in your camera settings. Most smartphones have this, and it’s a great visual tool for implementing the rule of thirds.
Pro Type: While this photography tip is a favorite and has a great chance of success, the rule of thirds is also easy to mess up. People usually give up a lot of space in favor of keeping the subject in cross-section. Learn more about Creation in the post linked below.
Photography Tips for More Advanced Users
Kill The Flash!
Not using a flash is one of the best photography tips I can give you. Unless strategically located and carefully measured, a flash will usually ruin an image. It can create harsh highlights, deep blacks and squityy eyes, making people look like deer in headlights. I strongly suggest that you avoid using flash unless it is deeply dark and you don’t really need the light.
Smartphones have become very good at capturing in low light conditions, so you might not lose much in terms of exposure in many cases.
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Night Mode and HDR are your photography friends
The name varies depending on the manufacturer. Google calls it Night Sight, Samsung names it Bright Night, Huawei refers to it as Night Mode, and OnePlus titles it Nightscape.
If your phone has one or any of these options, you can use it to enhance photos taken in extremely low light. It works similarly to an HDR photo, shooting a range of images under different exposure levels. It then merges these and pulls out the details from all the pictures to create an enhanced final image.
more: Tips for photography in low light
HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range.” This is a technique that photographers use to balance the level of light in a scene. It is typically used in situations in which there are significant differences of exposure within a single frame. You must have probably seen HDR mode in your smartphone. It’s best to turn it on when you want to capture more detail in shadows and highlights.
I would also recommend you learn how to make HDR photos manually. While the phone’s HDR mode improves shots, the machine hasn’t left man behind when it comes to producing quality HDR photos.
To use or not to use burst mode in photography?
I’m not a fan of “sprinkling and praying”. You should be able to create an image without having to shoot a lot of photos and hope a good one comes out. Most of the times, people end up with dozens of nearly identical images anyway. In most cases, this means that if the first image was bad, all the others will be bad too. What’s the point of wasting your energy and storage space?
That doesn’t mean you should avoid burst mode, as it’s a great tool to use in certain circumstances. You just need to learn when to use it. If you’re taking a picture of flowers (like the one above), what’s the chance of the scene changing a lot from frame to frame? The wind should be strong enough.
Don’t avoid burst mode, just learn when to use it.
Burst mode will help when you’re shooting any type of action or unpredictable subject. This is beneficial when photographing sports, wildlife or any moving object. In such cases, the scene changes very quickly, and your chances of capturing a better image are higher if you take as many photos as possible in the shortest amount of time.
Edit your photos!
A camera will rarely capture an image the way you want it. You have to help it with skill, knowledge and editing. It’s amazing how much a simple edit can improve an image. We’re not talking about complicated Photoshop enhancements and montages, but you should at least fix white balance, fix exposure, crop, smooth out imperfections, and enhance colors. This can be done using a lot of mobile apps, but Snapseed is a great app. I’m also a big fan of Lightroom, but it requires a monthly subscription.
- Lightroom Editing Tutorial
- Snapseed Editing Tutorial
Keep these five tips in mind when shooting with your smartphone and you should see better results immediately. But of course, there’s more to photography than just this quick article. To know more about the topic, check out our links below.
- photography terms
- Mastering Manual Mode
- What are M, A, S, P camera modes?
- photography essentials