We’re taking more pictures on our smartphones than ever, yet achieving perfect photos is hard when the light isn’t on your side — but not if you follow our foolproof photography tips…
Higher resolutions are better for printing, but take up more of you phone’s memory. And lower resolutions upload quicker to Facebook and Twitter.
Don’t pinch the screen to zoom as it reduces the overall image quality. Rather get closer to your subject or, with high resolution pics, crop out the bits you don’t need.
Turn off auto flash and try to keep any natural light behind the camera. If you have to use a flash, create distance to avoid overexposure.
Don’t rush. Good results come from giving the sensor time to acclimatise. Remember to tap the screen first before pressing the shutter to focus the image clearly and autocorrect any issues.
Visualise your shot. Don’t frame pics with masses of empty space or subject matters on the edge. When shooting videos, turn your phone horizontally to film in landscape, rather than portrait.
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Keep videos short. People want to watch bite-sized clips, not feature-length movies. If you take more videos than stills, keep your phone on video mode.
The iPhone camera can lock and focus in if your subject is moving quickly — tap the screen on something static and hold to bring up a message saying ‘AE/AF lock’. Then snap away.
Camera+, Camera Awesome and Video Camera+ are great apps for tweaking your smartphone camera settings, and there’s a mobile version of Adobe Photoshop for editing.
Practice with settings and filters in advance to know your favourites. All smartphones have built-in effects, but plenty of apps offer more.
When tweaking settings, raising the exposure will let light in and create a brighter image. You should also focus on a darker are to generate more light all over.