Smartphone cameras are far more sophisticated than they were just a few years ago. They have many built-in features like panoramic photos, zoom, and many other advanced functions. Each new generation of smartphone comes with an improved camera and better lens. You are able to edit photos easily and share them intuitively. Today people are uploading literally billions of photos onto social network platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and even Twitter and LinkedIn! Taking a decent picture should be second nature and a few basic tips will go a long way to helping you achieve that objective. Photography has become the new language of social media, with the smartphone the instrument of achievement. Whether taking family photos, nature or scenery, here are a few vital things to keep in mind.
Clear Photos need a Clean Lens
The golden rule to clear photos is a clean lens. No matter what camera you are using, it is an essential prerequisite. Your smartphone has a small lens, generally located behind the screen at the top end of the smartphone. Fingerprints and dust can gather upon the lens distorting your photo and reducing its quality and effect. Your pictures will become cloudy, as oils and dirt diffuse and diffract the light from entering your smartphone lens. A microfibre cloth will do the trick, and a gentle wipe will clear away the lens creating a dust-free area. Stay away from harsh clothing fibres that could scratch your lens.
Check the Lightning
Correct lighting produces life-like photos and is a basic rule of photography. If the room is dark, the photo will also be dark. You need to paint the room with light, as the word photography translates into. The direction of the sun, the colours, and the harshness of the light all play a part in the quality of the photo. The light source has a dramatic effect on the outcome of the photo, which is why professional photographers always use light sources like strobes, reflectors, and other devices to manipulate the lighting. Since you are using your smartphone not a professional camera with accessories, you have to make the best of the natural light you have, as best as you can. Choosing the right time of day could help, and a sunny day is better than a rainy day for taking photos. As long as you ensure the primary light source is behind you, it will shine onto your photo not behind it.
You can experiment viewing from different angles, and checking how the light hits the image you want to photograph. You can, of course, you all your artistic endeavours, as experimentation is far better than rigid adherence to the rules. Taking advantage of a sunset lighting situation will produce more unique photos.
Flash, or no Flash?
Avoid using a flash if possible. Although it has its uses, especially taking photos in a low-light environment, generally speaking, a flash tends to worsen the quality of smartphone photos. It can pick up unwanted artefacts, like glowing eyes or shiny skin. Using natural light wherever possible produces a more natural and realistic photo finish. If you really need to take professional photos with your smartphone, an external LED flash might be the best answer.