How To Take Better Pictures With Your Android Smarthone?
Smartphones have replaced practically everything; alarm clocks, FM radios, landlines and many more such gadgets. Digital camera is another such device which poses a risk from smartphone cameras. As the lenses keep on improving with every iteration, smartphones have, to an extent, replaced traditional cameras as well. Though photography enthusiasts still carry around a DSLR to capture that perfect shot, our phones too, do get the job done of capturing a decent enough picture. But, if you want to do more with your Android device, the following guide will help you improve your photography skills.
Clean the lens
Well, as simple as it may sound, it is also one of the most important things to keep in mind before clicking a picture. The lens is subjected to a lot of dust, fingerprints and scratches while the phone is in your pocket or even while you are holding it. This piece of hardware is at the forefront of any good photography and it is imperative to maintain it. We tend to clean our screen as we use it more often, but it is important to clean that glass which can help you get a clear and crisp picture. If not with a glass cleaning solution, you can always use a dry cloth to do the needful.
Smartphones today are equipped with HDR capabilities to enhance the picture quality. It is always a good option to leverage it, especially while taking close up shots. HDR mode basically captures multiple images of the same shot with different exposure levels and then merging them for the best result. It does take a moment or two while you turn on HDR in your phone, but the final result is always worth the wait. You should ideally use it when there are varying intensities of light on your subject.
Rule of thirds
This is more of a guideline which helps you capture images aligned with the frame to give a symmetric output. The rule basically asks you to divide the frame in three horizontal and vertical grids using four imaginary lines. The subject should ideally be around the corners of the grid in the center for better composition of the image. You can enable the grids in most of the smartphones which could help you capture a balanced shot. However, if the surroundings of the subjects are not interesting, you can choose to ignore this rule.
This is more of a test-and-learn approach you will have to go through if you are not well versed with professional photography. However, that is the fun part. You have manual modes in smartphones which lets you have total control over features like aperture priority, ISO, shutter speed etc. If your default camera app doesn’t allow you to do that, there are plenty of apps in the market. Using right adjustment in right scenario is the key here, and more your experiment with these settings, better will be your result.
Do try out the above tricks and let us know if you have more.
Picture courtesy – androidcentral.com, syncios.com, takeandtalkpics.com and recombu.com
by techtalks @TechTalks August 2, 2016 5:45 AM UTC