Your cell phone may not have a great camera in it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t take great photographs. To take quality pictures with your cell phone, you need to learn and to put into practice some basic cell phone photo tips on how to get the best out of your cell phone camera.
Where some smartphones may lack the photographic quality, it is replaced with convenience and connectivity. Having a portal camera in your pocket at all times, that can edit your photos on the spot, and instantly share them is the true strength of smartphone.
Here are some cell phone photo tips to help you get the most out of your cell phone camera.
Light – The cell phone is very sensitive to light and you may find that it will severely under-expose a photo if you have a light source in the view-finder. If you see a bright light in your view-finder, try changing the angle and direction that you’re shooting from to get the bright light out of the frame. The display will automatically adjust and brighten up right before your eyes. You’ll get a much better picture.
Focus – The iPhone allows you to focus on your subject by touching the screen. On your iPhone, if you’ve got a subject that isn’t getting the correct focus, touch that subject on the screen and the phone will focus in on that spot.
The Shutter Button – The cell phone camera app takes the photo when you release the button, not when you press it. Use this to your advantage and press the button and hold it until you have your subject in the frame and in focus; then release it. Releasing the button after a pause allows you to keep the camera as still as possible while a quick press-and-release action introduces unnecessary camera shake.
Landscape vs. Portrait – It doesn’t matter whether you hold the phone upright or sideways except that one may fit your subject better than the other. The phone is smart enough to know how you’re holding the phone so the resulting picture is always right-side-up. You may, however find that it is easier to hold the camera steady with two hands when it is sideways.
Edit your photos – there are many applications in the smart phone app store that will allow you to edit your photos right on your phone after you take them. You can add toy camera effects, vignette, edit exposure and saturation, and even add focus changes that give your photos more depth. Search the photography category in the smart phone App Store and experiment with the applications available there.
Post your photos – After you take your photos, you can email them to one of the many photo-sharing websites like Flickr, Picasa, Posterous, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Many of these services also have dedicated applications that make sharing your photos even easier. Your photos can be available to the world almost instantly. Try that with your Digital SLR!
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