What’s the first question you ask when you see a great picture?
“What phone did you use?” Right?
And when you faithfully save up to buy that dream phone. You still don’t get those crispy pictures you dreamt about.
Maybe you had it all wrong.
5 Quick Tips to Overcome Shoddy Pictures
First, start with a clean lens
Before you shoot a single picture, always clean your phone camera lens. This doesn’t mean abruptly wiping your lens on your jeans which may end up damaging your lens over time. Instead, use a softer material — like a microfiber cloth — to clean any smudges off your camera lens.
Ditch the digital zoom
If your phone doesn’t have a telephoto lens like the newly released Samsung S20 Ultra, you might have to be content with a picture. A digital zoom will not only yield a grainy image, it will reduce the resolution of the overall photo and aggravate any vibrations from your hands, leaving you with an inferior representation of that adorable image.
Use natural light where possible
Light is one of the most important factors in any photo. If you can make use of the available natural light, then you don’t have to resort to your phone’s built-in flash (which in my opinion is best as a torchlight).
The best times to photograph just about anything is either right after sunrise or just before sunset, since the low sun in the sky creates warm, directional lighting that’s easy to work with.
Steady your hands — or use a timer
This takes a lot of practice. Your pictures are as sharp as your steady hands. If your shots seem a bit blurry, you could also familiarize yourself with the timer feature on your phone.
Experiment with your camera features
Exposure: Always tap the screen to lock focus on the subject you’re photographing. This is particularly useful when shooting people against skies. It also prevents you from having dark images or you can play around with the exposure gauge on your phone.
High Dynamic Range is now a much popular feature for smartphone cameras. HDR brings detail out of the darkest and lightest parts of your picture and creates a better balance of colors overall. It’s particularly best for landscapes and portrait shots.