[url=https://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/]77% of the US population[/url] own smartphones. While the vast majority of people buy those phones because they're looking for convenient ways to communicate, a smartphone's versatility extends well beyond communication.
One of the best features that most smartphones are packing nowadays is a solid camera.
As a matter of fact, the vast majority of people use their phone's camera as their primary picture-taking device, which has diluted the dedicated camera market that companies like Kodak used to rely on.
If you're one of the many smartphone photography mavericks that are out there, we want to tell you something...
Taking a photo on a smartphone is easy. Taking a great photo on a smartphone is hard.
Below, we walk you through 10 quick tips that will upgrade your phone photos exponentially.
1. Upgrade Your Stock Camera App The camera app that comes with your phone is pretty good. It works well when it comes to first getting comfortable with what your camera is capable of because its simplicity won't overwhelm.
Once you've gotten familiar with your phone's stock app, though, we recommend that you upgrade.
There are a number of advanced smartphone photography apps in your app store that allow you broader control of your camera, and these can take your photos to the next level. Explore what your options are and find an app that suits your tastes!
2. Try Burst Shot for Action Photos Have you ever tried to take photos of a sports game and no matter what you did, they always seemed to come out blurry?
That's because action shots require a faster shutter speed to take a clean photo.
To remedy this issue, hold down your camera's shutter button (if you have an iPhone) your phone will rapidly snap photos that will make quick motions come out splendidly.
If you have an Android phone, this trick still may work. As an alternative, you may be able to increase your camera's shutter speed in your phone's stock camera application.
3. Experiment with Both Portrait and Landscape Photography In today's selfie age, we're taking a lot of portrait photography. Don't let that habit keep you from experimenting with landscape photography as well.
Holding your phone sideways and snapping photos can allow you to capture unique shots that really give your audience a sense of your environment.
4. Leverage Light Have you noticed that no matter how dark it is outside, your camera somehow manages to take a picture? In reality, that picture you're taking in low-light is coming at the cost of quality.
The darker a scene is, the more your camera needs to pump up its ISO, which causes severe image degradation.
Because of that, you'll always want to take photos that are strategically lit so your camera can produce images that are free of "noise".
5. Take Advantage of Your Grid Most camera apps allow you to lay a grid over your image. If you don't know what that grid does, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the rule of thirds.
Leveraging your grid in combination with the rule of thirds will allow you to take well-balanced photos that are pleasing to the eye.
6. Basic Gear Can Improve Your Photos Immensely Smartphone photography is usually executed with a bare bones setup. You take your phone in your hand, snap a picture and move on.
Just because you can keep things simple with smartphone photography, though, doesn't mean that you should.
Adding basic gear to your phone like a tripod or removable lenses can improve your photo's quality so much that people might think that [url=https://www.givology.org/~joycemeng/blog/649252/]your holiday photos[/url] were shot on a pro-grade DSLR camera.
7. Wipe Down Your Lens If your phone is spending a lot of time sitting in your pocket between pictures, do yourself a favor and wipe down your lens with a soft cloth before your next photo shoot.
Doing so will reduce the possibilities that smudges make their way into your photographic works of art.
8. Tap to Focus If you're like most beginning smartphone photographers, you probably let your phone autofocus on your subjects before taking your photo. Here's the thing, though: Your phone's autofocus doesn't always get things right.
To ensure that your camera's lens is focusing on the focal point that you want, tap on your subject to let your phone know what it should be looking at.
For even better results, leverage "manual focus" in a number of 3rd party camera applications to truly refine the focal length that you're working with.
9. Use HDR When Dealing with High Contrast Your camera adjusts its exposure based on how dark or light your photo is.
If your photo features a lot of "white" (taking a picture of an early morning sky, for example) your phone will turn down its exposure so the sky appears blue rather than white. If your photo features a lot of dark (taking a picture of a black chair) your phone will turn up its exposure so your dark image comes out visible.
The problem with that is that your photo can't turn up and down its exposure at the same time. So, if your image features bright and dark subjects, one subject or the other will not be properly exposed.
The HDR setting on your camera fixes this by taking multiple photos at once at different exposure settings and combining them so that every element is perfectly exposed.
Bottom line, if your image has contrasting elements, tick the HDR box.
10. Practice Makes Perfect The more photos you take with your phone, the better smartphone photographer you're going to become. There is no shortcut to excellence.
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Wrapping up Smartphone Photography Tricks You Need to Know Our smartphone photography tricks and tips that we've just laid out are aimed at helping you get the most out of your phone's camera.
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