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Mobile photography tips and tricks everyone must know


Mobile photography is the art of photography using a smartphone or mobile device. Defined using the philosophy of ‘the best camera is the one that’s always with you,’ mobile photography is the art form’s future. Discreet, intimate, and always accessible to capture a moment. For improving mobile photography skills, let us discuss some important points mentioned below.

Keep Your Lens Clean:

One of the challenges with many camera phones is keeping them maintained and clean. Your mobile phone spends a lot of time in your hands, as well as your purse or pocket. And as a result, the camera’s lenses can get covered in dirt, dust, and fingerprints, especially if your phone doesn’t have a lens cover. Therefore, it’d be wise to clean your camera lens before taking any shots.

Get Close to Your Subject:

One of the most common mistakes with camera phone images is that their subject ends up being a tiny, unrecognizable object in the distance. Camera phone images tend to be small due to low resolution, so fill up your viewfinder with your subject to save having to zoom in on the subject in editing it later, which decreases quality even more. 

Having said this, getting too close on some model camera phones creates distortion and focusing issues, particularly if the camera phone doesn’t have a macro or close-focusing mode.

Take loads of Shots and Experiment:

Camera phones are perfect for experimenting with new angles and perspectives. Shoot from down low, up high, close up, etc., and you’ll end up with interesting and fun shots. The beauty of all forms of digital photography is the ability to shoot off many shots quickly and without cost. This means you can experiment with different modes and compositions and discard those you don’t want to keep.

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Avoid Using the Digital Zoom:

This digital process’s main disadvantage is that the enlarged photo quality is lower than the original photo was taken. As tempting as it might be to zoom in on your subject when taking your picture. If the zoom is a ‘digital zoom,’ it will decrease the quality of your shot use it. Of course, some camera phones are beginning to hit the market with ‘optical zooms.’ These are fine to use as they don’t enlarge your subject by enlarging pixels.

Use the highest resolution possible on your camera phone:

Some phones allow you to choose what resolution you want to take photos at. It almost goes without saying that the higher your resolution, the clearer your shot will be. This is especially true for camera phones which often have sensors of under 1 megapixel in them. Keep in mind, however, that the higher the resolution, the larger the file size of the images you take; this means if you want to send images, they can end up taking a long time to send.

Keep Still:

As with all digital photography, the more steady your camera phone is when taking your shot, the clearer your image will be. This is especially important while you’re taking pictures under low light. In this case, the camera will select longer shutter speeds to compensate for the lack of light. One trick is to lean your camera phone (or the hand holding it) against a solid object when taking shots. The easiest solution is to use a tripod while taking photos and to keep your device still while taking photos.

Light painting using mobile phones:

If you don’t know what light painting is, basically, it’s an image taken with lower shutter speed where the light source is moved continuously so that it looks like a painting with the light source. The idea of light painting is only executable in dark places where you keep your phone still. You have to adjust your shutter speed according to the type of picture you are taking. For taking low shutter speed photos, make sure that you’ve locked your focus on some object, and after that, adjust your setting.

Edit Images Later:

Whilst it can be fun to use your camera phone’s inbuilt editing and effects, editing pictures later on your computer produces much better quality images. Take your shots in color at high resolution to keep your options open to treat them later. You can always make it black and white on your computer, but you can’t make it color if you take it in Black and White mode. Some of the mobile apps to use while editing your pictures are mentioned below:

  • Lightroom
  • Picsart
  • VSCO
  • Snapseed

Apps for manual photography:


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