How to take amazing photos with your phone!

Taking the best pics with your phone!
Taking the best pics with your phone!

MANY people live on their cellphones, with their lives configured into this small device.

BBC reports that according to app monitoring firm App Annie, people spent an average of 4,8 hours a day on their mobile phones. This meant they were at least spending a third of their day on their phones. And one of the things they did during this time was taking photos.

According to global statistics, the average user has 630 photos and 24 videos stored on their device. In addition, women take on average 47% more photos than men, whereas men shoot 15% more videos than women.

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It’s safe to conclude that we love taking photos with our smartphones.

But, how can we take amazing photos? According to Popular Science, here are some tips to do so:

1. Adjust focus and exposure

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in a short time, and most handsets now give some control over the focus and exposure of your shot. If manual focus is available, it’s usually activated with a tap on the screen, on the point where you want the camera to focus. Check in the settings for your phone’s camera app too. If you find a face recognition option, it will automatically zero in on faces, helping you avoid shots where someone’s face is a blurred mess.

2. Use high dynamic range (HDR) mode

HDR is now a staple feature for smartphone camera apps. It brings detail out of the darkest and lightest parts of your photo, and creates a better balance of colours overall. It’s particularly suitable for landscapes and portrait shots, especially when there’s a wide range between the darkest and lightest parts of your photo.

3. 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. If you can, position your subjects so they’re well-lit from the front and not silhouetted by a strong light from behind.

4. Steady your shot

One area where smartphone snappers still lag behind in is their sensitivity to movement. Even a slight shake can leave a smartphone photo looking like it was taken on a rocking boat while a more professional DSLR copes better with this type of motion. So, minimise camera shake as much as possible. Buying a tripod might seem like overkill, but you can pick up cheap, small models that are made specifically for smartphones.

5. Apply the rule of thirds

This is an old photography trick that’s been around for years, but you can still apply it to smartphones. According to the rule of thirds, an image is split into nine equal blocks that form a three-by-three grid. Aim to get the most interesting parts of your image near the corners of these segments, where imaginary grid lines meet.

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