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5 Beginners Tips for Phone Photography

Last Updated on March 9, 2015 by PixelPluck

5 Beginners Tips for Phone Photography.

With the evolution of technology, the smartphone cameras are getting on par with an entry level point and shoot or even outperforming them in some areas. It is very much possible that in coming few years, we will not see the segment called ‘Entry Level P&S Camera’. But a Smartphone camera is good only as long as you can use it smartly. Here are a few Tips which will help you to get the best out of your phone camera.

1. Learn about the basics of Photography

Shooting with a phone does not change the basic rules of Photography viz. composition, framing, perspective etc. There are many online resources that may help to to get started. As such there are no hard and fast rule, but following the general guidelines would help you immensely to get better results. Read some basic rules here. (Click here)

2. Click lots of Photograph

The more you click, the faster you improve. Learn from your mistakes. See what you did wrong in previous Photo, or what you could have done better. Make clicking a habit. There are lots of things around us in nature as well as objects which can make an interesting subject with a fresh point of view. Creativity is the key. Experimenting and learning by doing is the way forward in Photography. It will help you to discover and build your own style.

3. Keep your hands still while taking Photo

Most smartphones don’t come with an inbuilt motion stabilizer which means even slightest hand shake or vibration may cause blurred images. Look for an object around on which you can put your phone for support. It may act as an tripod alternative. Especially for the macro shots where the depth of field is very small and little shake may result in out of focus subject.

4. Do not use Digital zoom

Yes, you read it right. Do not use digital zoom feature. What your phone does that it just magnifies the pixels, which means there is no additional data in the pixels. You can achieve the same thing by taking normal photo and zooming and cropping the image. That way you will also get wider field of view.

4. Composition, Background and Perspective

There are many rules of composition like Rules of Third, Golden Ratio etc. Rule of thirds is most popular.
Avoid distracting Backgrounds behind your subject. This will help to contain the focus of viewers eye on the subject.
Get down on the level of subject to get interesting perspective. You can be creative with perspective.

5. Lighting 

Lighting is one of the most important aspect of photography. Utilize the natural and artificial sources of light in best possible way. Generally the flash on phone camera is not very strong and may also give a yellow color cast on subject. One trick which I often use is using flash of other phone as a primary light source. This improves the quality of  Photograph and also help you to be creative by projecting light from different angles and getting different results. Using a light source also help in getting cleaner image as noise level would be low. Higher ISO produces lots of grains/noise in image in phone camera.
When you are shooting a portrait outdoor or say taking a selfie, find the brightest patch of light in the shadow area. Avoid direct light on subject as well as heavy back-lighting.  You can use HDR modes of Camera in back-lit situations to ensure that the subject is not underexposed (dark).


Bonus Tips
– Use creative modes present in Camera. eg. Fireworks mode to get slower shutter speed and get light trails.
– Touch focus is very useful for macro shots to get your focus spot on.
– Keep the lens of your phone camera clean and smudge free.
– Use proper orientation depending upon subject (landscape/portrait).
– You can take panorama when the angle is not wide enough to include entire subject and then crop it suitably.
– Use smart apps like Snapseed (Android & iOS) for post processing and minor adjustments. Its one of the best apps available.
– Do not destroy the image by over editing and adding stupid after-effects.

You have some more tips ? Feel free to share in comments.

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