Photographing with a smartphone

Recently, interest in photography has increased manyfold. Gone are the days when it was not enough to press the button of the device – it was necessary to deal with the manifestation, printing of pictures. Today, decent quality cameras are not only for the elect, but for almost everyone. Modern smart phones allow you to take great pictures!

And how not to remember that it does not matter how advanced the machine itself is – it’s important who uses it. Some can not take good pictures on the SLR camera, while others do masterpieces with their phone. The advantages of a smartphone is that it is always with you.

To make a shot, do not have to prepare a technique for a long time – just get the phone. Do not uncover it, remove the lens cap. And phones are usually not as expensive as SLR cameras. And to make really cool photos on your smartphones, you should listen to some tips.

Photographing with a smartphone

Use of programs.

A modern phone is a miniature computer in which a variety of programs operate. The photo function is still the same program that deals with the interaction of hardware components, lenses and matrices. That’s why Android and iOS allow you to choose the best option for different shooting modes. Some programs allow you to create a better color rendition, while others create a close-up. And the list of quality applications is considerable: Pudding Camera, CameraMX, Photosynth, VSCO Cam, Slow shutter cam, Pro HDR, Camera +. Do not limit yourself to standard means, because there is a good choice. In each program there are many settings that will be of interest to the photographer. In poor conditions, you can manually adjust the white balance, set ISO and turn off auto focus. And this is not to mention the unusual effects that the program can create.

Using the zoom.

Modern smartphones for the most part do not have an optical zoom, even with the simplest soap cases. But why not use cropping as a replacement? It is better to forget about the digital approximation of the object at once. Usually it is achieved due to a tangible loss of quality. Nobody canceled the fact that the best zoom is your own feet. It is better to go closer or move away. If this is not possible, then the best part is to cut out the necessary part of the frame from the large picture during post-processing. Even simple programs allow you to crop, you can do it on the smartphone itself. And do not waste time adjusting the size of the frame, but just shoot. In a calm environment, you can already build a frame. Perhaps, it will be desirable to leave some details, which in the field conditions could be lost due to zooming.

Continuous shooting.

It is best to shoot the same story with a series. Then you can select the most successful pictures. Smartphones take off quickly, photos in the figure take up not so much space. And before deleting them, it is better to scan it on the big screen of the computer. On a small display of the phone, good photos can not be identified, they seem either overexposed or underexposed. And the color rendition of the monitor is usually better than that of a small screen.

Photographing with a smartphone

Change the camera angles.

If you do not get an interesting shot, then you just need to change the shooting angle. And do not be afraid of this, photographing something interesting. It is worth moving away from the banal photograph of the forehead in the forehead, after changing the angle, the frame can become much more interesting. Yes, and the compact size of the smartphone allows you to choose such angles that even a professional with its cumbersome and high-quality technology will simply not be available.

Working with light.

The flash is a valuable tool for the photographer, but it should be used with great care. If the flash is important for professional cameras, then for smartphones – doubly. True, it is believed that she will “dead” photos, distorting her shadows and colors. The flash is good in those cases when you need to take pictures immediately, otherwise the moment will be missed.It is better to always look for a light source, to watch how it lies on an object. This is the best shot. The most high-quality light is in the morning and in the evening. But at noon, and even with the sun, you have to work with high contrast. This can result in the appearance of artifacts in the pictures. But the pre-threatening sky will give beautiful effects.

Subject survey.

Sometimes there is not enough light in the rooms. Solve this problem with a conventional LED flashlight and a sheet of white paper, which compensates for the sharp shadow. If you illuminate the object from the top right, the leaf on the left will reflect the rays and further illuminate the subject. It remains only to take a picture.

Clean the lens.

It’s a trivial and simple thing to keep the lens clean. However, often fans of mobile photography in this matter show negligence. We constantly use the phone, we put it on different surfaces, in a pocket and bag. When we say or write SMS, we do not think that we leave fingerprints on the lens. In the photo, this will affect the mysterious bluer. The effect though and beautiful, but obviously not what I would like to see in the picture.

Trigger delay.

It is important to remember that the shooting program in phones usually does not work immediately, but with some delay. We pressed the button, and for a few moments the device still thinks before it captures the picture. That is why it is important to think ahead with anticipation, like a hunter who shoots not at game, but by the place where it will be in the next moment. If we photograph a flower in a field in the windy afternoon, then it is necessary to take into account the speed of operation and to catch the moment between gusts. Yes, it is not easy, but the applied efforts will be rewarded with an excellent result.

Selecting the lens.

Those who want more from their smartphone, and all of its features have already been studied, you can advise a special lens for the phone. Prices for such devices start at $ 20, and the size – in the range of the button, attached with a clothes clip to the device. Additional optics will improve the capabilities of the matrix, giving a new tool for creating masterpieces. Of course, the choice of glasses is not as rich as for professional photographic equipment. But it is quite possible to acquire an honest telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens and a “fish eye”.

Create a composition.

When planning the best frame, regardless of whether a professional camera is used, or telephone, the most important is the composition. It is not accidental that they write about it in the manuals for artists and photographers, in books on art criticism. There is no point in talking about this in detail. But it’s worth noting that it’s no coincidence in phones when shooting you can install a grid of a pair of horizontal and a pair of vertical lines. This approach is called “golden section”, it is very valuable for any artist, whether he paints or removes.

Photographing with a smartphone

Postprocessing programs.

Few of the professionals leave their pictures without subsequent post-processing. In commercial photography, this is generally unthinkable, and for photos from phones such a procedure is highly desirable. Shutter speed and aperture on the smartphone can not be tweaked, but it’s excellent postprocessing programs. And on the best and most famous photohosting, Instagram and Flickr, the simplest processing functions are available. There are many known postprocessing programs, paid and free. For example, VSCO Cam, which is known for a variety of filters and settings. Afterlight is good for color correction. Touch retouch is simple and helps remove minor defects on the photo and clone its parts. SnapSeed has many filters and effects, you can fix the focus, adjust the sharpness and color reproduction. The Rookie has a lot of vintage filters, adapted for different genres. And to add to the photo inscriptions with different fonts help free program Phonto. With the help of free and russified Moldiv, you can create collages. And the LensLight application allows you to apply the effects of highlights and glows in photos.Well and where without the well-known, but not cheap Photoshop?

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