Mobile Photography 101: Tips And Tricks (Pt I)


You do not need a fancy camera to come up with amazing photos. All you need is your smartphone coupled with mobile photography 101 lessons. Read the guide below to find out more. You can use these tips to boost your Instagram game or to simply have a better copy of a memory you want to cherish forever.

Focus And Exposure

Mobile Photography 101: Tips And Tricks (Pt I)
Mobile Photography 101: Tips And Tricks (Pt I)

Smartphone cameras are now more evolved and improved. They are no longer just “point and shoot” types as they are equipped with features that allow you to adjust the elements accordingly. You can press on the screen to appropriately focus on a single element that you wish to highlight in your photo. This will obviously be your face or any other specific object. You can also adjust the exposure. The exposure refers to the amount of light that you want to come into the lens and the photo. You simply need to drag the slider that pops up after you have focused your camera. Slide it up for more light and down for less light. You wouldn’t want an overexposed or super dim photo, would you?

HDR Mode

This is a photography trick that not a lot of people know about. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. A lot of modern smartphones are equipped with this feature. This feature makes the darkest and lightest details of your photos pop out so that it will have more dimension and texture. It also creates a better balance between the colors. The only downside is this creates a heavier photo and it takes longer to process and to take. This is not advisable for moving objects.

Natural Light Is Key

Mobile Photography 101: Tips And Tricks (Pt I)
Mobile Photography 101: Tips And Tricks (Pt I)

There is no better light source than natural light. There is something about the sun’s rays that makes it the perfect light source for taking excellent photos. It is very important to remember that light is perhaps the most important element of your photos. They illuminate certain parts and they improve the overall dynamics of a shot. Make sure that the light source is hitting the front area of the subject in order to avoid taking a silhouette photo. If you have no choice, you can still opt for artificial light. Just make sure that its positioning is proper relative to the subject. Drag the subject nearer to the light instead of into the shadows. You can also use the flash if you have no immediate light source. If you have the time, it is better to take two shots – one with flash and one without – just to see which works better.

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