Smartphones these days have improved a lot in terms of features. Smartphone manufacturers are also committing among themselves to attract consumers. Recently we have seen a revolutionary change made by OnePlus. The OnePlus 3T is an amazing smartphone in terms of every specifications. The features that OnePlus 3T is providing are mostly available in flagship phones which cost over ₹50,000. OnePlus 3T also costs around ₹30,000. With the increasing number of smartphones and the availability of popular social networking platform, photography enthusiasts are really looking for a better smartphone to improve their smartphone photography. In this article, we will provide some simple steps which will help you to improve your smartphone photography and the smartphone that we are considering for this article are the budget smartphones which costs less than ₹20,000.
So these are 7 tips to improve your smartphone photography.
1. Shoot during day time:
Light is the most important asset for photography. Ambient light is the best light source for photography and it is free. Most of the budget smartphones have a 13MP – 16MP rear camera which gives quite good result with ambient light/day light. If you are shooting indoor, use the window light. It will provide a good contrast to the photo with the light from the window and the shadow from the indoor environment. You may also use available indoor lights and frame your subject as per the light to get the best shot.
2. Rear camera is better than front camera:
Rear camera has more megapixel counts than the front camera and for most of the phones, OIS (Optical image stabilization) is only available for the rear camera. It’s also faster than the front camera.
3. Turn ON the grid lines:
Grid lines help to frame the subject properly. If you have idea about the rule of third and other basic rules to frame a subject then turn ON the grid lines. Almost all the phones provide this feature for both front and rear camera.
4. Fast SD card:
If you have the option to use an external SD card in your phone, prefer a faster SD card. They cost a little bit more than the normal SD cards but it helps to improve the speed of the phone and it will also help in photography by reducing the processing speed. Make sure to change the storage option to SD card in the settings of the native camera app.
5. Do not use flash:
Flash are available on most of the phone, but they do not actually help to improve the photo quality. However, in certain conditions using the flash can provide better result. If you are shooting against the light then use the flash, but make sure to change the direction of the flash using any kind of paper or card.
6. Steady hands:
Steady hands is necessary to get a sharp image. The OIS can help to get better stability but the user has to improve the stability by practice. Most of the cameras has the feature “Tap to focus/shoot”. Make sure to set that to “Tap to focus”. In this way, you can focus on your subject and push the on-screen shutter button to take the picture.
7. Photo editing apps:
A lot of photo editing applications are available in the Google play Store, which you can use to edit the photos. The Most popular apps are
a. Snapseed by Google:
Snapseed is a product of Google and you the interface of this app is the most user-friendly. It separates the tools and filters in it and you can get a lot of cool features those are only available in Adobe photoshop.
VSCO is the second most popular photo editing application. It also has a very good community which can inspire you to improve your photography. VSCO offers manual editing option and a wide variety of filters (paid and free).
Cymera also provides the manual editing and filter option. Besides these, it also has stickers and the option to create meme.
So these are the simple tips to improve smartphone photography. Hope, you find this article useful. We will also publish more articles/tutorials on the above mentioned apps. If you are using any different trick for your smartphone photography, do let us know in the comment section.