When was the last time you turned off your smartphone? Probably while watching a movie in the cinema, or flying on a plane.
The point is, your smartphone is with you wherever you go, and it’s arguably a constant companion in every activity you engage in. Not only does it keep you connected to the outside world, but your phone also serves as a digital camera that can take photos of virtually anything.
And today, capturing images and video using smartphones doesn’t have to be a compromise at all. The quality of the images has gone better, with the technology that’s readily available now (which wasn’t years ago).
So take a look at these tips and start getting the best images from your smartphone! We guarantee that these tricks will instantly take your smartphone photography game to the next level!
Find good light. If you’re indoors, some window light can instantly make the difference between a good and a bad photo. Remember that the sensors in the smartphone are much smaller compared to the sensors you may find in a premium compact camera, even if the lenses are bright by default. The easiest way to take better photos is to ensure that there’s light falling on your subject.
Turn on the grid. Love traveling and exploring famous landmarks? In general, remember it’s a great idea for upright structures to be kept perfectly vertical in your pictures. So you’d be surprised how adding a grid line can help when it comes to keeping the horizon straight. If you’re snapping photos in front of famous landmarks, turning on the grid is a big plus.
- Keep your phone steady with a gimbal. If you haven’t invested in a gimbal yet, it’s about time you check it out. Although they cater to anything from DSLR cameras to video camera rigs, gimbals are designed to effectively keep your camera phone level and steady while you’re moving. This can be extremely useful if you’re also taking videos. There’s a learning curve in using a gimbal, of course but the closer you are to your subject, the better.
- Use the zoom function like a pro. Not all smartphones have outstanding zoom features, but you can definitely do something about this. A magnifying glass or a pair of binoculars will do the trick, if you’re aiming for a macro-shot or a super dramatic close-up photo of a subject that’s distant.
Experiment with prisms. Say goodbye to conventional photos. For abstract compositions, experimenting with prisms can reap rewards like you can’t imagine. Simply place a prism in front of the lens, then sit back. From here, you may watch the prism magically throw some myriad patterns and colors on the subject.
So yes, your smartphone can be used to capture the beautiful world around you. And by taking advantage of these hacks, you can make the most out of your phone and take better pictures without spending a dime on an expensive point-and-shoot camera!