Benefits of Learning How to Use Your Smartphone Camera
by Milvian Prieto
Smartphone cameras are revolutionizing the way we photograph people, landscapes, food, and more.
As it replaces point-and-shoot cameras, smartphone cameras are becoming the new go-to-device for everyday photography. But what is it that turns smartphone camera shots into masterpieces?
Let's explore the features of your smartphone camera to make the most out of your photographs.
1. Megapixel Count
This feature is more closely associated with smartphone cameras because it is the easiest to explain.
When considering the quality of photos on a smartphone, an easy way to understand this is through the megapixel count. A higher megapixel count means more detail, which will help to create lifelike and high quality crop ins of photos. For example, if you’re at a concert and want to capture a crystal-clear image of the singer, having a ten-megapixel camera on your smartphone is more beneficial than having a four-megapixel one.
2. Use Your Light
It’s important with all cameras to have your subject facing the light.
This is because many smartphone cameras have the inability to take good pictures in low light. Facing the light will ensure that your subject is illuminated as much as possible and that your photos have as much clarity as needed. However, if a silhouette-style shot is the effect you are going for, this rule can be bent. This method does require a bit more thought than others, but it guarantees a better quality photo in the end.
3. Avoid Digital Zoom
The zoom feature is not as useful as it may seem; it actually reduces the quality of a photo.
If a close shot is what you need, we suggest getting closer to the subject and avoiding zoom at all costs. If you can’t get closer to the subject, take the photo at the distance which you are in and crop it after. Keep in mind that you can always crop in but you can't crop out.
4. Pay Attention to Flash
LED flash on smartphones has been all the craze lately.
Lower light settings can affect the way your photo looks, but flash can ensure that your photo gets enough lighting to help you capture a great shot. Plenty of smartphones have the option of leaving the flash on “auto.” This can be either helpful or harmful to the quality of the picture. The “auto” setting on a smartphone will determine when it is necessary to use flash, but it may not always be the best decision-maker because LED flash can sometimes be too harsh. Practicing taking test shots with the flash on and off to see what will work best in your specific lighting is a helpful way to learn how to utilize your camera’s flash.
Developments in smartphone technology are advancing at a rapid speed everyday and we, as consumers, are reaping the benefits. No longer do you have to lug around a camera for fear of missing out on a photo opportunity. The above tips are a good way to get to know your camera’s abilities and features so that you, too, can take the perfect photo.
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