You might think that using the camera on your touch phone is as easy as simply pointing it at the thing you want a photo of and pressing the button. In all fairness, in many cases it is that easy. However, if you want to take a great quality image then you might want to put a little more thought into it. There are many apps and functions on the phone which can help you and the trick is to learn how these work to improve the quality of the photos that you take.
Play with the settings on the camera phone. A fairly basic handset may have few settings to play with but it is a good idea to find out what the camera can do. Can it take an image in black and white? Are you able to zoom in on the subject? This will give you an idea of the capabilities of the camera.
The main tip is to consider the light. If you are lucky enough to have a camera phone that has an LED flash then this is not a main consideration but there are plenty of smartphone cameras out there that do not have this included. Avoid poor light as you cannot make this better but a good tip is to also avoid taking an image in bright sunlight. Good light is fine providing it isn’t shining directly onto your subject.
When considering the settings on the camera phone you need to be sure that you take the photo using the highest settings available. This will ensure that the image is as sharp as it can be.
Sharpness is also affected by the stability of the camera. Most people will hold the phone in one hand and just point but this can lead to fuzziness of the photo if your hand is not steady. You also need to note that if the light is poor the camera phone will take longer to take the image which means that there is more chance of the image moving before the photo is complete. Keep the phone steady and you have a better chance of keeping the image sharp.
Shutter lag like this is common on many camera phones and it is a good idea to get used to it. When you first get the phone take a few photos as practice so you can work out how long the camera takes in each situation.
Consider not using digital zoom. This does not really have any benefit to the photographer and optical zoom is something that is very rare on a phone’s camera. It is widely considered that you are far better off not using any zoom and then just cropping the photo later rather than try to use the zoom and lose the quality of the image.
Practice Makes Perfect
The main thing you need to do is practice. A camera phone is a godsend for those who like to capture images as it means that you always have a camera to hand. With a little practice you can take as good quality images on this as you can on any digital camera.
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