byThree_Ashling21-11-201711:59 AM - edited 21-11-201712:00 PM
Tip of the Week: Take Better Smartphone Photos
Why should I do this?
Back in the day, you needed an expensive camera to take excellent photos. These days, it’s easy to take excellent photos with your smartphone, as well as edit them if necessary.
How do I do this?
Here are some tips for taking better photos and getting the most out of your smartphone camera:
Avoid zoom: If you’re taking a photo of something from a distance, avoid zooming in. While it’s tempting, the more you zoom in, the blurrier and less clear your photo will be. If you can’t get any closer, the best thing to do is take the photo as is and crop it later. This way, the quality of the photo won’t be compromised.
Take photos in a burst: If you want to get the absolute possible best shot of your subject, or if you’re taking pictures of a moving object, we recommend taking photos in a burst. In other words, taking several pictures at once and choosing the best one afterwards. To do this, simply press and hold the shutter button for as long as you want to take pictures.
Use HDR Mode: The most recent versions of the camera apps on both iPhone and Android now automatically include HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode. HDR mode keeps the lightest and darkest parts of your photo balanced, resulting in higher quality photos. To use HDR mode, simply toggle to HDR on the shutter screen when taking a photo.
Use filters: While we don’t recommend filtering a photo so much that it becomes unrecognisable, using a filter can really bring out the best elements in a picture. Apart from your phone’s built-in filters and adjusting the lighting and contrast of photos, there’s an endless amount of apps that allow you to add unique filters to your photos. Our favourite photo editing apps include Instagram (obviously!), VSCO, 1967 and Google Snapseed.
Ashling is the 3Community's resident wordsmith. With a passion for social media, innovative technology and all things mobile, she fills the 3Community with articles about tech news, app reviews and tips and tricks to make your life a little easier.