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Smartphone Photography for Intermediates

Smartphone Photography for Intermediates

Is it required to have Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera to enhance your interest in photography? Yep, I am talking about something familiar to you all. Digital single Lens reflex camera or so called DSLR is often used by professional and amateur photographers. What if you can’t afford one? You can still do it with a handy, light weight camera in your pocket… Your smartphone. Smartphones have always been a hand to photographers. There are numerous places with comical people where you cannot carry a digital camera. Don’t worry you can carry your smartphone which is no less than a DSLR. Sometimes people also get unprofessional while clicking pictures with smartphones, as they think the picture won’t add contrasting eye catchy value. Let’s learn smartphone photography.

Smartphone cameras doesn’t allow you to adjust aperture, shutter speed and other settings, as a professional camera does but Learning to play with light has always been a master degree. A good photograph is one which has a sufficient amount of light to bring up the contrasting view in your photograph. First, observe light with your naked eyes then view it in your smartphone display, how it affects the shadows and object of click.

Always try to bring a jar full of light in your photographs so that it enhances the viewer. If less light is available then make sure you focus more on area with some good intensity of light. At noon, we observe the neutrality of light and also sharpening of images due to extra intensity. Keep clicking pictures just before the sunset is begun and after 2 hours of sunrise, as you will experience a richness and warmness of golden light in your photographs. Capturing indoors make it tricky due to insufficient presence of light and filament bulbs may cause the affect to shifting factors. Always use HDR while clicking indoor pictures to gain more details.

One of the key to good photograph is working on your imagination, always search for clicking pictures which builds up a story.

Photography is not only capturing the external beauty but also to show what you felt seeing those stars in night.

                                                                                                                            –Ashutosh Jain

Before clicking the shutter button make sure you capture something which has to convey a story. Clicking non-professionally and defocusing the major part of concept will just fill up your memory cards.

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So how to skill on hitting the shutter in outdoor activities?

Do not rely on auto focus feature which comes with your smartphone. You can lock the auto focus by tapping on the object in display for long time, you need to make sure locking the auto focus doesn’t affect the intensity of light entering through the lens. Try balancing the sharpness, white balance and dust reduction in order to obtain a clean photograph.

Another thing to keep in mind in smartphone photography is you need to click pictures through your back camera and not front camera, as front camera comes with lower resolution and will disturb the quality of your image. Make sure you clean the lens on regularly basis, you can also use a detachable external lens which are easily available in digital stores which will help you taking images from distance. While you are capturing low light photography, don’t use flash. The camera flash you have on your phone is almost always too harsh and rarely helpful. Instead try increasing your camera’s exposure and ISO levels. If you really require flash, ask your friend to point out his smartphone flashlight towards the subject.

Also read: Low light photography

Smartphone photography – Keep the phone steady.

Grip the phone as still as you can, with both hands, and keep your elbows tucked in to your sides for support. If you can afford for a tripod or monopods, it will be a great help for amateur friend of yours who doesn’t have steady skills.


If the shutter lags, you’ll need to account for that. Some phones have a surprising delay after you press the shutter release. And if the shutter release is on a touchscreen (as it is on the Apple iPhone), the shutter probably trips after you lift your finger, not when you press down. Hold the camera steady while the picture is exposed. It’s not always necessary to capture the object in the middle, try tilting your camera horizontally and vertically to gain a more creative photos.

It’s the end of 2016 and our smartphones have amazingly advanced. They came up with built in features like different filters, fish eye effect, panorama modes and lot more. Try using different filters as they match your surroundings and will keep you away from dull photographs. Fish eye effects have been a trend on sea side photographs as it takes a wide image. Always try to click images with some contrast and richness, your viewers will adore those photographs. Smartphone photography is a good perk.

Friend’s technology has given us an opportunity to capture memories of yours and mine, so why not change the nature of smile? Let’s shoot people with these two small eyes.

                                                                                                                           -Ashutosh Jain

 

1 thought on “Smartphone Photography for Intermediates

  1. Rudra says:

    Informative blog… i am learning basic of photography and this helps me a lot.

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