Smartphone photography tips and tricks
Know your phone camera settings
. First off, dont rely on your phones default auto mode. Of course, tapping on where you want the phone to focus on will give you a sharper focus on the subject. However, you can improve the overall quality of your images by tweaking the other aspects in an image. Although different phones have different settings, most should be able to let you control the focus, exposure, white balance and ISO.Note that some cameras lock both the exposure and focus together so depending on where you focus, you may change the lighting of your photo. As for white balance, there are four settings to choose from. It is best to match them according to the environment you are shooting to light up your photos better. For example, Cloudy and Daylight are more suitable for outdoor shoots whereas Flourescent and Incandescent are used indoors. That said, you can choose to mix them up to create different tones and moods.
Set your resolution high
. It goes without saying that the higher the resolution of your photo, the better quality it is. When taking images with a smartphone camera, try to go as close as possible to the subject rather than zooming in when you take a shot. You will get better-resolution photos cropped, than zoomed in.Of course, with higher resolution photos, you come across the problem of having enough storage to store them all. You can solve this by storing your photos externally, rather than in your phone. Try photo-sharing apps or cloud storage services like Picasa or Dropbox, or you can even consider getting an Eyefi SD card to automatically do the photo transfers for you, via an Internet connection.
Yes back camera No front Camera
. Sure, the front camera makes it easier to take your selfies. It however doesnt eliminate the fact that the front camera in general has lower resolution specs than the back. This is mainly because the back camera is better equipped with more megapixels whereas the front cameras function is supposed to be for video conferencing. Then again, why not use both? Frontback is an app that lets you take photos with both the front camera and the back camera. This allows the photo-taker to be in the activity alongsie everyone else.
Lenses are the windows to your soul
. You take all your photos through lenses so yes, they are integral to the photo-taking process. When you store your smartphone in your pocket or bags, your lenses are bound to get some dust on them. Give your phone camera lens a wipe every now to clear any grime or fingerprint stains. You might be surprised with what a simple act of cleaning can do to your pictures.To get more out of your phone camera, try attachable lenses. They give you special effects like macro or fish-eye shots, and all you have to do is snap one on top of your camera lens. Photojojo stocks a lens series compatible for both iPhone and Android, and you can find more choices from INK361 and Brando.
Tripods & Monopods got your back
. Your phone cameras stabilizing function can only do so much and if you have ever been frustrated by a blurred snap, you will appreciate the clarity afforded to you by tripods and monopods. Tripods are great for shooting in slow-shutter speeds, whereas the monopod is a single long staff that lets you take a shot (usually of yourself) from a distance away perfect for selfies.Most phone tripods are small and portable like the GorillaPod and Slingshot so you can always bring it on the go. There are also tripods which you can wrap around poles and bars to let you take photos from an impossible angle. For monopods, you can check out the lightweight and extendable Cellfie.
Go towards the light
. One of the biggest probelms with taking photos indoor is the lack of natural lighting. The right amount of lighting can make food look more appetizing, facial expressions more cheerful and environments more welcoming. As much as possible, try to take your photos under natural lighting. You can do this by going near windows or doors when taking photos indoors, and to sources of light like neon signs or street lamps when snapping photos outdoors.
Composition rules period
. Nothing beats composition as a way to take attractive pictures. Learn some basic composition like Rule of Third, leading lines, scale, framing to name just a few (for more info, check out this article). Once you think youve got the rules of composition down, break them, by playing with other aspects like lighting and angles.Speaking of angles, shooting from a different angle can sometimes make your subject more flattering and interesting (there is a reason why selfies are shot from up above, not down below). It also presents a different point of view and sometimes highlight overlooked details. Dont be afraid to stand atop a chair or crouch down low to get that perfect angle.
of panorama & burst modes
. Most phones have a panorama mode. Even if yours dont, you can download an app to take or stitch your 180-degree photos like Photosynth (iOS) and Autostitch Panorama Pro (Android). They are great for taking landscape photos, provided you can keep your hand steady enough to grab a well-stitched shot. Also, moving objects dont make a good panorama.Speaking of snapping photos of moving objects and people, they are not going to keep still for your phone camera. To not miss that perfect moment, activate your phone or camera apps burst mode. It will take multiple pictures at a time which will increase the possibility of snapping at least one clear image you can use. Safe to say, this is a great mode for catching kids and pets in motion life stops for no one.
Third Party camera apps
. As mentioned before, your phones camera has limited functions. Consider getting a third-party camera app to overcome those limitations. Some apps like Camera+ (iOS) and ProCapture Free (Android) have additional features alongside the normal phone settings. Others have more specialized functions like Slow Shutter Cam (iOS), Night Cam and Pro HDR (iOS, Android).Many of these third-party apps are regularly updated with new features, filters, modes and options as well. This beats getting a new phone just to get more photo-snapping features to play with.
Photo Editing Apps
. Sometimes there is only so much we can control when taking a photo. A lot of the enhancement has to come from the use of photo-editing apps after the photos are taken. Some apps like Camera+ and Camera FV-5(Android) come coupled with a photo editor.Photoshop Express (iOS, Android) and Pixlr Express (iOS, Android) perform editing functions like crop, straighten, rotate, flip and removing red eye. If youre just into filters, you can try Snapseed (iOS, Android) and VSCO Cam (iOS, Android). Want more? Take it up a notch with interactive filters with Spotliter, which lets you add filters not only to pictures but also to videos, as you take them!
. Make your panoramas fun by asking your model to move to different parts of the scene as you take the sequence.
Pano Drive By
. Take a panorama from the window of a moving vehicle.
. Use binoculars as a zoom lens.
. Put a small drop of water on the lens for a macro effect.
. Just because youre using your smartphone doesnt mean you shouldnt strive for good lighting. A car foil screen can be used as a reflector. This is especially handy for portraits.
Tripod & Shutter Cable
. Reduce camera shake by building yourself a miniature tripod with a few pieces of cardboard. Then use the volume control on your headphones as a shutter release.
. Place your smartphone in a clear glass to simulate underwater housing.
Avoid using the flash
. Even on a DSLR camera, the flash function is generally best saved for emergencies. If you can feasibly use natural light to illuminate your picture, you always should, because your want your pictures to look natural, dont you? While there is a time and a place for it, the LED flash on smartphone cameras tends to be located very close to the lens, which has a nasty glaring effect. If natural light isnt quite enough, then increase the exposure value (EV) and ISO on your camera. Bear in mind that increasing ISO will also increase the graininess or noise in your pictures.
Dont use digital zoom EVER
. An even more overused and photo-destroying feature on smartphone cameras is the notorious digital zoom. Unless your camera has an optical zoom where the camera lens can actually protract out of your device (like the not-great Samsung Galaxy K Zoom), then all digital zooming does is enlarge and crop the picture. Cant I just do that after Ive taken a photo anyway? I hear you ask. Well, yes you can - thats the point! All digital zoom does is narrow the editing options for your picture. Take fully zoomed-out photos, then crop them manually if you want them to be closer up.
Check details of your best worst and Auto photos
. We all have some photos that come out incredibly well and others that are pretty awful. Whenever you take either a great or terrible photo, check the Details of the photo to see what ISO, exposure time and aperture it had. This way, youll slowly learn which settings on your smartphone work best with which light conditions. This is particularly useful to do for Auto photos, so you can get a feel for what settings your camera resorts to by default, and adjust them accordingly.
Use HDR mode
. If youve got stable hands and are taking photos of stationary objects, then you should use HDR (high dynamic range) mode if you want lighting and shadows in the photo evenly exposed. This is particularly useful if its picture with high contrast lots of particularly dark and particularly light bits. HDR mode takes two or more pictures of varying exposures almost simultaneously, then combines the best and brightest bits of both into one photo. Keep the camera super-steady when you use HDR mode, otherwise your photo will come out blurred.
Use those post processing filters
. There are plenty of people out their who pour scorn onto all the lovely filters you can enhance your photos with. Sure, if youre a professional photographer then you may consider them bogus, but then what are you doing using an all-digital smartphone camera anyway? For the casual smartphone photographer, those retro, black-and-while, Windmere, Islandia, and other hipster filters can really add character to a photo. These days, most Android smartphones come with a great selection of filters, but if youre running a bit short try Pixlr (formerly Pixlr Express) for a great selection.
The reflective sunglasses trick
. If youve got a pair of sunglasses with a reflective coating on the lens, you can capture a good perspective on some shots. A good tip for this is that you should always have the light source being reflected off the lens so that you can better capture whatever scene or action in your view.
Make one subject appear several times in a Panorama shot
. The Google Camera app has been available in the Play Store for some time now,
The rule of thirds
. This is one of the simplest, easiest rules to remember about photography, and yet its invaluable to making your photo compositions look great. The idea is that our eyes are naturally attracted to images that are divided into thirds, and the subject of the photo looking off-centre slightly. To help you achieve this, most smartphone cameras let you use a grid of two horizontal and two vertical lines when taking photos. The subject of your photo should be at one of the four intersections of these lines to theoretically get the most visually-pleasing photo.
Augmented color reality
. Colorify Augmented Reality is a fairly unknown app available on the Google Play Store. With it, you can just pick and choose a garment or object and change the color to anything you want. Just a point of advice when using this app, the more contrast in the photo, the better it works. Its also worth noting that Colorify
. This is one of the cooler photo-editing tricks you can do - combining your panoramic photos into a globe effect called Tiny Planets. Weve got two apps that you can use to accomplish this effect. The first one, Tiny Planet FX, isnt free but has some spectacular options to customize the effect. The second app, Small Planet, is free. It requires a little fiddling around in order to get used to it, but once you do you can create some truly spectacular snaps.
Phones Can See Infrared
. If you shoot an infrared beam directly into your phones camera, the otherwise invisible light renders as a purplish beam in the phones display. There are not many practical applications here, except perhaps allowing you to confirm if your TVs remote control is indeed running low on batteries. This happens because most digital camera sensors have the ability to pick up frequencies of light invisible to the human eye. But sometimes they will (imprecisely) translate these frequencies into the displays image. We were able to recreate this glitch on a variety of modern Android devices (the Galaxy S5 and S6, Moto X, One M9, and Nexus 7) and even on one old-school Samsung flip phone. However, we were not able to see the beam of light render on an iPhone 6 or iPad Air 2. This is probably because these devices have superior IR Cut Filters, which theoretically make for better photos.
Your Phone Plays Nicely with Telescopes
. Its a simple, but useful little trick that people may not know. Just stick your phones lens right up to the telescope and youll be able to capture the magnified image on the other side. The above photo was taken by my phone through a telescope during my honeymoon in Costa Rica. I think there was supposed to be a bird or something, but it was a jerk and flew away before I took the shot. Works with binoculars, too!
Cheap Phone Sensors Can Be Cool
. If youve ever tried capturing a fast-moving object on your phones camera, you might have noticed it doesnt look quite right. The reason is that most consumer smartphone cameras utilize CMOS sensors, which capture images in a line-by-line sequence (AKA a rolling shutter) as opposed to a more expensive CCD image sensor which captures all the action at once (AKA a global shutter). When capturing a still image, there isnt much of a discernable difference. But if something is moving quickly, the picture may appear warped as the object(s) may have moved by the time the next line has rendered, thus causing warping (sometimes known as jellocam).
Your Volume Button Will Snap a Picture
. Taking selfies is
Scan and Digitize Old Negatives
. Lets start off by saying that this isnt the best way to do this. PCMags resident photography expert, Jim Fisher, recommends a
You Can Use Your Panorama Shot While in Transit
. Some have taken to calling this camera hack a PanoDriveBy. Most modern smartphones come with some sort of stock panorama function that allows you to capture big wide vistas by stitching together various images as you tilt or move your camera (there are also plenty of third-party apps that do the same). While these are designed to be used by one person standing in one place, you can also make them work while in transit
Make Multiple Yous No Photoshop Required
. Speaking of the panorama effect, you can also use it to make clones of yourself! From a visual effect point of view. Just have someone do a
Your Phone Can Read Barcodes
. And QR codes, too. All the major app stores have plenty of free barcode readers that can handle this function. Here are two really helpful reasons why this is cool: 1) you can scan the barcode on most packages that enter the USPS, UPS, and FedEx ecosystems and automatically transfer that info to your device and 2) you can get more information on just about any product
Your Phones Camera Lets You Know EVERYTHING
. Your phones camera isnt only able to see more than your eyes, its able to know more than your brain
Your Phones Camera Can See Your Blood Pulsing Through Your Skin
. There are lots of great fitness trackers out there, and many phones are beginning to incorporate trackers directly into the hardware. But say you dont happen to own a tracker and you want to check your pulse rate, what are you supposed to do? Put two fingers on your neck and look at the clock like some Victorian-era bloodletter? Fortunately, you dont have to! The developers behind apps like Instant Heart Rate (available for iOS, Android, and Windows) claim they can read your heart rate through your devices camera. Just place your finger in front of the camera and the app monitors the slight changes in skin color as blood pumps through your finger and then calculates your pulse. If holding your finger against your phones camera seems like too much work, the Cardiio (iOS) app claims it can use your phones camera to read your pulse just by monitoring the minute changes of color in your face!
Place a Derriere in Any Image
. Its known as a Knucklebutt (or, at least thats what I called it when this idea (which I stole from actor Paul Rudd) briefly became a lite meme five years ago. Mobile technology has finally given humanity the power to bring their butts everywhere
. Many cell phone cameras, especially the iPhone, really start to shine when you bring them in close to your subject. The small sensor provides a relatively wide depth of field so you can get entire objects in focus where cameras with bigger sensors and longer lenses would have trouble. When getting close, you can also usually have more control over the lighting of your subject. Are bright patches in the background of your composition throwing off the cameras meter and making your subject dark? Get closer and block it out all together. Small detail shots can be quite effective if done right.
. Many smartphone camera offer a digital zoom function, but youre almost always best served by pretending it doesnt exist. Even in the liveview preview, youll be able to see how noticeably your images degrade the second you start to zoom. The camera is simply extrapolating whats already there and basically guessing what the image looks like. It gets ugly fast. When youre cropping, however, youre actually just sampling pixel info that was actually recorded. Many smartphones have 8-megapixels of resolution and sometimes more. That means you can crop substantially and still have plenty of resolution left for display on the web. And the lack of gross upscaling artifacts will help mask the fact that it was taken with a phone.
Edit Dont Filter
. If you want your images to be unique, the last thing you should do is paint them with the same filters that literally millions of other people are using. For the record, Im not anti-Instagram. I think the sharing element is fantastic, but the pre-determined retro washes are played out. And that goes for every other app slinging the same stuff. I suggest getting a full-on image editing app like the excellent SnapSeed, Photoshop Express, or iPhoto. Theyll let you make reasonable adjustments, like contrast, sharpness, and color temperature. Stuff youd actually do with images from your big camera. Its also not crazy to dump your images into Lightroom or another piece of editing software if you dont feel the need to share them right away. OK, its a little crazy, but people do it.
Dont Add Fake Blur
. Depth of field will always be one of the biggest challenges for a smartphone camera. Wide angle lenses and tiny sensors make any substantial background blur difficult to achieve. But faking it almost always makes things worse. First, blur added with an editing app is usually applied uniformly across most of the frame. Thats not the way a lens works, so it looks unnatural. Second, its hard to be precise when selecting the object you want in focus so you can end up with harsh transitions from sharp to blurry. Its distracting and a dead give away that youve been messing with the image.
Pick a Better Camera App
. This one applies more to iPhone users than Android users, but in any case, the goal is more control. There are a couple of standard choices in this category and any of them will treat you better than the stock camera app. I like Camera Awesome (made by SmugMug) because it allows you to shoot in bursts and separates the AF lock from the exposure lock. Its also free. Other apps like Camera+ have similar options for more controlled shooting. Whatever you pick, its worth it to spend a little time really getting used to it. It seems silly to take out your phone and practice taking pictures, but youll be glad you did it if you manage to catch a great shot while others are still flipping through pages of apps or trying to turn off their stupid flash.
Ditch The Flash
. The problem with many smartphone flashes is that they dont actually, well, flash. Theyre glorified LED flashlights, thrust into a duty theyre not fully prepared for. They are bright, but the color temperature can be gross and they miss one of the primary duties of a strobe: freezing the action in the frame. The actual flash duration is much too long, so you end up with an image thats both blurry and terribly-lit. Not to mention how close it is to the lens, which makes those horrible demon eyes almost a given. So, what do you do in the dark, then? Unfortunately, even with advances like Nokias nifty PureView technology, theres only so far you can push a smartphone sensor in low-light. Often, your best bet is to seek out another light source. It likely wont be perfect or even flattering, but it can be interesting. In a dark bar? Look for a neon sign or a bright juke box. At a concert? Wait until one of the wacky swinging stage lights makes its way over to your area. Photography is about creativity after all.
Keep Your Lens Clean
. Your pocket is not a clean place, and the grime that lives within loves to glom onto your smartphone camera lens. The result are hazy, dark images that wont look good no matter how many retro filters you slap on them. The lenses are now remarkably tough, so giving them a quick wipe with a soft cloth cant hurt (and your T-shirt will do OK in a pinch, but try not to make a habit of it). Once in a while, its worth the effort to break out the lens cleaning solution and really get the grime off of it. It may not look dirty and you might not even notice it in your photos, but often a deep clean will make a difference.
Watch The Lens Flare
. Adding lens flare is another trend in mobile photography right now thats getting more overdone by the minute. But, this one can actually work for you if you do it the natural way. The tiny lenses are often more prone to wacky light effects than their full-sized counterparts, so you can really play it up if you want to. A silhouette with a bright, flaring background can actually look very stylish. If you want to control the flare in your shot, move the sun (or whatever bright light source is causing the refraction-based mayhem) around in the frame. As you get closer to the edge, youll often see the flare spread out and become more prominent. This is especially true with the new iPhone 5, which is also prone to image-ruining purple fringing that should be avoided if possible.
. Theres a disconnect that exists between digital and analog photography at the moment. Many photo enthusiasts barely make prints anymore, if at all. Putting photos to paper makes them tangible and take away some of the assumptions people often make when looking at photos online. It sounds a bit crazy, I know, but Ive found it to be true. Give it a try. Chances are, if the photo is good, youll get the whole you took this with your phone? reaction that youre looking for.
Dont Forget The Rules Of Photography
. This is by far the most important suggestion of all. The rules for taking a good picture dont change when you switch between cameras. Just because the camera can also make calls, doesnt mean you should ignore everything you know about balanced composition and expressive lighting. If you need to keep the rule of thirds or golden ratio layover on your screen at all times to help remind you, certainly turn it on. While the tips Ive outlined here will help you maximize the strengths and minimize weaknesses of a smartphone camera, its ultimately your skill, knowledge, and eye that will make photos worth looking at.
Learn to use your camera software
. This might seem like a no-brainer, but youd be surprised at just what your smartphone camera can do. Perhaps youre familiar with some of the basic operations, like switching between the camera and video modes, or turning your flash on and off or putting it on auto. But did you know that your camera likely has some scene modes, too? Or panorama and HDR features? Dont be afraid to tinker with your iPhone or Android devices camera. It has plenty of memory for photos, so you can play with the different features, effects and settings and snap lots of photos. Soon, youll know your way around the camera software like its second nature. And thats exactly what it should become - you dont want to miss any moments because youre busy fumbling with your cameras settings.
Learn compositional basics
. This might sound boring, but learning the basics is tried and true. There are plenty of resources out there for this, but here are a few things to keep in mind. First, well start with the rule of thirds. If youre just starting out, think of it as a hard rule before you start breaking it. With the rule of thirds, imagine a grid of lines on your smartphones display, dividing it into thirds both horizontally and vertically. In fact, most smartphones come with an option to display that very grid.
Learn how to see light
. If youre going to go out and make pictures that impress your friends, youre going to need good light. What is good light, exactly? Good light is the kind of light that gives a scene shape, depth and makes things look interesting. Generally, shooting indoors with artificial light or outdoors midday or with overcast skies is bad, flat and boring light. Youll know flat light when you see it - there are few shadows, if any, and everything looks evenly lit. Look for light with some kind of direction and color. This type of light happens naturally at just before sunrise and at sunset. Alternatively, window light is great because it has direction and its often soft and a little diffuse, so its not harsh on your subjects.Good light is especially important in mobile photography because you cant create much more interest with different focal lengths and varying depth of field. Youre stuck with one focal length, and one aperture setting. Its a very good exercise in shooting light and finding good composition.
Find an interesting moment
. Say youre at a beautiful location, the light is gorgeous and everything is ripe for a great photo. But nothings happening. Its like looking through your Instagram or Facebook feed: there are hundreds of sunset photos with nothing but just sunsets. Thats it. Instead, find something to complement the scene if you can. Maybe its just someone walking by. Wait until the shape of the walking person balances the photo and is at peak action, then snap away. Sometimes, there are no moments. Nothing is happening. Theres no one around, and its just a pretty scene. It wont hurt to take the photo. Do that and keep it for yourself or share it with close people and tell a story along with it.
Work the scene
. What does it mean when a photographer tells you to work the scene? It means almost that - work it! Dont just stand there, compose and snap one photo and move along. Maybe a better shot will come along in a minute, or in five minutes. Or perhaps youd get a better photo of your subject by standing closer, or further away. Maybe the photo would look better from a lower angle, or a higher one. Or you can compose the same scene in a different way, or three different ways. Taking a good photo means giving it some thought. Otherwise youre just taking snapshots, and unless you get really lucky, your chances of getting a good photo that way are slim. Dont be afraid to take many photos. You can always delete them later, and you have plenty of memory on your smartphone. When you see something that really catches your eye, work that scene. And if there is a moment about to happen, shoot through it. That means keep shooting photos until the moment is over, then pick the best one.
Dont stop shooting
. You cant expect to practice the piano once a week and play a Chopin Etude by the end of the year. At least, most of us wouldnt be able to do that. And you cant expect the same from photography. If you only take photos once in a blue moon, its going to take you a very long time before you can start taking photos that impress your friends. Try shooting a little every day. If youre lacking inspiration some days, shoot anyway. Shoot whats in front of you, even if it could end up being another dreaded food photo. Why not try to make it look more interesting than the clich
Know Your Auto Mode
. Knowing how the automatic shooting mode on your smartphone camera works can greatly help you take good photos. Take the time to learn when it uses high ISOs, when it uses long shutter speeds, and adjust how you take photos accordingly. It especially helps to know when you decide to
Override the Defaults
. Smartphones can be pretty good when it comes to choosing settings, but not always. Metering can sometimes be pretty shoddy indoors and in cloudy conditions, which is where overriding some of the settings can come in handy. If you think the white balance is off, change it. If the photo is underexposed, use the sliders found in most camera applications to boost it. If youd prefer grain to blur, up the ISO used by the camera manually. Dont forget about the flash either, which is sometimes necessary.
Use Good Posture
. A key method for reducing blur is knowing how to hold a smartphone camera in a stable way. Holding your arms outstretched or far away from your body can make them sway more when photographing. Moving your elbows into the sides of your body can give a bit of extra stability where needed, as can physically resting the smartphone on a stable object. If you want perfect stability, it is possible to get a tripod attachment that you can slot your smartphone into. Youll probably look a bit silly bringing a tripod out and about to use with your phone, but I have seen and achieved myself some fantastic shots with a tripod in hand.
Harness HDR Mode
. Dynamic range the range of light intensities a camera can capture in the one photo while preserving detail tends to be a weak point in smartphone cameras. In scenes with both dark and bright areas, such as a shadowed forest, its difficult to capture detail in the shadows and highlights at the same time. This is where HDR mode, or high dynamic range mode, comes into play. HDR mode takes two images of different exposures near-simultaneously, and then combines them to produce one image that has higher dynamic range than the sensor can normally achieve. On most smartphones, this is something you can and should enable when the scene youre photographing has widely varying contrast. The difference in photos can be vast, especially on Samsung smartphones where the HDR mode is particularly effective.
Use the Whole Sensor
. Something that really irks me about smartphone OEMs is their choice to always default to a 16:9 image capture ratio even if the sensor itself is not 16:9. You wont have to do anything if you have a smartphone with a 16:9 sensor like the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, but if you dont, switching back to standard 4:3 can be beneficial. Shooting in 4:3 on a 4:3 sensor not only gives you access to the full resolution of the camera, but it still allows you to crop down to 16:9 after the fact with more pixels to play with. Didnt frame the shot perfectly the first time? Well if you were shooting in 4:3 and using the whole sensor, you might be able to get a better photo out of your shot.
Check the App Store
. You dont have to use the default camera application on your smartphone. Check the Google Play Store, App Store or Windows Phone Store on your respective device and look for a standout camera app. Look online to see what people are saying, because there are some gems out there that can add features and controls to the smartphone photography experience. Camera Zoom FX, as silly as it may sound, is a really solid camera replacement for Android devices. If youre using a Windows Phone and its made by Nokia, make sure youre using Nokia Camera. As for iOS, Camera+ and ProCamera are some applications to consider.
. Smartphone cameras dont have the best bokeh from their wide-angle lenses, meaning its hard to achieve DSLR-like background blur with medium range shots (unless you have some fancy tools like the Duo Camera on the HTC One M8). How do you achieve that pleasant blur? Simply get closer to the subject of your shot, utilizing the close macro range of the focus system. Some of the best photos Ive achieved with a smartphone have been macro-style, using the small amount of bokeh thats achievable to my advantage. On an f/2.4 camera system, like the LG G2 or Nokia Lumia 930, dont expect anything incredible; but if youre blessed with an f/2.0 system like the Sony Xperia Z2 results can be surprising.
Light It Right
. If you want to get serious about smartphone photography, its crucial that your photos are lit well. Small sensors typically found in phones are not very capable when lighting gets poor, so its always best to ensure your subject is well lit when taking a shot. If you can use your camera at ISO 100 or lower, youll see less grain in the resultant image, and photos will look clearer and more impressive. One way to achieve better lighting for your smartphone photos is to get strong artificial lights, but this probably isnt practical or worth it considering its not a DSLR. The flash also tends not to be so great, so you can rule that out as well. This leaves natural light as the best source, and there are a few tips to getting the best shots in the lighting you have.
MULTIPLE YOU PANORAMA
. Most software allows you to take a panorama shot, the trick here is to have a model run couter-panorama wise and post at various stages of the panorama. This will crate the appearance of them being present at multiple places at once. If you do end up making one, tag it #panodash.
THE DRIVE BY PANORAMA
. Instead of moving the camera around to create a 360 degrees panorama, you can do a parallel panorama by keeping the camera at a steady position while driving. This creates a different panorama altogether.
THE BINOCULAR ZOOM LENS
. While you can probably get a zoom lens off of amazon for less then $10, you may already have such a lens at home if you own a pair of field binoculars. Or even a pair of kids binoculars.
. If you dont have a DVD available for sacrificing a macro lens, you can simply apply a small drop of water on the smarphone lens to get it to shoot macro. The curved drop will act as a macro filter. Be careful not to get water anywhere else in your phone.
USE A CAR SHADE AS A REFLECTOR
. This is a hack we talked about a lot when DIYP was younger, but we never discussed applying it to smartphonography. The idea is to get some cool reflections on the cheap by using a car sun reflective sun shade. The idea is that a little bit of reflected light can either open up the shadows or provide a hard light look, depending on how oyu use it. Thats another $10 well spent on Amazon, or you can probably get ti for a buck in your neighborhood Dollar Store.
. If you need to get some distance from your phone for a self portrait, you can actually use your headphone as a shutter release. And if you are looking for a small tripod you can try this credit card tripod design here, or any of those nifty, albeit more complex, designs.
UNDERWATER CUP CASE
. This one is a bit risky for my taste, but you can snap an shallow under water photo by placing a phone in a cup and using the cup for water protection.
Think With Filters in Mind
. The great thing about smartphone photography is the ease of which you have to process your captured image. While it might not be true that every photograph looks better with a filter, it is certainly true that filters can add interest to an otherwise boring photo. That said you shouldnt simply think oh well Ill just add a filter to it to make it awesome instead think that would look really cool with this filter! and then shoot your photo accordingly.
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. Although technically an applique design, Pumpkin Harvest (above left) is easy to create. Wool edges finish beautifully with blanket stitches. If crewel work appeals to you, try the Jacobean Leaves pattern (above right). It includes instructions on ma
Benefits of Cinnamon
UPSET STOMACH and gas
. Cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root. Cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root. Advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully taking one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon
Shaping your brows
. Use this simple three step trick to figure out your ideal brow shape: First, take your eyebrow pencil and, using a stick, line up the inner corner of your nose with the inner corner of your eye; make a mark with your pencil there. This is where your
Rules to play Tee Ball
. Conventional baseball softball batters type helmet, with both ear covers.
What to Eat in Nagaland
. The Nawabs of Dhaka were not the original Nawabs of Bengal. Their ancestors came from Kashmir as merchants who made their fortunes in Eastern Bengal in the 17th century. They finally settled in Dhaka, and, having bought large landed
How to Be Chill
LAUGH OR AT LEAST SMILE
. Forcing a little laughter gives you all the benefits of the real deal so push out some ha ha has to lower your blood pressure and decrease stress hormones for an instant buzz. For a more subtle version, you can flash a simple smile to make yourself a
Most Dangerous Dog Breeds
. The Boer Boel is a large, mastiff dog breed from South Africa which was bred for the purpose of guarding a home or farm. These dogs were often a first line of defense against predators and were valuable in tracking and holding down wounded game. Bore
Xmas Party Ideas
Themed gift exchange
. Pick a theme for gifts to be exchanged. Everyone brings a $25 gift with that theme in mind. (example gifts that begin with M, gifts that are red, etc). Then play the traditional take a number, steal the present game.
. Dinos can also be cute, tiny and adorable. Vaguely resembling tiny dinos, Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle was a very important decision made in the history of Pokemon. These can never be forgotten as they paved way for a whole new world of starters
Benefits of Passion fruits
. Passion fruit is highly effective to protect from high blood pressure. It contains 348 mg of potassium which is 7% of RDA. High potassium balance sodium level in the body. High sodium levels in the body increase the risk of high blood pressure and ot
Cool Things You Might Want To Own This Winter
. Having frozen ears is one of the worst things you can actually experience in winter. Avoid that by getting these super soft adjustable earmuffs by ZLYC. Made from faux fur and polyester, these unisex earmuffs are suitable for any age.
Most Amazing Water Slides In The World
. his water slide might be as close as you can get to an acid trip in a water park without actually taking acid in a water park. To fully appreciate the beauty and wonder of this unsettling ride, check out
Rules to play Go Fish
Start gameplay with the player to the left of the dealer
. This player chooses someone else, it doesnt matter who, to ask whether he or she has a card of a specific rank. For example, the player might say, Moirin, do you have any threes?If Moirin has threes, she is obligated to hand them over, and the player
Weird Place Names
. Hooker is a city in Texas County, Oklahoma, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,918.
Benefits of Cabbage
Helps prevent cancer
. There are many properties in cabbage that help fight cancer causing cells. These ingredients include dindolylmethane (DIM), sinigrin, lupeol, sulforaphane and indole 3
Benefits of Turnips
Vitamin K and omega3 fatty acids
. Turnip greens are great sources of two excellent antiinflammatory agents: vitamin K and omega3 fatty acids. Vitamin K is a potent regulator of the bodys inflammatory response system. Research shows omega3 fatty acids are essential building blocks of
Benefits of Black berries
Mucous Membrane Inflammation
. Blackberry leaf is also approved in Germany for treating mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, according to Flora Health. This makes it beneficial for relieving sore throat, mouth sores and gum inflammation. For these pur
Benefits of Apricots
Non heme Iron
. The iron content in apricots is helpful in preventing you from developing anaemia. Anaemia is a disorder of the blood wherein it contains a lower level of Red Blood Corpuscles and hence, a lower level of haemoglobin content in the body. It is often c
Precaution while using Contact Lenses
Dont reuse contact lens solution
. You may think youre saving money by doing so, but the disinfecting capability of the solution is gone, says Steinemann. Use fresh solution every time you store your lenses in their case. There are two common methods for removing contacts. Follow the
. Bismuthum metallicumBismuth, precipitated subnitrate of bismuth.Key Uses:Violent abdominal pains, possibly with burning and ulceration in the stomach, bowels, and throat, accompanied by belching and flatulenceOrigin : Found widely in nature, in hyd
Make a Cheat Sheet
. No, were not saying your teen should smuggle in bits of paper into the exam. A Cheat Sheet is something your teen should prepare in the last few days before each exam. Its purpose is to help your teen remember things that are hard to remember. Conten
Concept Cars That Might Change The Way We Drive
TH NK FROST
. Designed by Norwegian car designer Anders Gloslie, TH!NK FROST is an allwheeldrive electric car created for arctic conditions and snowy terrain. The layout of this model mixes the proportions and a twoseat platform of a sport car with the power and r
Precautions while using Shampoo
Are there any other precautions or warnings for Nizoral Shampoo
. Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. The
Amazing Staircases Around the World
Chand Baori Abhaneri
. The famous Chand Baori step well in the village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan, India, is one of the countrys architectural wonders and one of the most intriguing staircases in the world. The step well is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was built
CHEAPEST COUNTRIES TO LIVE IN
. A new global cost of living index report reveals the cheapest countries in the world to live in. The report, prepared by data research website Numbeo, considered factors such as the cost of rent,
. The Deep Sea Dragonfish, or Grammatostomias flagellibarba, is a ferocious predator in spite of its small size. It is one of many species known to inhabit the deep oceans of the world. This fish grows to about six inches in length. It has a large head
New Year Wishes
Wishes for english for whatsapp
. I wish you Happy New Year from the bottom of my heart. May God give you the happiness and strength to overcome your past year failures.
Biggest things in the World
. You re looking at what probably is thelargest revolver in the world: a replica of Remington model 1859, by Mr. Ryszard Tobys. It s 1.26 meter (4.13 ft.) long.
. Like rosemary, its sister herb in the mint (Labiatae) family, sage contains a variety of volatile oils; flavonoids, including apigenin, diosmetin, and luteolin; and phenolic acids, which act as anti-inflammatories. Sage has also shown potential to en