5 Helpful Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

Although there’s still something to be said for the amazing results that come from hiring a professional photographer, thanks to smartphones, you can take some pretty impressive photographs as well. It’s all about learning a few tips that can help you make the most of your phone.

So if you have an event coming up, you want to use your smartphone, and you’d like a few tips on how to get some pretty great pictures, here are five things to keep in mind:

Choose a good camera app. If your smartphone has a camera built into it, there’s a pretty good chance that it also already comes with an app. However, that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s a great one. Luckily, there are dozens of different ones that you can choose from if you go to the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. For a list of some of the best camera apps, visit Tech Radar or Android Authority and put “camera apps” in the search field.

Don’t use the flash. Although smartphones claim to come with a flash, actually they are LED flashlights that can end up distorting the color and blurring the image that you are photographing. For this reason, you’re actually better off not using the flash feature on your phone. Your best bet is to shoot in a well-lit environment. And what if you’re in a dark venue such as a bar or club? Try and take a picture near a neon light. Chances are, you’ll get better results than you would with a flash.

Make sure your lens is clean. One of the biggest reasons for why people end up with poor smartphone pictures is actually the easiest thing to fix: they don’t clean the lens on their phone enough. Whether you keep your phone in your pocket, purse or backpack, it’s bound to get debris and fingerprints all over it. There is no way that you’ll end up with crystal clear images with gunk on your lens. That’s why you need to clean the lens off every time before you aim and shoot.

Try out the edit options. If you went to a store like Fuzion Electronix to get a smartphone and you asked a customer sales associate for some smartphone tips that will get you picture perfect shots, one of the things that they might recommend is that you use your edit options. But don’t stop there. Being that thousands of people probably have the same phone as you, for variety’s sake, also download some additional photo editing apps. SnapSeed, Photoshop Express, and iPhoto are all awesome.

Crop photos. Most smartphones come with a zoom option, but if you were to ask some professional photographers what they think about it, most would tell you to not use it. Basically the zoom feature on a smartphone degrades the quality of most pictures. For this reason, it’s better to take a shot and crop it. That will automatically make the images in the photo appear larger than they did when you first took the picture. For tips on how to turn your smartphone photos into prints, visit Staples and put “print from a smartphone or a tablet” in the search field.

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