Picture perfect

Smartphones without cameras are inconceivable these days, the latest flagships even shoot 4k videos for as long as you want. The camera sells the product, but after you buy one- what next?

Here are some tips and tricks to help you become a sharp shooter- with your phone, of course!

1. Don't use flash

Flash is important as long as you are in perfect darkness or in a place where you can hardly read. While taking pictures without the flash could be a challenge, it does little else than offering illumination.

The light emitted by your smartphone's flash often brightens up a part of the subject and leaves other areas alone. This leaves images with high contrasts that look unnatural or ugly on most occasions.

The alternative to this is that you should always try new angles to let natural light flow in as much as possible. Modern smartphone cameras can take perfect images in low light conditions so this shouldn't be tough.

Smartphone cameras usually have the Flash feature on Auto mode which basically means the camera will use flash no matter how bright it is outside. It'll be wise for you to check this setting every time you click new pictures and turn it to manual.

2. Adjust the light

If you're clicking a picture of your best friends, together, always make sure they're facing the light source so that their faces look brighter and clearer.

Even if your subjects are standing in shade, make sure you take pictures in angles where natural light is most prominent. This might need a little moving around, but be patient. Cameraphone photography is an art and setting the stage is important.

3. Stay close

Yes, you can zoom into subjects with your phone. But you shouldn't really!

That's right. Even if you prefer taking pictures from afar, the camera will take its own time to focus perfectly, and any slight movement will end up blurring the image badly.

It's also possible that lower resolution in smartphone cameras, when compared to DSLRs; result in images that don't turn up quite the way you expected them to.

On the other hand, if you avoid zooming and take pictures up close, you'll be more likely to end up with images that are crystal clear and can be edited using apps and programmes either on your smartphone or laptop.

4. More is good

The perfect photo is also down to luck and the chances of success and failure vary in equal degree. This being the case, it's important that whenever you take pictures of people, family or locations, take as many as you can.

This will really help when you sit down and take closer look at them later. No two pictures will look exactly similar, no matter how you captured them, and it will be easier for you to select the best of the lot rather than taking just one picture and wishing you took more.

5. Cleanliness is the key

Camera lenses are sensitive objects and it's important that you wipe them regularly with a soft cloth to ensure you images are clear and crisp. Remember to never wipe them with your fingers since your fingerprints can cause more damage to the lens than anything else.

6. Resolution matters

With the advent of smarter phone cameras and camera apps, you get lots of options to check your resolution and even change them. The good part about this is that lesser resolutions would also reduce the sizes of images and sending them via e-mail or other means easier.

However, photographs are memories and it's best for you to stick to the highest resolutions that your smartphone camera offers. This will at least ensure clarity and crispness of these images, and if you choose to enlarge them and frame them in your bedroom walls later, the higher resolution will come as a blessing.

If you like to save images as wallpapers, we suggest you take pictures in either 1024x768p or 2048x1526p resolutions and not less.

7. Play with colours

Your smartphone camera offers a great many ways of taking pictures and these include plenty of colour tones for you to choose from. Some images look great in sepia, some in natural light and even some in black and white that brings in a classic and different look.

Taking pictures of events, get-togethers and other occasions in different colours makes your album interesting to look at and gives you better ideas on which tones can be used in particular conditions for best results.

8. Use apps

Smartphone camera apps not only let you choose resolutions and image quality while taking pictures but also help you edit them once you're done.

By editing images, you can brush up portions of images that got blurred, adjust the light on faces, increase clarity and even change colour tones retrospectively in your photos.

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