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“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”

— Irving Penn

Great images are not made by cameras but by people. There’s a whole lot to taking good pictures than just having a nice camera or smartphone. There are one or two things one needs to take cognisance of, and a few other pro photography tricks that can be employed to take good pictures on a smartphone.

Let’s take a look at a few smartphone photography tips you should know.

Clean your camera lens

This might just be the most overlooked routine when taking pictures. Chances are that while using your phone, you must have smudged the camera lens with your fingers which will make it dirty and greasy. A dirty lens will block light from entering the camera’s sensor effectively and will lead to poor, blurry images. A clean lens will ensure you get crisp, clear images with your phone.

Light is your best friend (but not the flash)

You need to take advantage of natural light sources, and also pay attention to the light source. Make sure the light source is not behind your subject, rather it should be in front so as to light up the subject.

Use the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds suggests that you divide your camera viewfinder into a set of 3×3 cells so that you have 9 parts. You can do this by enabling the camera grid on your smartphone. With this grid in mind, you can better compose your images by positioning your subject at the intersection points of the grid lines.

Focus with the viewfinder

Always tap the viewfinder to focus on the subject you are trying to capture. This will make for sharper images.

Get close to your subject

If you are taking portrait shots, get close to your subject. The portrait feature in recent smartphone cameras works much better when you capture the picture close up.

Shoot along lines

Shooting along lines can lead to breathtaking images. You can practice this by taking pictures along wall lines, bricks or tiles, staircases, or a building’s grid. Lines enhance a sense of depth in photos and emphasise your subject.

Get a better camera app

If your camera app is not feature-rich, get another camera app that will allow you more control over things like exposure compensation, white point, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Some camera apps also have better image processing than others.

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This article was first published on 15th February 2019


Tobenna is a writer, programmer and musician who is passionate about God, tech, and music. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook by clicking the icons below.

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