How to make the most of your smartphone camera and photos

How to make the most of your smartphone camera and photos
It doesn’t matter what smartphone you have, if you don’t use it right. And if you have one of the latest flagships, devices like the Apple iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, or something similar, you can rest assured that you have a great camera always handy. So how can you make the most of it?

Well, the first step is to actually like to take pictures, and take more of them. It makes no sense to read lengthy manuals about photography, if you end up not taking pictures, isn’t it? So make sure to stay excited about photography, share your images with other people, don’t be afraid to get advice on how to improve them, and you’ll be half-way there.

When you already have this enthusiasm, you can skip to the technical part, little things that will improve your photography like the tips and tricks laid out below. We focus on just five steps to make it simple and you can take a look at them in the following slideshow, but we’re also looking forward to hearing more about your workflow: what do you do to take better images?



1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Keep your camera lens clean.Wait some seconds before taking pictures.Do experiments.Use natural lighting as much as you can and avoid flash.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I literally never use flash. I want the pictures look like I see them with my eyes.

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

4. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Maybe most people don't know this as I found this trick myself: Mounting Xperia Z2 on a tripod at night conditions (by choosing superior auto at night time or night scene on manual mode) can enable 1s exposure time and low ISO of 100, 160, 200, and 250. The result? YUMMY!!! One of the best night images captured by a smartphone, tons of detail and hardly any noise (in short, the quality is close to a daylight photo) Hopefully this helps

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

If I don't count megapixels,I always have option for 1s time with Nokia camera...i just want continuous autofocus...maybe long exposure time too...

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

One thing I learned from a workshop is that a photo can be 100% great if it can tell a story, regardless of what equipment, gear or settings you have. A photo taken from a Nokia 7650 can win in a competition against the Nokia 1020 if it can send a story to the viewer.

7. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Agreed. Camera does nothing but photographer does...

14. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

aaaaaaaaand the article is talking about how to make the photo better with THE CAMERA, not the user

8. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

How? Get a Lumia!

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"1. Get a tripod for stable pictures" "5. Lenses and other accessories for your smartphone camera" Or get a Lumia

10. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Let's be honest...every device beats each other in some aspects.

11. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Yeah right, every camera has its strength and weaknesses. Even lumia 1020 and 808.

12. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

OIS does not replace a tripod. Even when you use a Lumia to take a shot with 4 second exposure, I am certain you are resting your phone on something and not just holding it in your hand.

13. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

The best thing you can do is PLAY with your camera. It's not as easy on a pinhole camera, but you can get some interesting shots. The best camera photos I take are when it looks like I'm holding up my phone, "clicking" on apps, swiping websites, when I'm actually taking pictures of someone, be it a person, animal etc. Sometimes non posed photos are the best. Also, take LOTS of photos. Back in my film days, it was nothing for me to run off 10 rolls a film at an airshow event. Gets expensive! My current dSLR I've had for 4 years and just about a month ago, I past the 10,000 shots mark on it. It's digital! No wasted film like the old days.

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