Take Better Pictures With Your Smartphone Camera
18 april 2016 

Take Better Pictures With Your Smartphone Camera

If you have a recent smartphone, it certainly has a fine smartphone camera. But how do you make sure you also take successful pictures?

Learn how you can launch the camera directly from the login screen, so you don’t have to log in first on your device.

Place the camera icon also on your home screen or in the launch bar at the bottom, so you also have quick access to it when you’re doing other tasks with your smartphone.

Learn how you can quickly zoom in and / or out by pinching the screen. On most cameras you can also tap a particular item on the screen to focus on an object or a person.

Do not forget to clean your camera lens regularly.

You probably know the basic functions of your smartphone camera, such as switching between the front and back camera, or switch between photo and video recordings.

But do you also know the other camera functions such as the ability to take multiple pictures one after the other, or to create a panorama photo, or to create an HDR image (several images with different exposures are combined in a well-exposed photo) or fixed settings for certain situations (sport, night, fireworks, etc.)?

Feel free to take a lot and often photos to get to know your smartphone camera better.

By looking well at the composition of a scene, you can make the difference between a good and a mediocre picture.

Adjust the “rule of thirds” patterns which divide the imaginary scene with two horizontal and two vertical lines into nine equal sections.

If you place the subject of the picture along one of those lines (eg. The horizon at sea) or at one of the intersections of these lines (eg. A tree), the picture will be much more natural and balanced.

Some cameras even offer the opportunity to show those lines temporarily on your smartphone screen.

Also try shooting from a higher or lower point, or to stand farther or closer.

The latter is indeed better than to use the zoom on your camera because digital zooming is always at the expense of picture quality.

Resist the temptation to use the flash of your smartphone: that light is very hard and your photo will not benefit from it

smarthone camera photo tips

There is always a slight delay between pressing the button and actually taking the picture.

So hold your smartphone still for 1 or 2 seconds after pushing the button, then your pictures will be significantly sharper.

Use the audio button on the side to shoot the picture (on many smartphones you can). So you can hold your phone more comfortable and firmer with two hands.

The included camera app is mighty fine, but there are also extensive apps like Camera + for iOS or Camera ZOOM FX for Android. Which offer, among others more control over focus and exposure.

Such applications usually also come with a lot of special effects, but you concentrate best first on making a good photo.

To add any effects and other post-processing (crop, etc.) you best use photo editing apps like Snapseed and VSCO (both iOS and Android).

Make sure you are well known with all the settings of your camera app and the camera app can be accessed directly.

Pay attention to the composition and use a steady hand. This way you will make surprisingly good photos with your smartphone.

Rebekka Deforce

About the author
Rebekka Deforce is the owner of magicmediaforce.com. Working over 18 years in the audiovisual sector and developed a great passion for internet marketing, she now helps on- and offline businesses to get magnificent conversion results through video marketing and social media marketing. She also loves to help people with the technical aspect of the video production process.
Henk
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Henk

on 18 Apr 2016

ooops...very confronting Rebekka. I realize there is still an awful lot to be learnt about the camera function of my phone. Not today, but.....when? Warm regards!

Rebekka Deforce
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Rebekka Deforce

on 09 Feb 2017

Maybe today? ;) Thank you Henk!

Ben Van Leemput
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Ben Van Leemput

on 18 Apr 2016

With all these tips i'm ready to wander into the wild and become a photographer with my smartphone ! (Or at least try to be). Thanks !

Rebekka Deforce
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Rebekka Deforce

on 09 Feb 2017

Thank you Ben ;)

Joe Gece
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Joe Gece

on 07 Feb 2019

I think waiting for the right moment is the key in any picture

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