Often, the most inspiring pictures occur in everyday life when you do not have a standard camera with you. The phone that you are carrying in your pocket can capture those impromptu photo moments when it’s impossible to have your dslr camera or other camera with you at all times. The most important thing in the world is that you take a picture that you will remember at that point,you’ll have to optimize the quality of your photos if you really get to know your phone.

Does it work best with the light source in the back, or is it better at the side? Does it have a flash? Will it blur with the slightest bit of motion? Knowing the answers to these kinds of questions helps a lot. Also, check around the options to see if you can control some settings like exposure time, flash, white balance, etc. To learn more about how to take pictures with your phone camera, continue reading.

Clean the lens. Over time the camera lens can collect dirt and create a blurred image. So first make sure to clean it with a soft piece of cloth.

Set your phone to its highest picture quality and resolution. You might end up taking a good enough shot that you want to print out but you won’t be able to do this if you only have a low-resolution version of the photo.

Set the white balance, if your phone supports it. The human eye usually adjusts for lighting, and so white appears white in any kind of lighting. A camera, however, will see that a given subject is redder than normal under normal incandescent household lighting. Better camera phones will give you the option to adjust the camera for this. If you have such an option, use it. If you’re not sure what setting to use, just keep exploring it till you get the one you need.
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Avoid subjects in low light. The small sensors in camera phones cannot run at high ISO speeds (i.e. high sensitivity to light). If you have to shoot indoors, consider what artificial lighting sources you have. Avoid fluorescent light, as it can cast a green tint on your subjects. You should also make sure your camera is stable in low light. Camera phones slow the shutter speed in low light, and this can capture any movement you make and blur your photo.
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Keep your subject big and prominent. It is best to shoot things as close to the subject as possible. If you can get closer to your subject to get the best results. Most smart phone cameras have a digital zoom, but using this won’t help you get detailed pictures from far away. Using the digital zoom is more like cropping your picture on the screen rather than during editing.

Take the picture. Keep your hand steady as you press the shutter button. After you take the picture, keep the phone in position to allow the picture to be recorded. If you move immediately after pressing the shutter button, you’re most likely to get a blur picture!

TIPS

  • Make sure your phone has enough free memory to keep taking pictures.
  • If you are taking a picture of yourself without a front camera, use a mirror as help. Point the camera towards your face so you can see the screen of your phone in the mirror facing you.
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