Zooming is not advisible
Smartphone cameras usually have digital zoom, whereas DSLR has optical zoom. Digital zoom tends to pixellate the images and also blurs the images. Therefore the best option is to go near the subject and click. You can also use editing apps which can crop or zoom to a particular part of the picture.
Using Grid Lines ?
Do you know that your default camera app has a grid button? To switch the gridlines on go to Camera Settings > Grid.
Grid lines is all about positioning the most important subject to create a well balanced Image. The Rule Of Thirds states that the most important element in the scene should be placed along the gridlines or at the intersections where the lines meet. You can position the horizon in landscapes, align vertical subjects, position the eyes in portraits etc.
Always set a focus
Make sure you set a Manual Focus (MF) every time before clicking a pic. By default the phone camera sets an Auto-Focus (AF) based on trial and error which sometimes focus on unwanted subject. MF enables you to shoot in any light conditions especially in low light conditions.
Filters is it a curse or a blessing?
Try not to use social media filters as sometimes your picture is over edited and we get used to accept the over edited image, without realizing the mistake. Instead of using the preset filters, play around with the manual editing. There are many image editing apps in Play Store and App Store. We would recommend snapseed app for photo editing.
Not properly exposed
Some images end up too bright or too dark. This is because the smartphone camera adjust the brightness settings automatically. To avoid this, you can choose your image brightness levels yourself. While shooting in MF mode, focus the area by tapping then you get a exposure level where you can swipe up or down to alter the exposure level. Swipe up for brighter exposure and swipe down for a darker exposure. In the below image, blue circle indicates the exposure level.
Using flash when its not required
Using flash actually turns the bad photo even worse. A lot of people think that using a flash is a good solution when shooting in low light conditions. It causes red eyes, too bright, unnatural, too flat and not appealing images.
Try to change position towards light or find a spot with better lighting and your problem’s solved. So, flash cannot be used at all?? Yes, it can be used, when its dark in a room and you want to take a picture, in this condition you can turn on the flash. It gives a good result. It also depends on the distance from the camera lens to the subject.
Keep your camera steady
Image stabilization is available in most of the flag ship phones but still we don’t have a steady hands. Carrying a small tripod is not always feasible. Practical option to solve this problem is to use the side button to fire the trigger instead of tapping the screen. It reduces shake and gives a better image. Another option is to set a camera timer.
Keep cleaning the lens often
We often keep our smartphones in pockets, bags, floor, coffee table and everywhere possible. As a result, the lens get dirty and tend to attract lot of dust and even smudge from our fingers. An unclean lens can really spoil your perfect shot. Clean your lens regularly not with water instead apply a small amount of lens cleaner on a microfibre cloth and wipe gently on the camera lens.
Backing up your photos
What’s the point in taking tons of photos and not saving them properly. Cloud storage services like Google Photos or iCloud can be a great way in backing up all of your images without worrying about accidently deleting or if your phone gets formatted.
All these mistakes can be avoided easily, if you follow the above tips. Ofcourse, the quality of the image varies according to smartphones, but you should always try to bring the best from your smartphone. Practise makes it perfect!! Happy Shooting 🙂