Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,798,687 members, 6,687,635 topics. Date: Saturday, 22 January 2022 at 10:19 PM

Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know - Art, Graphics & Video - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Science/Technology / Art, Graphics & Video / Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know (16338 Views)

12 Hottest Phone Photography Tips: How To Get Better Photos With Your Phone 2019 / Black And White Photography Tips & Exmaples / Some Basic Photography Tips Explained For Beginners (2) (3) (4)

(1) (2) (Reply) (Go Down)

Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Anegbettedude: 3:04pm On Sep 26, 2018
Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.

Nevertheless, having a great camera is only part of the battle. The rest is up to the photographer holding it, so we take a look at a few smartphone photography tips you should know.

The difference between a good and average photographer often boils down to sheer volume of photos taken. After all, there have to be a few decent snaps after shooting 300 photos, right?

So next time you take a photo, hit the shutter button a few more times for good measure. And thanks to the excellent backup functionality of Google Photos, those snaps don’t have to clog up your internal storage. Slightly changing your position, focal point or angle as you fire off photos will also give you more options than two dozen of the exact same shot.

Then try burst mode or record in 4K

Some phones, like Samsung devices, group all burst shots into one collection.
Burst mode is seriously handy for photos of kids, group shots (there’s always someone asking for another shot), and subjects with plenty of movement like sports or pets. Some phones also allow you to easily keep a few snaps and ditch the rest of the burst, which is a rather useful touch.

Android Authority and DroneRush writer Jonathan Feist also suggests you try shooting a 4K video and picking a frame that you want to use as a photo. After all, 4K screengrabs are just over 8MP. The easiest way to do this is to tap the camera shutter button while filming. But a few preinstalled video players allow you to grab the frame while it’s playing back the clip.

Don’t have that functionality on your phone? Then try a third-party app like AndroVid.

Learn all about your camera app…

Whether you’ve got a new phone or an older device, it’s worth spending the time to visit every nook and cranny of your camera app. After all, you’ll never seriously improve your smartphone photography if all you do is shoot in full auto.

One example is XOS 3.0 camera app, which allows you to tap to focus.

Or download another app

The preinstalled camera app isn’t necessarily the be-all-and-end-all for your smartphone. In fact, there are loads of third-party camera apps on the Play Store.
These apps can potentially give you everything from granular controls to more advanced modes.
Looking for a camera with manual controls and a histogram? Then try Footej Camera.
Need a selfie-focused app? Then give Candy Camera a whirl. Even if you don’t care for the features, the third-party apps might just spit out better photos.

Regular readers might also know about the unofficial Google Camera HDR+ camera app. This isn’t supported by Google or in the Play Store, but it’s certainly a fantastic app (if it works on your phone). Another app worth checking out is Open Camera.

Do you really need the flash?

Smartphones have made big strides in the low-light photography department, so you won’t always need the flash in these situations. All too often the flash can ruin what would otherwise have been a nice shot.

In fact, many of today’s flagship phones are capable of great shots without the flash. So the next time you find yourself taking a photo at dusk or indoors, try a few with a flash and several without.

You’ll certainly encounter a few moments in low-light where the flash is the only option, but again, it doesn’t hurt to experiment. Just remember, many pro photographers intentionally shoot darker photos, because they can always bring the shadows up in post, but can’t do much with blown out areas. Dark, moody images can also be much more evocative than floodlit ones.

Learn when/how to use the sun

Another rule of thumb is that you should try not to shoot into the sun when taking photos of people. There are exceptions to this, of course, such as if you want to create silhouettes or just want to experiment. Nevertheless, try to have the sun lighting up your subjects/objects, rather than directly hitting your camera.

Speaking of the sun, you’ll also want to take photos during the so-called golden hours (just after sunrise or just before sunset). Do this and you’re likely to get some gorgeous colors. Heck, everyone knows that the sunset itself makes for a wonderful snap too, so you can’t go wrong there. You can also try alternating between focusing on the horizon and on the sky to get some really popping colors.

http://infinix.club/ng/forum/691/723387

2 Likes 2 Shares

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by WetinConsignMe: 3:14pm On Sep 26, 2018
Cool

FTC!!!

I dedicate this FTC to #AmbodeMustGo!

Ambode is a failed governor.

The thief, Thiefnubú, has little to do with it.

The truth is, Ambode is a FAILURE!!
Be honest, is Lagos better, cleaner now than when he came in?

Substandard projects, poor quality jobs by thieving contractors, bloated figures, negligence, arrogance, defiance, dirtiness, sheepishly trying to copy New York.........its endless

And don't forget sacking and throwing a priest out of his residence the next day because his wife had to stand in line like everyone else.

And APAPA WHARF area

Ambode is a failure. Ambode is a scam!!
#AmbodeMustGo!!

1 Like

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Ladycloud(f): 3:52pm On Sep 26, 2018
Good tip... I'll try them.
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Anegbettedude: 5:03pm On Sep 26, 2018
Ladycloud:
Good tip... I'll try them.
thanks bro
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by dingbang(m): 6:55am On Sep 27, 2018
Coool.




Please read my signature, thanks
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by tunwumi: 6:57am On Sep 27, 2018
Just say SELiFiiTime... Glad.

1 Like

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by johnaruson(m): 6:57am On Sep 27, 2018
Gen. Abacha declared a free education in
elementary; few years later, the UN assessed it and said it was: 'A FREE EDUCATION UNDER A MANGO TREE!' Since then every policy in Nigeria resembles "Abacha's Free Education."

1 Like 1 Share

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by kullozone(m): 7:08am On Sep 27, 2018
I have no idea what he's talking about sef!
I'm not sure I've taken upto five selfies my whole lifesmiley

5 Likes

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by niceprof: 7:08am On Sep 27, 2018
Nwanne i bu nwafor ibeku? ihe a bu kwa achara na ero.
johnaruson:
Gen. Abacha declared a free education in
elementary; few years later, the UN assessed it and said it was: 'A FREE EDUCATION UNDER AMANGO TREE!' Since then every policy in Nigeria resembles "Abacha's Free Education."

2 Likes

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Iykesmooth: 7:12am On Sep 27, 2018
Anegbettedude:
Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.

Nevertheless, having a great camera is only part of the battle. The rest is up to the photographer holding it, so we take a look at a few smartphone photography tips you should know.

The difference between a good and average photographer often boils down to sheer volume of photos taken. After all, there have to be a few decent snaps after shooting 300 photos, right?

So next time you take a photo, hit the shutter button a few more times for good measure. And thanks to the excellent backup functionality of Google Photos, those snaps don’t have to clog up your internal storage. Slightly changing your position, focal point or angle as you fire off photos will also give you more options than two dozen of the exact same shot.

Then try burst mode or record in 4K

Some phones, like Samsung devices, group all burst shots into one collection.
Burst mode is seriously handy for photos of kids, group shots (there’s always someone asking for another shot), and subjects with plenty of movement like sports or pets. Some phones also allow you to easily keep a few snaps and ditch the rest of the burst, which is a rather useful touch.

Android Authority and DroneRush writer Jonathan Feist also suggests you try shooting a 4K video and picking a frame that you want to use as a photo. After all, 4K screengrabs are just over 8MP. The easiest way to do this is to tap the camera shutter button while filming. But a few preinstalled video players allow you to grab the frame while it’s playing back the clip.

Don’t have that functionality on your phone? Then try a third-party app like AndroVid.

Learn all about your camera app…

Whether you’ve got a new phone or an older device, it’s worth spending the time to visit every nook and cranny of your camera app. After all, you’ll never seriously improve your smartphone photography if all you do is shoot in full auto.

One example is XOS 3.0 camera app, which allows you to tap to focus.

Or download another app

The preinstalled camera app isn’t necessarily the be-all-and-end-all for your smartphone. In fact, there are loads of third-party camera apps on the Play Store.
These apps can potentially give you everything from granular controls to more advanced modes.
Looking for a camera with manual controls and a histogram? Then try Footej Camera.
Need a selfie-focused app? Then give Candy Camera a whirl. Even if you don’t care for the features, the third-party apps might just spit out better photos.

Regular readers might also know about the unofficial Google Camera HDR+ camera app. This isn’t supported by Google or in the Play Store, but it’s certainly a fantastic app (if it works on your phone). Another app worth checking out is Open Camera.

Do you really need the flash?

Smartphones have made big strides in the low-light photography department, so you won’t always need the flash in these situations. All too often the flash can ruin what would otherwise have been a nice shot.

In fact, many of today’s flagship phones are capable of great shots without the flash. So the next time you find yourself taking a photo at dusk or indoors, try a few with a flash and several without.

You’ll certainly encounter a few moments in low-light where the flash is the only option, but again, it doesn’t hurt to experiment. Just remember, many pro photographers intentionally shoot darker photos, because they can always bring the shadows up in post, but can’t do much with blown out areas. Dark, moody images can also be much more evocative than floodlit ones.

Learn when/how to use the sun

Another rule of thumb is that you should try not to shoot into the sun when taking photos of people. There are exceptions to this, of course, such as if you want to create silhouettes or just want to experiment. Nevertheless, try to have the sun lighting up your subjects/objects, rather than directly hitting your camera.

Speaking of the sun, you’ll also want to take photos during the so-called golden hours (just after sunrise or just before sunset). Do this and you’re likely to get some gorgeous colors. Heck, everyone knows that the sunset itself makes for a wonderful snap too, so you can’t go wrong there. You can also try alternating between focusing on the horizon and on the sky to get some really popping colors.

http://infinix.club/ng/forum/691/723387

For we wey no know. What time on the clock is this golden hours?
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Nobody: 7:19am On Sep 27, 2018
Unfortunately OP, you haven't said anything

3 Likes

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by lonelydora: 7:25am On Sep 27, 2018
johnaruson:
Gen. Abacha declared a free education in
elementary; few years later, the UN assessed it and said it was: 'A FREE EDUCATION UNDER AMANGO TREE!' Since then every policy in Nigeria resembles "Abacha's Free Education."


Are you aware these are some people's favourite food?

1 Like

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by adedam007(m): 7:30am On Sep 27, 2018
.
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by blackmercyvelli(m): 7:32am On Sep 27, 2018
SEFISING TIME Iya rainbow
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by adecz: 7:41am On Sep 27, 2018
cool cool


An 8Mp shot, with &
without flash..

1 Like

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by keryj(f): 7:47am On Sep 27, 2018
cool tips. most ladies will love this wink
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by BrokenCock: 8:21am On Sep 27, 2018
keryj:
cool tips. most ladies will love this wink
Ur beauty is ravishing!
Let me spread good mat so that I can fall in this luv n not get up quick cheesy cheesy
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by BrokenCock: 8:22am On Sep 27, 2018
I don find trouble...@ keryj , we fit relate oh !we dey around d same domain.
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Muzikluva(m): 8:40am On Sep 27, 2018
These pictures were shot with my infinix hot 5. I love taking pictures of nature

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by INDUSTRIALFAN(m): 8:42am On Sep 27, 2018
A picture of a building site behind my house taken from my balcony and a picture of my niece taken and edited with my Motorola E4 kiss

1 Like

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Offpoint: 8:45am On Sep 27, 2018
so I go read all those because of picture wey I dey take once a year?
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Offpoint: 8:48am On Sep 27, 2018
BrokenCock:

Ur beauty is ravishing!
Let me spread good mat so that I can fall in this luv n not get up quick cheesy cheesy
Don't be deceived by filters brother... cheesy
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by keryj(f): 8:55am On Sep 27, 2018
BrokenCock:

Ur beauty is ravishing!
Let me spread good mat so that I can fall in this luv n not get up quick cheesy cheesy

thanks wink
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by keryj(f): 8:57am On Sep 27, 2018
BrokenCock:
I don find trouble...@ keryj , we fit relate oh !we dey around d same domain.

What kind of trouble smiley
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by BrokenCock: 10:17am On Sep 27, 2018
keryj:


What kind of trouble smiley
ahhh!! That type that will make a lady say, ' what for ' 'do I know you ' 'ayam ur level? ' 'who is ya father? '

Kai! I dey always fear these kind of interview questions sha
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by BrokenCock: 10:18am On Sep 27, 2018
keryj:


thanks wink
...but, maybe we cud chat on WHATSAPP u know
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by BrokenCock: 10:19am On Sep 27, 2018
Offpoint:

Don't be deceived by filters brother... cheesy

Blood of Moses!!! LoL... This is why I dnt like iphone and samsung users
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by favourbaby: 11:14am On Sep 27, 2018
WetinConsignMe:
Cool

FTC!!!

I dedicate this FTC to #AmbodeMustGo!

Ambode is a failed governor.

The thief, Thiefnubú, has little to do with it.


Ambode is a failure. Ambode is a scam!!
#AmbodeMustGo!!



Baba you go come govern na make we try ya hand!
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Naughtytboy: 11:53am On Sep 27, 2018
BrokenCock:

Ur beauty is ravishing!
Let me spread good mat so that I can fall in this luv n not get up quick cheesy cheesy
asshole licker,
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by keryj(f): 12:54pm On Sep 27, 2018
BrokenCock:
ahhh!! That type that will make a lady say, ' what for ' 'do I know you ' 'ayam ur level? ' 'who is ya father? '

Kai! I dey always fear these kind of interview questions sha

you need not be scared cheesy u can always man-up and answer them grin
Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by Twinmama(f): 1:16pm On Sep 27, 2018
I took these pictures the same day.

Re: Smartphone Photography Tips: Handy Tricks You Should Know by BrokenCock: 1:19pm On Sep 27, 2018
Naughtytboy:
asshole licker,
U r my colleague, u lick any hole whether living or half alive, no matter the gender and age because u inherited the act from ur 4fadaz who licked yanshes for fun in the name of pleasing this kid that is about to respond to me again. As a professional asslicker sir, how many have u licked today?

(1) (2) (Reply)

Amazing Art Made Of Fruit / 3d Modelling Challenge : Lava Man / Exporting To Adobe Media Encoder From Adobe After Effects

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2022 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 145
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.