Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, click more than 20 pictures every day, of things both memorable and not, sometimes more for the fun of licking pictures rather than a need to preserve a memory. But recently, people have been at a loss about the correct way to take pictures. Stance, position, and other such travel photography tips have gone unheeded. Thus, for the mobile photography faction, we have compiled a list of the best mobile photography tips!
Keep It Ready!
Your phone is meant to be an object that should be used swiftly, but most people do not bother to take their phone out of their bags or other containers, citing excuse after excuse to support their laziness. This is not acceptable for mobile photographers. While there are several reasons, one of the most important is that a photographic opportunity is a short-lived thing indeed!
Clean The Lens
Your phone spends most of its time in your pocket or slit, which over the course of the day is exposed to-and is probably already filled to the brim with- a lot of dust, dirt, grime, and other such waste that can damage the lens, or sometimes the phone itself. Thus, it is always advisable for both experienced and novice photographers to wipe their mobile phone’s lens with a clean cloth before snapping a photo, to ensure that no dust remains on it.
Avoid That Flash
This is, of course, one of the very fundamentals of mobile phone photography, and is taught to or is already known by just about anybody who has clicked pictures in their life. However, this ancient teaching holds a lot more significance than most people give it! It is not always advisable to use the flash, as its stark, artificial light often ruins the essential beauty of a shot except at night photography. This can be seen in shots of nature, as sunlight is undoubtedly the best light to click pictures of Nature in. Thus, one must always look for a good source of natural light.
Selfies Are Not Always The Best
These days, selfies have grown in popularity exponentially, for reasons that no man has been able to decode. Man, woman, and child all have fallen into their lure, taking selfies and every time of the day, with the most insignificant captions one can think of. Everybody, everywhere, just loves selfies! But, a selfie is not always the best way to take a picture! In fact, when the purpose of the photo is to capture the background, it is always advisable to indeed take a portrait-oriented picture, and not a selfie.
When somebody using an actual camera zooms in on something, the lens itself focuses on the subject, zooming in on it. This is not the same for smartphones, and there is no actual zooming involved. Instead, what happens is the concept of ‘digital zoom’, where the image is cropped as you got closer to make it seem like it is actually zooming. This is the major reason why you shouldn’t use the zoom on a smartphone, as all that happens is that your beautiful image gets badly cropped. If you want to capture something a bit far, utilize your legs and move there!
Don’t Limit Yourself to One Genre
Many people nowadays try to specialize in a single genre- which truthfully is more like that they refuse to take other kinds of pictures. This malignant malpractice has somehow, confusingly, gained sudden and rapid popularity, as even 12-year-olds start specializing in, say, ‘landscape photography’.
This is indeed very harmful and can result in you missing 90% of the photographic opportunities there are. Never, ever, limit yourself to a single genre- always try everything out and try to get good at it!
Also Read: Complete Guidance About Drone Photography
Try Out Other Camera Apps
It’s true that the camera app pre-installed in most smartphones is cutting-edge technology, and holds a lot of surprise and excitement for those new to it. But, for the veterans of photography, who have been using this app for years, it can get a little…tiresome.
In that case, the best way to get over it is to try out other camera apps. Whether the phone is an Android or an iPhone, there is a range of other camera apps available on the respective app store. Veterans should try them out, as all of them have new features.
Processing is Important
Processing is one of the most important things that you can do with your photo. There are places where using processing will improve the photo, taking it to undiscovered heights, and there are times where the raw shot shines with beauty, and processing would an unneeded and unwanted artificial touch!
But, for the time when processing is required, it can exponentially improve the photo. If you want to do light or medium processing on a computer, we recommend Lightroom as the best!
Perspective is All-Important
Perspective in photography is one of the most factors of a shot. Many people limit themselves to only taking pictures while standing up, or crouching down. This is just foolish, as all this does is limit you to a single perspective. One should always be on the lookout for a new perspective. There are various ways to get a new perspective. Climb a tree, lay down on the ground, or do anything that you like- a fresh perspective is worth it.
Lastly, Don’t Be So Formal About It
Photography in and of itself is meant to be a casual activity, and you, the photographer, should not be grim and serious, as your photographs often reflect your temperament at the time. Open up and have fun while taking the photos you like- there is no point in doing something you dislike!
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