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How to Take Good Photos with a Phone 2022

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In this blog post, we will teach you how to take good photos with a phone! Smartphones have come a long way in terms of photography capabilities, and many people are surprised at how good the photos can be if you know how to use the camera properly. In this post, we are going to discuss some tips and tricks for taking great photos with your smartphone!

How to Take Good Photos with a Phone

take good photos with smartphone

1. Adjust focus and exposure

Smartphone cameras have improved a lot in a short period of time, and almost all camera phones now feature autofocus. If manual focus is available, you can usually activate it simply by tapping the point on the screen where you want the camera to focus. But it is important to note that not every photograph requires a prominent subject. If you want to adjust where the viewfinder should focus, open the Camera app and tap on the screen you want to sharpen your vision.

Then there is the exposure, in other words how much light you want to allow in the photo. In the iPhone’s default camera, you can tap once to focus, then hold and drag to adjust exposure. It’s a lot like Android phones: you can open the camera app, tap once to focus, and adjust exposure via the slider that pops up on the side or top of the screen.

2. Learn how to use HDR mode

HDR mode refers to high dynamic range and is very popular in phone models in recent years. Increases detail in dark and bright areas for a better balanced exposure. In other words, you can use HDR to adjust when the lighter and darker places in the image are very different. HDR works best for landscapes and portraits, especially in the situations I mentioned above.

But it should be noted that it is better not to use this mode when the phone is unstable, because it takes some time to take a photo in HDR mode, and the unstable photo will affect the effect. But don’t worry too much, many cell phones in the market have been improved at this point and now there are fewer and fewer restrictions on taking photos.

3. Use natural light when possible

Light is one of the most important factors in any image. Our advice is not to use your phone’s built-in flash if you can benefit from natural light. Because flash is known for its bad effects. In particular, some mobile phones have obvious flaws in photos taken with flash.

You can conduct an experiment yourself, compare photos in natural light with photos in flash, and you will see the difference. Lighting determines not only the brightness of the image, but also the tone and object of the image. As professionals, we believe that great mobile photography is rarely done with flash.

take good photos with your phone

4. Take pictures in batches

It makes sense that the burst mode was invented. When you want to photograph a moving pet or your friend who keeps blinking, you will find that burst mode saves you a lot of trouble. You can enjoy taking a picture on the go and then choosing a good picture from a pile of pictures afterwards. This saves you the trouble of spending a lot of time taking a photo at that time.

5. A phone with a good camera

I would say that maybe you don’t have a lot of camera skills, but sometimes you just need a phone with a good camera to get good photos. Unfortunately, this is an almost necessary condition. Since phones differ so widely, this directly affects the clarity, color, and quality of the images.

Huawei Nova 8

6. Use the flash to freeze moving objects

Even if you keep the phone still in your hand, the image will be blurry in the case of photographing moving objects, so Badr Al-Wazir, a professional photographer residing in Bahrain, advises using the flash, if available in your smartphone, to freeze movement as in photographing children, “Although the flash makes the scene ugly. However, it is the only way to freeze movement in low light indoors. Outside during the day there is enough light to freeze movement without a flash.”

As for George Latif, a professional photographer in Beirut, he advises avoiding flash as much as possible, “The flash that comes with smartphones is of a poor type that kills the colors of images and makes them glowing, so I recommend trying to find an external source of lighting by lighting the lights, if any, or opening the windows. Natural gives better color contrast and a more realistic and bright appearance.

7. Avoid using digital zoom

Get physically close to the thing you want to photograph and avoid using the zoom feature. Unlike specialized digital cameras that use optical zoom, most smartphones use the digital zoom feature, “a feature that makes images lose their quality,” according to Badr Al-Wazir.

Even if your phone can take high-resolution photos in terms of megapixels, using digital zoom isn’t nearly as good.

photo taken by photographer Susan Tuttle
A landscape photo taken by photographer Susan Tuttle with an iPhone 5 and edited with Camera+ and VintageFX.

It is just a clipping of the image. But if you are using an iPhone (4S or later), you can use the HDR option to get high-quality photos despite the digital zoom. And the HDR option takes a series of photos at different exposures, from darkest to lightest, and then blends the good parts of those exposures with well-balanced shots to create a beautiful photo.

8. Study the scene and the background

Be patient and spend some time planning the scene and studying the environment and its relationship to the object you want to photograph, advises Thamer Al-Hassan, a professional Saudi photographer based in Riyadh.

Make sure there are no noticeable objects in the background, such as a trash can, a tree, or an electricity pole sticking out of the person’s head. “Sometimes there are scenes that look more interesting when you take a selfie (on your knees) or an upper angle (on a staircase),” Al-Hassan adds. To focus on a specific object in the scene, both iPhone and Android phones allow you to move a square with your finger on the screen and tap to focus on it.

9. Know the phone and camera settings

Learn about the different features your camera offers. Search the Internet for offers for these features (there are helpful videos on YouTube). Save places the task buttons to occupy quickly when needed. Practice the camera by taking several photos in different conditions to test what options are best for each environment. Make sure you use the high resolution settings if you want high quality images. Wait a few moments after turning on the camera before taking the picture for the camera to take a reading of the scene with the appropriate exposure.

There is a delay between clicking the shoot and shooting button.

Photo taken with a Galaxy S phone
Photo taken with a Galaxy S phone

Also, before taking any photo, make sure the lens is clean by cleaning it with a piece of cloth, advises George Latif. “Since it’s a smartphone after all, you use it every day and put it in your pocket, which means the lens will get smudged with fingerprints and other smudges,” he adds.

Also, avoid compressing images when you send them via e-mail, text message, Twitter, Facebook, or other things. Often, these programs will compress images to reduce their size, which will lose their quality. If you want to preserve the quality, download the images to your computer and upload them to the Internet from there.

Finally, we have published how to take good photos with a phone. Do you have a phone that allows you to take great pictures? Share your photography experience with us in the comments.

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