The quality of in built cameras in phones has increased many fold in the last few years; so much that smart phones have more or less replaced the point and shoot camera segment! Statistics tell us that the maximum number of images from any single device on flikr is from Iphones! Professional photographers too have begun to use their smart phones as ‘second cameras’ that they can carry at any given time!
So – we already know that modern smart phones are capable of producing pretty acceptable images. You can make the most of your phone camera using these tips –
- Shoot in bright light. Many cell phones have built in flashes as well, but they just aren’t too good as of yet. Try and position your subjects in bright light wherever possible. Use a lamp shade; use a window light – anything available to light up your subject.
- Make the most of wide angle. Your smart phone cameras have wide angle lenses to help squeeze in as much as possible on a small sensor. Conversely, they aren’t really built for tele photo photography. So make the most of the wide angle – shoot people and things at close range rather than using digital zoom to shoot faraway objects.
- Use add-on lenses. Certain smart phones such as the I-Phone for example, have loads of photographic accessories ranging from miniature tripods to add-on lenses that change the focal length of the built in lens. In other words, you can get optical zoom rather than digital zoom. For those who are not sure what this means, optical zoom is ‘true’ zoom while digital zoom is nothing more than equivalent to zooming in on an image on a computer screen – it leads to loss of quality.
- Keep the lens clean! This goes for photography with any camera, cell phone or not. However, cell phone cameras are prone to a lot more dust and grime since they are constantly exposed to the elements. It is wise to use a professional lens cleaning solution a few drops every now and then to keep your lens in top picture-making condition.
- Learn the Basics of Photography. Whether you shoot with a cell phone camera or a DSLR or even an analog film camera; you are simply changing the medium to record images. The basic rules of photography apply right across all these media. So – learn basic rules of lighting and composition, whatever the camera it is that you use. Use the rule of thirds, the rule of diagonals. Use portrait lighting techniques, use back light, front and side-lit situations; enhance your compositions by re arranging the camera-to-subject angle; and you will see a huge improvement in the quality of your final images!