Nowadays everyone takes pictures with it. Everyone has one, and you always have it with you. Most phones have one or more cameras that are far from bad. Yet we often see images on facebook or instagram that could really have been better. And that really does not have to be that difficult ... With a few simple tips or apps you can raise the level of your smartphone photos completely!
The quality of photos that you take with a smartphone is usually okay for use on the internet or for printing. Did you know that I photographed a sunset with an old iPhone SE, and had it printed as a test on an aluminum plate of 120x80cm? It is now shining in our living room, and when you see it, you would think: ahja, Herman made it with his heavy expensive Nikon full-frame camera. So no. The trick is: don't zoom. If you zoom you lower the quality of the image and you get much more noise and “squares” in your image. Do you want to get a closer look at your subject? Then step closer. Ready.
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Hold your phone firmly
I want to go a little further on that sunset photo. In low light, smartphones still score less than "real" cameras. They often give a blurry image because you move your phone a little bit during printing. To avoid that, I always place my phone on a fixed point (a handrail, a bench, a rock, a wall, ...). You leave it upright by putting a thick stone against it, a cola can or bottle of water, or you use a cheap smartphone tripod. And you take the photos using the built-in timer. That way, the phone counts down and then takes the photo, and there is no more shaking of your hands that can cause a blurry image.
Edit your photos
Is your photo a little dark or a little crooked? Most smartphones have a standard app on board to drastically improve your photo. Making cuts, rotating your image so that the horizon is straight, making colors brighter and highlighting dark parts, it's all possible and fast too. You no longer need an expensive subscription to Adobe Photoshop and everything is possible within a few minutes. I do that for the most daily photos and hardly ever post unedited photos on social media, simply because it is really much more pleasant to look at a photo with a straight horizon, for example.
Do not use flash
Most smartphones have a flash. It is best to take it off :-). Flash makes everything cold and poorly lit, especially if you work with such a small flash that only extends a few meters. I already wrote that you can handle a smartphone less well in dark conditions. Well, if it's really dark, you might have to get out your real camera. But using a smartphone flash, no, rather not. Many smartphones nowadays also have an HDR function, which allows you to combine different exposures in 1 photo. Sometimes you can, but then you really have to use a tripod.
Clean your lens
- Most people keep their smartphone in their pocket or purse all the time. The lens of the camera is often full of dust or greasy fingerprints. So regularly clean the glass surface with a (clean!) Handkerchief or glasses cloth.