Pro tips for getting better photos from phone
Most of the phones nowadays come with fairly cool cameras. Even the relatively affordable smartphones like the Moto G4 Plus and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 pack in stellar cameras. Then there is the usage. Most of the photos clicked with smartphones are used on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, sites that mostly host low-resolution photos. Hence, even if your phone's camera can't match the performance of the DSLR camera, that is fine. You anyway don't need that kind of performance. However, what you do need is a little bit of extra care while clicking your photos.
Now, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that the photos that you take out of your phone are nice enough to get some cool likes on Instagram or Twitter. But here are five tips that are easy to follow and easier to apply. Just use them and you will see that the photos you are clicking with your phone are better and sharper.
Touch to focus
Phone cameras nowadays come with auto focus feature. This means as soon as a phone sees a face in the photo or an object that has enough contrast to standout in the frame, it will focus on that. this will ensure that your subject is right in the focus. But just like every other thing auto, the auto focus too may miss out the big picture. So, it is always prudent to tap on the area of the frame that you want sharpest in the photo. As soon as you touch an area in the frame, the camera will refocus. This trick works particularly great for macro photos.
Keep it steady
Holding the phone steady is the single biggest method to get better photos from your phone. Although the phone companies make big claims about how fast the cameras are in their phones, in reality it is different. The phone cameras, even those in the high-end phones are slow compared to regular cameras. Some are slow to focus while others have slower shutter speed. Also depending on how much light is in the scene, the phone camera may automatically reduce the shutter speed significantly to capture more light. So, it is a good idea to keep the phone steady and aimed at the scene for an extra second or two while clicking photos. Even after the phone shows that the photo has been clicked, keep it steady for 2 more seconds, particularly while shooting low-light scenes. This will increase your chances of getting sharply-focussed photos.
Get the exposure right
Although phone makers are still figuring out how to implement HDR mode properly, if you have a phone like the Nexus, which has an excellent HDR mode, you should use that. HDR mode often gives better contrast in images as well as may help you click usable photos in low light. Most of the high-end phones come with auto-HDR mode. Usually, you should leave it at default. But in case, the auto HDR mode is not there in your phone, toggle it manually every time you are shooting low light or high-contrast scenes (sunset for example).