10 Settings for Stunning Photos on Your Phone
Not all of us own professional cameras, and it isn’t even easy to buy them as they are so expensive. However, most people these days do own smartphones, and we’ll explore how you can use ordinary features to take professional-looking photos on your phone.
1 – Never Use Digital Zoom
This is the golden rule to remember when taking photos from your smartphone. These days, phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the latest iPhones actually have secondary cameras in them that can provide 2x optical zoom, which end up making great photos. However, they offer optical zoom, which is something different from “digital zoom”. Digital zooming is when you pinch your screen to zoom in or zoom out, and in most phones when you do this, all the camera does is crop out the output from the sensor before actually capturing the photo. This is why we do not recommend digital zooming as it leads to poor quality photos.
2 – Choose the resolution wisely:
Most camera apps allow users to choose the resolution at which the photo is taken. If you want to send a photo, through MMS example, it is alright to use the low-resolution option. Low-resolution photos also take less memory space. However, for really good quality pictures, make sure that the high-resolution mode is on.
3 – Stable shot setting:
It can be extremely difficult to keep your hand steady and stable when taking a photo. It usually requires immense patience and holding your breath for a few seconds to steady your hands. Turn on the stable shot setting so that your phone shows you, using its accelerometer, how much your phone is shaking and won’t snap a photo till your phone has been steady for some time, a second or two usually.
4 – Adjusting the white balance:
This is something that most people aren’t aware of. You should ideally allow your phone to adjust to new lighting conditions, so that the white balance isn’t off. Otherwise, you might end up with an orange shot! You can adjust the settings to something like “cloudy”, “fluorescent” or even “daylight” so that your phone adjusts better to the existing conditions.
5 – Use burst shots mode:
Burst shot mode is one of the best options for taking very natural and candid photos. In burst mode, all you have to do is move about your pose while taking burst shots, then choose from a very large number of shots the shot that you think you look best in.
6 – Try to turn off the flash:
Even though LED flashes are the talk of the town, they are nothing to get excited about. We realize that it is necessary to use the flash in some scenarios, e.g., when it is dark, or the night time, but we also realize that the flash usually gives people a scary appearance. You can solve that by putting a thin white sticker, almost like tissue paper on the flash, so that you get the required light but not its unnecessary harshness.
7 – Use advanced camera apps:
8 – Adjusting Exposure:
If you are in a low light condition, then you can set the exposure to a higher level as that lets in more light into the lens, giving you a better chance to get a brighter photo.
9 – Adjust color levels:
You might think that this is something that only expert photo editors can do, but don’t worry. After a little practice, you’ll get used to adjust the colors on your photos using the different options that your phone’s camera has, and even the most basic edits can make a photo much better.
10 – Black and white:
No matter what model your phone is, it is highly likely that it will have a black and white setting, allowing you to take photos in these colors. If you really like a scene or a photo but the color is just off, you can rely on this handy feature to make the picture post-worthy!
We hope these tips were of some help as we did try to include those features that were available in a majority of phones and not just a few selected ones. Take ordinary photos, but tweak them a little here and there using our tips and tricks to make the most of them!