Hi friends! We’re kicking off a new series at A Night Owl today called Technology Tuesday! If you’re a mom or a woman on the go, you know how important technology can be to keeping you in touch and organized! So each week we’ll be featuring gadgets, apps, tips or anything technology related that can help make our lives a little easier or a little more fun! Today we’re starting out with Tips to Take Better Pictures with Your Phone by Jennifer of Mangiamo!
Capturing good photographs with your smartphone requires a special set of skills that might seem counter-intuitive to many photographers. Even if you own a pro-style DSLR, you’ve probably found yourself using your smartphone more often, simply because of the convenience factor.
According to Mashable, in today’s world, more than 27% of all photographs come from mobile phones. In fact, the most popular camera on Flickr is the iPhone, according to DPReview. To set yourself above all the other mediocre smartphone photogs, here’s how to take full advantage of your phone’s capabilities.
Pay Attention to Camera Specs When Shopping for a Phone
Every smartphone (from iPhones to Droids to T-Mobile Blackberry phones and beyond) has its own specifications that could affect your photo quality. However, there are ways to optimize your photographs to the best of your phone’s abilities.
When you purchase a new mobile device, remember to look for one with a reasonable megapixel count (five or higher is recommended), but don’t obsess over the number. Often a phone with fewer megapixels can still capture a higher-quality photograph. Here are the other qualities to look for on your camera phone’s spec sheet:
- Main camera lens material and size.
- Light sensor quality.
- Software that operates the camera.
- Image processing hardware included.
Use HDR for Yield Breath-taking Night Photography
So you’re visiting Las Vegas, and a flash just won’t cut it to capture the true essence of Sin City’s glowing strip. Never fear, because HDR options are now here! By enabling HDR mode, your camera will take two photos and then merge the highlights of one with the depths of the other, creating a more dynamic, brighter photo.
Go Shopping for Apps to Tweak and Edit Your Photos
Via Flickr by David Chartier
A photographer wouldn’t leave home without a bag of tricks, including things like light reflectors, flashes, shades, stools and a ladder. Similarly, a smartphone photographer should own every tool available in the app store. Most apps are free, but some will cost a few bucks (which seems minor when you consider the precious moments these apps will filter and preserve). Here are some of the revolutionary apps you could choose:
- Camera Genius: It edits, uploads, and even time-stamps your shots. This is an all-inclusive option for photogs who don’t like to spend time before taking their shots. It costs right around $3.
- Mattebox: A professional DSLR replica, this app makes fancy photographers feel at home. It presents ISO, focal distance, white balance, and other pro options for approximately $4.
- Pocketbooth: For $2 you can create retro photobooth snapshots to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The old-fashioned filters add flair to any photo.
Beware the Jabberwock (That Is, Digital Zoom)
Via Flickr by Carol329
Digital zoom tricks us into thinking we’re getting closer to the subject while retaining quality, but it really doesn’t. Stick to the high-quality shot and crop it later to prevent blurring and movement in the photo. Remember: only an optical zoom truly adds quality to your camera phone.
Study this guide to become a smartphone camera guru, and you’ll never take a low-quality or blurry photo again. And your friends on Instagram, Google+ and Facebook will love seeing all your pro-caliber photos.