Did you know that digital cameras are not in fashion anymore? Almost none remembers why it exists, because our smartphones have become are perfect device for everything. Over the past several years, cameras built into mobile phones have come really close to characteristics of digital cameras, even sometimes more functional. Number of filters, modes and apps permits to use it 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. This way every beautiful moment is securely captured and memorized in media. But if we want to go further we should think of how to improve the way we make pictures. This article is going to demonstrate some tips of how to take a professional photo with your phone.
Of course, a good real camera is a wide lens, image depths, full-sized photo sensor, and everything else. The only disadvantage is that it is not a smartphone! And jokes apart it is really a huge disadvantage: because phones can immediately process snapshots, share them, respond to comments and check others — and digital cam can only take a photo.
If you were engaged in photo shooting in any serious way, then of course you know that a tripod is essential for a quality result. A reliable fixation of the cam helps a lot when you need to make an excellent complex shot. This way you easily avoid different problems like trembling hands with long exposures. Honestly speaking, not all phones can permit connection to a full-fledged tripod. But there is a comfortable option of a car phone holder with a flexible leg.
However, it will be always better to purchase a specialized tripod online, for example. It is especially good, when equipped with flexible legs. Such feature allows you to control the tilt playfully, and still get up tricks that are difficult to do with others, like mounting horizontally, clinging to vertical objects.
Most users never look in settings, and yes, we often do not even realize that they exist! Meanwhile, if you dig a little, you will find things familiar to anyone who worked with professional equipment:
The idea is that automatic shooting mode can be good, but smartly managing settings manually, you almost certainly can get the best result, especially talking about amazing portraits. Sometimes, if settings are hidden, you should check the ‘Pro’ mode. Now you are the one to choose the way you want to get the image done. Keep in mind that there are much more options to change. Everything you have to do is to examine attentively all snapshot features and modes.
The higher is the ISO, the more sensitive your camera to light sources, the less exposure is required. However, remember that due to peculiarities of photo sensors operation, the amount of noise increases with increase of ISO. Therefore, especially if you have a tripod, it may be more appropriate to be satisfied with a lower ISO, but with a longer exposure: this will make your picture much cleaner. Do not lose an opportunity to improve the image, using such a simple tip and minimize get stress from post-processing.
In simple words, you should set the mode corresponding to shooting conditions: when working outdoors, put ‘daylight’ and ‘cloudy’, and indoors ‘lamp light’ and ‘fluorescent’. This way you can get juicy shades. Get your pictures better with the help of such a small, but important tip and get a satisfying result ever. White balancing can be underestimated, but working with iPhone or Android cam every detail is significant. You never know which option can become crucial.
This will provide the most accurate picture, and the least blurred. It will be possible to continue processing — imitating ‘zoom’ (phone cameras know how to make a real ‘zoom’, but only a little). Remember that your smartphone is not a ‘telephone plus camera’, but a ‘small computer plus camera’. So, you can not only manage shooting process, but also immediately get it processed. You may get surprised of all the possibilities your device can offer.
Interface is as close as possible to professional tools: all the most important parameters are visible and can be changed quickly. However, fundamental difference is that there are almost no automatic shooting modes. Everything is set by the user manually, or adjusted according to user-defined scenario.
Unfortunately, not all the possibilities of cameras can be realized by smartphones, sometimes you have to look for tricks. For example, in order to work with a very long exposure (dozens of seconds), the FV-5 accumulates frames made constantly, but with a resolution less than the maximum possible. But there is an opportunity to do something that normal cam is incapable: bracketing function — fast shooting of several frames with different exposures, which allow you to compose an HDR-picture. There is also a low-noise ultra-low sensitivity mode (ISO 50): still, it does not work with every smartphone. And this rule can be applied to many ‘extreme’ and unusual functions: not every smartphone camera has necessary features.
No matter how good you are with software, settings and tripod, the main drawback of each smartphone is still there: a flat camera with a narrow lens. And you can fix it only in one way: by purchasing an awesome external lens and it should be the best one by characteristics. This lens is attached to a smartphone immediately before shooting (usually with a special clip), because carrying it altogether is always difficult. But it radically changes parameters and capabilities of standard optical system. You can take a lens that gets more light — and shoot in dark. You can take a bulging one and turn the camera into a fisheye or macro photography.
Summing up, you will never guess which camera can give you more satisfaction from the process. But, for sure, your iPhone or Android is worth trying and with the help of our few tips you can become one of those professional photographers.