Do you have a smartphone? You are therefore equipped with the best tool to capture everyday moments. Here are some tips on how to take the best photos with your smartphone.
A smartphone is not a camera! It does not necessarily have an optical zoom and optical stabilization is not generalized on all models.
But the best camera is the one that you always have with you and that is always ready to be drawn when the opportunity arises! Just see the number of photos shared on social networks to be convinced: it will be your best ally on a daily basis. Here are 10 tips for successful photos with your smartphone.
1. Choose your smartphone wisely
This is not necessarily the number 1 criterion when buying, but some devices are frankly better off than others. Some are equipped with an optical stabilizer and others offer optical zoom.
For the best photos, we recommend Google Pixel 6 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, or the Huawei P50 Pro.
2. Say NO to digital zoom
Smartphones are usually equipped with digital zoom. In other words, they do not have a zoom. Digital zoom is a simple cropping of the original image which is then enlarged to 100%, so the quality is the same as if you were taking the photo from afar and then resizing it on the computer. A function to be avoided.
3. Move around your subject
To find the best angle, do not hesitate to approach or move away from your subject. You can even turn around it, you will gain in efficiency and can even find new angles of view that you would not have thought of.
Do not hesitate either to bombard your subject in burst to be sure to have several shots and to be sure you have THE perfect photo.
4. Stabilize your device
Optical stabilization is now an integral part of smartphones. Do not hesitate to hold your device with both hands and rest against a stable surface. For even more stability, don’t hesitate to equip yourself with a smartphone stabilizer! Guaranteed effect.
The default focus is in the middle of the screen. It’s practical but if you want to make compositions and a more elaborate framing, you have to choose the focus point yourself.
To do this, it is generally sufficient to press the part of the touch screen where you want to focus.
6. Hold the smartphone horizontally
By habit, you hold your smartphone vertically. This may seem like a detail, but if you want to present your photos on a large screen, you have to get used to taking them horizontally, otherwise you risk large black bands on the left and the right of the screen. The same advice applies to videos!
7. Play with light
While flash is the most common light source for taking a photo in dark places, you can also use other light sources. Play with sunlight, for example, or with lighting from an indoor lamp or an outdoor street lamp. In addition to being creative, it will certainly give a superb effect to your shots. You can also opt for the fashionable accessory, the ring light.
8. Be creative
This is already important with classic cameras, creativity is even more essential with a smartphone. It slips everywhere and is easy to handle, enough to find the right angle of view, the right situation, the right light, and take interesting and original photos!
9. Use apps
The photo application preinstalled on smartphones is sufficient most of the time, but there are also more efficient and advanced applications that allow you to play with ISO settings, exposure time, slow motion, or white balance, for example. Do not hesitate to download several of them in order to form your own opinion.
10. Do not hesitate to retouch!
There are applications that allow you to edit photos after shooting. Adding filters, transforming photos, cropping, or changing colors becomes child’s play.
Some are quite easy to use thanks to the touch screen and allow easy sharing, so do not hesitate to use them to improve the rendering or add nice effects. Be careful not to overdo it, otherwise, you will overload your original image!
I am particularly a fan of the VSCO app which allows you to obtain superb quality photo editing.