With the latest photography regulation around here, this post worth to looking at In 360Dewan we take most of our pictures with our mobile-cameras, specifically, Galaxy S, iPhone 3GS & 4. The main reason for this is simple “We don’t leave home without our mobiles” and sometime we have to sneak a picture. Mobile-cameras are getting better with more features over time and able to produce nice pictures, however, you can’t rely on them for granted. In this post, we are sharing our experience on how to have nice pictures and get the most out of your mobile camera.
Be close to your target
This’s a general photography rule we have to follow, specially, when it comes to mobile cameras which produce low quality pictures.
Clean your Lens
Though this applies to any camera lens, it’s essential in mobile cameras. We keep our mobile in our pocket, next on the table, later taking them with us to lunch .. etc the need to be cleaned
You may brag about your mobile camera zooming capabilities among your friends but don’t use it. Unless you are paparazzi, digital zooming leads to terrible pictures. To avoid this, just be closer to your object.
Avoid night scenes
This’s another my mobile better than yours thing .. come on, did you see your night mode pictures?
Flash is not your best friend
Don’t be upset if your mobile camera doesn’t have flash. I always keep my flash off; flash can help you get picture if there’s no enough light around.
Don’t always trust auto-mode
Most of mobile cameras come with auto-mode that decides on shooting aspects but , unlike what in DSLR, it doesn’t work most to the time. If you are not sure about manual mode, trial & error comes in handy.
Move around for better light
Light is what makes your picture, move around for better light and angle. Or, you may take the shoot from different angles if possible.
Stop those hands from shaking
You don’t want to get blurry pictures, do you? Depending on your mobile camera setting, make a use of stability feature.
Make use of mobile camera features
You may be blessed that your mobile phones gives options to configure camera settings, take advantage and use them such as resolution control, Exposure & focus!, Stabilizer, Grids, HDR .. etc
Give your camera a second
Most of the new phones are good at the white balance; they only need a chance! this varies from phone to another but stay still and give your camera 5sec to produce good pictures.
Focus on one thing
Unless you plan for landscape shot, get closer and focus on one object.
Take more than one photo
Depending on the situation, at least take 3 shots so later you can decide on one!
Apply some magic “editing”
You may do the editing on your mobile or PC. With iPhone i use PS Express (Abode Photoshop for mobile version) it’s simple, free, and has all the basics. There many good paid ones to choose from. In Pc, I have Google Picasa; again it’s simple, free with all the basics + I can remove the geo tags very easily. With editing you do many things: black & white, adjust Color & light, filter & effects as out-of-focus, sharpen, saturation, sepia … etc