How do I take professional looking pictures with my phone?

A real camera at hand? Today, only real photographers have this on them at all times. Everyone is making his or her photos on their phone today. But how can you make the best photos on your phone? Want to know how to become a professional photographer? Read on soon!

1. Keep the phone silent

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to get better photos is simply keeping your phone as still as possible. It may be easy to take a photo while walking, but you will see it in your photo as motion blur.

For tips for keeping your phone still starts by holding phone with two hands; On both sides of your phone. Keep the phone close to your body instead of stretched arms out for you. For most stability, you can hold your elbow and upper arm against your body and upper arms at an angle of about 45 degrees for your body.

Also, wait one and two seconds after making the pictures. It might be that the camera is still taking the picture. If the picture appears, then you can be sure that the picture is completely completed.

An additional tip for the iPhone; The picture will only be made once you remove your finger from the shutter button. This can be useful by not lifting your finger when you want to take a photo, but instead slide it off the screen on your screen. This can easily prevent a lot of motion from your camera.

2. Macro photography

Like compact cameras, smartphones are often very good with macro photography. This has to do with their compact sensor, which makes the focus able to be very close, often with no problem. The fun of this is that you can easily get the background in a macro photo blurred. This produces a nice result, focusing on your sharp subject instead of everything around it.


3. Provide sufficient light

The best pictures with your smartphone can be created with sufficient light; For example during the day during the summer. In the evenings (and even during the daytime in winter) you will have to use a lot less light and you will soon get too much noise in your photos (blurriness). Unfortunately, the (LED) flash on your camera will not provide a decent solution.

Also note that light can vary a lot at different times. In the early morning, when the sun is just up and in the evening late before the sun sets, you usually have the most beautiful light. Pretty light can produce a nicer picture despite the noise you may possibly get due to the lack of light.

The HDR mode that has many smartphones can also help to get the most out of the available light. In this mode, multiple photos with different exposures are combined into one photo.

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4. Try different apps

Of course, it's very easy to use the standard camera app on your phone. Many other apps, however, know more about the camera than the manufacturer has included in the phone. So it's definitely worth trying out more apps. Some apps specialize in certain parts or styles within photography.

Also, there are many apps like Instagram that can easily give your picture a completely different look with a simple filter. For example, you can create a beautiful black and white picture in high contrast with a mild photo. The use of a filter often hides the moderate image quality.

5. Stations and set-up lenses

There are many handy accessories available to get something extra with your smartphone. For example, a tripod can be used to prevent camera shake completely and you can get a whole different view of the world with different lenses that you can attach.

6. Ignore the digital zoom function

Many phones have the ability to zoom in. In most cases, it involves digitally zooming in rather than optical zooming. Digital zooming is, in fact, nothing but a cut-out of the overall image and blowing it up - hence making it bigger. That certainly does not benefit the image quality.

Therefore, please ignore the zoom option of your camera and work as much as possible with the most zoomed out feature. If you want to have a closer look at a subject, just walk a few steps closer. In most cases, an excellent option that only improves image quality.

7. Clean your lens

With a "real" camera, you are usually aware that you keep the lens clean. With a smartphone, however, you do not usually keep an eye on it when you keep your finger on top of the lens while calling. And after calling, the phone disappears unprotected in your pocket. The lens of your camera will quickly become dirty.

Dirtiness blocks light and can cause strange light effects in your photos. So it's not wrong at all from time to time to brush your lens with a microfiber cloth. Handy to always have you when you're on the go.

8. Share selectively

You do not have to share all your photos you make directly with the world. Suppose you make 40 photos with your phone one day; then choose the best of those pictures and share them with the world. By being critical of what photos you and photos do not share, the rest of the world only sees your best photos. That way, you already seem to be a better photographer!

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