One of the questions that I continuously get from some of my friends and blog readers that just got into photography is “How can I take good pictures with what I have, without spending too much money on new gears?”. Let’s move on to how you can utilize what you have today and learn how to take good pictures. Hopefully, these tips will guide you to get what you want.
1. Take Control, Get Out Of Auto Mode!
About 80% of people still now use auto mode while shooting with a smartphone. And when they see the image captured, they become unhappy and start blaming like “My smartphone is not good at taking pictures”. But the truth is people get habituated to use auto mode and remain so lazy to explore manual mode. Nowadays, even cheap smartphones are offering manual settings in the camera app. So for taking great pictures, make sure you turn auto mode off, make sure your camera shoots at the highest quality possible. Play around with the white balance, exposure, shutter speed and figure out which lighting calls for which amount. Get to know your device! Only then will it be able to provide you with what you need.
2. Learn To Focus!
Most of the time people just turn on the camera app and tap to take pictures while shooting with the smartphone. And what they get in return? A shitty blurred image!!! Make sure you set a specific focus point for an image and tap the screen over the object of interest to get it focused. When you do this, a circle will appear over the object. And when focusing is done, you will see a camera icon inside that circle. This means the camera has now locked its focus on that area. If you move the camera or if a new subject/object enters the frame, the camera will revert to autofocus and attempt to track the new object. So you know how to lock focus, but what about exposure? For exposer control, you will notice a small sunlight symbol or an up/down arrow, appeared beside the focus circle. You can tap and hold the symbol and control the exposer of your image by swiping up or down.
You should be focused more on how you’re capturing, instead of only focusing on what you’re capturing. It is important to understand that unlike professional cameras, our phones react to light much differently and therefore, by shifting the focus on the right object you can end up with a well-balanced image.
3. Run Away From The Flash!
The problem is with using your camera’s flash is that kind of super-bright glare not always the best way to light your subject. It throws a harsh shadow onto any surface behind them, creates more red-eye than an all-night Red Bull-fueled study binge and, most importantly, doesn’t work any further out than about 10 to 15 feet. The reason why on-camera flash looks so harsh is that the flash is on the same axis as the lens. Rarely (if ever) in our daily lives do we see people lit from directly in front? It’s unnatural, and therefore looks funny and unflattering to us.
So what can we do? Always look for external light sources, preferably natural light, to illuminate your subject. Side lighting proved to be much better in dark conditions. So stop using flash of your phone as it will definitely not deliver you the pizza you ordered, if possible, never use flash.
4. Edit, Don’t Filter!
Post processing is definitely not a crime, contrary to popular belief. As long as it is done right, retouching images can make a good photo an even better photo. Using filters may seem tempting on the social media scale but filters take away important elements from pictures and wash them in colour gradients that do harm when not used wisely. Avoid overexposing and pushing the saturation off the charts as these tend to make the image less realistic and more graphics. It is best to get your hands on a good photo editing application that has a large array of organic tools which can be used individually.
5. Share Your Photographs
Photography is all about sharing your stories and your experiences. By acquainting yourself with the limits and capabilities of your device, you can share wonders, inspire people and tell people the story you want to tell them rather than just another automatic setting telling them the same old one. You can use platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, blogs etc. to share your photography and the feedback from viewers will definitely help you to grow as a professional photographer. Last but not the least, do not miss the chance to show your photography skill with passionate Mi Fans here in Mi community Bangladesh. Keep shooting more and enjoy photography.
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