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ShotByMi Awards 2021

[Tutorials] ShotByMi Awards - Step Out Of The Auto Mode: How To Get Better Pictures

2021-04-02 16:10:03
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Taking incredible photos with a Phone is actually very easy, as long as you follow some important guidelines on focus, exposure, composition, and photo editing. You just need to try and experience by clicking more and more pictures. So, here I am with some of the tips (which you may know) which can help you in taking good pictures. Let's get started!

1) Use 'Gridlines' to balance your shot.

The easiest and best way to improve your photography is to turn on the camera's gridlines. This also helps in the "rule of thirds" theory in photography. According to this theory, if you place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced, level, and allow viewers to connect your photographs!
To turn on the Gridlines on your Xiaomi phones: Go to "camera" select "show gridlines". Or, you can find it in Camera settings. (see the image below)

2) Clean Your phone lens before clicking!

Your phone is always in your pocket, a bag, or in your hand, and as a result, it will get dirty. Dirt, dust, and fingerprints on your lens will have a big effect on the quality of your photos.

There’s no point in trying to take great photos if the glass of the lens is dirty. It will block light from entering the camera’s sensor and will leave smudges, blurs, or dust spots on your images. A clean lens will ensure you get sharp, clear images with your phone.

If you are a mobile photographer, keep a clean cloth handy! You can use your specs cleaning cloth also. This is a must!

3) Adjust Exposure Manually

When you tap on the subject to focus on them, the camera will also use the focus point to set the exposure in the shot. Exposure simply refers to how bright or dark the image is.


After adjusting the focus to the subject

Allowing the camera to set exposure on the focus point isn’t always ideal. For example, if the subject is in a dark area of the frame, this could lead to the overall image being over-exposed (too bright) or vice versa. Keep that in mind!

4) Avoid using Zoom!

Smartphones have a zoom function that you can access. Unfortunately, this is a digital zoom and not an optical zoom. In essence, what happens with digital zoom is that the image is cropped as you zoom in. This results in a noticeable loss in image quality the more you zoom in.
If you want to take a photo of a faraway subject, don’t use the zoom. Walk closer instead and use the camera as normal without any zoom. You’ll end up with a far better quality shot.

5) Use The Rule Of Thirds

Getting focus and exposure right is crucial in photography, but composition is equally important. Without a good composition, your photo isn’t likely to be very eye-catching.

Example: Just a simple click

Using the "Rule of Thirds"

The rule of thirds is one of the most useful composition techniques in photography. It’s an important concept to learn as it can be used in all types of photography to produce images that are more engaging and better balanced.

6) Use Leading Lines!

Leading lines can be another very useful compositional tool. Using leading lines in a photo can help to focus the viewer’s eye on the main subject and lead the eye deeper into the image. It’s a simple technique that involves using vertical, horizontal, or converging lines to focus attention on the subject of your image.

When taking photos with your phone, you should always be aware of any leading lines in the frame as they may lead the viewer’s attention away from your intended subject. You might need to change the position that you’re shooting from in order to make the most of any lines in your scene.

7) Find different Perspectives.
Taking photos from a unique, unexpected angle can make them more catchy — it tends to create an illusion of depth or height with the subjects. It also makes the image stand out, and looks pleasant to the viewer's eyes!

8) Play or be creative with Reflections.

There's always a charm in reflections. There's a reason why we love seeing that — our eyes are drawn to reflections. So look for opportunities to play with them and look creative in your photos.

9) Look for symmetry!
Pictures that contain symmetry can be incredibly pleasing to the eye — it's also one of the simplest and most compelling ways to compose a photo.

10) Use and play with "Color Splash" technique!

Color splash effect is a unique photo effect where the whole picture is first turned to black and white. Then color is added back to one specific part of the picture. Some photos look amazing when you color splash them. This effect adds a lot of meaning to some pictures and makes them speak on their own.

Now, show us your #ColorfulLife clicks!

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I hope you all like it!
Let me know your views in the comments below!
Special thanks to Yolanda78 ,Si Wen, happybuddhist
, Katrix and my Photography Team for their motivation and support!

Thank You! See you soon!


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Addy Chowdary | from Redmi Note 8 Pro


awesome tips
2021-04-02 16:16:17
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prince kiah | from Mi Note 10 Lite


nice content
2021-04-02 16:31:00
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Mi-FE | from app


Nice shots, Thanks for tip.
2021-04-02 16:31:16

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hatim57 | from app


wow beautiful
2021-04-02 16:37:21
Thanks for sharing
2021-04-02 16:38:20


AdiHaryadi | from app


Nice tips..
2021-04-02 16:42:15

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SMSH040228 | from Redmi Note 9S


very useful tips👌👍
2021-04-02 16:43:41

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6393954429 | from app


nice review
2021-04-02 16:54:24
Great article Akash!
2021-04-02 17:03:00

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2021-04-02 17:18:40
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