We are living in a time where ‘convergence’ is everywhere. Gone are the days when a camera was a camera, a MP3 player was an MP3 player, a phone was a phone….Unfortunately many of the pictures being taken with Camera Phones are poor in quality. This might partially be a result of lower quality cameras – but it is also often a result of poor photographic technique.
so i came up with some tips to help you get the most out of your camera phones
Take lots of pictures
Since your camera phone is always with you, take advantage of capturing those spontaneous
moments. Take lots of pictures to increase your chance of capturing the right shot. More you capture more you get closer to the perfect shot and later with enough research on your phone’s camera you capture batter images.
The beauty of all forms of digital photography (including that of camera phones) is the ability to shoot off many shots quickly and without cost. This means you can experiment with different modes and composition and discard those that you don’t want to keep. Camera phones are particularly good for experimenting with new angles and perspectives – shoot from down low, up high, close up etc and you’ll end up with interesting and fun shots
Use pictures to communicate- it may be faster and easier for both you and the recipient. Though in India still its not easy to send images on the go. But still now a day’s most of us are aware of GPRS (That’s how you use facebook) many of us wouldn’t even know that. So you can always use email image option. Until the MMS facilities becomes as cheaper as SMS.
Move in closer to Subject
Many camera phones lack a zoom lens or even if they have zoom they are digital zoom believe me its useless, so make sure you move in close to capture your subject.
Fill your phone’s display screen with your subject to create pictures with greater impact. Up close you can reveal telling details- a wrinkled nose or an arched eyebrow. This is helpful specially when capturing babies or your pet’s.
Don’t get too close or your pictures will be blurry and distorted. As a general rule, stand about one or two feet from your subject.
Capture at eye level
Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as in real life. When taking a picture of someone, hold the camera at the person’s eye level to unleash the power of those magnetic gaze and mesmerizing smiles.
For children and pets, that means stooping to their level. Your subject doesn’t have to stare at the camera- all by itself that eye level angle will create a personal and inviting feeling that pulls you into the picture.
But most fun part is trying with most angles. Capturing many angles will add variety and interest to your photo. For an artistic photography or any other, sometimes images captured with odd angles can come out to be really great. Keep the ones you like, delete ones you don’t.
Remember that on many phones the quality of the screen will not be as good as your computers. So if possible hang onto your shots until you can get them on your PC. You might just find that they come alive on a quality monitor. You’ll also find that even ‘mistakes’ and blurred shots can actually be quite usable (in an abstract kind of way).
The better lit your subject is the clearer your image is likely to be
To create impactful pictures, move in close and fill your LCD with the subject
Always ensure that your subject is facing the source of light, move around where the sun beams onto your subject. Turn on extra lights to brighten your subject. And do not use flash unless it’s not necessary (I’d prefer not to use flash at all instead make the surrounding more lit)
Set resolution to high
Many camera phones include al low, medium and high resolution setting (picture quality)
Setting your camera phone to the highest setting gives you the best quality pictures.
The quality difference might not be apparent on your phone’s display screen, but you’ll see it on a computer screen.
Discover your phone’s capabilities
Flip through your phones manual and see how many features your phone have for camera
Try using different effects like black and white, sepia or add additional frames etc.
There are tons of applications available for image capturing, editing, putting effects, making slideshow, etc.
Remember, jittery hands cause blurring. Still some of them find it very difficult to stop their hands from shaking. Don’t worry... you need to find some platform to support your hand (in which you holding camera phone)
Keep your hands still and a second or two after shooting, since the shot is still processing.
When you hear the click sound, it doesn’t mean you captured a photo, it just indicates that you pressed the shutter.
Learn Camera Phone Etiquette
While there is no formal set of rules for using camera phones – it is worth considering how you use it and what impact it might have upon others. There are many cases of camera phones being abused to take sneaky or voyeuristic photos. Ask permission to photograph strangers, consider restrictions on the use of cameras in places like theaters and concerts etc.
Hope you liked the tips...
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