Smart Phone Camera Tips and Tricks

Smart phones, nowadays, are obviously nothing out of the extraordinary to be seen amongst the contents of a purse bag or pant pockets. Whether it is because of their ability to perform a hundred tasks, or it being solely an icon representing status, these glass-like fragile gadgets disrespecting the unquestionable durability of their ancestors have made it to almost everyone’s wish list.

From the overly genius gadget gurus who can’t help but modify even the hardware, to the people making hilarious attempts at showing off and failing miserably, the camera is a vital function to everyone. So if you aren’t one of those guys too fed up about learning something new about their phone, consider trying out these few tips and tricks.

  1. Firstly, know your camera limits. You cannot possibly think of getting the output of a 16.0 MP camera from that of a 5.0 MP, but you definitely can put those pixels to excellent use. Know your limits. With that being said, let’s move on further.
  2. The $1 Tripod. Tripods are magnificent accessories for all types of cameras once you master how to use them. But are you willing to put that much of a huge amount on an accessory like that? You don’t have to. Stick 2 large size paper clips on one side of your phone, and there you have it!  The best DIY alternative is a tripod. The photos can easily be taken by using the timer or in case if some phones, by connecting ear phones and taking the shot by pressing the volume button.
  3. Most smart phones can detect infrared light. This particular ability can enable them in to be used in many purposes, especially in the case of TV remotes.  If the battery is working, you will see a purple light emitting from the front with the press of each button.
  4. Shake the camera a little before taking a shot. By shaking the handset just before going for the snap will help the camera balance light. Hence, you get a more clear photo, nonetheless it being over lit or under lit.
  5. Exposure lock and focus lock: Rather than tapping on the subject in the photo, keep pressing on the subject until it takes the photo or locks the exposure. This helps your phone to better understand the light on your subject, and help take better photos. Same goes for the focus. If you hold on long enough, your handset camera can focus a lot better and take a much clearer.
  6. Avoid over the line editing. Filters definitely are awesome. They add a unique trim to the photo and definitely make it look magnificent. However, we should know that they are just artificial lights and shadows, and were not captured by the camera itself. For this reason, many filters don’t match well with the clicked photo, which often results in small but important details being ruined, as well as blurring the whole photo. Keep it the most original as possible.
  7. Sunglasses are useful. They can be a great help when the camera itself is having a hard time adjusting to the over lit conditions. Just hold it behind the glasses and that should do it. Taking it to the next level is by using multi-shaded sunglasses (e.g. the ones that has a dark shade on top and light on bottom). Point to mention though, is that this trick requires high end specs on the camera.
  8. Avoid zooming in. Most smart phones use digital zoom. By using this and not any lenses or equipment, the quality of the photo is most likely to be severely affected. A more preferable method is to take the photo at 0% zoom and cropping out the required part. This way, the quality of the photo will be less deteriorated.
  9. Clean and protect the lens. This should go without saying, but sadly needs to be said. Many people still use their smart phones like the practically indestructible ones the old Nokia handsets were, and they end up blaming their smart phones for not lasting long, and for being the cause of massive money being spent in repairs. The most careful of the owners manage to care enough to put on a screen protector. But the camera lens is scheduled to have its torture. Because most phone camera lenses do not come up with protective layers, we can cut a screen protector (even the cheapest ones would do) to make a small square shaped piece out of it. Afterwards, by applying it to the camera lens, it can resist small scratches and retain its original glare.
  10. Scotch tapes is very useful. Almost every smart phone has the tendency to put an end to serving you even after the first fall. It’s just how they are made. You’ll have to spend a wise amount of money repairing the screen. If the impact decided to devour your camera lens however, it would be the perfect situation for your wallet to cry. Because that finding individual camera lenses are incredibly rare, you might have to change the whole case. H o w e v e r , a rather temporary solution is the use of scotch tapes on the broken lens, so that you don’t have to suffer all the way before getting a replacement. The tape will balance out most of the light scattered by the cracked lens and combine it together.
  11. The Panorama Sequence: This trick puts your camera’s panorama mode into excellent use. To make yourself appear on different locations in the same photo, you don’t need to use Photoshop. Turn on panorama mode and put yourself in position for the first shot (remember, the panorama option takes a few photos and stitches them together).
  12. 12. The Drive-by Panorama: This is quite similar to the panorama sequence, but you do it in a vehicle. Simply activate the panorama and keep it capturing the outside view as you reach your destination. After you’re done, you should have something like this:   The only problem arises with the vehicles speed. Unless your camera has extremely high specifications, even a little speed will stand out as an obstruction to clarity. All the best with your new skills!

By: Usama Nafis, (A-Level )


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