Been trying to figure out your cellphone camera while on vacation? Do you keep missing those once-in-a-lifetime photos? Well, there’s no need to.
It’s amazing how much more improved cellphone cameras are these days. If you’re after the kind of photos worth sharing, it pays to know some of the basics. Capturing all the ‘photo opps’ is way more fun, too.
Here are some great tips —
Lighting is #1 when it comes to any photography. Make sure that the focal point of your photo, such as your black cat, has enough light cast on it. Generally, the brighter the shot is, the more focused it tends to be, too.
Avoid using the flash whenever possible. Often, when you use a flash, the image won’t look natural or results in poorer quality. Your best bet is to shoot outdoors or near a window for more natural light.
Don’t use the zoom feature, but instead crop your photos on your computer or using a photo editing app. Just search “photo editor” in the App Store or Play Store, find a highly rated app and install it. Then, you’ll be able to crop the photo around the focal point, so the quality stays the same. Most of these apps also allow you to make a variety of adjustments to your image.
Clean that camera lens! Of course, a clean lens is essential, but it’s also easy to forget, maybe because we’re so focused on the thrill of the moment. Just take a dry cloth and gently clean the camera lens. Also, double-check to make sure there’s no plastic lens protector covering it.
Keep the camera still. Moving the camera while you’re using it? That could be the problem with the photo. Try placing your phone on a hard steady surface while taking the picture to see if that improves it.
Last but not least, don’t forget silly things like making sure your finger isn’t covering or shading the camera lens while taking the photo. It may be funny, but you also may have compromised the stellar shot from an epic Grand Canyon trip.
Many of these tips also apply to shooting video. Part of the fun in using your phone’s camera is just trying and seeing what works best for you.
And remember, your go-to place to learn all about your phone is the Manuals & Videos section on our Support Page. It’s where you’ll find videos and instructions specifically geared to your phone.
Now, using your camera will be a snap.