Be A Pro Smartphone Photographer. Here's How
Your smartphone helps you create a larger than life experience, together with various matching sets of postpaid plans.
And if there’s one activity that smartphones are best used with, it’s taking photos. With one click, you can easily capture rare, kilig and once-in-a-lifetime moments and immortalize them. While it's fun to document our daily lives and share it on social media, not all of us are blessed with photography #skills. Here, we help you point and shoot like a pro—or close to it.
1. The right smartphone
With lots of smartphones released per year, it’s no wonder a lot of us are left confused and overwhelmed. But if your goal is to be photography-savvy, consider the following before you make the purchase:
- Storage space
- Battery life
- Screen resolution
- Video quality
2. Check your camera settings
Pro-tip: Don't take photos in auto mode. Do manual tweaks on your camera settings to improve the quality of your images. Consider a setting that works for both day and night time or adjust accordingly.
Remember the four controllable settings: Exposure (how dark or light your photos will be), Focus (how your lens focuses on the subject; another pro-tip: wonder how bloggers capture runway moments like a pro? Tap and hold to lock down a moving subject), White balance (image color balance: warm or cool) and ISO (camera light sensitivity).
3. Switch off the Flash
It's always better if not best to take photos in natural light. Besides, once your camera flashes, it’s always a guarantee that people in the photo will have red eyes, oily-looking skin and blurry subjects.
Since many smartphone cameras are not optimized for low light shooting, look for alternative light sources or get a clip on beauty light.
4. Don't use the front camera
Yes, the front camera is essential for that perfect #selfie angle. But note that its resolution is lower compared to its rear counterpart. Besides, the front camera was only introduced for better face-to-face video calls.
5. Go for #nofilter looks and cropping is everything
Filters can either make or break a photo, so use it with caution and stick to one. Though if you ask us, we prefer a #nofilter filter because you want your photos to look natural and real. Opt to edit the image’s contrast, sharpness and color temperature instead.
Likewise, crop phtoos instead of zooming in while shooting. Zooming can cause your image to deteriorate, as the camera “guesses” what you’re zooming into. Cropping saves quality and resolution, so that #Instaworthy photo stays in perfect form.
6. Know the rules (and play among them)
In photography, it’s all about the angle, lighting and how you’ll play (and break) the rules to make your photos stand out. And when it comes to rules, it pays to know the basics before you try something unexpected:
• Rule of thirds (a subject is aligned with guidelines) or Golden ratio (the “perfect number,” images shot in the ratio of 1 to 1.618 have a strong composition)—Turn on your camera’s grid lines to guide you.
• Balanced composition—Shooting from different perspectives, framing and POV gives depth to your images. As a general rule, capture the subject or landscape in various angles.
•Expressive lighting—In photography, lighting is of utmost importance. Shoot subjects in bright, natural lighting to create striking images or shoot in dim light for drama. Pair good lighting with the right angle and you have a double tap-worthy photo.
Photography is an art. Master the basics, discover your aesthetic and be your own pro smartphone photographer. It’s not easy, but hey, you can do it!