How to take better photos with your smartphone

On vacation, we do not always want to walk with his huge camera, the privilege of the tourist par excellence. It also happens that by joining a local disco, we come across street musicians playing under a neon, while we just have a phone in his pocket to immortalize. In truth, the phone is ideal for capturing these spontaneous moments without complicating life .Here are some tips for making the most of your megapixels and sharing them, whether you have an iPhone, an Android smartphone or an old Nokia from the 1990s.

1. Color

If your photos always seem to have been taken by a gloomy day , press the setting button on your phone (often indicated by a small wheel). Increase the contrast so that your shots are richer, less bland and more flattering to the faces. Otherwise, select a larger image size and quality to reduce the grainy appearance. You can also use Instagram to enhance the tones, without necessarily publishing on their platform images passed under filter.

2. Trip time

Mobile phones are well known for their endless trigger times– after clicking (fictional), you have to wait for long seconds for the picture to be taken. Count to three for the subject but trigger at “two”, then stay still for one second to avoid blur. Taking pictures in a burst of light can help you improve, but you can also capture people in their most natural light, before they have time to pose.

3. Brightness

The rule is simple: the more there is, the better . If your device is not equipped with flash and only seems capable of producing half-dark images, do not erase them: a photo editing application can often revive cliches that were thought lost.
Keep your subject always bright, but never behind – otherwise, you’ll get a simple backlit silhouette. You may need to work around the subject so that the light, even a dim glow of street light, is diffused behind you. Then aim the lens at the darkest point of the subject so that you can focus. Thus, the device understands that there is little light and can compensate.

4. Blurred

You get shaky and ghostly shots ? Do not move. Press the hand holding the phone against a wall, or stick the other arm along the body. When you press the shutter release button, hold down your finger for one second longer than usual to gain stability and compensate for the firing time. To avoid moving, exhale when triggered, in the manner of snipers. Otherwise, program the self-timer on your device and place it on any ledge.
By increasing the brightness , you allow your phone to avoid blur. It opts for a higher trigger speed and no longer needs to search the dark to focus.

5. Obstacles

Make sure your phone case does not interfere with shooting. If a white fog appears on your photos (and that the sky was clear that day), it is the classic symptom of a flash that reflects on the thick walls of the photo opening of your case.
It can also happen that an external white light suddenly floods your images. In this case, shelter the lens with your hand.

6. Composition

Even with a modest device, some basic composition rules may allow sketchy photos to stand out. Use the rule of thirds – do not place your subject in the middle of the frame, but slightly offset, to one-third of the edge. Also, make sure that the eyes of the person being photographed are one-third of the top of the image.

7. Applications

Free apps for smartphones will give style and visibility to your travel photos, such as the famous Instagram or less known Pixel-o-matic, which will give all your shots a 1960s summer look. The Photoshop Express application , also free, allows you to crop, revive and retouch your photos.
Turn on your device’s GPS to associate geographic information with each shot. This will allow you to locate your photos and trace your trip back.

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