How to shoot and create amazing pictures with your smartphone

Even the best camera phone will not give you desirable results if you do not use all the features effectively. Here are a few basic tricks that can be used to click better images.

The camera phone can easily be considered to be one of the greatest innovations of the century. It was a marriage made in heaven to say the least. The smart phone made the camera something you always carry around. You are always armed to capture the best moment. That is one of the key factors behind the immense popularity of the smart phone camera. Today, with the image quality of smart phone cameras steadily getting better, you really can expect high quality pictures that could compete with pictures taken from a dedicated digital camera.

That being said, photography remains an art form. Just because you have a high end smart phone with a space age camera that boasts of some of the most advanced features, to get great pictures you need to have the artistic drive to catch a moment, compose the frame, and click at exactly the right moment. There are certain nuances that need to be kept in perspective while taking pictures with your smart phone.

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High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode - When to Use it

This is now almost a standard feature in most HD camera phones, which are getting cheaper by the day. This mode works out just great for scenarios where you have to take pictures in an environment that is comprised of dark and bright areas. The HDR mode balances out these areas and gives you the picture that contains the level of detail you aspire for. You can catch the dazzling lights and the dim, shadowy corners in a single frame, without losing out on details. This mode works great in high contrast locations in extremely bright sunlight.

Use the HDR Mode and you'll never have to worry about images that looked washed out.

Wondering how HDR works? Well, once you select the option the camera takes over. It clicks two images in quick succession, using different exposure settings. The inbuilt software superimposes one image over the other creating a unique single image.

How to choose selective focusing?

You would be surprised at how much depth can be achieved in your pictures if you find just the perfect object to focus on. Most people just point at something they see and click hoping for the best results. If you have a smartphone that allows you to refocus immediately after a shot, you can carry out some experiments on how it actually gets you better pictures. You will be surprised.

Is this feature available on all smartphones? Only a few devices have this feature, for instance the HTC One M8 Eye. It's also available on smartphones with dual rear cameras. But, there's no reason to worry if you don't possess one of these devices, as most smartphones provide the same feature through special software.

Failure to launch camera on time

Your phone is always with you and yet how many times have you missed out on that perfect frame just because your camera wouldn't get activated in time. Of course, you just have to click on the camera icon, but when the phone is locked, you will waste precious seconds and end up losing that beautiful picture. You have a workaround on this. A lot of phones allow you to activate the camera through a quick launch feature linked to the volume button. Press the volume button on the side of your and the camera will get activated even when the device is locked.

Do all phone cameras get activated the same way? No. The camera in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Samsung Galaxy S6 can be turned on with the phone still locked by double tapping the home button. There's a quick launch hack available for all cameras on all phones, you just need to identify it on your phone.

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Composition is everything

You can have the perfect equipment, the most beautiful environment, but if you don't compose your frame properly, you will end up with ordinary results. Use your imagination and try to tell a story with your pictures. Add layers to your story by adding backgrounds to a subject. Most camera phones have the grid mode where you can see the screen divided into 9 equal sections by 4 lines. You can apply the classic "rule of thirds" by making sure your subject is in contact with one of these lines; preferably where the lines intersect.

Access the camera button

If your phone is missing a button dedicated to the camera, you may have to tweak the settings and set the volume button for clicking images. You may also look for third party apps that allow you to convert the volume button into the shutter.

Patience is definitely a Virtue

Finally, you need to learn to be patient and alert to capture the perfect moment. This is mostly the difference between a good picture and a great one. You have to understand the time gap between when you click the button and when the picture is actually taken by the camera and shoot to accommodate this gap.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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Author: Timmappa Kamat14 Jun 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

I have always been a photography buff, and I have one of the best smartphones in terms of a great camera - Samsung Galaxy S3. To be honest I have always struggled getting best shots at times. Your tips on using HDR features is the best suggestion I could lay my eyes on.

By the way, there is a point you should note - silly it may appear to you - but make sure you wipe the camera lens (or lens cover, to be precise) clean with a soft cloth. I have personally seen how a dirty lens can ruin the shot.

A nice article indeed!

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