Click. Click. Click. That’s how fast it goes these days to capture the right moment in a photograph. Grab your smartphone and just press the button. When the first mobile phones with integrated digital cameras entered the market, the quality of the pictures was more than questionable and in no way comparable to the quality of digital or DSLR cameras at that time. However, with high- tech smartphones being developed today, images can now be presented in a much better way. In the following article we offer a step-by-step guide about how to take impressive high-end photos with your phone.
Know the features of your smartphone!
First things come first. In the case of most high-end smartphone models, many parameters can be adjusted manually. Here it is especially important to know what your phone can do. Therefore, you should find out whether you can manually change functions such as ISO, white balance, exposure time and other options. This is how your photographs will definitely stand out from those taken simply in automatic mode.
No Zoom and No Flash
In contrast to a DSLR a smartphone has a digital zoom feature. As we all know, zooming reduces the quality of an image. Using the integrated flash is also a no go, as most photographs look over-exposed and cannot be used.
Keep your hands on
To make your smartphone images look expressive and focused, you have to make sure to hold it with both hands. You should be fully focused on taking the picture as well as on stabilizing your phone so even a snapshot is going to look like it has been made by a professional.
When taking pictures with your camera as well as with your smartphone, it’s important to keep in mind the composition and the arrangement. Every phone offers the possibility to insert an optical grid. This allows you to respect the golden ratio. You have to consider that the objects are not centered but placed along the line of the golden ratio. This division is considered to be particularly harmonious by many people in general. It’s the reason why images win great expressive quality thanks to this trick within just a few seconds.
Consider the effect of the perfect light
Especially when it comes to smartphone photography, the perfect light plays a major role. You should consider taking your images either at sunrise or at sunset. At this time of day, the light is softer and called a golden light, which creates nice contrasts. While taking pictures at noon, sun light should be avoided as it is too bright and causes strong contours in the pictures.
The smartphones of our age, in particular expensive flagship-models of bigger producers, offer a better image quality than years ago. Poster-size print-outs of these images are therefore not a problem anymore. Of course, we need to add that professionals and amateur photographers aren’t going to be happy with a smartphone camera only. The limitations of smartphones are simply too many and don’t allow much room for creative experimentation. A very good DSLR camera with a high-end lens cannot be replaced by a smartphone (yet). Nonetheless, the quality of phone images already guarantees acceptable and ideal parameters for snapshots and pictures taken in special situations.