Take the Best Cameraphone Snaps!

June 22, 2011, By Christian Cawley

More and more, the camera on your mobile phone is being used in preference to a dedicated digital camera. This wasn’t always the case; back in the days when cameras were first introduced as a gimmicky feature to a mobile phone, the 1Mp (or 2Mp on the first iPhone) wasn’t enough to deliver much in the way of quality photography.

However, in the past few years, mobile phone cameras have been sporting 5Mp and higher resolutions, allowing us to take a great photo – in the right conditions. In fact, it’s getting to the stage where you might opt to leave your digital camera at home and rely entirely on your mobile phone for snapping parties, days out and special events.

Take the best cameraphone snaps

Throw in the benefit of apps such as Hipstamatic for iPhone or fxCamera for Android and you have a considerable selection of possibilities that you can take advantage of.

Taking Better Pictures – Use the Flash

When you’re snapping with your mobile phone you might have the flash set to auto. This makes sense – it saves you the bother of switching it on or off when the light changes. However, in bright sunlight you might find that having the flash switched on adds a useful boost, compensating for any shadows or underexposure.

If your mobile phone camera is suitably equipped, you might also increase the ISO setting rather than relying on the flash at night time or in darkness. Don’t set it too high, however, as you might end up with some “noise” in the snap.

Taking a Steady Shot

Mobile phones make good portable cameras, but their slim dimensions make them notoriously tricky to hold without experiencing the odd shake. There are various ways around this, however, harking back to the very basics of taking a photo.

To hold a camera still, stand with it held in both hands, and keep your elbows down, tucking them into your sides for extra support. When you press the shutter button, don’t move until the image has been recorded – you will know when this has happened via the mobile phone display.

If you find that you are having difficulty snapping a landscape, look for doorframes or walls that you can lean against, and use these as a means of providing a sturdy, solid edge for supporting your mobile.

Special Effects

Some camera phones have special effects that can be used to add tones such as sepia or black and white to the photo beforehand, or as mentioned above you can take advantage of apps such as Hipstamatic for iPhone or fxCamera for Android.

One special effect that you can take advantage of that might be tricky to achieve with an app is the blurred background. This is done by focussing on a subject as you both move, keeping the subject in the same position in the frame. If you can snap multiple images do so, as you may find that the first couple of attempts don’t work out; however when you get a crisp image of the subject against a blurred background you’ll see how impressive this effect is!

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