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I use my smartphone to take photos all the time. Many of them do not turn out quite as good as I hoped. They may be blurry or dark. Most of the bad shots I take are my fault for not knowing how to shoot the photo correctly. Knowing I need to improve my photography skills and knowing how to improve my photography skills are two different things.
Do you use your smartphone to take photos?
Luckily, a recent Verizon #VZWBuzz tweet chat was all about Smartphone Photography. Lots of smartphone photography tips were tweeted, including a link to this article, 7 Tips for Better Smartphone Photos. It was just the thing I needed to help me get started on improving my photo taking skills. Check it out!
The first thing on the 7 Tips list is to Get To Know Your Camera. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4, and it has 12 different camera settings. Guess how many modes I normally use? That’s right, just one. Auto mode. Step one to improving my photos is to experiment with camera phone settings like Rich Tone (HDR) for richer colors.
Do you use all the different camera settings on your phone when you take photos?
One of my favorite tips from @TheTechDad during the #VZWBuzz chat:
TIP: Shoot at a variety of different angles to produce more interesting photos #VZWBuzz
— Paul O’Reilly (@TheTechDad) October 24, 2014
The great thing about digital photography is that you can take as many photos as you want, and delete the ones that don’t work out. I am making an effort to shoot things from all sorts of different angles – up, down, sideways. I think it’s actually a fun thing to do.
Another great article linked on the chat was Smartphone Photography Tips from a Pro. Photographer Nick LaVecchia’s photos appear in Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure and New York Times Magazine. He shares helpful info including more specific photo taking tips for things like sunrises, landscapes and portraits.
The final thing I took from the chat is that it is always a good idea to shoot photos in well-lit areas, preferably natural lighting. If I am inside, that means I should try to open up windows to let in as much sunlight as possible. All of these suggestions and ideas are things I am going to work on and practice, practice, practice taking lots of pictures.
Do you have any smartphone photography tips to share? Let me know in the comments.
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