You love to travel the Canadian countryside in your RV and capture memories with your camera. But what if you don’t have your camera nearby? Some of the best photos are captured candidly or when you’re not expecting it. Most modern smartphones can take pictures that look as beautiful as the ones you take with your camera if you know how. Follow these tips to take great photos on your phone – you may even decide to leave your photography equipment at home.
First Things First
Before you can take great pictures on your phone, remember two important things. Keep your phone charged and have it with you! Have a dedicated spot for your phone in your pack and set it before you go on a hike or for a drive. These simple steps will help ensure you get that perfect shot.
Another obvious tip is to clean your lens before using your phone to take a picture. Be sure to wipe directly over the lens and on the phone’s screen to avoid blurry or speckled photos.
Tips for Taking Great Pictures on Your Phone
Photos snapped in natural light look the most attractive, so take advantage of natural light whenever possible. You don’t need it to be bright and sunny to capture great shots, either.
The more practiced people are at photography, the more they appreciate what is commonly called the golden hour. The golden hour describes the two times of day when the sun is lower in the sky – before sunrise and before sunset. Changing seasons also present opportunities to capture stunning arrays of colours with your phone. Getting up early to capitalize on the golden hour in the morning, or planning your hike around it in the evening, will allow you to take some great pictures with your phone.
Tap Your Screen to Focus Your Camera Lens
Finding the focal point on your smartphone camera is as simple as tapping the part of the image on the screen that you want to be the photo’s focus. When photographing people, tap their faces on your smartphone’s screen to help bring them into better focus.
Nature shots can be especially striking when you focus on one or two items, such as a butterfly on a flower or a hummingbird trying to get nectar. To do that, you must know how to blur out the rest of the background on your smartphone.
You can blur the background manually using closeup, portrait, or selective focus. If you choose the manual option, just be aware that your phone automatically blurs objects furthest from the camera lens. You’ll need to tap the lens inside your camera app to prevent this from happening.
Try to Avoid Using the Zoom Feature
Although capturing a photo from hundreds of meters away can be exciting, the quality might be better. The reason for poor resolution is that smartphone cameras don’t have the same power as stand-alone cameras to zoom in on scenery or an object and not blur the image. Smartphone photography does have some drawbacks, and this is one of them. If you want a good-resolution close-up of something far away, you must get closer or switch to a camera with a more powerful lens.
Hold Your Hands as Steady as Possible
Remember that you didn’t bring your 35-mm camera and all the gadgets that go with it because you don’t want to carry it or store it in your RV. This includes a tripod along with all the various lenses and other attachments.
The good news is that you can pack light and take stunning, non-blurry pictures. Instead of putting your smartphone on a tripod, look around and steady yourself on a flat rock, fence post, or stone wall. You’ll appreciate the extra support when attempting to take photos in low light or capturing something that moves quickly, like wildlife.
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