Tips for Taking incredible Pictures with Your Phone
There's more than megapixel specs (pixel size eg. 8 mpx) to your phone camera quality.
FACTORS TO NOTE WHEN CONSIDERING A CAMERA'S IMAGE QUALITY
- SENSOR SIZE - the larger the sensor the bigger the pixels, bigger pixels mean more light-capture leading to more accurate and colourful images. Also larger sensors mean better low-light performance, less noise and more dynamic range.
- LENS - Light has to pass through the lens before it gets to the sensor. A good lens makes all the difference in the quality of your pictures. Aperture controls how much light reaches the sensor. A larger aperture leads to better low-light pictures and less motion work. A lower F number (denoting aperture size) means a larger opening.
- PROCESSING of the picture - after it is captured, depends on the manufacture of the phone viz. image processing, camera firmware, quality of the led flash, etc.
INSIDER TIPS TO TAKING PICTURES LIKE A PRO WITH YOUR PHONE
- HDR MODE - high dynamic range, good for landscape photography, need to hold your camera steady as 3 photos are taken consecutively.
- TAP AND LOCK: Tap and hold to lock in your settings - for closeup pics, etc.
- REMOTE SHUTTER: Alternative ways to hitting the shutter button on your screen - use 'remote shutter' or use voice command (or in the iPhone - use the inline mic as remote shutter, etc.) to avoid hand shakes.
- BURST MODE: Cluster or burst mode - useful for fast-paced action shots in rapid succession (for kids, pets, sports events), up to 20 shots taken at once.
- TRIPOD MOUNT - How to DIY a phone, tripod mount (watch video).