Professional and amateur photographers alike love to create beautiful images with high quality cameras. Using a DSLR and multiple lenses can produce incredible photographs with striking sharpness, color, and quality. However, it’s not always ideal to carry around your equipment all the time — and, if you’re a casual photographer, or you’re just getting started, your smartphone can do the trick just as well.
You might not have all of the options available to you on a full DSLR, but your smartphone has the advantage of being lightweight and small enough to fit in your back pocket. Plus, smartphones with decent cameras are rapidly becoming more affordable, making it easier for bloggers and small businesses to cut the cost of a camera from their budget.
But if you’re new to smartphone photography — or photography in general — you may need some introduction to the best practices to get started.
1. Learn About Your Camera
This might seem like an obvious statement, but most people really don’t take the time to learn about their smartphone camera. Each phone is different, and offers different features on their respective camera. Auto mode varies from phone to phone, so some ISOs work better than others, and some metering systems work better as well. If you really want to maximize your camera’s ability, Google your phone model and look for what others have said about it, and read up on the specifications.
Once you get to know how your smartphone camera works (and what you’re working with), it makes it much easier to take advantage of it like you would a DSLR. White balance, ISO, metering, and HDR are all options to change, all of which can make your smartphone camera seem like a professional DSLR. Ultimately, if you don’t like the options your camera has, it’s just as easy to venture over to Google Play, App Store, or Windows Store and download a new one. With a wealth of different apps to download, it makes it easy to pick and choose which apps work best for your phone.
At the end of the day, your smartphone might not have as many megapixels or as large of a sensor as your DSLR, but if you get to know the limitations, your final product can be just as fantastic. Next time you’re traveling lightly or out running errands, don’t worry about not having your best camera equipment on you. Pull out your smartphone, and treat it as you would your DSLR.