By Nico Strydom
It is said that the best camera is the one you always have with you, and thanks to the ongoing advances in technology you don’t need much more than your smartphone and a few handy tricks to take special photos.
The portrait-mode function on your smartphone is perfect when you really want the subject of your photo to stand out. In this mode the background is blurred and the focus is on the subject. It is, however, still important to have good lighting and to make sure that the subject is in focus. The subject must be in the foreground and the rule of thirds must be followed to make your photo more balanced.
Use your phone’s gridlines. The gridlines divide your screen into nine squares and help you to focus on specific parts of the photo. Experts say the perfect photo is when the subject or subjects are on the lines of the grid or where they cross – this is also known as the rule of thirds. The use of the gridlines will also ensure that you can keep the horizon straight and balance your photo better.
In this mode your phone takes a string of photos when you press the button. It works perfectly when you want to photograph moving objects, such as a sports event, children or pets. It is also important to plan your photo thoroughly because in this mode you don’t have time to see what it is going to look like.
The mirror effect
Place a reflecting surface, such as a mirror or a screen (of a cell phone) under the camera lens of your phone and make sure that you line it up correctly in order to capture the full reflection of your subject. By doing this you can remove unattractive elements or create intrigue and make the photo so much more interesting.
Use your sunglasses
Your sunglasses can be a handy aid when you take photos with your phone. Not only can you use it for the mirror effect but you can also use it as a lens. Hold the camera of the phone against the sunglasses and take your photos through the lens to darken bright skies, reduce glare or manage reflections. You can also hold your camera a bit further away for all sorts of interesting light patterns and reflections.
Magicpin Blog: https://magicpin.in/blog/smartphone-photography-tricks/
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Scoop Whoop: https://www.scoopwhoop.com/tech/10-clever-smartphone-hacks-that-will-instantly-make-you-photography-wizard/