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  • You don't need an expensive DSLR to take great photos. Smartphones these days take really good pictures.

  • There's a lot that goes into a good photo besides the camera. Here are a few things to keep in mind when

  • you're shooting that'll dramatically improve your shots.

  • In photography, lighting is extremely important. If you're shooting outdoors, you want to shoot during magic hour.

  • These are the few hours after sunrise and before sunset when the lighting is softness and not as harsh.

  • If you are shooting during the day, try to avoid taking pictures of people in direct sunlight.

  • It casts harsh shadows and obscures people's features. Try to go somewhere in the shade where the lighting's more uniform.

  • An overcast day is also a great time to shoot because cloud cover provides even lighting.

  • An important thing to keep in mind when you're shooting photos, make sure you're exposed to the brighter parts of a

  • photograph. That way you're retaining all the information from the scene.

  • If your photos are coming out too dark, you can always brighten them with

  • editing software. My personal favorite is Lightroom. It has some really

  • great presets and has very robust editing controls. Another popular option

  • is Afterlight. You've probably heard of the rule of thirds, this is a key

  • part of taking better photos. Most smartphones have a grid option that

  • overlays over the camera app. Try using this to align points of interest

  • when you're taking photos. When you're taking pictures of people, frame

  • them so you're cutting them off mid-shin or mid-thigh. Also, try to be

  • mindful of how much headroom you're leaving.

  • Don't leave too much space above your subject, or too little, aim for

  • something in between. If your native camera app doesn't give you a lot of

  • control, maybe try using a third party one. I really like using Camera+.

  • It gives you plenty of control over important camera features like ISO,

  • aperture and even lets you control the focus manually. Some top of the

  • line smartphones have features that add software depth the field,

  • essentially giving you look of a DSLR camera, and it's actually pretty

  • good. It works best when you have plenty of light and depth behind your

  • subjects. If you're a selfie lover I got some bad news for you. That front

  • facing camera isn't as good as a rear facing one. So next time you're

  • taking a selfie, maybe ask somebody to take that photo for you. Another

  • way to get really creative with your photos is to use lenses. These are

  • similar to what you have access to on higher-end cameras but cheaper and

  • more portable. A fisheye lens gives you an extremely wide field of view.

  • It's a bit more stylized but can allow you to take some really creative

  • shots. A wide-angle lens works similar to the fish eye it's just not as

  • extreme. It works great for dramatic landscape shots or even when you're

  • indoors or in confined spaces. A telephoto lens is the zoom lens and it

  • works really great for taking shots of things far away. This is what you

  • want to use instead of the digital zoom your phone provides. Every time

  • you go further into the image it just pixilates it and degrades it more

  • and more. It's also great for taking pictures of things up close. It'll

  • add depth of field between your subject and its background. And lastly,

  • there's the macro lens, which lets you take extreme close-up shots. Like

  • the fisheye, this one's a bit more stylized and used for artistic or

  • creative shots. Just in case you were wondering, all the photos in this

  • video were shot on my iPhone X, with the lens portion using Olloclip's lenses.

  • So as I mentioned at the beginning of the video, there's a lot

  • that goes into photography besides the camera, and these tips will help you go a long ways in improving the photos that you take.

  • But the biggest piece of advice I can offer is to practice, so get out there and start shooting.

You don't need an expensive DSLR to take great photos. Smartphones these days take really good pictures.

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How To Shoot Better Photos With Your Phone

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    Liang Chen posted on 2019/01/27
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