Mobile Photography! sounds interesting right?
All you need to understand is Your device, Camera capabilities, and Apps.
IMPORTANT: Before you begin make sure you have cleaned up any smudges on your camera lenses! Otherwise, pictures come out to fade.
1) Stock camera is best :
It’s always better to stick to the stock camera app provided with the phone until it’s so necessary because 3rd party applications do not make any massive changes in camera capabilities.
2) Maximum resolution :
Make sure you have set your camera resolution to the maximum you need to push the device to its best performance, so this can be done simply by weakening camera settings,
For example: If your phone has 13 megapixels sensor, set it to 13 megapixels lowering it will result in loss of detailing while capturing photos.
3) Avoid Zoom Option:
It is always suggested to avoid the zoom function because It will lower the image quality and also make the pictures draw out blurry due to lack of image stabilization, most of the mobile phones don’t support image stabilization, and some has EIS ( Electronic Image Stabilization) which is not that impactful and High-end phones support OIS ( Optical Image stabilization/hardware stabilization).
Even if the phone has a telescopic lens ( Dual rear cameras) image quality is lost when the zoom function is used.
4) Use Professional mode:
Some phones like Oneplus, Motorola, Asus provide professional mode, wherein you can set Focus, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. so you can make use of those opting for better shots.
So how can Professional mode benefit you?
Automatic mode always sets these parameters based on the Preloaded programming made by developers, so sometimes the camera fails to show the exact output the way which you can see by our bare eyes.
A small guide to understanding Aperture, Shutter Speed, And ISO :
Aperture– Smaller aperture = less light in, how?? Simple, you can try this by yourself close your eyes up to 90%, and see how dark everything appears.
You can refer to the image to see how it works. Also, the background blur intensity is dependent on aperture.
Shutter Speed –
Is the speed at which the camera shutter drops/ clicks. Slower the shutter speed more light in and faster the shutter speed will be useful for capturing fast-moving objects and keep in mind images might come out darker if you keep higher shutter speed ( you need to play around with settings to understand this)
Refers to image sensitivity, in simple terms higher ISO results in a brighter image with more noise ( white dots) and lower ISO eg: ISO 100 results in noiseless images, make changes to these settings based on lighting conditions ( Daylight/Night) to get better-looking images.
5) Flash is complete no:
Flashlights on most mobile phones are harsh and affects image details and color temperature, also backgrounds objects becomes focusless, so just avoid flashes.
Editing & Camera Apps :
Snapseed: This is an amazing app for post photo processing, editing makes a huge difference on the image .so learn this process to make the photo look more appealing.
If your mobile phone does not allow you to modify Aperture, shutter speeds, etc, you can try this app to use those features.
The same principle which is followed on android applies here also scroll up to know more, in addition, some of the tips are:
Capture the Photo in Original mode, using Vivid will destroy most of the highlights and shadows.
Enable HDR – Auto: sometimes in bright sunlight, the camera fails to detect the shadows and highlights.
Enabling Live Photos might come in handy sometimes, Live photos capture movements and shutters up to 15 shots, so you can select from the list if you’ve missed out on the shots / if it has come out blurry.
Editing Apps :
VSCO: This app provides you permission to access and change focus, aperture ISO and many more settings.