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  • 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « on: September 16, 2012, 06:08:55 PM »
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  • Taking photographs with a digital camera and a mobile phone is very different. Even so, there are some tips that are universal, regardless the camera you are using or if you are a professional or an amateur photographer. This topic will help you to get aware of some basic but very important tips while taking a photo.

    1.See what's around you

    Before shooting your photo, you must evaluate what's around you. Take 3 steps: see what's near you, in mid-range and on the horizon. This will allow you to compose your perfect photo, catching every detail of it and avoid strange and undesired objects on it.

    2. Keep the skyline on horizontal

    Most common error and yet one difficult to avoid is keeping the skyline on a perferct horizontal. Some phones have the possibility of having the Thirds Rule helper (basically 2 horizontal lines and 2 verticals that divide the screen on 9 even parts) that can assist you with this. If you don't have it, explore the apps available like this one for iPhone.

    Here's an example of what happens and what it should be like:

       

    3. Thirds Rule

    This is an oldie one but still one of the best ways to compose your photo. The most normal tendency is to place the subject of you photo at the center. Even if this can produce a nice photo, you will be amazed on how it would look like by using this quite simple rule.

    Imagine your screen divided in 9 equal parts by lines (or use, as most phones allows you to add this or you can always use some app for it). Now, set your subject on the parts where the lines intercepts or even on only 1/3 of your photo. By doing this, moving the subject off the center, you give a complete new dynamic to your photo. If you are photographing a moving subject (a person walking, a boat, etc), you should try place it in 1/3 of the photo, leaving the "empty" space on the side where he's heading.

    Here's an example of a photo using this rule:




    4. Try a different point of view

    Most of the times you tend to pick up your phone and take your photo standing with the phone on the level of your eyes (as it is normal as you want to see what you are photographing). This tip consist on you leaving the comfortable position to try different perspectives, just as putting your phone at the level of the ground like this 2 examples:

       

    5. Simplicity

    How many times you have looked to a photo and felt that there was just too many things going on there? Many times, the only thing that it's needed for a great photo is to make it simple. Focus on the detail of what you want to photograph and remove from the composition of your photo everything else.

       

    6. Using the lines

    Using the lines on a photograph makes it look more dynamic or give the sensation of a destination. They can be direct (like the road stripes for example) or more subtle (like a building architecture or a simple road). On the next photos, you have an example of both these cases.

       


    7. Breaking the Rules

    As for many other things, if you try to follow too much rules you will be risking of being boring. So this tip is to make you aware that being bold and breaking the rules can lead you to a great photo. Just be different!

    8. Be always ready!

    Many photos are all about the moment. So:
    - Be always ready to take a photo
    - Learn on your phone how to go into the camera the fastest way
    - Like to use some app to take photos? Then put it in an accessible local where you will find it quickly

    9. Get a steady position on low light conditions

    If you are going for a night photo, use some accessory that will allow you to have it still while you are taking a picture.


    (Example: Joby GM2-A1AP Gorillamobile for iPhone 4)

    If you don't have one, look for a place where you can place your phone so it won't move while you are taking the photo.

       

    Additional tip: Since most of the movement of the camera occurs when you press the shooting button (physical or on the screen), use the built-in Self Timer so you can press the shooting button and have time to hold your phone still for the time it takes the photo.

    We are coming back to the Night Photos thematic as this deserves a own topic. Stay tuned!

    10. Take many photos, try different settings

    While you are taking your photo of that special moment, don't limit yourself to one photo. Take as many as you can since that moment might be hard to happen again. Also, play with the different settings that are available to you as one of them might result on the perfect photo.


    All photos used were uploaded from our members to our Gallery and were taken with mobile phones. To them, many thanks!

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012, 11:19:32 AM »
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  • Nice tips and +1. I normally don't use my mobile camera. But i think i will try to add some nice pics  :)

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  • Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012, 11:38:09 AM »
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  • Thanks! Glad that you like it.  +1 back.

    Looking forward to see some photos.  ;)

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 11:39:34 AM »
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  • Thanks! Glad that you like it.  +1 back.

    Looking forward to see some photos.  ;)

      ;D today i will click my tortoise pic and upload it in evening.

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  • Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 11:42:13 AM »
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  •   ;D today i will click my tortoise pic and upload it in evening.
    You have a pet!  Nice!   :)

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #5 on: October 16, 2012, 12:09:39 PM »
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  • You have a pet!  Nice!   :)
    Yes a Tortoise and a fighter fish

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #6 on: November 11, 2012, 05:09:09 AM »
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  • This is my first post and I would like to say thank you.

    This is a very nice tips, I am now trying to take some cool/nice images from my Android Phone. I would love to learn more from this site.

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  • Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #7 on: November 11, 2012, 11:57:55 AM »
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  • This is my first post and I would like to say thank you.

    This is a very nice tips, I am now trying to take some cool/nice images from my Android Phone. I would love to learn more from this site.
    Glad that you like it and welcome to the site!

    We hope to bring more tips in a near future and maybe some members will share some too.  :)

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012, 11:39:45 PM »
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  • good tips! :Thumbs
    +1

    i have one more tip myself (even though you already covered the most important).

    its about using the flash.
    (my last two phones had a xenon flash, so i am not sure if it works that well via led)

    flash in low light
    its not always a good idea to use the flash in low light situations.
    it can give the picture a unnatural look and ruin "the mood"...

    if you are taking low light pictures, you can make one with flash enabled,  but i suggest to take a couple of shots without flash too. try to adjust iso and ev. for best results. maybe it tourns out slighly too dark, but sometimes thats still better than the artificial look and feel of flash enabled pictures ;)

    flash in daylight
    the flash is supposed to help in low light situations, but it can also support you in daylight.
    sometimes you are facing situations, where you want to take a picture of an close object/person, but the background is too bright.

    as an example take a look at this picture

    2012-07-23-0377 by theOne1893, on Flickr

    adjusting iso and ev was not working here, because the contrast between the belle and the background was too high.
    without the flash, the belle was way too dark and the text was unreadable.

    using the flash here lit up the belle without ruining the colours/contrast of the background and it still looks natural overall :)

    i hope this tip is useful for some people :Thumbs

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  • Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 11:49:09 PM »
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  • Great tip mate!    :Thumbs

    Maybe we can make a topic dedicated only to the use of flash.  :)

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #10 on: November 20, 2012, 09:34:35 PM »
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  • maybe, if you have some more tips about the flash... 'cause that tip is all i know about it :P
    low light pic's are very hard, there is no specific rule. at least i get the impression, that every low light situation needs different settings.
    and those settings are again different for every camera.

    only thing i could add is... if you are in a sports stadium, about 100m aways from whats happening on the field and you use the flash = you are kinda ***** :-X

    edit: lol, the censorship here looks like i used a very bad word :p
    i don't think that was such a bad word (at least, as long as i don't tell it to somebody specificly)

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  • Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #11 on: November 20, 2012, 11:24:02 PM »
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  • Nice to see that censorship is working...  ;D

    That's true, using flash on long distance photos can only make it worse.

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #12 on: November 21, 2012, 01:15:43 AM »
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  • Nice to see that censorship is working...  ;D
    äähhmm yeah, thats what i was doing... testing the censorship.
    you are welcome ;)

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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #13 on: November 23, 2012, 09:59:25 AM »
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  • Great tip theOne1893  :Thumbs , just take a look at the details on the one taken with flash

    without flash




    with flash


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    Re: 10 Photography Tips that you can use on mobile phones
    « Reply #14 on: November 23, 2012, 04:21:05 PM »
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  • @fis
    perfect example mate, +1!
    glad my tip is working for you :Thumbs

     

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