November 14, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

Curious as to how you can become a pro at taking photos by just using your smartphone?  

With the beauty of technology and the ever changing dynamic of social media and photography, there are so many ways in which you can become better at taking photos.

As with most cameras the smartphone camera functionality does have its limitations, however you can easily work around those by being smart about your snapping.

Take a look at these smartphone photography tips below.

1. Target your shooting mode

Apple's default camera app offers a variety of different modes for taking pictures, including panorama, square, and photo. It really helps to shoot in the mode you plan to publish for.

For instance, if you're looking to shoot an image for posting on Instagram, then shooting in square would be best.

This helps better frame your picture, rather than trying to invent new framing after-the-fact.

2. Follow the rule of thirds

Your iPhone has a grid option available, which can aid you in lining up photographs so that they follow the rule of thirds.

You can turn this option on by visiting Settings > Photos & Camera and enabling the Grid switch. This will help you get the focal point of your image in focus.

3. Don't use your flash

The flash on your smartphone is just an LED light, and is not that powerful. So, try shooting in natural lighting sources, or if you're shooting at night; use the Camera app's exposure slider to boost light in the photo.

4. For action shots, use burst mode

Burst mode is great for capturing the best images when you're shooting things that are moving. By snapping images in quick succession, you're more likely to get a clear shot and you have more options to choose from.

5. Use the viewfinder to lock in your focus on a subject

If you want to prevent your Smartphone camera from attempting to grab a different subject in the frame, it can be incredibly useful to lock your focus point on your current subject.

To do this, simply tap and hold on the subject in question, and then shoot your image.

6. Get the lighting right

Lighting is extremely important when looking to shoot a quality image, especially when it features people.

Try to position yourself so that the sun is behind you or over one of your shoulders. The sun should be shining into your subject's face, ideally.

7. Experiment with filters and effects

After you snap your photo, you can use the Photos app, and third-party apps to make tweaks.

Experiment with different photo editing Apps to see what works best for you, but definitely invest time in using them to their full potential.

Apps to try include: VSCO, Facetune, Afterlight, Snapseed and Colourtone.

8. Reduce camera shake

You can reduce camera shake with some old-fashioned techniques that literally stop your hands from moving as much: pushing the side of your body against a vertical surface to steady it, resting your elbows on a low wall, or even simply bracing your Smartphone by holding it in both hands and tucking your elbows into your body.

9. Clean your lens

This might seem like an obvious thing to do, but you’ll be surprised at how many times you compromised your shots because you didn’t clean your lens!

Some changes to photographs might not be noticeable to the eye, but the difference between clear and crystal clear.

10. Get closer instead of zooming

If you want a close up, make the effort to get closer to your subject instead of zooming in. You lose quite a bit of quality when you zoom in and pictures quickly become grainy and pixelated.

This will help improve the composition of the image.

By incorporating these tips into the use of your smartphone camera and photography, you'll become a pro in no time!

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