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8 Tips For Using Your Cellphone Camera To Take Better Photographs



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Cellphone cameras have come a long way in recent years and are now capable of taking great pictures. Here are 8 tips for using your cellphone camera to take better photographs:


1. Use the highest quality setting

When you take a picture with your cellphone, it is important to use the highest quality setting. This will ensure that the picture is not pixelated and is of the best quality. Dig into your phone's settings to ensure that you're getting the most out of your phone's camera.


2. Avoid zooming

When you zoom in on a subject, you are essentially taking a picture of a smaller area. This can result in the picture being blurry or pixelated. It is best to avoid zoom when possible and to instead focus on taking a picture of the entire scene. You can also be the zoom yourself! Many photographers use this technique with their cameras if they are using a prime lens that can't zoom. Do it like the pros do :)


3. Avoid using the flash

The flash on a cellphone camera is not as powerful as the flash on a professional camera. This can result in pictures that are overexposed or have a “washed out” look. When possible, it is best to take pictures without using the flash.



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4. Use natural light

Natural light is the best light for taking pictures. If you are taking a picture indoors, try to position yourself near a window to take advantage of the natural light coming in. This will help to illuminate the subject and create a beautiful picture.


5. Use Gridlines

Many cell phone cameras come with a “gridlines” feature which divides the screen into thirds. This can help to create more balance and symmetry in the picture. It is a helpful tool when composing a photograph – especially when focusing on the rule of thirds.


6. Use the Rule Of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a common technique used in photography to make a picture more pleasing to the eye. This involves dividing the screen into thirds – both horizontally and vertically – and positioning the subject at one of these intersections. This helps create balance and focus in the picture.


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7. Use Leading Lines

Leading lines are lines – real or imaginary – that lead the viewer’s eye to the subject of the picture. This can be done using objects in the background or even the environment – like the shoreline of a beach or the edge of a sidewalk. This helps to give the picture more depth.


8. Use Negative Space

Negative space is the area around the main subject of the picture. This helps to create balance and can help draw the viewer’s eye to the subject. It is best to use as little negative space as possible to really focus the viewer on the main element of the photograph.


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Taking better photographs with a cellphone camera is possible with some practice and the right techniques. By following these tips, you can get the most out of your cellphone camera and make the most of your pictures. To make the photos really pop, download an app like Lightroom to make your photos shine.


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