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The best tricks to make perfect photos with your Android


Tips and tricks for photos with smartphone: Preparation

Optimize resolution and image quality

Before getting to work with the camera of your new smartphone, take a look at its configuration. Factory settings are often not the most optimal, since sometimes a lower resolution is preconfigured.

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Enjoy the photo even more with our tips. / AndroidPIT

It is also advisable to adjust the aspect ratio to obtain the maximum image to be photographed. In the following screenshot the format is 16: 9, since with an aspect ratio of 4: 3 the content is cut on the sides. Just the opposite can happen on another smartphone: the 4: 3 format can be used for most of the photos, while the 16: 9 format will cause a part of the image to be cut. You can later choose the best aspect ratio for the image.

Since high resolution snapshots require more space than low resolution snapshots, you should always have a microSD card, of course, as long as your phone has the corresponding card slot. If this is not the case, secure your old photos and empty the memory before taking pictures.

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To get a perfect picture, use the maximum resolution and image quality / AndroidPIT

Lens cleaning

Check that the camera lens is free of dirt and fingerprints. Most likely your phone spends most of the time in the pocket of the pants or jacket. In these places it is also possible that the lens picks up some dust. It is advisable to clean the lens with a wipe before starting to photograph. To do this, use a microfiber cloth or a glasses cloth, which are sold in the optics, in order to clean the lens without scratching it. Paper tissues can be used in an emergency, although sometimes they leave a fine lint that is annoying.

Tips and tricks for photos with smartphone: Technique and approach

Find the right exposure settings

In the photo there are three values ??that are considered fundamental for the photo: the opening, the exposure time and the ISO value. Together they determine how much the photo will be exposed, how clear the background will be displayed and if there is a certain motion blur in the photo.

Opening: in most smartphones it is not possible to adjust the aperture, since it has a fixed value. So in the case of photographs with smartphones we can play with the adjustment of the appropriate ISO sensitivity and the correct exposure time. In automatic mode, the camera does this autonomously, although manual mode often provides better and more accurate results.

Exposure Time: using long exposure times is an option to improve the lighting of your photos when there is no good light. Although this makes moving objects look slightly blurry. This effect can be used for artistic purposes in the ros or night views of a city. Short exposure times, on the other hand, freeze the snapshot.

ISO value: Another concept that is important to understand is the ISO value. This indicates the light sensitivity of the sensor. The higher, the greater the sensitivity. With a higher ISO value, you can, for example, shorten the exposure time and thus ensure a stronger image. In dark environments, you will often need a high ISO value and a long exposure time.

So why not always take photographs with a high ISO value? The reason is simple: a high ISO value also produces greater image noise. Each smartphone behaves differently: some phones have virtually no noise problems even with ISO 400 or 800, although others may experience them. That is why you must find out and know what ISO value allows you to obtain acceptable results. For most situations, values ??of up to 200 are ideal.

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A summary card about the effect of the image parameters.
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Manual focus adjustment

A good photo depends largely on a good approach. In most cases, the automatic approach helps a lot, although it is not infallible, since it often does not know exactly what we want to have focused on. A simple touch with the finger is enough to solve this problem, since the approach through the touch screen gives us the solution. Touch on the screen the point you want to focus on. In the manual mode of the camera application you can even focus completely manually.

Shoot several photos and then choose

Instead of relying on the perfect shot, it is better to take multiple photographs of your subject. If the only photo of your romantic kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris is blurred, you will probably regret it later. Shoot several photos for each subject and pay attention to the autofocus. And do it until you are absolutely sure that you have the correct photo tennis. Today, many smartphones, especially high-end ones, offer a continuous shooting function that makes the camera take multiple photos in a row with just one press.

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For many, the Pixel 3 camera is the best. / AndroidPIT

Use both hands

If you want a completely sharp picture, the picture taken with one hand is not enough. Hold your phone with both hands calmly and stably. A tripod with smartphone mount is ideal for keeping it perfectly still, although it is often enough to simply hold the phone on a railing to keep it stable.

If this is not possible, you should try to have your arms collected or fully stretched. The less the phone moves, the more image is taken.

Reason and perspective

The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a simplified application of the ureo number for photographers. It consists of dividing the image by means of two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, so that these generate nine pictures of uniform size. In many phones it is not necessary to imagine this grid, since they incorporate this function by default, which is a great help to take the photos. The reason for the photo must be at one of the four intersections of the grid or placed longitudinally on a line, so that it is correctly located on the scene. For landscapes, it is best to align the horizon with the bottom line.

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The lines of guide help you to compose the image / Screenshot: AndroidPIT

With the rule of thirds it is extraordinarily simple to achieve a magnificent photographic composition. There are additional settings for the guide lines. Some applications may also show lines of help with the urea section, which provides a slight difference in the composition of the images.

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Some applications can help you with the urea section / Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Straight horizon

This advice is based on the previous ones and here also the on-screen grid can be helpful. Sloping lines disturb the image, unless that is the intended effect. The horizon is the dominant line in the long distance view, so it is important to ensure that it is level.

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In this image, the plant that is in the foreground, in the left third of the image, loses the perception of depth; the crooked horizon is uncomfortable and disturbs the image. / AndroidPIT

Rule of Space

As already mentioned, some elements of the photo also need space "to breathe or look." As with the urea ratio, it is an additional element, with which you can provide more harmony to the photo. Generally, if the space rule is used correctly, a sensation of movement, activity or termination in the composition is created. In a portrait, you can leave the look of the model lost in the distance, and it is often also ideal to leave space in the direction of the look and not cut the image right in the face. In this way, the look also causes the sensation that the person portrayed is concentrated thinking, which gives a greater vividness to the photo.

If you are photographing a moving car, you should also leave space in the direction of progress of the car, instead of portraying the asphalt already traveled. This rule, as well as the rule of thirds, can and should be broken if you need it and a photo requires it, so that it is special.