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Get The Perfect Shot
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The internet is flooded with amazing pictures but do you really need a high-end DSLR to get that brilliant shot? Today anyone with a decent mobile phone has the ability to shoot pictures, and then there are some who are taking smartphone photography to the next level. Now you might not be able to afford a high end DSLR, but one can still capture some amazing pictures using a point and shoot camera or even a smartphone.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to photography, but here are some tips and suggestions to improve your photography skills.
As soon as you power up your camera or open the camera app on your smartphone, the first thing you usually do is frame your subject. Choosing the orientation is very important, so make sure you shoot more of horizontal shots as it covers a wider area and looks more natural to the human eye. Shooting vertically makes sense when you are clicking portraits or trying to shoot a tall subject to fit in your frame. Keeping your lines straight is also vital; just try getting things like buildings or poles or even the horizon in a straight line.
Keeping your subject in focus is one of the most important things because a picture with the subject not in focus is as useless as a picture which is blank. Every camera and smartphone these days offer a simple auto-focusing system which automatically understands where to focus, this is always accurate but there are certain instances where the focus might not be correct. You can use the different focusing modes like macro, which helps in focusing on subjects that are really close or the landscape/infinity mode which gets almost everything in focus. There are several cameras and even some smartphones that offer an option to adjust your focus manually.
As the name suggests, exposure is simply letting light fall on the camera sensor which travels through the lens. A combination of certain settings help you control the amount of light that reaches the sensor. Some of the high end devices do give the user an option to control all of these settings (ISO, Shutter speed, Aperture, etc.) but most of them let you control just one or two of them while leaving everything else to the camera to decide. Understanding and learning to control exposure settings can drastically improve the outcome of your pictures.
Smartphone cameras offer digital zoom which means that it only magnifies into the same frame. This leads to pictures that are full of grains, low on details and not very sharp. Thus, rather than zooming in, you should try to move in and then take a shot. Cameras that offer optical zoom are much more effective as they change the focal length by moving the lens in and out.
Not just smartphones, but the new generation of cameras have started coming up with built in filters to completely change the tone and colours of your pictures. A better option would be to apply filters and effects after you have taken proper shot of your subject. This assures that you always have a raw copy of your picture which you can always edit in different styles.
With an array of apps and softwares at your disposal, you are free to edit your pictures the way you want. However, try not to overdo with the editing. It is a good habit to start with basic editing like adjusting your exposure, contrast, colour correction and sharpness. Once you get the hang of it, you can proceed further and experiment as per your liking.