How to take better photos with your smartphone

People often reach for their smartphones for a quick snapshot. Unfortunately, this can result in blurry and unattractive images. But you can shoot real professional pictures thanks to modern lenses and increasingly better technology. We have put together the right tips for you.

Clean the smartphone lens

A tip that can already help with many – ancient – devices: Over time, the smartphone’s camera lens gets dirty. This is because the device is in our hands, and the lens can get fingerprints on it, or lint in the pants pocket can ruin the perfect picture.

Set the focus correctly

Most smartphone cameras are set to an automatic mode by default. This means that pictures can be taken with just one click on the shutter button. In reality, however, blurry photos or blurred images often result in flying into the virtual trash can afterward.
To ensure that you stay focused on your subject and that what you want to capture remains razor-sharp, you must press the touch screen at the spot in the picture you want to bring into focus. Some smartphone cameras can even be set to trigger a photo when you press the net and find the focus. This makes taking pictures even faster.

Use light, flash, and night mode when needed

Light is essential for the small lenses installed in smartphone cameras. Without sufficient lighting, the smartphone’s automatic mode will increase the ISO values, resulting in image noise. If you do not have a bright light source but are shooting a group photo in twilight, for example, do without the flash. This often only worsens the image, especially if you want to photograph a large room or an open area.

Keep hands steady

The best preparation for a picture quickly goes down the drain if the shutter is shaken. Some smartphone cameras try to sharpen the image afterward. But even that only helps if the subject is entirely out of joint. It is worthwhile to use a small smartphone tripod, especially when taking pictures of landscapes or nature, where you have to wait for a specific moment.

Avoid third-party apps

Social media networks and messengers have additionally driven the trend towards high-quality smartphone cameras in recent years. Although WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Instagram offer their very own camera apps that are supposed to guarantee even faster uploads to the platforms, they are not recommended.
The compression of the images used by these apps is often relatively high in order to keep the data set of the image as small as possible. Therefore, use the default app on your smartphone to take pictures and send them only afterward. This way, you can be sure that your friends will see the best quality of the picture.

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