There is a prevalent saying among photographers and photography enthusiasts: “The best camera in the world is the one you have at the time.” The appearance of camera phones and, above all, the increase in the quality of these sensors makes our phone the “best camera” since it is the one we practically always carry. In addition, smartphones add a lot of freedom and spontaneity when taking iPhone pictures.
However, we only sometimes know how to get all the performance they can give us, especially if we are just amateurs and the camera is not our work tool. Therefore, we have consulted several professional photographers to give us some simple tips to get the most out of the camera on our phones.
“This is advice applicable to any camera and is that most users never read the manuals or tutorials of their cameras,” explains Ramón González de la Torre, photographer, designer, painter, photography teacher, and author of several books of photography. “Regardless of the camera you drive, it is important that you know everything that it can offer you, and for that, nothing better than reading the manuals.” Functions such as changing the white balance, being able to adjust the ISO, or the duration of exposure can be crucial when it comes to getting an iPhone Picture.
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As Andrés Magai, a professional photographer, says, “For a while now, social networks are filling up with photographs and images taken with these phones, many of them have been made in a hurry, without a previous approach. Many users do not have minimal photographic knowledge; they put the phone in camera mode and take the picture”.
This will not happen to you with an Asus smartphone since it includes a ** DSLR mode in its terminal, with which you can take practically professional photos **. With a single touch, you can make instant adjustments and change the shooting speed, exposure time, ISO settings, and other features that, until now, were reserved for professional cameras. In addition, you don’t have to be an expert: with Manual mode, you have 13 predefined options.
The framing On the basis that these cameras are fully automated, we could say that one of the “most important things, and that is going to differentiate a good “mobile” photographer, is the framing of photography,” according to Beatriz Garrigós, Miss Mustache photographer and creative director.
“We must select which elements will appear in the scene, always leaving “air” around our main object. Either imaginary margins around static objects or a space to the side where the action takes place (look, movement …)”.
In this sense, Ramón González believes that the giant screen that today’s phones have is a great help to view our photo before taking it, but recommends that the frame be well monitored. “Let the subject of your photo be seen. Think before you shoot what you are photographing. A person? A landscape? Think about whether the audience you are going to show your picture is going to be clear. And if not, come closer or stay away until you get it clear what the subject is.”
Another tip in this regard? Contrary to what is usually believed, sometimes the center of the image is different from what interests you most. “And there appears one of the best-known rules in photography, the rule of thirds: to place the centers of interest of photography at the intersections of dividing the plane of photography into nine equal parts (three vertical and three horizontal divisions),” Beatriz Garrigós details.
Another essential point in photography is exposure and focus. Most smartphones allow you to do so by directly touching the area that interests us. But “take advantage of the light, since in low light situations, the qualities of this type of cameras disappear,” explains Garrigós.
Mind you, watch out for overexposure to light. “The best days to take outdoor photographs, although people do not believe it, are cloudy days, since no shadow-light contrasts exist on sunny days, which even for a professional photographer with his reflex are difficult to sort out. If this is the case, use trees or places that can provide you with shadows, and remember, always with your back to the sun,” recommends this photographer.
Asus has the PixelMaster Backlight (Super HDR) mode, which allows you to make many captures of the same scene. The technology takes care of processing them to obtain the best photo, even in low light conditions, when wide dynamic range technology (WDR) improves and enriches it so that you don’t have dark areas or too bright because of the light.
Magai also explains that the sensors of smartphones are tiny but that “they give good quality in good light situations outdoors, with good lighting indoors, etc. But at the moment that we are doing at night when darkness comes, it loses a lot of quality.”
The light in each moment of taking a picture is crucial for the shot. Although most phones include a flash, this is different from professionals. According to Gonzalez, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a good studio photo with a mobile: “Any lamp you have on hand will be a better option” than the flash to achieve this image. In case you need a flash, you can also resort to some of the mobile lights.
However, it would help if you kept in mind that some terminals, such as ASUS Zen Fon 2, have an improved flash, especially for short distances, which can make the small objects you want to photograph come out in better conditions. Likewise, these terminals can capture up to 400% more light in low-light conditions, allowing you to make better shots.
Approach the object
Almost all professional photographers advise against using the digital zoom of smartphones if we want to take good pictures. “All you are doing is enlarging the image and cropping the photo. It is better to approach,” explains Andrés Magai, who recommends taking the photo at the maximum resolution in case we can not get close and then cutting out “reframe on the computer; it will fit you better.”
Of course, some terminals have macro options, such as the Asus ZenFone, with which you can capture even the most minor details, thanks to the Largan lens and an engine, allowing you to photograph objects clearly 6 centimeters away.
Hold the terminal well. The stability of a camera is one of the most important factors when taking pictures, and “one of the main difficulties in taking pictures with the phone is stability,” according to Garrigós, who recommends always grabbing it with two hands. , although it is a small and light device, to have more stability and reduce the possibility that the photo comes out poorly focused and moved. “I favor not shooting by touching the screen since a physical button always helps to hold the camera better. In the case of mobile phones, which use contrast-based focusing systems, it is even more important since any camera movement can cause shaky photographs and damage during focusing.”
Ramón González also recommends holding the phone with both hands and gives a series of tricks to achieve it. “Support your body or your hands somewhere stable or even if you can use a tripod.”
Some terminals also include features that allow you to improve this stability so that the images are not moved. This is the case with the Asus ZenFone and laser auto-focus technology, especially useful in low-light situations. ZenFone auto-focus laser even accelerates close-ups, compensating for the extra distance created by the lens when framing. According to its data, it is two times faster than a traditional contrast approach.
“One of the main differences between a good and a bad portrait is the environment in which it is made. Having the correct lighting, an ugly background can spoil the best of the photos. Look closely before shooting at everything in front of and behind the subject. If necessary, change the frame,” explains this photographer, who also recommends observing the best. “On the internet, it is not difficult to find photography forums or pages and social networks specialized in photography. In them, you will find thousands of examples of what can be done with a camera like your phone. Do not cut yourself. Try it. I do not say that you copy, but you see the limits a small camera can reach if you help it with your inspiration and style.” Compose and delete
iPhone Photo Editor
The instantaneity that the smartphone or iPhone Photo allows us should not be an obstacle to taking time before shooting. Magai recommends taking our time before taking the picture. “Take the moment, look at the screen, and see the details; the difference between a photo and a good photo is there, in that bag lying on the floor, that plastic bottle… if you don’t like what you see, move, change the framing, you will see how the photo improves”.
Also, it is essential to know how to delete. “Do not be an image collector, learn to have criteria and what you do not like to delete it, you will gain space in the phone memory, and improve the quality of your photos” (and, by the way, you should make backup copies and classify them).
Camera lens Cleaning Kits
At this point, Ramón González considers it essential to share your photos and accept criticism. “One of the best ways to learn from others is to teach your work and ask for an opinion. Preferably to people who know but also to those who don’t. Listen to opinions and combine what they tell you with what you already know. Don’t give up your ideas, either.”
Of course, share your photos but with criteria. “Use the networks so that people know your work but do not saturate; if you upload many photos at once, people will get tired of you and your photos,” advises Andrés Magai.
Clean the lens
Although it may seem silly, you should not only keep the screen clean, but for best results, you should always have the camera lens clean, as Garrigós recommends. However, it is pretty exposed to getting dirty by carrying it in your pockets.
Beware of Selfie Sticks
Who has not taken a selfie? So much so that Asu’s terminals include cameras specially prepared to make good self-portraits. But beware of selfie sticks, which are increasingly sold and that make terminal theft easier. As Magai warns, “Think about it, you take your phone a meter away from you; it is not surprising that the friends of others steal more and more smartphones; you have given them a meter of advantage.”
More and more terminals include an application so you can improve your photos. Why not use them? They are an excellent way to correct those little bugs and improve the images; they are not prohibited. In Asu’s terminals, you can enhance many aspects of the photos, and they will help you. Andrés Magai especially recommends SnapSeed as an external application. “You can improve the quality, focus, use filters, etc., And it’s free.”
Picture v/s Iphone
“One of the main tips I always give my students is to have fun. An apprentice photographer who enjoys taking hundreds or thousands of photos and, with each of them, will learn. However, suppose you worry too much about getting a specific photo. In that case, if you are overwhelmed by not getting what you are looking for, or if, in short, you end up not enjoying photography, you will stop taking photos. Logically, you will never dominate your camera,” says Ramón González.
And as Beatriz Garrigós also summarizes, “In the end, the photographer’s creativity matters. Follow the rules or break them as you are interested.”
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