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How do I take Better Pictures with my Smartphone Camera

Camera phones have come a long way in recent years, but they do not always point and shoot quality images on the first try. See how the best quality photos from the camera pressed to your smart phone.

All phones and cameras are different, so your mileage may vary according to a tip. While most camera phones suffer from similar weaknesses (particularly the inability to make good pictures in low light), each also has its peculiarities. The iPhone, for example, usually takes pictures with a color very good, while the Droid often produces colors that are less than stellar. That said, most of these tips can be applied to your favorite phone and camera application quite easily.

1. Clean your lens - may sound crazy, but give your lens a wipe down before you start taking pictures with your phone. While most people are very good at keeping their dirty fingers away from camera lenses is not as easily done with camera phones. If you have a dirty lens, none of the other tips in this article your picture is less a waste, so keep that in mind.

2. Use Your Light - It is important, with all the cameras to make sure that your subject is the source of light and you're not, but even more important with camera phones. The biggest weakness is the inability to make good pictures in low light, which means that you generally want as much light as you can possibly get on the subject.

3. Avoid Digital Zoom - You've probably heard that a million times, but we cannot stress enough how often this function is useless. As you approach a topic, you are much better closer to them. If you cannot, you can always crop the photo later, everything is digital zoom really does, you can always cut down, but you cannot appear.

4. Give attention to the flash - Sure, LED flashes in a recent hyped smartphone cameras, but they are not all that is cracked up to be. If you do not have enough light to work, they can at least make sure you have an image, but many phones tend to use it more often than necessary, and that white light LED can be really difficult.

5. Go to your smartphone camera settings - depending on your phone and the camera application that comes with it, you can use some settings you can customize before taking a photo. In almost all cases, however, you can do better, grabbing a camera more advanced application, such as camera zoom or camera FX Android + iPhone.

6. Check the resolution of your camera - Most applications have a camera setup to take pictures at different resolutions. Lower resolutions are fun if you're a quick photo via MMS and they will save on your phone faster, but if you take a picture you want to keep, you better take it at a higher resolution. It is a clear and simple to adjust, but something you definitely want to check before you start snapping, there's nothing worse than taking two very nice photos, only to find when you put them on your PC that they just 640x480. (Also worth noting, some phones resize photos if you send them, make sure to send a full resolution of quality issues.)

7. Turn on the stable settings of your phone camera - Phones are difficult to maintain constant start your shutterbug, and is sometimes difficult to detect the blur of an image unstable on a small screen. Although you can always rest your elbows on something solid and breathe like a sniper, causing an adjustment in your application Steady Shot camera will help a lot. This configuration will use your phone's accelerometer to measure how much you shake the camera, and will not take the picture until his hand is stable for a certain time (usually about one or two seconds). Some applications can even show the sensitivity of Steady Shot, so your phone can not wait to go for the shot.

8. Check out White balance - Most camera phones are very good at detecting the white balance, but if you're in low light, they have difficulty. The first thing you can do is a second camera to adjust yourself if you just open the camera application and snap away, you can get an amazing orange sign.

9. Check out Exposure - Adjusting the exposure is greater let more light into the lens, which means kick it up a notch will probably have a bright, vivid photos.

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how do i use the mode setting to insure quality pictures in gloomy weather conditions

Something we have all been wrestling with over the years, LOL.
quality pictures in gloomy weather conditions ? I suggest using the flash as often as you can in those conditions, and get yourself a tripod.
When the skies turn grey, there's less light, so the camera keeps the shutter open longer, which means more likelihood of a blurred image due 2 camera movement. Flash use speeds up the shutter, but will use more battery power. Another issue: with 100 ASA film, the flash is only good for about 12 feet. Distance improves with higher ASA film, but quality suffers due to film grain.

Oct 14, 2009 | Vivitar PZ 3115 35mm Point and Shoot...

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It depends on the quality of the image and the number of mega pixels at which you shoot photos. HP Photosmart M517 shoots at up to 5 mega pixels + there is an additional setting called "5MP Best". 5MP setting creates images that are around 1.5MB - 3.5 MB in size. So, assuming 2.5 MB as an average, you'll get around 52 images per 128 MB at the best possible quality. You can do the other math. However, the camera always displays an "estimate" of how many more pictures you can take.

Now if you want to increase the number of pictures you can take you should decrease the image quality. 5 MP regular might give you upto 64 images per 128 MB, 3 MP may give you uptp 128 images per 128 MB (these are all approximations that evaluated based on my experience with this camera). I suggest that you don't go below 3 MPotherwise you'll get images that look OK on screen but not good for printing.

Aug 09, 2008 | HP Photosmart M415 Digital Camera

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can't take photo's

There should be 2 settings, 1 for internal memory, 1 for external (card) memory. Internal memory is always low, especially if camera is set to high quality photos so only a few can be taken. check your settings on picture quality.

Jan 04, 2008 | Fuji FinePix S8000fd Digital Camera

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How can i imorove the Image qualityt? My camera image size has always been set on 'large & fine' which tranlates into a 300dpi image when I open it in Photoshop. Suddenly, large and fine only puts out a 180dpi image. Do you know what might have happened to lower the image quality?

Best qulity you can get with canon 350d is RAW format, but you cant shoot raw in automatic mode , when you switch camera to manual mode you will see raw option is enabled. if not JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine will capture your images at 8MPX with 3456 x 2304 resolution.

Nov 21, 2007 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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Image quality in low resolution

SHQ1 and HQ are two different levels of compression to make the file smaller. This will have a great impact on the image quality. Generally on Olympus cameras, this is what those letters mean: TIFF (highest (best) quality) generally not used. Files are HUGE and takes a long time for the camera to save the image to the card. SHQ (super high quality) you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and the TIFF HQ (high quality) which is lower quality than SHQ SQ (standard quality) which is lower quality than HQ SQ1 (standard quality 1) which is lower quality that SQ SQ2 (standard quality 2) which is lower quality that SQ1 A 2048x1536 only seems large because most people have their monitors set to 800x600 or maybe 1024x768 (that's what I have mine set at). This will seem to make the image REALLY LARGE! It only seems that way because you have to scroll around to see the image. If you want to print images, you'll want all the resolution you can get. If you want to display them on your screen (slide show,WEB page) then you don't need large images. You would just need to resize them down. However, since you may want to both, getting a camera with a higher resolution gives you the choice to do either. Usually, the higher resolution cameras have better lenses and generally take better pictures. On my camera (the Oly 2100), I always shoot at the highest resolution and the least amount of compression (SHQ on my camera). This allows me to do almost anything with the image. Nowadays, camera media (smart cards) are fairly cheap, HD's are DIRT cheap and CD-Rs are very cheap. If the images are "keepers", then I personally would want to start with the best image possible and store the images on CD.

Sep 07, 2005 | Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom Digital Camera

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