These days digital cameras are found in a variety of other gadgets. In fact Camera are one of the fastest growing segments of the digital camera market and with the
improvements in the quality of what is being offered in some digital cameras
(higher megapixels, better lenses, high capacity storage) some believe
that they are beginning to win market share away from the low end
offerings of many digital camera manufacturers.
You can get the most out of your cell phone camera just follow these tips:
The better lit your subject is the clearer your image
is likely to be.If possible shoot outside or turn on lights when
If you’re turning on lights in a room to add extra light to your
shot be aware that artificial light impacts the color cast in your
shots and you might want to experiment with white balance to fix it.
Some cameras come with a built in flash or light – this can really
lift a shot and add clarity to it, even if you’re shooting outside
(in a sense it becomes a fill flash.f your camera doesn’t have a flash
or light you should avoid shooting into bright lights as you’ll end up
with subjects that are silhouetted.
- GET CLOSE TO YOUR SUBJECT:
One of the most common mistakes with camera
images is that their subject ends up being a tiny, unrecognizable
object in the distance. Camera images tend to be small due to low
(although this is changing) – so fill up your view finder with your
subject to save having to zoom in on the subject in editing it later
(which decreases quality even more).
Having said this, getting too close on some model camera
creates distortion and focusing issues (particularly if the camera
phone doesn’t have a macro or close focusing mode.
As with all digital photography, the more steady your
camera phone is when taking your shot the clearer your image will be.
This is especially important in low light situations where the camera
will select longer shutter speeds to compensate for the lack of light.
One trick is to lean your camera phone (or the hand holding it) against
a solid object (like a tree, wall, ledge) when taking shots.
Keep in mind that many camera also suffer from ’shutter lag’
(ie the time between when you press the shutter and when the camera
takes the shot can be a second or so). This means you need to hold the
camera still a little longer to ensure it doesn’t take a shot as you’re
lowering it away from the subject.
- DON'T THROW AWAY MISTAKES:
Remember that on many cameras the quality of the screen
will not be as good as your computer’s. So if possible hang onto your
shots until you can get them on your PC. You might just find that they
come alive on a quality monitor. You’ll also find that even ‘mistakes’
and blurred shots can actually be quite usable (in an abstract kind of
- AVOID USING THE DIGITAL ZOOM:
As tempting as it might be to zoom in on your subject
when taking your picture (if you have a zoom feature on your camera), if the zoom is a ‘digital zoom’ it will decrease the quality of
your shot to use it (you’ll end up with a more pixelated shot)..
Plus you can always edit your shot later using photo editing software on your computer.
Of course some camera phones are beginning to hit the market with
‘optical zooms’ – these are fine to use as they don’t enlarge your
subject by enlarging pixels.
- EXPERIMENT WITH WHITE BALANCE:
An increasing number of camera come with adjustable
white balance which allows you to modify color balance in your images
based on shooting conditions. Experiment with this feature to get a
good feel for the impact that it has on your shots. I find that it
impacts different camera differently. Read your manual to find
out how it works on your phone.
- TAKE LOADS OF SHOTS AND EXPERIMENT:
The beauty of all forms of digital photography is the ability to shoot off many shots quickly
and without cost. This means you can experiment with different modes
and composition and discard those that you don’t want to keep.
Cameras are particularly good for experimenting with new angles
and perspectives – shoot from down low, up high, close up etc and
you’ll end up with interesting and fun shots.
One of the challenges with many cameras is keeping
them maintained and clean. Cameras spend a lot of time in pockets, in
bags and being used in all manner of weather and conditions. As a
result they get dirty and can easily become damaged – fingerprints are
a common problem on camera lenses – especially if your phone doesn’t
have a lens cover. From time to time clean the lens of your camera
using a soft cloth (sunglasses cleaning cloths are great).
- OBSERVE CAMERA PHONE ETIQUETTE:
While there is no formal set of rules for using camera – it is worth considering how you use it and what impact it
might have upon others. There are many cases of cameras being
abused to take sneaky or voyeuristic photos. Ask permission to
photograph strangers, consider restrictions on the use of cameras in
places like theaters and concerts etc.
- USE THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION POSSIBLE ON YOUR CAMERA:
Some cameras allow you to choose what resolution you want
to take photos at. It almost goes without saying (but we like to state
the bleeding obvious) that the higher your resolution the clearer your
shot will be. This is especially true for cameras which often
have sensors of under 1 megapixel in them. Keep in mind however that
the higher the resolution the larger the file size of the images you
take – this means if you want to send images they can end up taking a
long time to send.