Better Photography with Your Phone’s Camera

Better Photography with Your Phone’s Camera

Nowadays, many mobile phones and smart phones almost have everything you needed, especially one of the most used features, the camera. Most of us will always look for a phone that has good camera specifications. But how can we fully utilized our phones camera? This article will help you to turn your mobile phone camera to a DSLR type camera.

 

First you need to download this application, A Better Camera, for free and one of the best photography apps in Google Play Store.

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This is an all-purpose, full featured camera for Android. It has the features of a digital camera and DSLR:
All-purpose, full featured camera for Android:
* HDR: bright colors and rich detail, the pictures look like a professional camera shot
* Panorama: up to 360 degrees to 100 MPix
* Multishot: Group portrait, Sequence shot, Removing unwanted objects with one click
* Night mode
* Video recording + pause
* Video and photo time lapse
* Pre-shot: pictures are taken before pressing
* Burst and Expo-bracketing
* Timer
* Different kinds of focusing
* ISO option
* White-balance.
* RAW capture (Nexus 5 with Android 5 currently)
* Focus and expo metering by separate points
* Timestamp
* Manual controls (focus and shutter speed priority) available for Nexus 5, 6 and LG Flex 2


 

Now, let’s get started. I am about to teach you the most important of the features of this app.


 

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  • ISO [BETTER EXPOSURE]

Definition: ISO is the one that will indicate the camera’s sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO the more sensitive it would be to the light and better in cloudy/dark/night shots.

Understanding: 80 – 400 is good for sunny to cloudy condition. 800 – 3200 is useful at night shots.

 

  • EXPOSURE [LIGHTING/DARKENING]

EV (Exposure Value) will allow you to manually correct your exposure if you observe a metering mode to be consistently under or over-exposing.

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Most cameras allow up to 2 stops of exposure compensation (some mobile phone cameras will allow  up to 1 stop only). A zero setting means no compensation applied or in default. EV is good for correcting in-camera metering errors which were caused by the subject’s reflectivity. An in-camera light meter will always mistakenly under-expose a subject no matter what kind of metering mode you used.

 

  • GRID TYPE [COMPOSITION]

There are three types of grid in this app:

Golden Triangles – In this grid type, you can see that there are three triangles with corresponding shapes. . All you need to do is to place three subjects (like in this photo: the mountain, the field, the foreground tree).

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Fibonacci Spiral/Golden Spiral – By using this grid type, you need to place the subject along the route of the spiral to where the spiral intersects one of the rectangles (Godlen rectangles). From here, your eyes will be forced to looked at the main subject where it lies in the Golden Rectangle.

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Rule of Thirds/Golden Ratio – The rule states that an image is divided into 9 equal parts by equally meassured two vertical and two horizontal lines. The composition/subject must be alligned within the intesections or placed at the spaces along these lines.

 

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MORE FEATURES


SHUTTER

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FOCUS

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FLASH

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