It must be recognized without half measures: the mobile turned upside down the world of photography, and more specifically, the arrival of smartphones: it is, without any doubt, the component most used by the vast majority, and Most importantly, a decisive purchasing factor. Thus, manufacturers strive hard to improve their hardware as much as possible and achieve surprising results if we consider that it is a phone. Now is a good camera a decisive factor when taking good pictures? Experts deny this and conclude that the quality of the photo is given by the photographer, and any mid-range mobile can take some spectacular photographs. How to do it?
We wanted to consult with the world’s most renowned expert in mobile photography, Austin Mann, the photographer pampered by Apple and usually sends the new iPhone models exclusively to squeeze their cameras. Here are some tips.
The key is in the photographer, not the camera
It would be very tempting to think that behind an excellent photograph there is always a first-level optic, but Mann denies THE COUNTRY this extreme: “the key to a good photo has nothing to do with the camera,” he explains, “but in seeing things like nobody sees them. ” In this sense, it is advisable to change perspective or simply wait patiently for “something unique to happen” in our field of vision; It is here that a mobile phone shines in front of a camera because we always carry it in our pocket and taking a photo requires just a few seconds.
Always keep the lens clean
It may seem a minor matter, but the excellent pictures ruined by a dirty lens or with a layer of grease that dims the colors are countless. It is always possible to make a later edition, but it is a pity to lose an outstanding shot for such a small matter. The lens of the mobile is always exposed and it is a device that is always carried in the hands and pockets, so that the possibility of getting dirty is very high. How to clean it? Enough with pass a soft cloth or rub the lens with the sleeve of the shirt to remove that dirt.
Use the native camera
While it is true that application stores are full of superb camera applications that manage to squeeze the hardware and lenses to unsuspected limits, the truth is that their use weakens the strengths of the mobile in this field. Mann explains that, precisely, the strengths of a phone’s camera are its speed and ease of use, and with them “we should get the best out of the camera.” This expert advises against applying the habits of the SLR camera on a mobile: “better not to try to take photos with a large exposure or forcing the zoom to the maximum”, since they are not elements in which the camera of a phone shines.
Avoid the flash if possible
The software that manages the mobile camera really efficient when it comes to achieving excellent results in the worst conditions and can apply the maximum that says that “it is impossible to take a bad picture” with a modern mobile. However, experts recommend avoiding the use of the flash as much as possible: this accessory denatures some shots by forcing the light and it is better to opt out and maintain the pulse and be surprised by the results Obviously, there will be situations in which it is necessary to use the flash as in conditions of minimum light in a portrait or when the sun is behind the lens, but usually it is always better not to use it.
Squeeze the camera’s native functions
It is easy to be tempted to think that the camera application that comes with the mobile is not very powerful and that the manufacturer lets the developers squeeze the most through apps. However, just the opposite happens: brands such as Apple, Samsung or Google, mix the software and hardware ingredients in a unique way and whoever manages to squeeze the native camera to the fullest, will get the best results. Thus, you can play with the different modes (portrait, HDR …) and also see what results are obtained by hand managing the focus (touch on the objective) or exposure.
It is not necessary to have the latest model
Mann insists that the key to a good photograph is in the photographer and not the equipment and it is not necessary to have the latest mobile model to achieve excellent results. This expert only recommends changing the model “every one or two years” if you are a professional user of mobile photography since “sensors and technology are moving by leaps and bounds” and allow you to take snapshots that were previously impossible, such as night modes of the latest generation of phones.