Mobile Photography Tips: How to take better photos using your LG G6 smartphone camera
*All photos are captured using LG G6 Smartphone Camera
Since the turn of the decade, the Generation X got to experience the first set of Smartphone Cameras and embraced it like a new born puppy. With the introduction of high-resolution cameras from various Smartphone brands, data shows a decline in sales of digital cameras.
Aside from being a must-have gadget for millennials, the smartphone has been the digital nomad’s best friend. The smartphone provides us with most of the things that we need to complete our day. Its compact design makes everything a whole lot easier.
Even the once-tedious and expensive hobby of photography is made simpler by the smartphone. Gone are the days when you need to own a bulky professional camera to take your photos. Now, with just a tap of a finger, and a little bit of optional post-processing, you can capture the world right before you. So the next time you take a photo or two, make sure to take note of these essential tips, shutterbug:
I recently visited Cebu and took pictures using the camera of LG G6 which will be featured in this post.
1. Get to know LG G6 Smartphone Camera a little more
All smartphone models are built specifically towards a distinct characteristic. With LG G6, the smartphone that I’m using right now, the best feature would be its camera. I discovered a lot of features that I can use during my travels and here are some of them:
Wider Angle – By just tapping the tree-like image on top of the screen, you can easily capture wide angle photos.
Say Cheese – Just go to camera settings and turn on Cheese Shutter and the phone will automatically take photos when you say Cheese, LG, Smile, Whisky, and Kimchi.
Manual Mode – By rotating the manual mode on, you can play with the ISO, White Balance and more. Manual Mode allows you to control the camera setting in able for you to capture the perfect shot.
Camera Modes – LG G6 offers camera modes like Panorama, Slow Mo, Time-lapse and the new pop out mode which allows you to capture various photos in just a single frame.
Square Mode – This Square mode eliminates the cropping process by producing photos that are Instagram ready.
Guide shot – The guide shot mode allows you to take pictures by duplicating the settings of an individual photo. Perfect for flatlay pictures of food or a picture of a toy in different backgrounds.
Add a signature – With this new feature, you can now add watermark to all your photos. Just go to the camera settings and turn on the “Add Signature” option.
If you have an LG G6, follow the smartphone photography tips below, you will appreciate smartphone photography more.
2. Avoid using the flash
Unless you’re in need of a flashlight, don’t use the flash at all. The artificial light of your smartphone makes your photos look overexposed and unnatural. Additionally, since the flash is bright, it creates very dark shadows on everywhere except your subject. It’s better to…
3. Find good lighting
Instead of using a flash that potentially blinds your subject, or blows your cover in secretly taking a picture of someone, find good light. I guarantee you that you that you will be able to take better pictures in well-lit rooms, whether it’s in the white light of your house’s living room, or the orange glow of a hotel’s reception area. However, nothing beats when you…
4. Use natural light
You can get plenty of natural light in the outdoors. Also, remember that natural light tells the time—think about how the sun gets more orange or reddish as it gets later.
5. Use a mobile tripod in low-light conditions
Photography works on the principle of capturing light. You might notice that smartphones or even professional SLRs take the time to capture photos when there is tiny light. By using a tripod, or by placing your smartphone on a steady, level surface, you can lessen the chances of getting blurry images, because your camera stays still during the additional microseconds it takes to capture photos.
6. Clean your lens
This is a basic tip, but we forget it sometimes. The smartphone has become an extension of our hands to the point that it’s inevitable leaving oily fingerprints on it here and there. So just like a real camera, make sure to wipe your camera lens with a smooth cloth. The last thing you want is a foggy blemish on a perfect picture.
7. Use the rule of thirds
The rule of thirds in photography suggests that a photo should be divided into three, both horizontally and vertically. If you position your subject so that it intersects with these lines, it will make the entire picture more balanced, and make your subject stand out more. You can achieve this by showing the grid in your phone camera. Yes. This is what the grid is for.
8. Capture moments
Although still pictures of a cup of coffee against a huge café window are often what you see in platforms like Instagram, taking a picture of moving moments can sometimes be better. A falling basketball, your mid-sneeze cat, or even a friend who suddenly blinks in a photo, are some of the most interesting shots you can take. These fleeting moments captured on camera are the best point of these photographs. If you’re having a hard time capturing motion, you can try to…
9. Take candid shots of locals
This is my favorite thing to do as a traveler. Chattering bystanders, walking tourists, or even a small-time cook preparing food behind the counter, are some of the things that you can capture the moments of. They’re not as short-lived, but with the right timing, you can catch their story altogether.
10. Avoid zooming in
We often use the zoom function of our cameras to focus on a subtle subject. However, this isn’t a good habit. The photos you take if you zoom in are pixelated and are not as crisp as opposed to the default view. Additionally, you should avoid climbing in if you have shaky hands—just like the subject you are focusing on, each little twitch your hands make are also magnified, causing blurry images.
11. Get close to your subject
To get closer to your subject is a better approach than zooming in. By doing so, you can take pictures of your subject with the highest quality possible. You can later crop out unnecessary objects in the background as well.
12. Always set the focus
Always set the focus and always set it yourself. Don’t let your camera do it on its own. Knowing the best which you want to focus on—whether it’s a petal or a bug on the leaf. It’s a rule of thumb that well-focused pictures are often the best.
13. Keep the horizon straight
Remember those gridlines we mentioned earlier? It can also use to level the photos of the horizon, the sky, the window, and the like. It’s more natural to see a straight horizon than a slanted one. These also work for objects that are straight, like railings, streets, and walls.
14. Frame your shots
Find objects in your surroundings that naturally frame the subject of your photos. Parallel pillars, bus windows, open doors, or vine-covered gates gives your subjects emphasis and adds a twist to your photos.
15. Take photos of patterns
Patterns are very pleasing to the eyes. Therefore, taking a picture of things that appear to have a pattern can gain you a new follower or two in your blog. Patterns can be found in decorations on an object, colors, or even a row of very similar objects.
16. Find symmetry
Symmetry can be, additionally, the best point of your picture. It can be horizontally or vertically, apparent or subtle. Two people sitting on opposite ends of a park bench, four frames hanging adjacently on a white wall or two coffee mugs on a table can be subjects of symmetry.
17. Capture reflection
Reflection is a version of balance that can get interesting if you win it right. The best types of reflections can be seen in the natural environment, like rain puddles reflecting a street sign.
18. Shoot from different perspectives
Good photographs are often taken from the man’s perspective, i.e., by how things appear to the human eye. However, taking photos in the view of a smaller person, or even an ant, can make your photo more interesting as well. Think of something and ask yourself what it looks like to see the world in that something’s perspective and you might just come up with some very exciting photos.
19. Shoot at a different angle
This may seem very similar to the previous tip, but it’s different. Perspective is the way in which one sees things, while the angle is the camera placement. Playing with angles can help you produce unique photos. Remember the basic rule that placing your camera somewhere higher than your subject makes it small, and somewhere lower will make your subject bigger.
20. Take multiple shots
Take multiple shots and don’t stop. The problem with most digital shutterbugs nowadays is that they immediately want to preview their pictures after taking just a few shots. Wrong! By doing this, you lose the valuable time you could have spent taking more photos that capture the moment.
21. Use Snapseed for post-processing
The best thing about smartphones is that several user-friendly applications let us tweak our photos, even with little to no knowledge of Photoshop! Snapseed is a highly recommended photo-editing app that is available for download for both android and iOS. This app lets you adjust basic contrast and saturation, and even filter strength. There is also a selective correctional brush option that can let you alter just one part of your photo. You don’t need to copy your original photo because the app automatically saves a new copy of it.
22. Don’t over-process your photos
While increasing the saturation, warmth, and adding a retro filter to your photo can make it better, sometimes adding filters also ruins it. Before choosing which photo to upload or print, take the time to compare the original and the post-processed version of a photo, and see which is better.
23. Take photos in black and white
Removing colors in a picture serves a lot of purposes. It adds drama, adds aesthetic value, removes distracting colors, and even hides images with bad lighting.
24. Use external lenses
Attaching an external lens like the Black Eye Fisheye Lens on your smartphone camera can give you a new view on things. A fisheye lens is a standard accessory, but recently there has been an attachable wide-angle lens and even lens that minimize shadow and distortion. Just make sure to check if they’re compatible with your phone before buying.
25. Break the rules
At the end of the day, no one can tell you how to take your photos. It’s a cliché, but feel free to break the rules. Break symmetry. Break patterns. Remove focus. Don’t use a tripod. Be a rebel.