Digital photography basics

By Sergio González | 11:53
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Are you ready for some photo tips?

Can you recall the last time you shared your holiday photos by handling pieces of paper? We actually shared pictures. It seems like ages even though it wasn’t so long ago. It’s just that the digital revolution met cameras quickly and deeply and nowadays we all carry a mini-photographer inside, willing to explore the potential in our smartphones.

We all want to share our last vacation photos on Facebook, Instagram or any of the photo-sharing sites of our liking but its online success has nothing to do with how much our friends like us and every little thing we do but with how well the picture was shot. In our digital world, learning photography basics and basic photo editing can really come in handy not only to promote better our online  self-branding but also to fete your viewers and followers, providing them with the best art we can. Besides, it’s tons of fun.

Smartphones built-in cameras aren’t as complete and powerful as regular cameras but they’re always at hand and nowadays they offer the same amount of mega-pixels the most expensive cameras did just 5 years ago. Besides, instead of being a problem, get to know your camera flaws and use them to your advantage. It seems like an old karate proverb but truth is cool pictures don’t need HD but character, a story behind.

Digital photography basics are pretty much the same for both devices, but built-in cameras usually lack a decent zoom; they actually work cropping the image. The best thing to do is to forget this feature is there and walk up and down; your feet are them best zoom ever.

People who are into photography usually claim that the main flaw in smartphone cameras is the bad quality of pictures taken under low light. So, if you don’t want to just take pictures of shadow faces, you’ll have to lose some time to find the proper lighting until it faces the subject of your picture.

To take the most out of dim situations, we should allow our cameraphone some time until it figures out the white balance. And if the subject of your photo stays still, you can always try different lighting manually; all phones come with ‘daylight’ and ‘sunset’ effects. Use them until you know how they work because they can turn a mediocre photo into a cool interesting shot. If still not enough light is reaching your lens, try adjusting the exposure. The more you open it, the more light your camera will catch.

iPhone and Tricorder

High-end tech vs. Retro nostalgy, what’s your call?

We can avoid the shaky-shaking in several ways. For those with a steady hand or who hardly ever drink coffee, it will be enough to use both hands. For the rest of us, mini tripods and apps are our allies.

There are many mini-pods in the market from just small plastic pieces that keep your phone standing, to complex devices that look like octopuses with tentacles to hold on to any surface. For iOS users, CameraSharp and ProCamera are pretty complete with several auto-enhancements beyond anti-shake. For Android fans, Camera ZOOM FX is a several times awarded app that will meet the unsteady hand needs.

Now it’s time to get inspired! Have a look at what a little more patience and interest can do to your photography -with the help of basic photo editing. They’re not amateur skills, but learning photography basics step by step will make our photos better and better. It also means that we’ll be sharing cool interesting pictures and our friend’s likes and comments will make us want to learn more. Happy shooting!!!

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Photo credit: JD Hancock

 

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