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Cell Phone Photography - How to Capture Better Images With Your Cell Phone

Updated on July 13, 2013
Cell Phone Photography
Cell Phone Photography

Are you a Cell Phone Photographer?

These days every new cellphone is coming up with a better camera and higher image quality. Increasing demand of cameras in cellphone has increased the number of cellphone photographers. Although cellphones can't compete with professional digital camera in terms of quality, but picking up a cell phone for photography has following advantages:-

Budget - DSLR cameras are expensive, that most people are not likely to spend on, unless they have a passion and interest for professional photography. For a little extra cost, people are getting good cameras in their cell phones, which is increasing the number of cell phone photographers.

Ease of use - DSLR cameras are heavyweight, not comfortable to carry along always. But cell phones are lightweight and always in your pocket, which makes it extremely easy to shoot with your cell phones.

How Do You Hold Your Phone?

How do you often hold your cell phone for taking a photograph?

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Shooting Better Images With Cell Phones

Hold It Right

Your cellphone manual comes with a list of several things. But one thing no one talks about is how to hold the phone. What if you could make your images better just by holding your phone the right way when you clicked a picture?

The moment you pick up a camera, a compact DSLR, you know how to hold it. The buttons, display screen and the grip are designed to use it in a single defined way. Switch to phones who have no such design. This is a challenge, but also where the fun begins.

Better Grip For Sharper Images

Every new phone in the market is sleeker and lighter than existing phones. This results in hardly any weight to anchor the phone for stability. To make up for this, hold the phone like a camera. Use both your hand to grip the device and the thumb on the right to focus and release the shutter. Always hold the camera close to your body to minimize any camera shake. Better grip and reduced shake means sharper images.

Stability Versus Convenience

While using two hands results in better stability, using simply one is a more convenient option. When taking a picture, what is your priority? If you are in a crowd and just taken your phone out, then photographing with a single hand is more convenient and considerably faster.

Is There A Single Correct Orientation?

Everything around you is a horizontal image. Almost every camera till date has been a horizontal device. And then, there are cellphones. Unlike anything before, you use it in the vertical orientation at most times. This is a complete shift from the way we see.
Thankfully, there is no single orientation that is correct or works best. Different situations demand you to hold the camera differently. Except for videos, when you should always hold phone horizontally, there is no hard and fast rule, and maybe that's what makes framing fun. Make the most of this freedom and use the phone such that it does justice to your vision.


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