What are the latest pictures that you’ve snapped with your camera phone?
I love my Canon EOS 60D 18 MP Digital SLR Camera and it takes amazing, sharp, and dreamy pictures. But I don’t always have it with me and it is heavy (my poor shoulder!) For those other random street snaps/food snaps/funny moments, I use my camera phone. It is also a chic ‘n cheap as well as efficient way to record those special moments.
I now have the HTC One X+ as part of #HTCONE #TroopOneX and as I mentioned here, I love playing around with the superior camera features on the phone.
Here are a few favorite photos I have taken lately with my HTC One X+ as well as my own tips for using the camera phone. You may have already seen some of my photos on Instagram (I’m here!) but I am surprised and impressed with the original photos as well since the app cuts off a bit of the original picture.
1. Frame appropriately
What do you want to be highlighted in your picture? What kind of mood do you want to create? Framing – placing that imaginary border around exactly what you want to capture – enables you to hone in on the objects and setting that you want to include in that one shot. The law of thirds or placing the subject in the intersection lines of a picture if it were divided in to three equal horizontal or vertical portions is also a useful guide. Each camera phone is different so play around with yours to determine how much you can include in the picture.
2. Let light work for you
Light, especially natural light, is your friend when it comes to photography. Work in natural light as appropriate. Notice that the contrast of your shot may change dramatically depending on the angle that you hold your camera. Change this angle a little and see how this may change the mood and colors of your picture. Take advantage of daylight or the beautiful pre-twilight hours.
3. Understand the features
What are the special features included with your phone? Can you zoom in? Can you change the saturation, contrast or speed? My husband’s iPhone 5 has the cool panorama feature so that he can take very wide landscape shots. My HTC One X+ can take continuos shots in different light so that I can select the best shot in a series. I can also change the ISO and white balance with my HTC One and when I did this, I noticed that some shots became just a little more vibrant. Know what your phone can do and adjust accordingly.
These pictures in Singapore were shot with a higher ISO (the nighttime shot much more than the indoor shot).
4. Work it with related apps
Your picture may not be picture perfect right after you take it. A boost of color or perhaps a vintage light may transform your shot into a truly beautiful shot. PS Express and Diptic are two popular apps that allow you to edit pictures as well as add effects to them. Do you have other favorite apps for editing your phone photos?