This is a sponsored post. I received either product or monetary compensation. However, all of the opinions about U.S. Cellular and these mobile apps to help me take better photos with my smartphone camera are all mine. These days it so much more convenient for people to use their smartphone camera to capture moments during their day to day lives, but how you do take great photography using just your smartphone camera? I am always trying to get the perfect shot with my camera on my iPhone6 from U.S. Cellular, how about you? Well, with these tips, you cannot miss with taking brilliant photos!
- Check the Lens: A dirty lens will cause parts of the picture to be out of focus. Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe away any dirt or lint from the lens on the back of the camera as well as on the front (for selfies).
- Light Your Subject Well: The better lit your subject is the clearer your image is likely to be: this is just as true with a mobile device as with an expensive camera. Shoot in the sun if you can and move around to get the best light on your subject.
- Hold Steady: The steadier your camera phone is when taking your shot, the clearer your image will be. Use a tripod if possible, or lean your smartphone against a stable surface to capture better moments.
- Consider Your Composition & Framing: Follow the Rule of Thirds – avoid placing your subject squarely in the middle of your frame but a third of the way in; Frame your shots through windows, mirrors, other objects that provide some depth and interest to the photo; Watch your backgrounds so that poles or wires don’t appear to be going through people’s heads; Look for different angles; and Look for color differences, patterns and shapes to add composition interest to your shot. Try your photo both vertically and horizontally to choose which orientation best portrays your subject.
- Take Plenty of Pictures & Learn: The advantage of digital photography (including that of camera phones) is the ability to shoot off many shots quickly, we have unlimited film, instant feedback and all at no cost.
Now that I have shared some easy to use tips for great photography using your smartphone camera, I would like to share some fabulous apps that will assist you in taking your smartphone camera one step beyond the basic functionality of the cellular device:
- Camera+ (for Apple) and Camera for Android are apps that are great for photo sharing and editing. Both feature a full photo editor that is very user friendly, along with the ability to connect and share your photos with others.
- Adobe Photoshop Express is an app that helps edit photos just like the desktop program – one-touch adjustment for contrast, exposure, white balance along with blemish and red eye removal and 20 one-touch eye-catching effects to give your photos special “looks.”
- Snapseed is an app that helps you tune an image to create depth and vibrancy with color saturation, brightness and contrast and also helps you crop and adjust perspective across the vertical and horizontal axes.
- Magnifier & Microscope is an app that allows you to get great close ups of small items or subjects.
All of these are available for free in the Google Play store or the Apple store. With U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network, the apps can quickly and easily be downloaded to smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy 7 and 7 Edge, the Apple iPhone 6s and SE, and the LG G5. Now that I have a teen who is driving, we have signed the U.S. Cellular® Better Moments Parent-Child Agreement.. This agreement is customizable and parents can use it to set certain parameters for phone use as well as driving responsibilities and limitations. Parents and teenagers can agree in writing that young drivers should not use their cellphones while driving. Be sure to read my post, Safe Driving Phone Apps For Teen Drivers.Be sure to stay current with U.S. Cellular and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you have any tips for taking excellent photos with your smartphone camera?