What’s in your pockets? If you asked a hundred people, you’d get a hundred different answers, but they’d all have something in common – a phone. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, chances are you have a camera on your person.
When the moment strikes, the best camera is the one you have, so it pays to know how to make the most of the one built into your device, whether that is an iPhone or an Android.
Here are our best articles to help make sure you’re always prepared for that perfect shot:
How to Take Stunning Black and White Portraits on Your iPhone
So much of the world we see is color, yet something magical can happen when we take it all away. Without color, there is only shape and sometimes, that can be more. A simpler image where the important things remain untouched, right there for your eye to find.
Nowhere is this more true than in the world of portrait photography, where every subject has a unique character to discover and bring to life. No matter who you meet, armed with your iPhone, you can immortalize them in digital film, a snapshot into the life of another.
The Best Five Tips for Using Your iPhone Camera
Away from the world of monochrome, color remains the default choice for a reason. There is a rich and bright world all around us, full of those transient moments that photography is all about chasing.
Because there is so much to see (and to shoot!) it’s important to have a firm handle on not just specific subjects, but on your iPhone camera itself. Not only are there potentially more options than you know what to do with, but even simple things, like how you hold your device can have a big impact on your results.
Like many things, learning to use your Phone’s camera is a matter of mastering the basics.
P.S. Don’t have an iPhone? Don’t worry, these tips can work for Android users, too!
Developing Your Photos on the Go with Adobe Lightroom Mobile
While stealing a snapshot of time can be as simple as pressing the shutter button and browsing through filters, that doesn’t mean it has to end there.
Phone photography has reputation as minimalist, but the truth is, you have just as much control as you are willing to spend time on – especially since the introduction of Adobe Lightroom.
Just like the darkrooms of old, but brought into the modern era, lightroom is a camera and a development suite in one. Not only does the app give you a powerful, fully featured camera that can unlock hidden settings for you to exploit, it is also a place to tweak your images until they are exactly what you want them to be. If that wasn’t good enough, it’s also user friendly!
Using HDR to Capture the Big Picture
There is another fact, just as likely as you having a phone in your pocket. This one is about something you don’t have – a full-size camera. If nothing else, they aren’t exactly pocket size.
But, and it’s worth saying again, the best camera is the one you have – which doesn’t make it any less frustrating when your phone isn’t quite enough.
What if there was a way to squeeze out more performance from your phone’s sensor? What if you could stop lights from blowing out to an unrecognizable glow, and keep the dark parts of your subject from being lost to shadow?
The good news is there is such a way – the High Dynamic Range setting.
Phone cameras might not be perfect, but they are already capable of taking images so good that your viewer won’t know the difference.
It just takes a little more knowledge, a little more skill and the perfect moment.
That moment can strike at any time, and armed with your phone (and a few tricks up your sleeve) you won’t miss it when it happens.