I'm currently chatting with a good friend about their (new) phone options. They have an iPhone 7, but aren't happy with the picture quality of it. This means, there is something wrong.
The first time photographers started taking smartphones seriously was around the time of the iPhone 4. Since then, cameras have only gotten better. So if your images aren't coming out the way you want, then perhaps the technique is wrong. So here are my top tips for getting much better images with your current handset.
CLEAN YOUR CAMERA LENS.
The first thing, with ANY smartphone, before you take a shot is to clean the lens. While the delicate optics will be behind a hardened glass cover, the glass will likely need a clean. This simple action in itself will produce sharper results, will cut down on glare or haze and allow the camera processor space to calculate the best exposure for the image. If you use a DSLR, then you will always want to ensure that the lens is immaculate, and your phone is no different.
COMPOSE - RECOMPOSE - SHOOT
There is a glut of information on the internet about proper composition - including the rule of thirds, dutch tilt, and diagonals. If you're not familiar with these, have a look at this short video for great examples of the principles, and practice them.
TAP TO FOCUS
DIGITAL ZOOM SUCKS - AVOID IT
Although you can pinch to zoom while taking an image, you really should just move closer to your subject. Digital zoom will make sharp edges blurred and dramatically reduce the overall image quality. Avoid it at all costs.
TAKE MORE THAN ONE
Try to get into the habit of being your best critic. You will always find when you take a number of shots of the same thing, that one is more pleasing on the eye, the focus might be better, the clarity improved, the composition more pleasing. Take a couple, select the best and delete the others.
And that's pretty much it. These 5 tips will ensure that you get better results from the handset you currently have, no matter what smartphone you own! Anything you think I have missed? Comment below.