Know What You’re Working With…

To make the most of a camera, whether it’s an SLR or a smartphone, you must first become intimately familiar with it. Before beginning to shoot, we’ll want to check out the manufacturer’s website for important details.

Even though knowing the megapixel count is important, other factors like the sensor’s size and the number of pixels per inch are equally, if not more, critical. This is also true of the lens’s aperture, or “F” number, which is better when used in low-light situations because it is brighter.

Zooming is an intriguing feature, especially in light of the widespread use of multiple cameras. Your mobile phone may have both a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. Find out what your telephoto lens’ maximum optical zoom is so you can get better results than you would with digital zoom by learning all you can about it.

Another important feature when taking photos or recording videos in low light is the image stabiliser (to minimise shake). It comes in digital (EIS) as well as optical (OIS) varieties, with the latter being generally more effective. Check to see if your smartphone has a shutter button or if you can take pictures using the volume keys, as this gives you a better grip.

The specifications are a good place to start, but don’t forget that the best way to learn about hardware is to try it out. When it comes to knowing the camera’s strengths and weaknesses, nothing beats experience.

As Well As Your Applications

As important as understanding hardware is, doing research and tinkering with the software is just as necessary. The automatic mode is useful when we don’t have time to fiddle with the settings, but there are a number of settings that can greatly improve the photos, and being familiar with them is critical.

You’ll find all of your options, including scene modes and manual mode, in the camera app. These features are becoming more common even on low-end smartphones. In order to achieve certain effects, we can experiment with exposure, ISO, or white balance if we have more time to prepare the shot. Of course, if you have the option to apply filters directly from the camera, do so instead of waiting until after the fact to do so in post-production software.

Aside from that, knowing and using HDR, a feature that saves multiple photos with vastly different contrast levels, is critical. The resolution configuration is also critical, as there are times when we may not be taking full advantage of what your sensor has to offer. It’s also worth noting that smartphone cameras come standard with features like night mode, macro, and portrait mode.

Tests and more tests until we feel comfortable and find configurations that work best is the best way to get to know the software in depth, just like with hardware