In this day and age there is no shortage of camera apps for smartphones. From Instagram to DMD Panorama, you can capture the perfect shot and show it off on Pongr. Here are some useful tips to make the most of your phone’s camera.
Stick to the basics at first.
Unless you are going for a panorama, always take your photos with the phone’s basic camera app. We hate to admit it, but apps occasionally crash. The likelihood of the basic camera app crashing while you snap a few shots is far smaller than a photo app crashing during the editing stages. Plus, shooting without any filters allows you to focus on framing the subject.
Speaking of framing, keep in mind that some applications confine images to specific dimensions. Instagram, for example, saves photos as squares. Beware of the black bars that can appear if your photo is too wide. To remove them simply zoom in, but remember that the same area will be removed from the left and right sides of the photo. Once you are satisfied with the photos you have taken move on to editing.
Then bring on the filters.
One of the most exciting aspects of using a photo application is applying the filters. There are dozens of filters out there, but how do you choose which one is best for a particular photo? Sure, you can just click through them and see which one you like, but there is a better method. When taking your photo envision the final image. This a tip all photographers receive. Think about which colors you want to accentuate. What tone do you want the photo to have? Do you want it to be warm or cold? Should you increase or decrease the contrast?
The key here is practice. Pickup your phone, set your sights on a subject, and shoot. Aim to make choices that will create a dynamic and eye-catching photo. Try different angles, lighting, and positioning of the subject. Then complement the photo with some nifty filters and Pongr away.