As photographers, whether you’re a pro or just a hobbyist, we all want to be able to capture life’s special moments. Since we often don’t know when a special moment might happen it’s important to always be ready for a photo opportunity.
Lucky for us, this is easier than ever with the rapid increase in cell phone camera quality. It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you, and most of us have our phones with us at all times.
So here are some tips and tricks to help you get the best images with your cell phone camera:
1. Quick access to camera
Great photo opportunities only last a few seconds before they’re gone, so it’s important to have quick access to your phone’s camera. On the iPhone from the lock screen simply swipe left to access your camera, or swipe up and tap the camera icon. Or press and hold the camera icon in the Control Center screen to immediately pull up a multiple choice option menu with Take a Selfie, Record a Video, Record Slo-Mo, and Take a Photo.
2. Focus on your subject
After tapping your finger on the screen and on the subject of your photo to set focus, slide your finger up to brighten or down to darken the image. This is great for backlit situations when you would need to brighten your subject. Or you might want to darken the image to create a silhouette. Your camera is simply a tool and so it’s up to your to artistically take control of your overall image exposure.