A Mobiographer’s Journey From Analog to iPhone
A couple of years ago, mobiographer Erica “Spin” Simas moved…
Even with the latest smartphones on the market, sharp photos can be challenging when we are talking about mobile photography—depending on the situation. Whether you’re attempting to snap a moving subject or you’re shooting in low lighting, certain factors can work against you.
That being said, here are some mobile photography tips you can use to ensure that your images are crisp.
Many iPhone and Android users forget how easily fingerprints can get on their camera lens. Even if you have a protector over your lens, give it a quick wipe-down before you begin your next mobile photography session. A soft cloth – the same type you use on eyeglasses – can eliminate any fingerprints or smudges on your lens. Failing to get rid of the residue before you shoot can reduce the clarity and crispness of your mobile photos.
Steadiness is essential to eliminating any blur that may come in dim lighting. You’ll also have a better chance of taking sharp images if your hand is still, regardless of the motion of your subjects. If you want to take it up a notch, invest in a tripod for your smartphone. This can help you increase the odds of taking sharp photos every time.
The auto-focus lock option allows you to set the point of focus before you shoot. It will also prevent your camera from attempting to focus on something other than the subject at hand. To activate this option, tap your subject when it appears on the screen – this will help your camera identify what you are trying to shoot.
Zoom is a feature that seems like an advantage for mobile photographers, but it can be a disadvantage if you’re seeking crispness in your images. Zooming in on your subject can increase the chances blurriness or pixelation and in turn, sharp photos. Get as close to your subject before you shoot.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode can be extremely helpful in some situations. HDR allows your phone to take three photos and combine the best of them into a single shot. However, it might not be ideal if you’re looking for sharp images. Because the device will try to take three shots, there is a greater chance of it capturing motion, resulting in blur.
After you set the focus on your subject, you can slide your finger up or down your iPhone screen to adjust the exposure level. This option can help you take sharper images, especially in dimly lit situations. As always, try your best to take your mobile photography in bright lighting. If your camera lens struggles to find light during your shoot, there is a greater chance that the images will be blurry.
Keep in mind that there are several iPhone apps that can also help you edit your less-than-perfect mobile photography. Many have features that allow you to sharpen your pictures after you finish your shoot, just don’t go overboard. Otherwise you’ll get a shot with harsh, visible lines around the edges since apps can’t actually decrease blur, but they sharpen images by increasing the contrast of adjacent pixels. This gives an illusion that the image is sharp. To do this in Enlight go to Image > Adjust > Details > Sharpen > swipe to increase.
The sharpness of your mobile photography depends on several factors, ranging from lighting to motion. However, taking them into account can reduce the amount of time you have to spend editing once you finish shooting.