Someone has very aptly said that the best camera is the one you have. Most of our day to day incidents are worth capturing, but it is not possible to carry your bulky SLRs wherever you go. You can take very good photographs with even the 3.2MP camera phone you have got with yourself. The depiction of sense and mood behind a photograph is much important than the quality or MP-counts of it. Here are some of the tips you can work upon for some great masterpieces from your own camera-phone.
1.Lights : Special attention should be paid to the conditions around and since you cant rely on the flash of your phone, you should take care of proper placement of your camera phone and the object or person being photographed. Shadows and shines must be avoided to ensure that the photograph depicts reality to greater extent.Optimum amount of light is important.
2. Settings : After proper analysis of the conditions of natural lighting, you need to tweak whatever settings available to ensure that the photograph satisfies your liking. Its not a good practice to continue capturing photos in the automatic mode. External hardware tweaks are very assisting for great shots, for instance, placing the lens of an old CD/DVD player makes capturing macro shots possible, or placing colour filters in front of your camera phone lens help naturalize the color tone of the photos. Thus it is experiments that make you shot some really good masterpieces.
3. Stability : Stability is a very important factor. Specially when you increase the ISO sensitivity, e.g. in the night mode, a shaky hand may lead to hazy pictures. The stability of your phone is very important for your photos to be crisp and sharp. This can be achieved by having a support for your arm while you are taking the shot. Best stability is possible through use of tripod stands. If your phone has touchscreen, a slight touch on the capture icon on the screen provides better stability than pressing the camera button.
4. Never zoom in your photograph : The camera phones have generally digital zoom, which has a very great disadvantage. Compared to optical zoom, digital zoom leads to shortening the size of the photograph. Its better not to use digital zoom, because when you edit that picture on photoshop or gimp or any other related photo-editing softwares, you always have the option to concentrate on the particular portion you wanted to zoom into.
5. Don’t do much of photo-editing : Its very clear that the photos you took from your camera phone are not of great quality. Hence its advisable to let them depict reality to greater extent. Hence its better not to mask them up much with those tools to make it lose its originality. Such photos shall make a distinct genre of themselves.
Above are some tips to take good photos from your camera phone. If you have got any suggestions or tips in this context, comment and share.