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HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOS WITH YOUR PHONE

Turn casual mobile phone snaps into works of art. Or at least something you’re proud to post on Facebook.

Here we share with you some great tips and apps on getting your photos right every time.

*All photos taken by The Hoopla’s Hayley on her iPhone.

1. Don’t shoot into direct sunlight
… Unless you want your subjects squinting. It’s much better to shoot on a cloudy day or under the cover of a shady tree.

2. Wait until the right time of day
“Wait for the ‘magic hour’,” says National Geographic. “During the times of sunrise and sunset, the sky is colorful enough for even a camera phone to capture land and sky with fairly good exposure.”

 3. Get close to your subject
If your camera phone uses a digital zoom, it’ll just lower the quality of your shots. You’re better off moving closer and getting a tighter portrait.

4. Take lots and lots of photos
The more pics you have to choose from, the more likely you’ll have something good to choose from. You’ve got your phone with you 24/7, so why not document your days?

5. Use the highest resolution possible
In here we’re all iPhone addicts, so that means using the HDR setting for an iPhone 4 or above. But most phones will allow you to choose your resolution – the higher resolution the better quality picture.

6. Use flash
“If you are in a dimly lit room or restaurant,” says LifeHacker, “instantly add light by using photo flashlight (a continuous light source). Just tap on the flash icon in the shooting screen and choose the photo flashlight icon. Tap on your subject to get focus. Tap again with a second finger to get a second exposure point to get the perfect exposure.

7. Steady On
“One trick is to lean your camera phone (or the hand holding it) against a solid object (like a tree, wall, ledge) when taking shot,” says Melbourne-based photography blogger Darren Rowse.

 

What are your phone photography tips? Tell us in the comments below.

OUR FAVOURITE iPHONE APPS

Instagram
A photo-sharing community that gives you pretty filters and focus to enhance your pics.
Who: Hayley and Donna
Get it here

Hipstamatic
A retro-themed app with a selection of flashes, films and other gadgets to get unique photos.
Who: Caroline
Get it here

Camera+
A professional photo app that lets you do almost anything.
Who: Hayley
Get it here

Ttv
Get the authentic feel of vintage photos with the lovely filters of Ttv.
Who: Caroline
Get it here

Frametastic
Combine a bunch of photos in one frame for a composite photos.
Who: Donna
Get it here

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4 Comments

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  • Reply May 5, 2012

    Carly Findlay

    I love this! I have just become a convert to Instagram and photograph EVERYTHING! I love taking photos of things up close. I also use Hipstamatic, Snapseed Live FX and Diptic

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Carly Findlay

    Found a fabulous photo app – pudding cam. Get the versions for free – it takes really vivid photos, and also changes photos through filters.

  • Reply May 12, 2012

    Liz Munro

    Just uploaded Frametastic. Great for displaying multiple photos on twitter in the one tweet. Some cool effects can be applied also

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