Smartphone photography tricks for 2021 edition

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  • Jul 29,2022
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Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.


1. Use 3rd Party Camera App

The change effectively means that, in most cases, users will have to manually launch third-party camera apps when they want to take a photo, making third-party camera apps less convenient to use.

Third-party apps stores are another popular way to get apps without the Play Store. There are a few good ones, including F-Droid for you open-source fans out there and Amazon’s App Store is decent as well. You can check out our list of the best third-party app stores by clicking here. Choose the third-party app store you want and download the APK.

2. Use Exposure Slider

You have to do it manually, and this is as simple as tapping the screen and holding your finger on the moon to lock the focus. Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure.

To enable the Exposure Compensation dial, launch the Camera app, and tap on the arrow at the top of the viewfinder (in portrait orientation). If you don’t see the arrow, it’s possible that you haven’t yet updated your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. A row of icons will appear just above the shutter button.

3. Use Auto HDR

In the new iPhone, Apple adds an Auto HDR option in the iPhone Settings so that all iPhones come with auto-HDR enabled by default and remove HDR buttons from the native camera app. Apple assumes that its software is sure on the instances when it should apply HDR. So it is not necessary to show the alternatives in the camera.

4. Use Histogram

Luckily for us, the manufacturers of digital cameras have given us the histogram to use as a tool to evaluate exposure on a digital image more precisely. Most modern digital cameras have four histograms. The primary one is the luminosity histogram that shows the overall brightness of a scene.

5. Use Raw Mode

The raw data format "RAW", in which the camera software writes the photo data largely without editing to the smartphone's internal memory after taking the picture, is an option that has to be selected in the Pro mode of the camera app in all flagship models in the test; it's also only available in this mode.

Unfortunately, RAW photography requires support from both hardware and software. RAW support was added in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with the Camera2 API, so earlier Android versions will not have this functionality.

6. Take Burst Photos

This mode lets you quickly capture up to 30 photos with just one touch and play them through one-by-one like a video. To capture photos using Burst shot touch and hold the camera shutter button. The photos will be saved in the Gallery app.

One of which I like the most is the burst shoot mode of the camera. Using burst mode, a user can take up to 20 rapid-fire photos with a single tap on the shutter button. Burst mode can be very helpful at times.

7. Use Tripod

Tripods are stands with three collapsible legs designed to hold your photography equipment. They are braced around a center post for maximum stability and feature a smartphone or camera mount on top, as well as several joints which allow you to rotate and tilt your device.

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