How to take incredible photos with whatever camera you have

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Everyone who has taken up photography, whether as an amateur or as a profession, has once believed that you need a good camera to capture the best moments. As many of them will tell you, a great camera will not be able to teach you how to be a good photographer. It is just a tool that depends upon the mastery level of the person wielding it. The eye matters more than the lens it has been put behind. This is the reason it is well worth for everyone to learn the basics of photography. Use the tricks given below before you invest into a shiny new DSLR to satisfy the inner shutterbug. These tips are as relevant for your smartphone photography as they are for professional cameras that may cost you a bit.

  1. Ensure a clean lens for a clean snap.

          Sounds basic because it is. For a phone it becomes all the more important since it is usually exposed all day long without a lens cap. That’s why it can get all sort of smudges, dirt and grime on it which needs to be cleared away before you click. Solution to this is to simply carry around a clean dry cloth (handkerchief maybe) or a soft napkin to gently wipe it all off before you ready it. For a smartphone even a Q tip will do.
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  1. Flash is your friend.

          Use as much of natural light as possible and shy away from the flash unless absolutely necessary. Try moving the object or the light source in order to have the surface of the object well illuminated. Then align yourself to remove off all the shadows from the picture (unless that’s what you are going for). One way to determine lighting conditions is to click and view a picture, then if required you can use the flash. For using flash you can also use a white or translucent tape on it making it glow softer and reduce harsh reflections from the surface.

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  1. Zoom out.

          Unless your camera has got optical zoom, instead of digital zoom. The digital zoom is not the real zoom since it just enlarges the picture that is inside making the image all the more pixelated. It you have optical zoom however, which can be identifies by being assisted by moving lens you can use it to you advantage. In any case it is usually better to physically move closer to the object instead of zooming in.

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  1. Framing and composition are very important.

          It is important for the picture to be well framed. For natural frames you can use doorways, windows or even buildings. Try various angels before settling and don’t be in a hurry. You can use the gridlines which are already built in to most camera interfaces. Place the article along the gridline for better composition and don’t forget to consider the background. In absence of gridlines it’s worth it to remember the rule of third which says that the object and any horizontal lines should be in the 1/3 limit of the frame.

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  1. Steady hands.

          It might be overstated but it is still very much true that the steadier the hands the steadier the photograph. If needed you can take the help of tripods and timers but they are not a must. Get comfortable holding the device for prolonged periods and you will see that the hands are not shaky anymore.
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By using above tips you can be assured that you will always be armed with the knowledge to take great photographs anytime. The best part of photography is that you can bring your unique perspective out with your captures. The above rules are just for guidance but be sure to break them all once in a while and experiment with various styles of photography. Be free and take a lot of photographs till you find a mix that works for you personally. Don’t forget to let us know about your experiences at the comments section below.