Let’s face it – most of us have a pretty good camera that’s in our pocket most of the time.That alone is a pretty compelling argument to use your smartphone as your primary camera.And by “primary,” I don’t mean the one you use to photograph weddings.What I mean, though, is that we should all use our smartphones as cameras even more often than we do.Here’s a few ways you can wrestle even more quality out of the images you take with your phone.
Double Your Pleasure With a Reflection
The great thing about a smartphone as a camera is that you can easily move around with it (more on that in a bit).That makes taking awesome reflection photos that much easier because you can work the angles to find the best reflection.And there are a million things you can use as subjects for a reflection.A landscape scene like the one above comes immediately to mind.
Since you might be working with something that’s moving (like water), that necessitates a fast shutter speed to avoid seeing any ripples on the surface of the water.And when you get down low and close to the reflective surface, you need a large aperture to ensure you have the depth of field needed to get everything in sharp focus.
Keep Camera Shake at Bay
Not all of us have the steady hands of a surgeon, and that means that there comes a point at which the shutter speed is too slow for us to hold our cameras steady enough to get a sharp photo.That’s true whether we’re using a professional-grade DSLR or our mobile phone to take photos.But even outside of that scenario, a tripod is a good idea, simply because it’s always going to be more steady and stable for the camera than our arms.Not only is this tripod compatible with a smartphone (with a tripod-compatible case), but you can also use it with point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, or even video cameras.That means that you invest in something that’s incredibly versatile rather than something you can only use with one type of camera.
Speaking of versatility, this tripod has a two-section center column to give you height adjustability up to 13.5 inches. You can also remove the center column and attach the tripod head directly to the feet for low-perspective shots (which comes in handy for photographing reflections!).
Actually be Mobile!
As I noted earlier, one of the best things about using your phone as a camera is that they are so mobile. They don’t call them mobile phones for nothing!That means you have no excuse not to take photos every single day because you have a highly capable camera right there with you.That also means that there is no reason why you can’t experiment with different types of photos to help develop your creative eye and get comfortable shooting all kinds of subjects.