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Quick Tips for Smartphone Photography

One of the greatest things about having a smartphone is being able to take pictures on the go. Although you can use your phone’s default camera settings to take adequate pictures, there are little tips and tricks for major smartphones like the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 that will take your photos to the next level.

iPhone Camera Features

One of the best new features that you’ll find on the iPhone 6s is the ability to take pictures without having to unlock your screen. There is a camera icon on the bottom right-hand side of your screen, and when you flick that icon up, the camera opens so you can shoot quickly. It’s perfect for capturing a picture at a moment’s notice.

Another great feature on the iPhone is the photo grid. These digital lines help you follow the rule of thirds, which is when you place your subject in one of three sections to create a strong composition. To turn on this feature, open your Settings and go to the Photos & Camera tab. When you’re there, you will see the option to turn on the grid.

The new burst mode also makes taking the perfect shot even easier. This feature lets you shoot rapidly so you don’t miss the action. You can access this feature by holding down the shutter release button for as long as you want the burst to last. There is no need to change your settings.

Galaxy S7 Camera Options

If you’re in the Android family, the Galaxy S7 also has features that elevate your smartphone photography. When you open the camera app, you will see a Mode icon. This is where you can enable the pro feature on your phone. It enables you to change ISO settings, aperture levels and white balance.

Similar to the iPhone, the Galaxy S7 has a quick launch option that lets you start shooting by clicking the camera icon on the lock screen. If the icon does not show up as part of your default settings, you can enable it in your camera’s settings and then toggle on your camera screen.

General Techniques

There are several camera features that are available on most current smartphones that help you take higher-quality photos. For example, HDR takes multiple photos at the same time and merges them together to properly expose photos that have both a lot of light and shadows. This feature is useful if you ever decide to print your images or display them on your website.

Both phones also allow you to take pictures using your volume buttons. In certain situations, you may need to keep your phone steady with both hands and can’t reach the shutter release button. Now you can click either of the volume buttons to take the steadiest shot possible.

The wonderful world of photography is no longer confined to expensive cameras and equipment. Smartphone photography is rapidly progressing and there are plenty of features you can take advantage of to capture the best pictures possible.