The 21st century has brought us to the doors of advanced technology in all fields. The one technology you can commonly see people go crazy about is the latest of trends and advancements in photography and graphic designing. And who doesn’t know about the DSLR mania? Every hangs out group has that one (or maybe two) friend(s) who attends every party with a DSLR. Be it a birthday bash or a farewell get-together, you can surely see the party adorned with a handful of DSLRs, with their owners acting as the ultimate jewel in the photography business. And because of this craze, people are becoming fanatic about buying the most expensive equipment for blur-free pictures. And who doesn’t get annoyed when, even after days and days of begging, your DLSR friend doesn’t give you your photos to upload..?! I mean, everyone wants to change their Facebook profile picture, don’t they?
So, what if I tell you that you don’t have to depend on your friend for good clicks anymore? What if, you could capture the finest of your moments with just your smartphone? What if, you could be the new skilled photographer of your group? From club nights to spring-day hikes, clicking good quality memories is no more a distant dream.
A layman with a smartphone only needs to keep a few points in mind while clicking pictures:
1. NEVER LOSE FOCUS:
One of the most common problems we face is that the cutest of faces and pouts get ruined because of a blurry picture. Now, keeping your hand still while capturing your friend’s face is, of course, important, but may be not enough. For this, I personally assure that my camera lens is focused at all times. If your camera captures at the touch of the screen, then you need to change your settings. This is because touch captures leave little scope to improve the focus of the lens, and you end up clicking hazy photos.
2. MAKE SURE YOUR LENS IS CLEAN:
Our phone has to face the wrath of scratches and cracks on a day-to-day basis. So, it is essential that you maintain your camera lens, be careful of where you keep your phone(hard surfaces or near water) and clean it with a good lens cleaning solution, once in a week.
3. ANGLE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT:
Remember how you had to beg your friend to delete a certain photo because you didn’t look good in it? The reasons can be many, but one most common reason for a series of bad pictures can be the angle at which you capture the moment. For example, if you are shorter than your friends, ask your friend to click a picture from a lower vantage point. That way, you will be clicked in an angle that makes you look taller. Similarly, people who are conscious about looking chubby in a frame must stand at a slanted angle. This not only hides your muffin top but will also make your curves look flattering.
4.SELFIES - THE COMMON MISTAKE:
One common mistake we make while clicking a selfie is that sometimes, the height or direction of the lens is less or closer to your face, which gives a zoomed-in effect to the picture. This is why your pout may not look as good as that model on Instagram. The trick is to extend your arm overhead and make sure that your chin is tucked when you click the photo. This way your double-chin won’t be a problem and your facial expression will be clearer and of course cuter! Another important tip is to look at the front camera-lens before clicking the picture. This is because, in order to get the photo right, you keep your eyes on the screen. It, therefore, doesn’t capture your face well, because you aren’t exactly looking at the camera! You will notice that many of your selfies show you looking away or downwards (at the clicking button or screen).
5.LIGHTING CAN BE A BLESSING:
I have seen the simplest of clicks to bombard Instagram or Facebook because of good lighting. A usually practised trick is to always click photos in front of the light source and not against it. If you have the light source in your background, your face will look dull and dark, and the quality won’t be clear. So you need to have a light source either on the side or in front of your face so that the picture comes out bright and illuminated.
A few tricks up your sleeve can make you the best photographer in your group, and you don’t need a DSLR for that!
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