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Wuhan : China | May 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM PDT
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I love travel, and I’m a photography fan though not professional. During my trip, I love shooting beautiful sceneries with my smartphone and share with Facebook and Twitter friends. A beautiful photo always brings extra happiness to my trip.

Talking about smartphones, there are so many brands available on the market with advanced camera, such as iPhone, Samsung, HTC and etc. Some of them can even take photos as beautiful as professional equipments do. So how to shoot the best moment to eternity with smartphone? Here is a list of tips to keep in mind.

Clean your lens

Smartphones spend a lot of time in hands, pockets and purses which all present opportunities for oils and lint to collect on the surface of the lens. Take a moment to remove any “extras” from overlapping your next photo.

Divide your screen and keep object on the crossover points

Your smartphone screen can be divided into nine parts by two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. Generally, the best parts to put object on screen are the four crossover points of the lines or the square in the middle. That’s the places to achieve best effect.

Of course, it doesn’t mean you have to draw some lines on the screen; instead, you just divide the screen and keep the places in mind.

Steady your hand

It’s inconvenient to have a tripod to stabilize smartphone. In the natural environment, there are cases like shaky hands, windy environment, or cranky bridge, so you need a steady hand to photo. Just remember, don’t breath while gently press the button; you can also lean against a sturdy object when taking a photo (to lessen your own movement) or balance your phone across an object to act as a “fauxpod” (like a water glass).

Light is your friend

Natural lighting is amazing for photos but can sometimes cast shadows on other objects due to the intensity. You can use your flash in the daytime to help remove these extra shadows. Additionally, you should give the camera app a second to adapt to the current lighting conditions when you open it; that will fix some of your white balance issues.

Try different angles

When there’s nothing you can do about the lighting or you just can’t get the shot you want, move around! As a general rule, if you have the opportunity to take several photos of the same scene or subject, you should do it from as many angles as you can. This can be a relief when the photo you thought was perfect actually came out blurry or with too many shadows and you have several backup angles to pick from!

Increase your resolution

If your smartphone has an option for picture sizes, the largest one is your best bet. Generally, the larger the picture, the more detail you’ll be able to capture. This is especially true when resizing photos later and having them remain clear and crisp.

Learn the response time

There’s usually a delay between the time you press the digital shutter button to the time the actual photo is taken. Yes, it’s a very small delay, but staying still for that brief moment can be an “Oh, my God!” photo. Get a feel for the delay by taking a few sample shots.

Try specialty shooting mode

When attempting to capture smaller objects with great clarity, Macro mode is your new best friend. The setting can usually be found in the camera app itself. Also, remember to turn this off for other landscape and portrait shots or they will come out very blurry. Some camera apps will turn it off automatically, but it’s a good idea to double check the setting after the first time you use it. Aside from macro mode, there will likely be options for daylight, fluorescent, and even landscapes.

If you have some other awesome tips for smartphone photography, please share with us in the comment.

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