12 tricks to take great photos with your smartphone camera

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With smartphone cameras getting better at each iteration, plus the fact that it’s your constant companion, taking photos using phones is now second nature to most people.

However, this doesn’t mean that everyone who owns a smartphone takes great photos. Just like professional photographers, you’d need a set of tricks up your sleeve, and high quality equipment to produce stunning images.

With the help of a smartphone armed with various functions like the recently launched Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+, and these 12 simple tricks, you’ll be that much closer to turning a decent picture into a great one.

1. Avoid digital zoom

If you need to get closer to a subject, move closer towards it. Pictures turn out pixelated when you digitally zoom and this is a sign of amateur photography.

That’s because all the in-camera zoom function does is to enlarge the image area at the center of the frame and crop away the edges of the picture. Enlarging the zoomed area of the picture means enlarging the pixels, which reduces the image resolution and quality.

In a gist, pictures will turn out clearer if you are physically close to the subject, and if you happen to be miles away from it, you’re better off not taking the picture at all.

2. Lights. Camera. Action.

Good lighting is important in photography as it directs the attention to the subject, highlighting its distinctive features. One of the simplest tricks to taking great pictures is to ensure that your subject is facing the light source while you have your back to it. If not, you would have to rely on heavy photo-editing later on, which will result in a washed out picture when you adjust the lighting levels.

However, there are times when you just don’t have good lighting. This is where technology comes in to help you out. Some smartphones feature a special function that is immediately activated in low light conditions. Take for example the Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ that has a 16MP rear camera with built-in OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). OIS is automatically activated when shooting in low light to capture brighter, clearer, and shake-free images, which is extremely useful if there is no way you can get a good light source.

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