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Smartphones have come a long way since their dawn!! Back in the day, we had a couple of operating systems such as windows phone, Symbian, blackberry os and many more. Today’s world has been monopolised by 2 smartphone operating systems, Android and iOS, the latter of which is a closed operating system. Since the base software across all Android phones remains the same, its easy to get lost in a specification war between phones and this way usually lead to the notion that higher is better!! Higher screen resolution is better than lower screen resolution, Higher speaker volume is better than lower speaker volume and higher megapixel camera are better than lower megapixel ones!!

When it comes to smartphone camera’s megapixels are not all you need to consider while shell out a pretty penny for a brand new phone. Megapixel when put plainly means a million pixels. So the higher the megapixel in a camera, the higher the resolution your photos are!! Although with a higher megapixel smartphone camera you can get more detailed photos, you would never be able to actually notice all these details. A 1080p Tv which is the gold standard for television is only 2.1 megapixels and a 4k tv, which is yet to universally adopted is only 8.4 megapixels. That being said you would always be covered as all smartphone camera’s today have camera resolutions in the double digits.

Not to say that Camera resolution is not important, Higher camera resolution always helps when going for large size prints printing but for the normal person who is not going to use his smartphone to print high detailed prints, he will more than covered for his instadaily posts.

So if megapixels don’t matter than what does?

Here are a couple of additional factors you can consider while you make your purchase decisions.

  • Pixel size - You must be familiar to hearing the term “microns” on all smartphone camera reviews. Micron is the measurement term used to determine the size of individual pixels in a smartphone. Since a pixel represents the light captured, a bigger pixel will capture more light and herein give a better image. The greater the pixel size of a camera, the better the photos, a 1.4 micron sensor will always be better to a 1 micron sensor.

  • Aperture - Aperture means the opening in the camera for the light to pass. Photos taken in the night are more grainy and blurry as compared to those taken in the day.. This is because the more the light a camera sensor gets the better it can shoot images. Therefore, it makes sense to choose a camera with a greater aperture, so that more light is captured by the camera sensor. Aperture is represented by f/value, the higher the value the smaller is the aperture and vice versa.

  • Image stabilisation - You would have heard the term OIS and EIS been thrown around with some smartphone marketing videos. OIS stands for Optical Image Stabilisation and EIS stands for Electronic image stabilisation. OIS is a hardware feature of a camera where the camera can move in different directions in its socket, so it can compensate for the shakiness of taking some photos. OIS is really great for video recording, so if you plan to buy a camera for taking videos, make sure it has OIS. EIS, is basically stabilisation managed by camera software. As a rule of thumb OIS will always be better than EIS.

  • Camera software - There is only so much you can do with the little space a camera has on a smartphone. To fill this gap camera software is very important. Have you ever noticed how your photos will look different when taken from snapchats inbuilt camera and Instagrams built in camera software? This is because software always plays a really important gap in tuning hardware. Today most of the smartphones rely on mainly the same set of camera sensors, but what does change between vendors is the camera software. When you edit a photo, you can see how you can change the saturation, brightness and other controls, basically camera software judges the scenario and adjusts these automatically while you take a photo. When choosing a smartphone, always read through some reviews to get a better understanding of how the software takes images.

So I hope you have a deeper understanding on all the factors to consider before you go ahead and purchase a smartphone for shooting some great pictures.

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  • Brighten your images - Since images are darker when they are printed, it is advisable to use editing software to increase the brightness of the image before you sent them in for printing. If you're using your smartphone, you can use Snapseed, which is a google editing app. It is available both on Playstore and apple’s App Store. If you're on a Mac, apple’s native editing tool photos also does a great job. You can also use online tools for editing your photos. https://www.befunky.com/features/photo-editor/ is a good one.
  1. Avoid Photo compression - Whatsapp, Instagram and other social media platforms all compress images when you upload images onto their server. Never use Social media sent images for printing, they will be compressed for web-view only and will definitely result in lower-quality prints. You can use google drive, gmail, dropbox and other sharing platforms.

  • Cropping images - You will need to crop your images in the aspect ratio of the prints you want to get them printed. Always choose reputed tools for cropping your image. On your smartphone you can use Snapseed, On a desktop you can use apps like photoshop that are meant for photo editing and even the native app for Mac’s photos does a good job with the same. On our site we have a built in cropping tool that does not hamper the quality of your images when you send them over for printing. 

       

Here are some product-specific tips.

  • Square prints/ polaroid prints/ magnets/ retro photo magnets - These prints when printed have a glossy look to them. You would need to crop your images in the 1:1 format and increase the brightness of your image by about 15-20%. Also photos shot in portrait work well for these prints and both smartphone and professional camera photos work great with these prints

  • Photo posters - You would need to use our in-house cropping tool on our website for these. They would require you to edit the image to brighten the image by 20% and its advisable to use professional camera photos for these. Both portrait and landscape photos work great with these prints.

  • Giant photo frames and Giant photo strips - Images used in these prints need to cropped in 1:1 format and brightness needs to be increased by 20%. Photos shot in Portrait work well these prints and it is advisable to use professional camera photos for these.

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They say the best camera is the one you always have on yourself!! Smartphone cameras have gotten really good in the recent times to the extent that we don’t need to carry separate cameras for our digital needs. Social media platforms are showcasing stunning photos shot on phones that look like they have been taken using professional equipment.

Are you one of those persons who hasn’t had much luck getting your desired images through smartphone cameras?? Here are a couple of unique tips that can help you to take your smartphone camera skills to the next level.

  1. Using optimal camera software - Photo quality is as much dependant on software as it is on hardware. Usually, people often use “megapixels’ to determine the quality of a phone camera, that norm is now ever-changing. While it true a high megapixel camera will produce a photo of higher resolution, those photos can often be washed out, have really bad exposure and colour science. The best smartphone cameras in the market today like to Pixel 3 have mere 12 Megapixel sensors, this is a smartphone camera software has developed leaps and bounds. Companies like google and apple use artificial intelligence in their software to make photos look more realistic and desirable. Yes!! Different camera apps on your phone will produce different qualities of the image. You can also sideload google’s official camera app for any android phone and take advantage of all the software advantages it has.

  2. Editing your images - You can always edit your smartphone images to make them look as you please. Apps like Snapseed are really great for the same. Moreover, if you are more into professional photography, I would recommend you to click all your pictures in raw format. RAW as it sounds means taking the unformatted picture that your camera sensor takes. The advantage of taking raw pictures is that you not only get the highest quality image, but you also get a base image that can be more readily modified according to your needs.One thing to keep in mind is taking raw photos is only for the more experienced photographers who know how to edit their photos using professional editing software like Lightroom, for the rest you are better off leaving your photos on auto mode. Find below the camera picture edited with snapseed .                                                                                                                                                                                      

  3. HDR - You would have seen this sign saying HDR in your camera viewfinder with options such as auto, on, off. HDR stand for High Dynamic Range, which is the ratio between the light and dark areas of photography. What this basically means is that turning on HDR makes sure that the bright elements in your image don’t overshadow the dark ones and the dark elements don’t overshadow the light ones. It makes a perfectly balanced photo. HDR takes 3 consecutive photos at different exposure levels to produce one photo that is well balanced. In laymen terms leaving HDR on is always better than turning it off. Find teh image below with and without HDR settings.                                                                                      

  4. Rule of Thirds - Have you ever seen this Grid option on your camera view finder that converts your viewfinder into 9 equal squares, this is to take advantage of the rule of thirds. Studies show that people tend to never concentrate on the centre of an image, they always look off centre. This can be demonstrated by the rule of thirds, which is a rule of thumb that marks all the off centre points by using the intersections of the grids. Basically you are better off placing the main focus of your image at the intersection of the lines used to form a grid. Using rule of thirds will offer a more visually attractive image. Check the video link which explains the best way to capture any subject using the rule of thirds- teh best composition tips. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V4uuNdmRHc&list=PLG3eOzJfQr2e2OD4W0GmcSpO5oZ-c5FIu&index=3

                  

  5. Setting up of camera shortcuts - If you want to get better at mobile photography you will also need to be ready for all those surprise shots you need to click instantly. Thankfully smartphone processors have evolved to provide seamless opening and closing of the camera app. Set up camera shortcuts for all your phones. This is the case for usually all android phones, although some companies like one plus also offer off screen gestures. If you have an android phone the chances are that you probably have to enable this option in your system settings. For iPhone users you can set up the virtual home button, which can take you directly to the camera app.

  6. Manual Mode - Remember back in 2015 when manual mode was first introduced on smartphones and there was a lot of hype around it. Nowadays all phones have manual camera features. They might be also termed as “pro” mode on your camera apps. We recommend learning what each of the terms appearing in manual mode means and does to an image. You can check out this as a more detailed guide - www.creativelive.com/blog/common-photography-terms/. These manual operations can help you get some really different perspective shots.

            

Remember that you don’t always need expensive camera gear to get good photos. Following these tips will give better pictures right of the back. You can get all your awesome photos printed down at our website www.recapture.in , we have a plethora of different prints to cater to your smartphone photography needs.

             

       

     

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