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5 Tips for Improving Your Android Photography

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Your Android's camera is capable of capturing stunning images when used properly. However, like all cameras, the best pictures are rarely a result of point-and-shoot luck. If you'd like to take beautiful photos during your travels to share with friends, family, or the world, try these tips to improve the quality of your Android photos.


1. The Flash Reveals Details Even in Natural Light
Just because it's bright and sunny outside doesn't mean you should turn off the flash. This burst of light can brighten shadows and compensate for overexposure, two problems that can occur on even the nicest days.

2. Lose the Flash and Use the ISO Settings for Night Shots
Night shots look washed out and flat when a bright flash is used. On the other hand, a low-level flash never seems to be enough. As an alternative, you can manually edit your camera’s settings to mimic the right film speeds. Turn it up to about 400, set the stabilizer, and ask your subject to be as still as possible. The results will be rich images that take full advantage of the available light.

3. Forget the Digital Zoom
Novices just can't keep their fingers off the digital zoom. Keep in mind that unlike a mechanical lens, the digital zoom doesn't move or physically magnify the picture. Instead, it just enlarges the pixels for a less detailed picture. Instead of zooming, get closer to your target and blow up the results on your computer.

4. Pay Attention to the Lighting
Professional lighting equipment isn't necessary for a great picture. Instead, take advantage of your surroundings by keeping the brightest light to your back and looking for other sources of soft light. To do it like the pros, look for three light sources. The key light should be a bright light source close to, and usually behind, the camera, the fill light is set to the side for softer shadows, and the back light is positioned relatively far behind or to the side of the subject for depth. This can be as simple as using windows and soft lamps to their best advantage.

5. Try a New Photo App
The Android market has plenty of photo apps that can help you take great pictures or fix them after the fact. Here are a few of the most popular downloads:


  • Vignette - This app offers 100 different special effects and works with the image's full resolution.


  • PicsIn Photo Studio – Create collages, add bubble text, draw in special features, or use the "goo" effects to twist or stretch your subject's face.


  • FXCamera - The simplicity of this free app continues to make it popular even though it only includes a few special effects like Fisheye, ToyCam, and Warhol. It's a great option for anyone who doesn't want to spend hours learning a new app.


  • Pro Paint Camera - This free app replaces the default software that controls the camera on your Android. It adds a number of features including filters, special effects, sharing capabilities, focus control, and clipart.


Good ideas and know-how is much more important than having professional equipment. Cell phone photography is a new medium that will only get bigger as camera phones become better, and who knows, maybe you could be the Ansel Adams of cell phone photography.

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