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6 camera hacks for a great smartphone photo

Everyone who’s anyone today is using a Smartphone to take photos; they fit in your purse or pocket, they are always with you and the quality of the images just keeps on getting better. So, we understand how frustrating it can be when, even with the best quality phone camera, your shots don’t always come out the way you wanted. Search no further! We are here to help with our 6 camera hacks for a great smartphone photo to help you get the best shot from your phone! These are handy tricks and methods that we use daily when shooting with our phones. You soon will be on your way to a whole new level of print-worthy photography!

1: Capture the action

Here’s a great hack for capturing the moment perfectly. Movement is not something shy away from. Take a fantastic picture of a movement (like blowing out the birthday candles) by holding down the shutter button down on your phone and keep your finger on it. This will activate the ‘continuous burst’ mode and the camera will keep shooting until you release your finger. Don’t forget to go through your camera roll afterwards and select the winning image. All the rest can be deleted

2: Hit delete

Free storage is your BFF. No matter how easy it is to take thousands of photos so that you don’t miss the moment, it is also vital that you check your photo library regularly and have a good spring clean.  Pick your favorite ones and delete the rest! Don’t leave unwanted images on your phone; you’ll fill up space on phone and make choosing which pics to print so hard. Another great idea is to make a favorites folder on your phone (click the heart on your iPhone or star on your Android) for easy access at a later stage. Stuck for ideas of where to print? We’ve heard about this brilliant company called StoryBoards :-).

3: Up your selfie game

There’s nothing quite like taking that killer selfie shot. You too should be in on all the action. So turn the camera to front-facing for a change and snap away.

4: Change your angle

You probably haven’t noticed this but chances are when you take a photo, you shoot from eye level. A really simple way of changing things up and improving the look of your shots is by starting to change the angles of your phone camera. Start by trying to get to the ground level to take your photos. If you’re photographing kids, crouch down to their level for a different perspective. And for fun, try shooting up high for a birds eye view. See what a difference it makes to the perspective of your images. Once you’ve taken a photo or two from these new angles, don’t forget to upload them to the hashtag #storyboardsphotos and tag @storyboardsphotos so we can see your awesome images!

5: No flash please!

#Noflash. Too much light in a photo makes us look like a ‘deer caught in headlights’  which in photographic language is all called overexposure. Try and switch the flash off and you’ll be amazed by how much your phone can compensate and cope with low lighting. You can access the flash control on your phone’s camera by looking for the lightning bolt. Remember, when you’ve taken some flash-free photos, don’t forget to upload them to the hashtag #storyboardsphotos and tag @storyboardsphotos so we can see your handiwork! 

6: Stay focussed

Have you ever been really excited to print a photo you took on your phone, only to see it up close and realise that it was out of focus and blurry? So frustrating! And when your image is blurry or out of focus, sadly no amount of editing can fix that. But you can learn how to make sure it doesn’t happen again!

Step 1: Decide: Decide what the main focus of your image is. The focus point of your image will draw the viewer’s attention so your focus needs to be on your main subject. 

Step 2: Tap:  Open your camera app, tap on your screen where you want the focus to be and your phone  will readjust the focus point. Notice that the focus point is represented on most phone by a box, usually yellow. Keep on tapping until you have the right spot.

Step 3: Lock focus: Very often you will nail the focus point only to find that it has moved (this happens a lot when someone walks in front of you while you are composing your photo). In order to prevent this, you can lock in the focus point by tapping and holding your finger down for a few seconds. You will know when you have locked in the focus as you’ll see a little lock appear on your screen. Just start with this one small thing and see how much it improves the quality of your photos! Once you’ve taken your new photos, don’t forget to upload them to the hashtag #storyboardsphotos and tag @storyboardsphotos so we can see your beautiful images!


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