If you have read my previous two columns on this subject “Droidography – Shooting Tips with Droid Phones” and “Droidography – Shooting Tips with Droid Phones, Part Deux“, hopefully you thought the information was useful enough to read this third and final one on Shooting Tips with Droid Phones (or any cell phone camera!). Cell Phone cameras have come a long way and they are only going to get better!
9. Im Ready for my Closeup, Mr. Director – Most of the new Droids have a Macro Setting which is very useful for closeup shots. You will have to manually select it in order to be sure it turns on for those closeups photos you seek. Also as mentioned in an earlier column, don’t forget to turn it back off or set your lens to auto. Otherwise your longer distance shots are going to be noisy, blurry, and just all around look crappy. Usually if you leave you camera setting on “auto” it will automatically adjust for the shot but not always. Sometimes you may have to manually select it for the shot you want.
10. Shoot Now, Edit Later – Alot of times when I am out shooting with my Droid in hand, I dont have time to frame the exact perfect shot. So I take a shot that I am not entirely happy with and will use the on camera cropping and editing to get it looking better or how I want. Of course I can also use one of those apps (which are still on my phone!) I have reviewed in past columns to do my on camera editing.
After a bit of tweaking this shot turned out pretty good…a spider friend my wife found in the shower one morning. I was able to catch and release him outside unharmed.
11. Yes Yes No No – As you use your Droid to take photos you will probably get some you really like that turn out how you want them. However, you will inevitably get some that dont turn out the way you want. Keep them! You never know after giving them a second glance how they might be useful for you in future even from an artistic standpoint. Abstract images are still art.
12. Practice makes perfect – If you want to get better at taking photos, follow my tips and most of all practice and try different things. If you are like me you have your phone with you most of the time and the opportunity for a great shot could be just around the corner. Always make sure if you take photos of people that you have permission to publish them, but otherwise have fun and keep at it! You will improve with every photo you take.
I hope these tips were useful to you and I have helped you at least a little bit. As always thanks for reading and we will see you next time.–