How to take good photos of your travels on your smartphone?
Tips | 10.04.2019
Smartphones have, for a long time now, been replacing large cameras when travelling. Of course, it's much more convenient to take photos on your phone and then to immediately upload them to social networks or to share them with friends. A camera phone is enough to convey all your emotions and the value of the moment that you want to share. We are going to take you through the basic principles and talk about the best applications in order to help you create and process the best photos. After all, as in any photo, mobile phone photos are all about the subtleties.
Composition
It doesn't matter what you're shooting, but keeping your proportions in check is always important. In order to make sure your frame is level and to keep your focus, it's worth remembering a few rules.

  • Make sure that the horizon line is level. It's probably the simplest rule when it comes to composition, but its execution will immediately help align the frames
  • The rule of thirds.You can turn on a grid in the camera settings of any smartphone. You'll be able to follow rule three using this. The points of intersection of the lines are considered to be the strong place on the photo, so if you want to select an object, it is better to place it inside them. These lines will make sure you don't overwhelm any skylines or buildings, especially when shooting in the city.
  • Distortion. Do not be intimidated by the new and difficult words. In fact, everything is much simpler than you first think. If you want to take photos of buildings, it may be difficult to get the perfect shot due to their height. As a result, you have to lift your camera back to get everything in the frame. Taking photos like this makes the buildings seem to fall back. So, if you want to replicate the building in your photo just as you see it with your own eyes, you should equalise the distortion.
How can you achieve accuracy in your composition? There are already hundreds of applications available that will help align the frame. If you took your photo and it came out unevenly, you'll be able to fix it in most cases.
Light
Any photographer will tell you that light is the real nitty gritty. We often look at professional photos and wonder why we don't have such vibrant, juicy colours and why our intersections aren't as smooth.
The fact is that photographers often take pictures at dawn or at dusk. There is a concept of soft and hard light. In the bright sun the light is hard, and the frames may be too contrasting or overexposed. In most cases, it's not impossible to fix, but it'll take some time. But at dawn or dusk the light is soft, creating a much better opportunity to take photos.
What should you do if you've already got plans for sunset, but you don't really want to have to wait around for night fall on your trip (you still need to rest after all)? Cloud cover is another scenario with a good photo light. Photographers call this light diffusion or level.
Processing
What we see with our eyes and how it looks on a photo are completely different things. No wonder people say that no picture can completely capture beauty or scale. This is true, although when processing you can emphasis the mood of the shot or even convey sensations you experienced at that moment. Processing on smartphones is really simple. All you need are a few tools, and the filters will do 50% of the work.
Here are a few simple tips to make the frame more interesting:

  • Contrasts will be sure to make your shot much more voluminous. But make sure you don't overdo it, otherwise you'll end up spoiling your shot. For example, you could end up losing details in dark areas, and the shot will look quite rough and unnatural
    • Use sharpness to make your photo clearer and reduce the loss of quality when uploading it online.
    • Exposure, Shadows and Highlights are the main tools you need when working with light when editing your photo. You'll need these settings to correct the brightness, shadows and light areas. Show or hide details. It all depends on your creative concept. If you want to highlight the details in the shadows, pull up the Shadows scroller, and if you think you need to show the details in the light areas, drag the Highlights into negative values.
    • Using filters. You can process them yourself if you really want to delve into the photo, as in the process. If your goal is to process your photo within a few minutes and to share it with your friends, filters are a great option.
    Soft
    You can apply all the tips above using photo processing apps. There are so many nowadays, and it's easy to get confused. We've chosen what we consider to be 5 of the best apps for you.
    VSCO
    App from a well-known company that once created cult presets for photographers that imitate colours used in film. Everything is very simple in the app. The tools available allow you to work with colour and composition. Here you can make a flat and level horizon, crop the picture and equalise the distortion. VSCO has a lot of filters, but there are plenty of freebies to process the images.
    Cortex Cam
    This is perfect for taking pictures in low light conditions. The app creates a series of frames, which later merges into one, therefore allowing you to shoot at dusk. And if you leave Motion Blur active in your settings, lines will appear on the photo when shooting moving objects in the evening.
    Snapseed
    If you want to process photos in more detail, we advise you to take a look at this app. For example, if you want to darken only one object in the shot, just put a dot, select an area and set the settings.
    Afterlight
    Here you'll find all the tools for processing, its own filters, various lights and even the imitation of dust to mimic a film effect. But this isn't the only remarkable feature in this app. You can turn the frames horizontally, and also overlay pictures on each other and create interesting collages.
    TouchRetouch
    Unnecessary details often get into the photo, like random people or even rubbish. TouchRetouch allows you to quickly remove all unnecessary details, which can distract from the mood of the photo or from the object that you want to show.
    If you want to take beautiful shots when travelling (and not only), then it is worth remembering these three things: light, composition and processing. Despite all the advice, a lot of things dictate how you see beauty and how you want to show it, and this is completely subjective. To learn, take as many photos as you like, and most of all, don't be afraid to experiment!
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