How to Get the Best Shot: Smartphone Photography Tips

November 12, 2020

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How to Get the Best Shot: Smartphone Photography Tips

When you go hiking, you’ll see some of the most picturesque scenes nature has to offer. We know you’ll want to preserve those views as memories for yourself and share them with friends, family, and followers.

During your adventure, you’ll want to capture photos of these breathtaking landscapes and animals quickly. When you have to change the settings on your camera or figure out complicated functions, that process takes you out of the moment.

In order to capture — and fully enjoy — every memorable moment while keeping your load light, consider swapping out your professional camera for a smartphone. Taking a quick snapshot with your phone is a frustration-free and lightweight way to practice nature photography. Keep our four simple tips in mind during your next hike to optimize your phone photography.

4 Easy Photography Tips

If you’re thinking about swapping your camera with your phone, understanding its features and how you can use them is crucial. Many smartphones are on par with traditional cameras. Certain features, like digital zoom instead of optical, inhibit the smartphone from beating the DSLR camera across the board.

Still, the convenience, functions, and connectivity of your phone make it more accessible than more complicated cameras. Use these four nature photography tips to take the best photos on your next hike:

  • Straighten the horizon: When your photo is tilted or skewed, you spend more time editing it later. Realigning your shot will crop out parts of the photo that can’t fit within the new edges. That means your photo loses some of the beauty you wanted to preserve.
  • Use the rule of thirds: For photos with professional composition, turn on your grid and align the horizon with the top or bottom guide line. Subjects like people, trees, and animals can move between sections.
  • Think about lighting: Shooting in good lighting produces better photos and some lighting elements are in your control. Adjust focus and exposure to choose what light makes it into your photo and where your eye travels.
  • Take burst photos: Even if you’re photographing a landscape, your subject changes every second. Think about trees moving in the wind, clouds drifting through the sky, and birds flying past. Taking burst photos lets you capture everything for a few seconds. This tip is great for getting the perfect photo of falling leaves or other spontaneous happenings.

Experienced hikers know the importance of carrying only essential gear to keep their pack as light as possible. Your smartphone is a small, lightweight replacement for devices like professional cameras, radios, compasses and flashlights. Its versatility makes it one of the most useful items you can bring on your hike, even in areas without service.

The rest of your gear should be efficiently designed, too. DutchWare specializes in high-quality hiking and camping products with ultra-lightweight options for backpackers. Browse our selection of hammocks, shelter solutions, clothing, food, and even DIY gear. Contact us for more information about how we can help you choose the best gear for your needs.

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