8 Ways To Improve Photos From Your Android Smartphone: Figuring Out The Settings

Mobile photography seems simple. Take it out, shoot it, get the picture. The software will set all the necessary settings. However, to get a high-quality photo, it is worth understanding the basic settings of the camera. Just compare your photos before you applied the tips below and after. You will see a huge difference.  Let’s talk about them. 

Enable HDR

In this mode, photos are obtained more volumetric and with more colors. In it, the smartphone takes a series of photos with different exposures, and the software stitches them together.

It is best suited for shooting landscapes. In normal mode, the photo in front of the sun is flat, and the objects are darkened. By turning HDR on, the picture becomes much better with more details and more evenly distributed light.

The HDR button is usually located at the top of the camera app interface. Make sure it’s always on. The camera will take one second longer to take the photo, and the result will be many times better.

Disable the watermark

The watermark is added to the camera on almost every Android smartphone. In the bottom corner of the photo, the model of the device and the number of camera modules are indicated. And the problem is that it’s usually on by default, and users don’t change the settings.

It’s unlikely that users like this feature. In social networks we want to show the captured image, the smartphone model label is an unnecessary element. Moreover, it is not customary to show off an Android device. It is worth removing in the settings.

The way: in the camera app, go to “Advanced” -> “Settings” -> “Watermark” and remove it.

Turn on the grid

You can add a grid to the viewfinder, which makes it easier to compose your shot. For example, when shooting a portrait, make sure the subject is at the right angle.

There is a “rule of thirds” – the principle of composition, according to which the image is divided into three equal parts horizontally and vertically. If you place the main object in one of these zones, you get a competent shot.

The way: in the camera app, go to “Settings” and turn on “Grid”.

Turn on the horizon

A major problem for non-professional photographers is a crooked horizon. It can be corrected by processing, but there are problems with this. The software can crop the image so that it ruins the composition, and the jpeg-format image loses quality during editing.

The best solution is not to make a mistake when taking a picture. In the camera app, there is a Horizon feature on the top panel. You’ll see when you’re holding the phone unevenly: handy for novice photographers.

Disable camera shutter release by fingerprint

The mobile market still sells smartphones with fingerprint scanners on the back. Such a sensor is multifunctional – it unlocks the device, but also allows you to lower the notification curtain and take a picture.

Reaching for the digital shutter button at the bottom of the screen is not always convenient. Especially in the case of a large smartphone – it is unrealistic to do it on the outstretched hand. Therefore, manufacturers offer alternatives: a snapshot by pressing the volume control knob or the fingerprint scanner.

The latter method is not the solution to the problem. Reaching for the fingerprint scanner on an outstretched hand is as problematic as reaching for the number button. In addition, it causes random taps: holding the smartphone, you will unwittingly touch the fingerprint sensor and the device will take random photos. Then you’ll have to clear the gallery of them.

Use Continuous Shooting

If you press the shutter button, the camera will take a burst shot. This feature is available on almost every Android smartphone.

The point of continuous shooting is to choose the best shot out of many. Useful when photographing moving objects, such as animals or children.

Disable Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is added to the camera of almost every Android smartphone, especially promoted by Huawei and Honor. The essence of this feature is that algorithms recognize one of the hundreds of shooting scenarios and optimize the parameters.

Huawei and Honor cameras are indeed the best in the world. Except that artificial intelligence is probably the most useless feature in them. Far more important are the zoom, night mode, optical stabilization, and so on. The same goes for other brands. When evaluating the camera you should look at other parameters and features, and do not attach importance to the presence of artificial intelligence.

Most often it is useless. All improvements are that colors become more contrasty. Moreover, it will make the colors look unnatural if you take an early sunset with no pink color and the sky looks very pale blue. That is why it is better to turn off artificial intelligence.

Change the viewing angle, if possible

Since 2018, brands have been releasing smartphones with at least two modules – a basic one and an ultra-wide-angle one. The first one has a viewing angle of about 80 degrees, and the second one, respectively, up to 120 degrees.

The essence of this solution is to change the viewing angle depending on the shooting scenarios. The main module is used when you want to capture a specific object – a person, animal, or interior element. The ultra-wide-angle module is used to capture a space or a large object – a landscape, a room, a building. Photos are most effective in narrow streets or corridors.

Don’t get carried away with the ultra-wide-angle module, though: it distorts proportions and greatly reduces detail. If naturalness is important to you, use the main module.