How to take better pictures with your Android smartphone


smartphones can now take impressive photos. Mobile sensors improved so that they can substitute without problem for a compact camera. Still need to know how to use it, because even with a view to quality, it is not always obvious. Here are some tips for taking beautiful pictures with its Android smartphone


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in the space of two years, the cameras of our smartphones have been improved. Now, I don’t get only my mobile to post a photo by here and there on Facebook or Instagram and more and more users have replaced their compact camera by their smartphone . Still need to know to take great photos because if the quality is not always at the rendezvous, it isn’t necessarily the fault of the photo sensor.


Here are all our tips to improve the quality of photos taken with with its Android smartphone


take the time to make a nice picture


even if you have the best camera phone on the market , it will take time for your device for let its development . Almost all smartphones running Google’s OS have an autofocus, which allows them to auto focus. The sensor will adjust the sharpness by selecting one or more points of the image. It is also possible to do a manual focus by touching the screen.


To make sure your update will be successful, the first trick is to make the image you see in the viewfinder of your phone or the net as possible, even if you need to wait a second longer for this. From there on, you can press the shutter button. To do this, simply target the object without moving, then take your picture. And be sure to hold the camera with both hands.


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choose the manual mode


most of the mobile cameras now offer a Pro or manual mode that lets you take the hand on almost all settings. It is more or less limited according to the manufacturers because all allow RAW format and manual controls of the API Camera2 but overall they offer more options than the automatic mode (exhibition,… white balance).


Once under control, the manual mode will give you more accuracy than automatic mode that even if there is good most of the time, calculates not always my shot to perfection.



play with the ISO


two years ago, Sony was breaking new ground by offering a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12,800 on my Xperia Z3, thereby improving its ability to take great photos in low light. It’s great for night shots. Except that when the light is already satisfactory, it is useless, even dangerous to increase the ISO Unit.


Why? Simply because the ISO sensitivity is strong, the picture will be noisy and less it will be net . At night, we will that advise you to take your photos in automatic mode to enjoy the best possible configuration. On the other hand, day when the brightness is satisfactory, lowering the ISO at least will remain the best option. Note that all smartphones do not yet go below ISO 100.


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use the HDR function


you find that your photos are too dull or too overexposed? Why not take your photos in HDR mode . This function shows on almost all smartphones market will actually capture several images with several different levels of exposure. The software will then combine the images together to offer you a end result more bright and often closer to what your eyes observe that of what your camera “sees.”


HDR mode is particularly useful for landscape pictures, when you realize a portrait in full sun or when brightness is low. The capture time will be a little longer since the device will take three or five photos instead of one.


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know the rule of thirds


If you ask a photographer, he will often answer that the composition of the photo is the most important factor for its success. To do this, the photographers use, most of the time, the rule of thirds, also used in paint. The image is divided into nine parts with three horizontal and three vertical lines.


The goal is then to place the subject to be photographed in one of the corners of the rectangle in the Middle . The effect is often interesting but still watch the dead space.


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use the manual controls of the API Camera 2


the API Camera 2 of Google has brought many new features to our photo sensors and expanded the possibilities of photography on mobile. Unfortunately, very few smartphones operate it really the fault of manufacturers. There are manual controls for Camera 2 on a handful of smartphones, including Samsung, LG and HTC.


Manual Camera

including the API will give you the ability to control the shutter speed (exposure time) and out your photos in RAW format . In the present case, it is especially the control shutter speed that interests us. Remember only two things, more lie the exposure time, less your photos will be noisy, however the slightest movement of the hand for the shooting may make it fuzzy.


To check if your smartphone is compatible with the Google API Camera 2 manual controls, you can use the Manual Camera Compatibility application available for free in the Google Play Store .





don’t hesitate to retouch your images


even with all the advice we gave you above, it may happen that the final result is not up to your expectations. Your photo will be overexposed perhaps, point seem bland. Fortunately, most of the time, a small editing allows to resolve the problem and achieve optimal quality.


There are of course several editing as Snapseed tools with its “HDR” function or the “Vibrant” effect of Photoshop Express. But rather than make you download a ton of Android applications , we restrict ourselves only to one you probably already who is none other than Google Photos and which has a powerful editing tool.





to retouch an image slightly palotte, here’s how:


  • go to Google Photos and open the photo you want to retouch

  • click on the pencil icon to bring up the editing tool

  • you’ll see different -editing options. The AutoFix tool will suit some but not others. Fortunately, there are three tools to manually edit the brightness, the intensity of colors and contrasts which, if used well, will give you a quite satisfactory, as you will see in the examples below.

Example 1


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example 2


retoucher photo Android before

retoucher photo smartphone Android after

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