INFOGRAPHIC: How to Take Great Photos Using Your Windows Phone

Are you using a Windows phone? Here’s how to Take Great Photos Using Your Windows Phone. Learn tips and tricks from this infographic.


How to take best photos from your windows phone?

Obviously you use your smartphones to take selfies or pictures and use less of digital cameras. So if you have a windows smartphone and want to have the best pictures then here are some of the tips to follow:

1. Avoid Digital Zoom

Many people think that to zoom the target image you will get a better picture. This can be true for digital cameras but for smartphone cameras specially the windows phone this doesn’t work well.

Optical zoom works by extending the lens out from the camera – put simply, the lens actually moves closer to the thing you’re trying to photograph. Digital zoom doesn’t move – after all, and you cannot see a lens extending from your phone when you hit zoom. Digital zoom creates the effect of making the subject look closer on your screen by cropping the image and enlarging it. This leads to stretched pixels and lower image quality.

2. Apply rule of the thirds

Good composition can take your photography from scruffy to sophisticated in a few simple steps. It’s all about how the people and objects in your photos are arranged. The rule of thirds is a photography term that breaks up the frame into different boxes using a grid of horizontal and vertical lines. These lines act as guides showing you where your subject should be.

The idea is they should be to the left or right of the centre but not quite in the centre. You can bring rule of thirds photography to your phone with the framing grid in the Windows Camera app.

3. Use the volume button to take a picture

When taking a photo on your smartphone, pressing the screen is the natural way to release the shutter. But it’s worth tweaking your settings to use the volume rocker as the shutter button instead. Because when pressing directly onto the screen you’re likely to slightly knock your angle. Also with no actual button to push, it can be harder to be precise and your camera is likely to slip.

Some phones have the volume button automatically set as an alternative shutter. If not you should be able to set it up easily in the camera settings menu.

4. Know the basics of manual camera settings

To get images like a pro you should learn and know the basics of manual camera settings. Professional and amateur photographers adjust exposure, white balance and shutter speed to change the look and feel of their photos.

Exposure controls how much light is used to make a picture – meaning you can end up with a brighter or darker photograph. While ISO makes your camera more sensitive to light for better photos in dimly-lit rooms.

In the Microsoft Camera app you can experiment with manual settings on your Windows 10 phone. Tweak exposure and ISO to create an arty or professional look.

5. Use Microsoft Photos App

Often your photos can be ruined by few imperfections. Use the Microsoft Photos app to improve such pictures. You can adjust brightness and contrast, tweak colours and crop images. Get rid of red-eye and other annoying things. See your edited photo side by side with the original to judge your changes.

The more you get into smartphone photography the more photos you will be taking. With your best shots all muddled up with your not-so-best shots it can be hard to keep everything organised. Use the Microsoft Photos app to organise your pictures.

These apps help your photos by automatically creating albums for you, which you can then edit to get the exact mix you want or create a folder by name or date. As Photos works with One Drive – Microsoft’s online storage service – your photos are backed up. This means you can free valuable space on your phone. Apps like 500px, Photoshop Express, InstaSign, One shot, Camera 360, Nokia Panorama, Photosynth, Blink, Dual Shot Lazy Lens are few of the popular apps that work well with Windows phones.  You can download these apps from Microsoft store and give it a try.