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Fortunately, understanding light doesn't have to involve pricey equipment and years of education. Patience and practice will lead you to the most amazing opportunities, ones that will help you capture a WOW photo of absolutely anything. Using the tips below, you'll be able to take incredible photos with your smartphone, no matter where you are.
Just because your photos look too harsh or overexposed doesn't mean you're a horrible photographer. In this situation, the culprit is simply bad lighting! Experimenting with the right types of light will help you understand both lighting and your smartphone on a much deeper level.
Well-lit photographs are a result of well-lit environments. An example of this is the golden hour, which is a time of day shortly after sunrise or right before sunset when the sun's light is neither too harsh nor too weak. This perfect lighting creates a golden atmosphere ideal for smartphone photographers of all kinds.
Another example worth embracing is diffused light. Cloudy, gloomy days don't have to be your creative enemies. Clouds create a soft glow that can be enhanced using a reflective substance. If you don't have a professional reflector at hand, make one yourself using a sheet of paper or any white material. Even foil will do! Your DIY reflector can then be used to reflect the cloud's glow and make your subject's face stand out.
If you're working with back lighting, an overexposed background will result in unnecessarily bright photos. To fix this issue, use your smartphone's brightness slider to handle the amount of light that enters your camera. This is one of the many quick tips shared on day one of the free smartphone photography course.
Tap and swipe vertically (iPhone) or horizontally (some Androids) to access this brightness (exposure) slider. If this feature isn't available - download a camera app that provides you manual photo-taking controls, like ProCam 5 for iOS or Camera FV-5 for Android.
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