So today I’ve been doing a bit of research on how to make the most of it. While a phone camera without a flash is still rather limited in what it can do, it can do a surprisingly good job when given the chance. (The photos on this page are all taken without a flash.) I thought I’d share some of the most useful, less obvious, tips that I came across on various sites around the web.
1. Take lots of photos. Try out all the settings, take shots in all sorts of situations and study the result. It doesn’t matter if they’re totally useless or uninteresting and you delete most or all of them – when you do need to use your phone to take a shot you’ll be well prepared. (I spent the morning taking photos all around the house and garden. None of them are exhibition winners, but I now feel much more familiar with the settings and the strengths and weakness of my phone camera.)
2. Set the photo resolution and/or quality to the highest possible value. If you don’t have much storage space for the resulting large files on your phone, this could be a problem. But most phones these days take a memory card, and you can save photos to the card rather than to the phone itself.
4. Allow the camera time to complete the shot before you move. Most phone-cameras have a significant delay between the ‘click’ of the button and when the the shot is actually processed. If you move while it’s working, the result will be blurred. For the same reason, if you’re trying to catch a moving object, you may need to ‘click’ before it comes into view because of the shutter lag time.
To see what’s possible with a phone camera and learn more tips, have a look at this National Geographic site.