Summer is finally here, and when the sun’s shining, there’s no better time to show off on social media with some stunning sunny snaps. With that in mind, here are our five hot tips for summer photography on your smartphone.
1. Your camera knows best
Lots of phones now come with AI technology built into the camera, which helps you take professional-looking photos anywhere you go. Its clever sensors figure out what you’re looking at and adjusts the settings to get the best shot.
Whether you’re taking photos of the pooch at the park, a plate of mouth-watering BBQ food or a landmark you’ve travelled to see in the sunshine, artificial intelligence can adjust the camera settings to give you amazing pictures. That means you don’t need to fiddle around with your settings – just aim and capture. Nice and easy.
A prime example of AI camera technology at its best is the incredible Huawei P30. It’s got a powerful processor packed in and a huge 28-hour battery life, so your phone won’t get bogged down even if you spend all day on those power-hungry editing apps.
Interested? Get the Huawei P30 today.
2. A doubly good photo
Most phones these days come with a dual-lens camera under the hood, and some even have triple lenses now. But are two or three lenses really better than one?
In short, yes. Why? Because, with a dual-lens camera you can snap between both lenses easily on the fly, giving you different results depending on what you’re taking a picture of.
It can help you get sharper images with more detail, give you an ultra-wide-angle frame or help you take photos with a shallow depth of field, making the subject of your photo really pop.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has almost everything going for it – with a stunning edge-to-edge display and the amazing TrueVision triple camera. The ultra-wide lens will bring your landscape shots to life, and there’s no more squishing needed to get everyone in the group photo.
Get yourself a Samsung Galaxy S10 now.
3. Use the power of Portrait Mode
When it comes to putting your friends and family in the frame, nothing looks quite as professional as a portrait and now, you can use ‘Portrait Mode’ right on your phone.
It uses your dual-lens cameras to keep the subject sharp, while creating a beautifully blurred background – perfect if you want to keep the focus on someone special in a gorgeous summery setting. Fancy putting yourself in the picture? You can even take selfies in portrait mode with the front camera on some phones.
One of our favourite phones to feature portrait mode is the iPhone Xs, because its advanced sensor means you can carry on taking photos even when the natural light from the sun disappears. So, the party doesn’t have to stop, and you don’t have to settle for dark pictures where you can’t tell if it’s your bestie or the cat.
Take a look at the iPhone Xs.
4. Become a selfie master
If you love a good selfie and you’re keen to up the Insta ante this summer, a dual-lens camera with a wide-angle lens on the front is the only answer.
A selfie may just be a selfie but without the extra field of view, you won’t be able to fit more of your friends – or the background – into the frame. The latest phone cameras let you avoid the stress of having to ask bystanders to take pictures of you and your mates at the seaside or a rooftop bar.
With the Google Pixel 3, you can take amazing selfies and even get everyone packed in for great group selfies. It’s got an amazing low light sensor too, so if you’re off camping, you can snap some selfies by the campfire with stunning detail.
Take a look at the Google Pixel 3.
5. Boost the dynamic range
We’re talking HDR – which stands for High Dynamic Range. Put simply, it takes three pictures with a single click, but each has a different exposure level: an overexposed, underexposed and balanced shot. Then it stacks all three together to create a bold image, rich with shadowing and highlighting.
So, popping your camera on ‘HDR mode’ will help eliminate any overexposed or underexposed anxieties you may have – giving you nothing but beautifully detailed photos.
One phone you might have heard of that features this must-have HDR tech is the Honor View 20. The massive 48MP main camera combined with the speedy AI processor means you get ‘Instagenic’ shots anywhere, anytime.
Check out the Honor View 20.
Got any photography questions? Does your phone take perfect summer snaps, and it’s not mentioned in our list? Let us know in the comments below.