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Whatever you do, don’t zoom: How to take successful photos with your smartphone

24. July 2018 Published by Raphael Doerr

The fourth part of our series is all about your smartphone’s technology. And it doesn’t matter what model you use – you can apply our tips very easily with any smartphone.

Pay attention to image quality

You can change the image quality very simply in the settings for your smartphone camera. You should choose as high an image quality as possible, even though that means the pictures will take up more space. However, a higher image quality also means you have greater options when editing them later.

But many smartphones, like our Gigaset GS370, offer even more: Thanks to the innovative bokeh effect, you can used background fuzziness in a pinpointed manner in your composition. The Gigaset GS370 also has a 5-MP (GS370) and 8-MP (GS370 plus) camera and a large range of artistic effects – from “Beauty” mode to picture-in-picture mode. That means there are many settings you can use to create perfect pictures and so save time editing them later.

Don’t use the flash

One mistake we repeatedly observe: Frequent use of the flash integrated in the smartphone. But you should always avoid that – as you should also do with any other camera. The flash only illuminates what is directly in front of it – and that’s very often nothing but dust. And it probably does nothing else but dazzle the person you’re photographing. Instead, use an external light you can mount on your phone. That ensures a uniform source of light.

The integrated flash is particularly popular for taking photos at concerts. However, you should avoid using it.

Don’t zoom

Smartphones do not have an optical, but a digital zoom. You should use it only in exceptional cases, since the digital zoom impairs the quality of photos. So try ways of simply getting closer to your motif if you can.


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