The accessibility of cameras in mobile phones can definitely do much more than taking splendid selfies. Definitely, the satisfaction of selfies notwithstanding, a mobile camera is an excellent tool for practicing real photography. To start with, there is this typical myth about mobile phones incapable of delivering HD quality. With highly specialized technology being accessible in latest smartphones, where you can click in high pixels (HD = rich with pixels), the images come out in excellently when printed 8 x 10” or in higher specifications.
An evolving art form
You can also find local, regional, and international competitions on best photographs clicked on a smartphone. It is actually little surprising as to why this is not more popular than it already is, given the ubiquitous worldwide accessibility. Then again, many professional photographers, models, artists, and designers have been prolific in sharing their images on photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram and social media. Several of such pages have hundreds and thousands of followers, clearly indicating the improvements in mobile photography.
Are you confident that you have that artistic vision that can tell a special story? Do you think mobile phone cameras can be much more useful than clicking selfies and group photos? If this is so, then you are in league with many aspiring photo artists who regularly take to their mobiles in the lookout of great photography. The great wealth of photo editing tools found in mobile phones can transform even apparently ordinary photos into works of art. So much so that many professionals typically transfer their works from the HD camera to the mobile phone for that vital final retouching and editing.
Whether you own an iPhone or an Android unit, here are some photo editing suggestions helping you to hone your skill to perfection. Before using these, do make sure to download good apps. Several of these are free and some of them are paid digital products. Research online resources and pick the right app according to your artistic necessities.
Know what you need
It is natural to confuse yourself with the litany of available options. Instead of being tentative, you ought to be accurate. Citing a relatable example, suppose you are about to post anything on Instagram, there are quite a few choices of filters. So, which one is best? Here, you got to depend on your instinctive judgment. There must be a vision that you want to express.
Photography is all about bringing your inner vision to reality. The more specific and accurate you are with the interpretation of your own mind, the more satisfying your results shall be. This is an instinctive feeling that tells you that you are happy with the results. (Useful tip: You may find works from others inspiring. However, stay put from copying others as it affects your individuality. Instead, always look inside to seek your heartfelt expressions. In the beginning, it may be very amateurish, which is quite obvious. However, even that would not discourage you if you are already not comparing your works with others.)
The editing tool cited above is very basic. Users looking for specialized filters can definitely check out VSCO. Highly specialized apps provide a lot of options in all aspects. The specific provision of filters for Urban, Portrait, and Natural photos is a great advantage. Apart from that, the application provides filters in a diverse range such as Black & White, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool.
With all these tools in tow, photo editing takes a totally new meaning. You can work in layers, transform backgrounds, adjust the color density, work with textures, and achieve difficult editing tasks quite easily. Apps like SnapSeed are popular in both formats, whether you are using an iPhone or an Android device.
In urban photos of buildings and places, jutting out wirings, phone lines, or cloth lines can be somewhat of a visual nuisance. The highly specialized Line Removal tool in the TouchRetouch app for iPhones makes it very simple, the work of a few seconds to remove any line that’s disrupting the form of the image. It is also a perfect tool for portrait photography. It only takes a few seconds to remove blemishes and pimple marks from the image. Essentially, this app takes the age-old stamp tool familiar to Photoshop users to a level of automatic perfection.
You can classify visual imagery as either realistic or artistic. The tools described above are more or less perfect for realistic renditions. However, products like PhotoLab (Android) and Afterlight 2 (iPhone) transcend photo editing to an entirely different level, totally out of the world. Artistic options such as selective hue, double exposure, collage makers, sketch renditions, montages, and even GIF animations make it a real pleasure working with these.
A very crucial aspect of using photo editing tools is to really know where to stop. Again, it is a matter of visionary satisfaction. Figure out what you really want and know where to stop when you achieve your desired effect.