As photographers, we are always capturing moments we encounter in our everyday loves, particularly through the lenses of our cameras. 

With the rise of apps like Instagram, we see that everyone loves to document their lives on the go. That’s where our smartphones come in super handy. 

We use our smartphone cameras almost daily, capturing travel moments we ordinarily wouldn’t on our DSLR’s. We’ve grown fond of the wonders that phones photography brings and their ability to snap the spontaneous, instead of the planned. 

To propagate this emerging style of photography, Chiiz conducted a Smartphone Photography Workshop with ace artist and photographer Shweta Malhotra.

This workshop was conducted in the National Crafts Museum, a beautiful site filled with amazing visual elements waitinh to be turned into beautiful photographs.

The workshop started with a photowalk around the premises of the Museum with Shweta leading the walk, instructing the participants throughout the walk.

Photography is bound by a few set of rules; understand these few simple photography composition basics and you’ll have your mobile photography game nailed in no time. Shweta introduced the participants to the basic techniques of phone photography. She rehashed the rules of photography and talked a lot about framing and composition.

Getting your focus right is very important important in photography. Usually, phones pick up where they ‘think’ the focal point is, but you should tap the object of your focus on your screen and the camera will do the rest. Often, this will also help you to manage which part of your photo you’d like ‘exposed’, which will help you to stop your shot from being too dark or blown out. The participants were made aware about such nuances of focusing through their phone cameras. This opened a new door to experiment with the lens focus on their phones. Techniques likes slow motion and time lapse videos were also taught.

Phones aren’t very well-equipped to deal with low light which means night photography can be tricky – but not impossible. Night mode along with panorama, portrait mode, and HDR were discussed and practised in the workshop. The Crafts Museum provided for ample opportunities to experiment with each mode.

Cameras have come a long way since they first appeared on phones, but unfortunately, they still offer almost no control over settings like shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. On your phone, these settings are normally controlled automatically, but downloading a camera app allows you to adjust each frame manually and capture mobile shots to rival any DSLR! We discussed the best smartphones to invest in and the mobile photography apps that are best for photography and photoediting.

Behind just about every epic photo you see in your Instagram feed today is an epic editing process. Editing your photo makes your photo stand out from the crowd, and breathes new life into an ‘okay’ photo.  These photo editing apps allow you to improve your photo with ease, through the click of a button and a few minor tweaks. We worked on some of these apps to better acquaint ourselves with them.

Smartphone photography is becoming increasingly popular for consumers, bloggers, creatives, and even professional photographers. Shooting photos with your smartphone’s camera can be much more efficient because of its mobility, quick editing apps, and sharing capability. Plus, many newer smartphone cameras are developed with specs compatible to expensive DSLR cameras. Therefore, all of the perks of smartphone cameras allow you to be a photographer at anytime and anyplace. What are you waiting for? Get going!



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