How to take pro photos with a smartphone

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Posted at Aug 20 2021 12:02 PM

Nowadays, anyone can pursue their photography dreams without having to shell out a big sum of money for expensive equipment. Smartphones with big and good cameras are coming out in the market, making it accessible for aspiring photographers to take nice snaps no matter what their budget.

For those who want to take their mobile photography game to the next level, all they need is a creative idea, a couple of tips and tricks, and a smartphone with next-level cameras. 

Create engaging content much like those seen from social media influencers with these unique photography hacks.
Create engaging content much like those seen from social media influencers with these unique photography hacks.

Take a step back from your usual routine and try these five mobile photography hacks that may help you create unique photos. 

1. Vertical panoramic photo

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A panorama is a wide shot that you take by panning the camera across the area you are photographing. The camera will then stitch the images taken to form a panorama. Typically, this type of shot is used to capture beautiful landscapes or cityscapes, but you can also utilize this feature vertically to create creative shots for the 'Gram. 

Click the Panorama mode on your phone, tilt the phone sidewards, and shoot upwards. This will create a shot that looks as if the camera is tilting up towards the sky.
Click the Panorama mode on your phone, tilt the phone sidewards, and shoot upwards. This will create a shot that looks as if the camera is tilting up towards the sky.

2. Reflection trick

For something fun but a little bit more advanced, you can try this reflection trick. Using the Panorama mode, start taking photos of your subject adjacent to a mirror. Pause the panorama after you pan over your subject and
then have them change poses in the mirror. This will result in your subject having two different poses in one photo.

It might take you a while before you get it right, but with practice, you are sure to nail that winning shot. 

Liven up your social media feed with quirky photos like these using the reflection trick.
Liven up your social media feed with quirky photos like these using the reflection trick.

3. Portrait hack
 

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Looking to up your selfie game? Try switching things up using the Portrait mode and lowering the Exposure setting. This will give you the depth necessary to have your self-portraits looking like professional-quality studio shots.

4. Add inches

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Do you want to look taller in your photos? An alternative to shooting at an upward angle is to make use of the editing features in your smartphone. First, take the photo that you want, then click the straighten tool in the editing mode to lengthen your legs.

Apart from adding height to your photos, this can also be used to lengthen buildings and skylines or give other subjects a tilted effect.

5. Fake reflection

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If you want to do a reflection shot, but cannot find a mirror that fits right, try borrowing another phone, preferably another Xiaomi with a nice camera. 

Use that phone's front camera as a mirror to reflect your subject, instantly adding depth to the image you are taking with your own phone. Try snapping a couple of photos and marvel at how much this simple trick can add a little wow factor to any image. 

The 64MP Adventurer or the Redmi Note 10S
The 64MP Adventurer or the Redmi Note 10S is an option for those who take their mobile photography seriously as it comes with a high-resolution 64MP main camera. Photo source: Xiaomi Facebook page

For anyone looking for an affordable smartphone with advanced camera features to try these tips on, global consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company Xiaomi offers its Redmi Note 10S.

The 64MP Adventurer is fitted with a high-resolution 64MP main camera and an 8MP wide angle camera with a 118-degree field of view. It has a 2MP macro camera for those detailed close-up shots and a 2MP depth sensor for beautiful portraits. For high-quality selfies, the phone has a 13MP front camera. The quad-camera setup is complemented with night mode, slow motion, and time-lapse in Pro mode. 
 

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The Redmi Note 10S has a camera for every need. Photo source: Xiaomi website

But the Redmi Note 10s is more than just its cameras. It features a thin, lightweight design at just 178.8 grams and 8.29mm. The stylish camera module is the center of its design, complemented by tapered edges, flat ends, and a 3D-curved back to make it easy to hold during your photography sessions. 

The smartphone also features a vibrant 6.43'' AMOLED DotDisplay, backed by the MediaTek Helio G95 for a good experience and fast performance. Last but not the least, do not worry about running out of power during your photoshoots as it is powered with a 5000mAh battery with a 33W fast charger. 

It retails for P11,990 and comes in Onyx Gray, Pebble White, and Ocean Blue colors. 

Take fun and creative photos with a smartphone like Redmi Note 10S with multiple cameras and photo modes. Photo source: Xiaomi website
Take fun and creative photos with a smartphone like Redmi Note 10S with multiple cameras and photo modes. Photo source: Xiaomi website

''In Xiaomi, we believe that innovation is for everyone. We offer products with a high price to performance ratio to ensure that our consumers get to access and experience great quality products that will not break the bank,'' said Kah Mun Leong, Xiaomi Regional General Manager of Southeast Asia.

Indeed, with a smartphone packed with powerful camera specs such as the 64MP Adventurer, any aspiring photographer will have an easy time practicing their craft and coming out with beautiful images. 

 

To know more about the Redmi Note 10s, you may visit Xiaomi's website or Facebook page.

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