With the limited setting on smartphone cameras, the amount of available light also plays a part in taking sharp pictures. The more light there is the better your smartphone camera will be able to combat shutter lag and freeze motion. It’s difficult to take a sharp picture of a baby crawling in a dim living room but if you move outside during the day, you’ll get a nice sharp image. If you want sharper, less blurry pictures go somewhere with good, natural (from the sun, not a lamp or overhead light) light. You don’t necessarily have to go outside. Move close to a window or an open door.
Good light makes all the difference between a mediocre and a great photo. I would go as far as to say that good light is more important than an interesting background or subject. If you’re shooting a portrait, avoid sunny and direct light on faces. This kind of light causes harsh shadows and squinting. If this is the kind of light you have to work with, try putting the sun behind your subject. This will give you the opportunity to play with sun flare and create backlit images. When possible, look for open shade along the side of a building or under a tree.
Try This: Put the sun both in front of and behind your subject and compare the two images to see what a difference the right lighting can make to an image.
While the flash on smartphones has improved quite a bit over the years, you can’t change the fact that it’s just a small and not very powerful LED light. If you’re shooting at night, whenever possible, turn off the flash use the camera app’s exposure slider to brighten the photo.
If there’s no available light, you may have no choice but to use flash and that’s ok! A flashy photo is better than no photo at all!
Try This: Take a photo in low light and then take the same photo using the exposure slider to compare.
Know what’s even more important than good light? Being in your family photos! And no, a family selfie doesn’t count! Capturing the relationship that parents have with their children is one of the best parts of my job. Isn’t it time for you to get in the picture?