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How to use manual mode on your Android camera and make amazing photos

Choose the best camera app

Some features that will appear in this article may not be available in your Android camera app. If this is your case, know that in another article we have separated the best software for those looking for the perfect image. Go to the link and choose the camera app that suits you best. Now that you have selected the best camera app, here are the tips!

Frame a photo using the grid

Before capturing an image from somewhere or object, keep in mind that keeping the frame of what is essential photographing. You can opt for a photo where everything appears aligned and even in the image, but you can also opt for a portrait with messy elements. The grid feature can help you in these situations.

The simple rule is, horizontal lines frame the horizon, such as streets, mountains, seas, and tables, while vertical lines align buildings, antennas, people, and objects. You do not need to frame the target of your photo within the main square of the grid, since the big balcony here is called the "rule of thirds".

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Grids help in framing photos / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

The rule of teros is to square the image target in one of the four grid intercessions. Think of the tic-tac-toe design, now imagine that the main element of your photo needs to be framed at any of the four points where the lines meet. That done, I bet you won't have any more trouble aligning your photos.

Using HDR Mode

Always welcome, HDR compensates for light and contrast, also changing levels and intensity between colors. The best way to use the function is in situations where the subject to be photographed is against the light so that light compensation occurs. We have prepared a specific article with tips for HDR mode. You can access it here:

Personally, I prefer to capture my images without HDR mode, as I choose to edit them in some editing application, such as Snapseed. My tip is that you take two photos, one with and one without HDR, make a comparison and choose the one that is closest to the actual scenario.

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HDR is good for compensating for landscape exposure / AndroidPIT (screenshot)
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<h2><strong>Making objects macro</strong></h2>
<p>Macro mode saves any uninteresting scenario, just position your device at a suitable distance from the focused object and have an amazing result. However, a good result depends on the lens quality of your device, as not all cameras have an efficient focus mode.</p>
<p>Try to stay close to the object, but do not exceed 3 centimeters recommended by most manufacturers. Another interesting tip is to keep your hands steady so that the object stays focused while the background is in the background.</p>
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Macro effect or object tracking makes objects in focus / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

ISO, exposure and light sensitivity

Who says controlling ISO is a task that professionals can handle? ISO controls photo exposure, so this feature can improve – or make it worse – the photos you capture in low or high light environments.

Remember to adjust the ISO as needed wherever you are. If you put high ISO rum in a bright place, the ISO sensitivity will make the photo popped and unreadable. The best way to adjust this feature is to adjust it according to the purpose of the image.

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ISO against light and exposure sensitivity / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Use the moderated flash

Flash is not an essential resource, but an emergency one. The goal of flahs is not to lighten an environment that is totally dim, but try to think of this feature as an alternative to HDR mode. If you are taking a picture where the light is against you, or when it is too strong, bet on the flash to counteract the brightness of the room.

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Flash has to be used at the right time / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Avoid using the flash close to your face or too close to mirrors, glass, or laminated objects, as the light emitted by the mirror will mirror the image, causing excessive exposure.

Knowing how to use manual mode, surely better pictures are taken. Hopefully, with these tips, you can take even better photos and enjoy the features offered by your smartphone camera. Leave us comments if you know any other tips.

And you, what tricks do you use when using your Android camera?

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