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It is possible to take good photographs with a mobile phone!

The way to take good photos with a mobile phone is to be aware of the light, the most important factor in photography.

Don’t forget: the important thing is the place where the light falls on.

However, if you place those you love in front of a wide window for plenty of light’ it will cause them to appear merely as dark figures on a light background.

There is light but it falls on the wrong place; the people you are attempting to shoot have been left in the shade. If only you could move the source of light by hand! Then you could notice how the human face and body can change shape like a statue and sometimes the good parts are highlighted and sometimes those that should be hidden. But wait a minute… You can do this. Go in front of the same window. You may not be able to move the light but you can pivot your models and you can also turn around them. Thus you can bring out their best sides to the light and leave their dark’ sides in the shade. The only thing you have to do is to look.

The direction of the light is important, but what if the amount is small and the setting dark? In this case the shaking of the phone will affect the photograph in prolonged exposure and the possibility of obtaining clear, sharp results will plummet. In this case mobile phones hav e two disadvantages. The small sensors (the megapixel count is independent of this) and their ergonomics.

As these are physical features that will not change it is again up to our ingenuity to find the solution. Despite our youth our hands will definitely shake. We have to find a solution to stop this shaking affecting our device. You can fill your device very well without a tripod. You may find solutions by putting a soft side bag like a sand bag on the ground and placing your device on top.

In addition, by using the self-timer mode you will pr event the phone from shaking. The last point to tak e into account in low light is to be careful that not only we, but the people we are shooting, do not shake, in other words that they don’t move too much. If you are purchasing a telephone for its camer a and this feature is promised you must take care that it has optical’ stabilisation.

During the shoot there is no difference technically in digital zooming and framing the photograph at any later stage. In practice a frame you make later will be more precise. But either way you will be aware that it will lower the quality of the photograph and you will make a mechanical zoom, in other words approach the event you are going to shoot using your feet. Of course, at the risk ofgetting in front of others and getting too near the Danger ! In this case you can ease your conscience by remembering the words of the great photographer Robert Capa, if the photogr aph isn’t good enough you haven’t got close enough.’