12 Ways to Get the Most from Your BlackBerry Smartphone Camera
The latest BlackBerry® smartphones come equipped with cameras that include a digital zoom function, a built-in flash, and lighting options. They're perfect for capturing spur-of-the-moment events. In this issue of BlackBerry® Connection®, we show you how to take better pictures—and avoid common mistakes—plus provide some additional tips on how to organize, share, and edit your images.
1. Get Closer
While you can capture panoramas with your camera, you'll take the best possible photos by getting close to your subject matter. Go ahead and take a few extra steps toward what you're shooting—the images you capture will be much more engaging.
2. Hold Steady
Camera shake is the primary reason for blurry photos, whether you're using a cameraphone or a digital SLR. To capture a crisp, clear image, hold your smartphone with two hands or use one hand to brace your arm. If possible, hold your smartphone on top of a desk or other object to reduce camera shake.
3. Be Patient
There's often a short delay between the moment you depress the shutter button and when a photo is taken. Be sure not to move your smartphone during this time; doing so will result in a blurry image.
4. Use the Flash
Taking good photos is easy on a bright clear day, but don't let that keep you from snapping pictures in less-than-ideal conditions. Your smartphone camera's built-in flash will even out lighting in partial shade and low-light situations. If you're not sure which setting is best, take multiple snapshots—deleting the ones you don't want from the memory card is simple.
5. Snap Photos as Reminders
While we typically take pictures in order to put them in an album or post online, you can also use your BlackBerry® smartphone camera as a way to create visual reminders as you go about your day. Snap pictures of a phone number on a storefront, a restaurant you've been meaning to go to, or a gift you want to purchase at a later date. Shopping and can't decide between two items? Send a photo to your best shopping advisor.
6. Stay Organized
Don't forget to add a descriptive file name to your images; image_0005 won't be of much help when you want to search through your photos. You can also create folders within your BlackBerry® smartphone to organize your pictures by location, theme, or content.
7. Share Your Work
Photos are meant to be shared. To get your photos out into the world, download and use one of these mobile applications for BlackBerry smartphones1, 2, 3, 4 including,
8. Use a Photo Editor
Don't worry about composing the perfect image. Smartphones are great for capturing surprising, unexpected moments. Crop your picture, fix shadows, and adjust contrast with the help of a free photo editor. Flickr.com, for example, includes a straightforward image-editing program on the site that will improve your images with just a few button clicks.
9. Experiment with White Balance
The colors you perceive with your eyes are different than those captured by the sensor in your camera. White balance will help you better re-create what would be considered natural colors. By default, your camera will automatically adjust white balance; however, if you prefer to have more control over your images, select White Balance from the Camera Options menu and choose the option that's closest to the lighting condition you are in. The best way to learn more about white balance is to experiment. Try taking a photo of the same object with different white balance settings.
10. Remove Color—And Add Drama
By switching to black and white or sepia, you'll create a dramatically different feel with your photos. You change your color image to black and white or sepia in the Camera Option menu prior to taking a picture.
11. Tag Your Location
By enabling geotagging1 from within the Camera Options menu, you automatically embed location information within an image file. With geotagging, you can easily keep track of where you've been. It's a great way to recall locations in vacation photos, and many photo-sharing sites making it easy to discover photos based on geotag data5.
12. Increase Image Quality
To get the very best photos, adjust the camera's Image Quality setting to superfine. Increasing image quality increases the file size of a photo, but by using a micro SDTM memory card, you can augment the storage capacity of your smartphone. For detailed information on how to do this, go to the Tips & Tricks section of this issue of BlackBerry Connection.
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5 Geotags list the location at which the photo uploaded. To properly geotag an image, complete the uploading process from the same location the picture was taken.
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