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Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa: Top 10 Photography Rules for Smartphone Users

A camera is an essential tool for capturing photos. According to Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa, when using your smartphone camera, there are several rules you need to follow to enhance the quality of the captured images.

1. Adjust the Camera Settings
Smartphone cameras are controlled by a mobile application. Before taking photos, ensure that the camera settings on the application are correct.

2. Composure
There are several composition principles that you should adhere to during your photo shooting sessions says Figueroa. The horizon should always appear on the top of the picture when creating a scene.

3. Move Closer to the Object
Smartphone cameras lack the optical zoom feature. It is advisable to draw closer to the object you want to capture.

4. Get Rid of the Flash
Most smartphones have an inbuilt flash that illuminates light on an object when photos are being captured. However, this light usually creates shadows and disruptive reflections on a photo. Always disable the flash feature when taking photos in a place where there is natural light.

5. Install and Use a Different Camera Application
Smartphones have a standard camera application. Several camera apps have extra features for zooming and adjusting the photo. Examples of these applications include ProCamera, Camera 360, and ZOOM FX.

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6. Know the Features in Your Camera Application
Third party camera applications have several features. However, understanding how each feature works can be challenging to most people. Watch YouTube tutorials and learn how to use the apps.

7. Use the High Dynamic Range feature moderately
Smartphone’s camera applications have a high dynamic range (HDR) feature, which controls the exposure of a photograph. The HDR feature should always be in automatic mode.

8. Use Filters Moderately
Instagram was the first photo sharing app that popularized the use of filters on Don’t overuse them because they may ruin the appearance and quality of your photos.

9. Learn to Edit
Editing a photo can be a bit tricky especially if you are doing it for the first time. Mobile applications designed for editing photos such as VSCO and Snapseed are instrumental.

10. Always Keep the Lens Clean
Smartphone cameras are usually exposed to dirt when smartphones are moved from purses and pockets says Figueroa. Before taking a photo, wipe the lens with a clean cloth to remove any dirt that might have accumulated on the surface.

About Adrian José Velasquez Figueroa

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a Venezuelan executive and technology enthusiast. He currently serves as a director, treasurer, and president of five Panama-headquartered companies. He enjoys mentoring young people who are passionate about entrepreneurship.

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