How do I improve picture quality on Android?

Most of the smartphones purchased today work on Android operating system. One of the biggest disappointments of the owners of the phones on this OS is due to the poor quality of photos. Advertising and video reviews viewed before purchase promise much clearer and better photos. However, as far as I`m concerned, the quality of photos on Android can be improved by changing settings of the camera and customizing them for yourself, environmental conditions such as lighting, background, etc. In this article, I share my experience how not to set measure to your smartphone.

How to improve the camera on your Android phone through system settings

Launching the camera of your smartphone for the first time, it is easy to see that all the settings of the photo module are set by default. For example, these are standard picture quality, HD resolution, zero brightness and contrast, and so on. Therefore, in order to achieve better images, you should reconfigure several key installations.

Check and, if necessary, change the resolution of the picture. For best results, it should be maximized. Optimally adjust the white balance, determine the need for flash.

How to improve the camera on the phone using mobile programs

If the changes to the settings did not lead to visible improvements, it may be worthwhile to install one of the analog camera applications, which are in a huge amount for Android phones. Here are some of them.

Open Camera

It is an easy and free application that adds several functions to the standard settings of the camera of your smartphone, and thus, it optimizes the system interface of the photo module. In particular, the utility allows you to:

  • set up the frame grid,
  • edit the overlay text and geotagging on the picture,
  • assign manual focus control,
  • perform automatic formatting in RAW (creating images with minimal software processing),
  • set exposure bracketing (automatic continuous shooting with changing key parameters) and much more.

The application does not contain ads at all, however each user can thank the developer with a certain donate.

Better Camera

Another application that adds additional features to the standard camera settings of the smartphone. For example, the utility adds autofocus lock, which is a very useful feature, especially when creating macro images, when you need to focus very precisely on a particular part.

In addition, Better Camera enhances existing settings. So, in HDR mode, the utility not only creates a sequential series of shots with different brightness and contrast, but also warns the user with a sound signal in order not to accidentally move the camera. When night mode is on, Better Camera selects the optimal settings for difficult lighting conditions. A function Best Shot takes a few pictures and selects the most developed of them.

Fans of non-standard images will definitely appreciate the multi-shot mode. While the object moves in the frame, the camera takes 8 pictures at regular intervals, after which the frames overlap each other. The result is an interesting dynamic effect.

Alfred

It ia an application that turns a smartphone into a surveillance camera. To do this, you need to install the utility on at least two mobile devices. One will shoot a video, the second will receive a signal. Both smartphones are synchronized through a Google account, which allows you to configure remote control.

So, the main camera can be switched to motion capture mode. Recording will begin automatically as soon as someone appears in front of the lens. Among the key features of the application, one can also note:

  • Creation and saving of screenshots
  • Rotate Images
  • Flash control in flashlight mode
  • Choice between the rear and front camera
  • Black and white image transfer
  • Display information about the frame rate, size and bitrate.

Frame-lapse

It is an Android application that pumps a smartphone camera to create a time-lapse. This is a fairly popular type of photography, when the camera takes a series of shots for a certain period of time and then stitches them into accelerated video. For example, in 5 minutes, you can show the change of weather that occurs in one day.

Frame-lapse contains a large number of settings and is suitable for both beginners in the creation of time lapses and professionals.

AfterFocus

This utility adds new features for post-processing of images. The newly uploaded photo, or finished from the album, is loaded into the editor. The user can then process it using five basic modes:

  1. Blur. It sets different types of blur.
  2. Aperture. Depth of field study
  3. Fading BG. Foreground selection with background fade effect
  4. Filter. Overlaying one of 20 filters, such as b/w, sepia, cold tones, with brightness and contrast adjustments.
  5. Effect. Overlay vignettes, color masks, stickers or sharpness.

Now you know how to improve the quality of the camera on the phone, as well as how to add unique features to the photo module. Especially note that an important advantage of all the above methods is that they only apply to the system settings of the camera, without interfering with the engineering settings.

If there is blurriness, streaks, blemishes in the pictures when the new application is running, then it’s probably not in the camera, but in the phone’s defect. In this case, you should take your smartphone to a service center for repair.

How to Take Better Photos on Your Phone

Many people take pictures on their phone, just because it is always at hand, and one does not need to take a camera on purpose. However, you want to capture various sights and interesting moments of your life, so, you want each photo to be beautiful. To do this, a mirror chamber is best suited, but it is not cheap, it weighs much and takes much space.

For these and other reasons, people continue to photograph on a smartphone, but   photos are not always good. What can be done to improve the quality of pictures to provide colorful and interesting photos from your phone?

Do not overwhelm the horizon

The horizon line must be flat, if it is present in the frame. It is enough to turn on a special mode that can be present both in the smartphone and in the camera. It consists either in the display of the digital level, or in the display of a grid of nine rectangles. With these auxiliary tools, you can notice in time that the horizon line is oblique.

If the detailing is not very important for you, then you can frame the picture in any graphic editor. So, you can easily correct the horizon line.

Background should not spoil the picture

The background should not cause disgust. The body of a person and his\her head should clearly stand out against all the other elements of the picture.

If we talk about portrait shooting, then a blurred background would be ideal. But not every smartphone allows you to achieve this effect. To blur the background, you need to open the aperture harder – for example, to f/2.0. Devices with dual cameras can also blur the background.

Do not use digital zoom

Abandon digital zoom. Recently, more and more devices are endowed with a double camera. Some of them have lenses of different focal lengths. If you have such a device, then an optical zoom is available to you. It can be used without fear.

Flash is not always required

Only if it is dark around, you will have to take pictures on your smartphone with a flash. Shoot in natural light conditions, so as not to emphasize secondary details and uneven lighting.

Don`t forget about HDR, especially in high contrast conditions.

In this mode, the smartphone makes two frames with different exposures. Then they are mixed in one shot, automatics eliminates too dark and very bright areas. If you do not overdo it with the difference in exposure, then you can get a very beautiful photo, which has no indistinguishable objects.

Adjust exposure

Exposure is the overall brightness of the image. If the phone wants to make a too dark or very light photo, then you have two ways:

Try aiming at something else to get a normal picture. After that, hold your finger on the screen. This will block the exposure – now it will not change until the moment of taking foto. You can convert mkv to mp4 to make a slideshow with your favourite music and foto.

Try manual adjusting of the exposure.


Apply continuous shooting

It should be used for photographing dynamic scenes. In serial mode, you just do not miss the most beautiful or funny moment!

Remember the panorama

Try using the Panorama mode. In it, the device automatically creates multiple images, combining them into one wide image. In particular, this is how 180- and even 360-degree panoramas are obtained.

Remember the physical buttons

This is either a special button, or instead of it, the volume control buttons perform the same function.

Use the timer to take a selfie

In this case, at the moment of taking a picture, the device will not move. And everything will be fine with clarity, if you use a separate Bluetooth button (it should not be on a monopod). 

Rule 2/3

There is a special item in “Settings”, after activating which a 3×3 grid appears on the screen. It will help not only to align the horizon. With its help, you can make the picture more creative. The point is that the person’s gaze most often falls at the intersection of these lines. Consequently, it is in these places, where the most important objects should be located.

 Use filters wisely

In many cases, the filters do not decorate a picture, but only hide some important details. If you want your pictures to attract attention – try to apply filters in the rarest cases.

Summarizing

If you have carefully read this article, get ready to forget considering, which phone is better for photographs. Now you understand that, first of all, the beauty of every image depends on a photographer. If you follow all tips above, good shots will be obtained even with an 8-megapixel camera.

Photo Image file formats

Photos and pictures differ from each other not only in content, but also in other “computer” characteristics. For example, in size or measure.

It happens that there are two identical patterns, but one has measure that is three times larger than the other.

Photo images also differ in quality. I think, you have repeatedly met photos of extremely poor quality. This is ill-disguised. For example, two identical photos, but one is of the best quality and the other is of the worst.

And it happens that the picture does not seem to have enough colors. Here is an example.

And the emidnreutrer fawudhelho formats or file type is responsible for all this. In fact, images come in a variety of formats. And they are numerous. We will not consider them all, but let`s discuss the most common ones. These are formats such as bmp, gif, jpg, png, tiff. They differ from each other, first of all, in quality. And the quality is different in quantity (saturation) of colors.

For example, you paint a picture using different colors. And then suddenly some of them ended, and you have to finish painting with what you have. Of course, you will try to do everything possible so that it doesn’t have a strong impact on the result, but still the picture will not turn out the way you would like – more faded, blurred. The same thing happens with image formats. One of them leaves all the colors, the other cuts a part of them. And, sometimes, because of this, an image deteriorates. This is a pretty rough example. In fact, everything is somewhat more complicated there, but I think, you have caught the main idea.

Common Photo Image Formats

BMP is a format of drawings made in the program Paint. It can be used to store drawn pictures on the computer. However, on the Internet, this type of files is not used, because of a large volume. So, if you want to post a picture drawn in Paint, in a blog or in a social network, it must be of a different type – gif, jpg or png.

GIF is a popular image format on the Internet. Images can be saved in it without loss of quality, but with a limited number of colors – 256. Gif received special popularity due to the fact that it is possible to create small animated (moving) pictures.

JPG is a format of photos and pictures with a large number of colors. It is possible to save an image in it both without loss of quality or with loss.

PNG is a modern drawing format. This type of image is small and without loss of quality. It is very comfortable: a file is small and its quality is good. And it maintains transparency.

TIFF suggests images of very good quality, without compression. Accordingly, the size of such files is huge. TIFF is used, when quality is important. For example, while creating business cards, booklets, magazine covers.

What photo image format to choose?

  • Select BMP, if this is a drawing made in Paint, and you are going to keep it only on your computer.
  • Choose GIF, if the animation or drawing with a small number of colors for publication on the Internet.
  • PNG is perfect, if this is a drawing, in which there are many colors or there are some transparent parts.
  • Jpg (jpeg) is better, if it is just a photo.
  • TIFF is ideal for image for printing (business cards, booklets, posters, etc.).