Weekly Photo Challenge

Close Up Photography With Smartphone Camera

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

It’s easier to do close up/macro photography with a DSLR, especially with macro lens attached. But, not everyone has it or bring the bulky DSLR anywhere we go. What almost all of us have these recent days and bring it anywhere is a smartphone.

Camera in our smartphone now is much better than how they were years ago. The image’s quality is even almost the same with DSLR’s in a perfect situation. When I don’t bring my DSLR, I use my phone’s camera to shoot the pictures, including the close-up ones.

Through experience, shooting with smartphone camera has its own way to get the results we want.

  1. Have enough light source. Cameras in our phone mostly are not good in low-light situation. Your subject must well lit so it won’t produce too much grain and focus easily.
  2. Don’t zoom, crop instead. It must be convenience to just zoom in and take pictures. But, what we must take a note is we reduce the picture’s quality by zooming it in. Instead, move as close as you can to the subject and take picture of it. If you think it’s not close enough, cropping it after.
  3. Use manual focus. If your phone’s camera has manual focus, use it. Long tap to the detail that you want to catch until it snaps instead of letting the camera choose the focus automatically.
  4. Use Macro feature.

Here are some images that I took with my smartphone’s camera. They are taken without additional lens and edited with various editing tools to enhance the saturation and contrast.

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How about you? Do you use your smartphone to take pictures too?

11 thoughts on “Close Up Photography With Smartphone Camera

  1. Keren! Tips-tipsnya ngena banget buat saya yang sedang belajar foto makro :haha, terima kasih ya Mbak. Iya, foto makro memang sebaiknya pakai manual focus ya Mbak, supaya bagian detail mana yang kepengin kita emphasize bisa terekspos dengan baik :hehe.

    1. Kalo pake smartphone, memang enaknya pake manual focus krn fokus otomatisnya handphone suka ngaco. Tapi, kalo pake dslr, saya gak bisa ngandalin manual focus krn mata sptnya udah gak setajam dulu. Biasanya pake automatic focus tp pake single focus. Tetapkan satu titik utk fokusnya, tekan setengah shutter, re-compose, baru di-klik.

  2. saya malah seringnya motret pakai hape sekarang, selain sudah jarang jalan jauh, juga adanya itu sekarang yang praktis. Terkadang saya pakai tambahan macro lens buat mainan kalau pagi di sawah :D

    1. Hasil kamera hape skrg udah gak kalah sama DSLR kalo kondisi cahayanya bagus. Katanya, ngapain bawa yg berat kalo bisa bawa yg ringan. Hehehe…

      1. Kamera xiaomi yg saya pake, udah bisa manual, lho. ISO, speed, sama fokus udah bisa manual. Tinggal aperture-nya aja. Iya, ukuran sensor memang yg jd pembeda. Makanya di kondisi yg gak ideal, akan terlihat bedanya dgn DSLR.

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