Packing light for a sailing holiday saves space. You don’t want to miss out on capturing beautiful holiday memories, but the idea of lugging a heavy camera bag and other photo equipment around doesn’t appeal. Don’t worry! When you’re short on space, your smartphone can pull double duty as your go-to vacation camera! Here are some tips on taking holiday-worthy shots with your smartphone so you can enjoy the memories for years to come.
Crop, don’t zoom
You lose the finer detail when you zoom with your smartphone. Take photos without zoom, then crop them later with a photo editing app.
Nix the fake blur
Phone photo editing apps don’t always do the best job of applying blur evenly. Upload your photos to the cloud later, then ad blur on your iMac or PC. You’ll have more control over the final outcome.
Try a camera app
The camera installed in your smartphone is very basic. For more features, like countdown timer, autostabilization, exposure controls, and more, download a camera app like iCamera (iPhone only) or OpenCamera (Android). Love selfies? Try Cymera, an app that comes with tons of stickers, filters and special effects.
Ditch the flash
Demon eyes, yellow skin, motion blur. Need we say more?
Keep your lens clean
Although camera lenses are very scratch resistant, pockets and purses can deposit grime and fuzz on your phone’s lens. A quick swipe with a soft cloth will have you lint-free!
Need that physical album in your hand? Find an online service that will allow you to upload photos from your phone or a cloud storage platform and print a photo book.
Smartphones are a good alternative to lugging around heavy camera equipment on holiday. Make the most of your smartphone’s photo capabilities with these six tips, a free photo editing and camera app or two. You’ll have photo memories that will last a lifetime on from your holiday at sea. Happy snapping!