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How to adjust exposure on your mobile phone

Anyone can point a camera and take a photo, but it takes a more skilled photographer to compose a shot that’s visually appealing and holds the viewer’s attention. You’re on your way to being the next photo expert. Your friends will be asking YOU for photo advice!

How to adjust exposure on your mobile phone

Exposure is the amount of light which reaches your cameras sensor. Exposure and Light are a crucial part of how bright or dark your pictures appear.

  • Screens are backlit. Images will always look brighter on screen than in print. Luckily, at Persnickety, our lab techs look at every image while printing to adjust brightness when needed.

How to adjust exposure while shooting

iPhone:
Watch this video (1:17) to see how I lock the exposure and focus. Follow along with your camera! Hold your finger on the mobile screen until the AE/AF locks. [AE stands for Auto Exposure. AF stands for Auto Focus]
You’re now adjusting your exposure and focus while shooting. Woohoo! You’re already a pro!

Android:
Hold the shutter button on the screen. It will beep when it’s focused. Now the AE/AF is locked. When you release the button it will take the photo.
For AF (auto focus) lock, touch the area on the screen where you want to focus. The focus will be locked. Press the shutter button to take a photo. Press and hold the button to refocus and lock AE/AF as described above.

How to adjust exposure on your mobile phone

Turn OFF the Flash

The flash can blown out the subject, you’ll lose the background and risk red eye. If anything, shoot once without and then with. Select the best photo. Lighting is situational.
Use the AE/AF feature we just talked about to shoot in low light situations and hold extremely still. The phone’s shutter will stay open longer to capture the image, if you move, you’ll get a blurred image called “camera shake”. Try leaning up against a wall or rest your elbows to the sides to hold your device steady in low light situations.

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