Mobile Photography: 4 Weight Reasons To Stop Using Flash In Your Jacks

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One of the biggest uses we give to smartphones today is to take pictures. Both as a souvenir and to upload them on social networks such as Instagram, one of the main reasons for choosing a smartphone model or another has been for some years now, its photographic section.

And it is really true that smartphones have become the perfect substitutes for conventional compact cameras since, unlike these, we always carry our cell phone in our pocket almost 24 hours a day.

If your photos are bad, don't use the flash

However, there is a bad habit many of us have when it comes to taking a photograph and that is to use the device's flash. And it is that despite popular belief, the best photographs are usually taken without using this feature.

Creates reflections on surfaces

Avoid whenever you can use your smartphone's flash

On more than one occasion you may have noticed when during the shot of a photo, the reflection from the flash comes out in the snapshot. Whether it's when taking pictures in mirrors, in people with glasses, in rooms with windows, and even on other surfaces like plastic, there's always that damn flash.

For all of this, in most cases it is better to turn off the flash to avoid finding strange glare or reflections that turn a good photograph into a terrible disaster.

Better to use the advanced options of the camera app

While most smartphone camera apps are fairly simple to use, mastering them takes a little more time, knowledge, and most of all practice. Now, when it's reached, not only do you get higher quality photographs, but also almost completely without the flash.

Adjusting the white balance, ISO, HDR and other options is much more advisable than turning on the flash and taking the picture. Remember that the flash is still a small LED that all it does is light up a small area with little control over it.

Also remember that if a photograph did not turn out the way we would like, we can always use a of the many editing apps that exist in the Google app store.

It is completely useless to use remotely

Nor that using the flash would make you a better photographer

A smartphone's flash doesn't have much range, which practically makes up for it useless to use it to photograph objects or situations far from us.

Honestly, before using the flash it won't do any good, much better to use the night mode that pretty much all phones currently have. Most likely, the results are far from perfect - most smartphone cameras are dim at night - but they will be much better than we could get by activating just the flash.

Better to exploit the environment

In this article in which we advised against using the flash, one of the tricks we gave you was to take advantage of the environment around us.

If we are photographing at night in a city, surely in this there are hundreds of lights to exploit. As if that weren't enough, we can always use the flashlight of a second mobile phone that we have at hand and even ask for help from a friend. Both options are better than using the damn terminal flash.

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