9 Cool Smartphone Camera Tricks You Should Know

With our mobile gadgets, we all can instantly capture, share and access photos and videos from around the world. It influences the way we express ourselves (memes and the rise of #selfie culture) and food for example (it’s not a meal unless it was in instability). Check out these 9 cool Smartphone Tricks that you can implement today to produce even better content:

1 (Most) phones can see infrared.

When you “photograph” an infrared beam directly in the phone’s camera, the invisible light presents itself as a purple beam on the phone screen. There are not many practical applications here, except perhaps you can confirm that your TV remote control is empty.

2 The volume control can take pictures.

People are still not aware that you can press one of the two volume buttons (on most phone models, both iOS and Android) to take a photo. There is no need to press the virtual button on the screen. This works with both the front and rear cameras but is especially useful when it comes to taking pictures of a car. If you don’t know this, you’ll never shoot again by touching the screen. We were able to confirm this feature on several iPhone and Android models.

3 The volume buttons on the headset are a remote control for the camera.

Newer Mobile Phones allow you to use the side volume control to take pictures; you can also use the headset’s volume buttons as remote controls for the camera on some cameras.

If your phone does not fit into this particular device, you can also use different external Bluetooth devices.

4 Old negative scans

Jim Fisher, a PCMag photographer, advises a Lomography scanner or Plustek OpticFilm to capture old negatives digitally. But if you want to scan the images of the old film quickly and dirty (or see them), you can use the negative effect of the camera or use some of the many specialised applications, such as the HELMUT film scanner (available for Android).

5 Cheap phone sensors can be great

If you’ve ever tried to capture a fast moving object with your phone’s camera, you’ll have noticed that it doesn’t look very good. In fact, most smartphones use CMOS sensors that capture images line by line (also known as “shutters”), as opposed to a more expensive CCD image sensor that captures all actions at once (also known as “global shutters”). When you take a picture, there is not much difference. However, if something moves fast, the image may appear distorted because the object or objects have been moved to the next line, causing distortion (sometimes called jello-cam). Use your best pictures and publish your content on social media. Most people will not see the difference between a mobile phone camera and a professional camera!

6 You can use the panorama picture while driving.

Some call this camera “PanoDriveBy”. Most modern smartphones have a kind of “panning” feature that allows you to capture magnificent views by combining different images when tilting or moving the camera (there are also many third-party applications that do the same). They are designed to be used by someone standing in one place, but can also run during transportation – hold them and point the window up.

7 In order to clone yourself, you don’t need Photoshop

Speaking of the pan effect: You can also use it to clone yourself! Visually. Slowly let someone walk through a large field of view as you walk behind him after shooting at you and return to the other side of the frame. Then repeat it.

8 Your phone can read barcodes.

The same applies to QR codes. All major application stores have many free barcode readers that support this feature. This is great for 2 reasons: 1) You can scan the barcode on most packets entering the USPS, UPS and FedEx ecosystems and automatically transfer this information to your device, and 2) You can learn more about almost any product application, such as eBay’s RedLaser, which then checks if a better deal is available elsewhere.

9 The camera on your phone will let you know everything.

The phone’s camera can not only see more of your eyes but also more of your brain, using some apps and a data link. Applications such as Amazon’s Flow (iOS, Android) can recognise objects, places, and even text. Google Translate App can also identify the written language and translate it into all the languages of the world.

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