Nokia have published an interesting article on their blog describing how to maximize the use of exposure with their 808 PureView smartphone, (we have one of these in our lab actually and it really does take some great images). The blog explains how in the ‘creative mode’ on the 808 PureView, you can manually adjust the exposure, deliberately under exposing or over exposing the photograph. Of course this is ‘standard’ photography and these tips can be applied to whichever smartphone you have (within reason).
Above are two images one showing the cameras ‘correct’ exposure and the other deliberately ‘under’ exposed.
If you bracket the exposure, allowing the camera to take three or five exposures spanning the ‘correct’ exposure with increments in either direction, this will give you a great learning tool.
The above shots show three images that have been bracketed, one over, one ‘correct’ and one under.
Of course, flash plays a key part in photography and you may find your smartphone trying to fire the flash and fill-in when you don’t actually want that effect. Just turn it off and the camera will under expose, if your subject is backlit, this will result in a silhouette portrait which to many is considered an ‘error’.
To my mind and many others, there is not necessarily a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ photograph, once you have mastered the essentials and fully understand what your camera is doing, then don’t be afraid to override it and experiment.