Pictures clicked by smartphones or point-and-shoot cameras sometimes leave a lot to be desired, especially those snaps taken indoors or at night. Photography enthusiasts often ask the question how they can improve photo quality of their pictures taken in low light conditions.
This is a quick guide to improving photo quality. It is in two parts.
Tweaking the camera settings is the most basic thing that you can do to get richer results with minimum efforts. First, have some basic understanding of the terminologies. Some of them may not be directly applicable to the camera that you use, but learning about them won’t harm you, right?
Camera sensors are responsible for capturing light directed to it via lens. Sensors are packed with millions of pixels and hence the term, megapixels. Camera sensors captures light (photons) and convert it to electric signals. So, camera sensor is the thing that absorbs light to give you final result on gleaming screens.
The bigger the camera sensors, the better the photographs and that’s why DSLRs are not pocket-friendly (in terms of size and weight).
The ISO number measures the sensitivity of camera sensors towards light.
Determines the time for which camera shutter is open to gather light. It can also be referred to as the time taken to click a photograph.
Right amount of exposure is needed to generate a vibrant photo. Too much exposure (over-exposed image) or too low exposure to light plays spoilsport. Correct exposure can be attained by balancing ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.
Noise in digital images is the presence of random pixels (or tiny colorful speckles) on the surface of any photo. It mainly appears on the photos clicked in low-light conditions.
In order to reduce noise in photos, one should use the base ISO number (its minimum value). By decreasing the sensitivity of the camera sensors, the noise level in a clicked image also decrease.
As the ISO has been set on minimum, to maintain the right exposure, decrease the shutter speed in order to let the shutter be open for a longer duration and gather more light to improve quality of photos at night or other low-light conditions.
A low aperture number can also be used to open up the aperture further but most of the basic cameras (such as that on smartphones) don’t give you the liberty to change aperture.
Turn on HDR. This gives a better exposure to photos and the results are vibrant.
You clicked a photograph and you found the quality not good enough. Isn’t it hard to go back in time, change the camera settings, click that photo again and share it? Well, you know what I meant.
Noise Reducer Pro is a nifty tool to improve photo quality by removing annoying grains and give it a spectacular look.
You don’t need to be an expert as the app removes noise from digital photos automatically. For Mac and Windows version, you must drag and drop any noisy photo to the app’s pane and the photo automatically gets fixed for noise.
For Android, one can choose any photo from the picture library and select a noise reduction mode. The app will automatically process the photo to weed-out grains.
Get control over your camera by coming out of Auto mode and use Noise Reducer Pro for your devices (app available for Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android) to improve photo quality. You will soon get significantly better clicks populating the picture library.