Photography

Let there be light: accessories to brighten up your smartphone photography

Every year, smartphone cameras get better and better; manufacturers have thankfully put the megapixel race behind them, so rather than trying to one-up each other all the time with phones boasting ever-higher pixel counts, they’re instead able to actually sit down and concentrate on enhancing image quality . That’s led to phones picking up larger sensors, dropping resolution in order to dedicate more surface area to each pixel, or investing in bigger, better lenses. While those each bring their own benefits to image quality, they share a common element: when the cameras on our phones are able to bring in and sample more light, we get better pics. Problem is, our phones themselves can only do so much to help out when the lighting situation for the scene we’re trying to shoot is less than ideal; modern LED flashes offer some solid performance, including the ability to match their color temperature to their environments, but they’re a far cry from the super-bright xenon flashes that become increasingly hard to come by in phones as time goes on. The good news is that we don’t have to rely on our phones alone to carry all that illumination weight, and there […]

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