Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Phone Photography: Don’t Zoom – Crop Instead

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography, Photo Editing, Smartphones
 
Loading...


Here’s a quick tip for phone photography. When you want to get a closer shot of something, don’t zoom in. That’s because your phone has a digital zoom instead of an optical zoom. You aren’t really zooming in, you’re just cropping the photo.

A digital zoom can make your photo unsteady or blurry. You either need to move in closer or just crop the photo later using the photo tools on your phone or your PC.  You’ll be surprised at how good those crops look.  Here’s an example from my Galaxy S4. The camera is 13 megapixels which means you could blow this shot up to a 15″ x 10″ image.

This is a photo of Emerson the Galapogos Tortoise as the Toledo Zoo. I couldn’t get closer to him, and 100-year-old tortoises move at their own pace, so he wasn’t coming closer to me any time soon.

I took the shot from a distance and cropped it later on my phone.

tortisesmall

As you can see, it’s possible to get a very good close shot of Emerson by cropping.

zoomturtle

It also gives you more options for just where your subject is in the photo later.

~ Cynthia

Tags: , , , , , ,

8 Responses to “Phone Photography: Don’t Zoom – Crop Instead”

  1. Donald Quinlan says:

    Better yet, get a real camera. Phone cameras are getting better, and mine is often the only camera I have for a shot, but I’d rather use a real camera e.g., Canon Rebel T3i, that gives me both optical zoom and a much more detailed picture, which makes cropping even more powerful.

  2. sylvia says:

    Excellent suggestion that I will pass along to the photo taking members of my family.
    Thanks so much.

  3. R. Michael Holcombe says:

    Great suggestion! I never would have believed you could have gotten such great closeups using the crop feature. I am using your idea from now on. Thanks

  4. R. Stephani says:

    Very good idea. I can use it to improve my amateur photography.

  5. Markj says:

    I tell people this all the time. Like Donald Q. Says a real camera will also help, though IMO it doesn’t have to be a big expensive DSLR like the cannon he mentions, many little point and shoot cameras have a real auto focus and optical zoom. They are easier to carry than a DSLR and cost around $100. If you use the optical zoom you may want to rest your hands on something to avoid movement, zoom also magnifies the movement.

  6. Chuck says:

    This is a great tip. Problem is, I don’t know where the crop option is. We also have Galaxy 4 phones. I have the larger one and my family have the mini.

  7. […] In response to our tip about cropping instead of zooming with your phone’s camera, we had this comment. “This is a great tip. Problem is, I don’t know where the crop option is. We also have Galaxy 4 phones. I have the larger one and my family have the mini.” […]

Leave a Reply


Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: