“Master Your Smartphone Photography With These 8 Shutterbug Tips”

Google’s Pixel phones, including the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, are known for their excellent cameras. While the camera hardware in these phones is similar to last year’s Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google has made significant improvements in software and photo processing to enhance the user experience. Here are some of the best Google Pixel 7 camera tricks:

1. Add grid lines to the viewfinder: To compose a visually pleasing frame, add grid lines to the camera viewfinder. To access this feature, go to Settings > More settings > Composition > Grid type.
2. Use the level: The Pixel 7’s camera app includes a feature that helps you get perfectly level shots. When shooting a photo in portrait or landscape orientation, you’ll see horizontal lines and a number appear. When the white lines line up and the number is 0°, the horizon is level in your shot.
3. Tweak exposure, shadows, and temperature: When tapping to focus on the viewfinder, you can use sliders to adjust exposure, shadows, and color temperature. These settings can save time editing later as they persist as long as the viewfinder is open.
4. Try Motion modes: Access the Action Pan and Long Exposure photo modes by tapping Motion at the bottom of the camera app. Action Pan is ideal for single moving subjects, while Long Exposure creates a motion blur effect for anything that moves.
5. Switch cameras with a gesture: Easily swap between the front and rear cameras by twisting the phone like a doorknob two times.
6. Shoot in RAW format: For more editing flexibility, toggle the RAW+JPEG control option on in the Camera app’s Settings.
7. Use the 2x button: Even without a dedicated zoom lens, use the 2x option in the camera app’s viewfinder. This feature flattens depth at near and medium distances, creating a perspective similar to what you see with your eyes.
8. Fix blurry photos: The Pixel 7 introduces a new feature in Google Photos called Photo Unblur, which removes motion blur from pictures even if they’re not taken with a Pixel phone. To use this feature, find a blurry picture in the Google Photos app, tap Edit, and tap Unblur.

Try these tips to elevate your smartphone photography game with the Google Pixel 7.