Photographers claim that the best camera is the one you carry, and in most cases this would be your handy smartphone. While mobile phones did not always lead to a great photo experience, thanks to technical improvements, they could almost be brought to the level of many dedicated cameras. However, having a quality camera is only half the battle. You need to learn how to make the most of it, and nothing is better than taking pictures in manual mode.
With manual controls, you can change the settings to produce the image you really want. We know that manual mode can be intimidating for occasional users. especially those who have no knowledge of advanced camera theory. Although photography is an extensive topic, we can teach you the basics in a very short time and enable you to take manual pictures with your smartphone.
Does my smartphone camera have a manual mode?
Most newer ones Smartphones have a manual mode in the camera app, you could be smart and call it a pro mode, or something like that just go to the camera app and check your shooting modes to find out if your phone is manual
Pixel 3, known for one of the best smartphone cameras, does not have a manual mode.  Edgar Cervantes
Do not freak if not, as some phones do not have a manual camera mode. Pixel 3, known for being one of the best martphone cameras, does not have a manual mode. Do not feel left out if you do not have one.
The good news is that we are dealing with Android and everything is possible. Your camera app has no manual mode? Just download one from the Google Play Store.
Here are some of our favorite third-party camera apps with manual mode:
After finding the manual mode of your standard camera, or when we find an alternative, we'll get straight to basics of the manual recording mode.
We can not tell you exactly how to operate your smartphone in manual mode because devices are equipped with different camera apps. They all look a bit different and work differently. Especially if you use a third party.
 Let's start with understanding what is needed to properly expose an image. In photography, the exposure triangle is a visualization of the interplay of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. You need to find a balance between these three elements to correctly expose an image, taking into account how changing each element affects quality.
I want to keep things simple, so we give you the definition of each factor and explain how changing affects an image.
ISO stands for "International Organization of Standardization", which is responsible for the standardization of sensitivity ratings for camera sensors. If you change the ISO value while recording, the light sensitivity of a sensor is determined.
A lower ISO value reduces the photosensitivity of the sensor. This means that you may need to increase the aperture and / or reduce the shutter speed. At the same time, the picture gets cleaner.
Increasing the ISO allows you to capture the light faster, speeding up the shutter or increasing the aperture. However, you will also get a picture with more grain or digital noise. The picture quality decreases with increasing ISO. Shutter Speed
Camera systems have a shutter that covers and releases the sensor. The shutter speed determines how long this shutter remains open for more light to reach the sensor.
A faster shutter speed results in less exposure, but makes the images sharper. Similarly, prolonging the shutter speed may cause motion blur, but it will allow more light for a longer period of time and provide more exposure.
Camera systems have a blind hole through which the light must pass to get to the sensor. The iris controls how wide or narrow this hole is.
A larger aperture increases exposure. This also reduces the depth of field and blurs the background or foreground. If you want to keep more focus, a narrower aperture is better, but you need to compensate for the lost exposure by changing the ISO setting or shutter speed. In this case, a larger number means a narrower aperture. For example, f / 1.8 is wider than f / 2.8.
This is something most people do not have to worry about, as the aperture in smartphones can not normally be controlled. The only exceptions are from Samsung. The company has introduced the dual aperture with the Samsung Galaxy S9, with which you can switch between 1: 1.5 and 2: 2.4. They also used this technology with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S10 series.
White balance is a very common setting that you will likely find in even basic camera apps. This setting adjusts the color for white light and thus shifts all other colors as well. This allows the creative use of warmer and cooler shots. This is also helpful if you want to compensate for any discoloration of your light sources. If you have ever noticed that your interior shots always look orange, this is the setting you want to tweak.
At the simplest level, you may have seen white balance settings that allow you to compensate for cloudiness or thunderstorms, sunny outdoor scenes and incandescent or fluorescent lighting. Beyond these basic settings, some apps offer color correction using a full Kelvin (K) color temperature scale. This allows a finer white balance between excessively red at 2000K and ridiculously blue at 9000K.
An alternative to having to make this decision at the time of recording is to delay recording a RAW image. Let's talk about it!
If you have ever seen a camera key with the characters "+" and "-", this is Exposure Compensation Control. Most smartphone cameras also have an exposure compensation. This is useful when one of your settings is set to Automatic (you can also set the settings to Automatic in Manual mode).
Cameras try to get the right exposure by measuring the light, but they do not always work to get what you want to capture. Sometimes you want things to look a little darker or lighter. Exposure Compensation lets you tell the camera that the exposure was captured incorrectly, and this is compensated by adjusting the settings in Auto (typically ISO).
Exposure compensation is usually measured in f-stops as follows: -1.0, -0.7, -0.3, 0.0, +0.3, +0.7, +1.0. In this case -1.0 would be one stop less while +1.0 is one stop higher.
Many phones today are supported by RAW. A RAW image is called an uncompressed, unprocessed image file. All data collected by the sensor is retained, which makes the file considerably larger, without loss of quality and with higher processing power. For that reason, RAW data is not particularly interesting in and of itself.
RAW should only be used if you plan to reprocess your images. The file sizes are much larger, but this allows you to optimize the full exposure and color settings of your images, bypassing the camera's default image processing.
Saving an image in JPEG format removes the image data and compresses the image is perfectly fine if you plan to upload an image to Facebook or take a quick snapshot of your gallery.
You do not need a great camera to take a great picture, but you need to be able to get the most out of what you have. Because of this, a professional photographer can do amazing things even with a cheap smartphone camera. Of course, there is much more to learn, but that's enough to get you great pictures in the manual mode of your smartphone camera.