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  • Robert Russell
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    #1366 |

    Does anyone have any smartphone photography tricks?

    I know some phones offer more settings than others. I’m loving the camera on my Nokia Lumia 920 though!

    With Windows Phone 8 they seem to have removed some of the more advanced settings that WP7 had…not sure why they did that.

  • Tinkerbell
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    I found these great tips that have really helped me get some great shots. Credit goes to Richard Hernandez for the following suggestions:

    1. It’s all about the light. “Photographing in the right light — early morning or late evening — has the potential to make the most ‘boring’ situation into a spectacular one!”

    2. Never use the mobile zoom. “It’s terrible and the first step to an unsuccessful image. If you want to get close, zoom with your feet! Get close and your images improve,” he said.

    3. Lock your exposure and focus. Your photos will improve 100%, Hernandez said. “With the default camera app, you can tap and hold on the screen to set where you want your exposure and focus. Once the box “blinks,” it’s locked. You can also use other apps like ProCamera to separately set and lock the exposure and focus.

    4. Silence your inner critic. “See if you can go one day of shooting every time your inner voice says, ‘I’d like to take a picture.'”

    5. Edit, edit edit. Restrain yourself from sharing everything. Post only the best, and your audience will grow. “We don’t need to see all 10,000 of your ugly children,” he said. “I try and pick my least ugly. it’s hard to choose and very personal.”

    6. Technical proficiency is overrated. “Exercise your power of observation. Learn to look and see deeply.”

    7. Filters don’t replace a good eye. “You still need the basics. Look for the moment and light and subject. If you choose to add a sepia, black and white or other nostalgic or creative filter later [with an app such as Instagram or Hipstamatic], that’s OK, but remember lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.” And if it’s for journalism, he added, “then it needs to be unfiltered.”

    8. Shoot from the hip for better candids. “Hold the phone about waist-level and tap away. Your friends and family will not know what you’re doing. Be sneaky about it. The moment they know you’re shooting, the images become less candid. You’ll get a lot more bad shots, but when you get a good one, you’ll want to hang it on the wall!”

    9. Give yourself assignments and deadlines. Take 20 images of one thing from different angles. You’ll begin to see the world differently, even if it’s just walking around the bowl of fruit on your kitchen table and observing how the light falls on it from different angles.

    10. You have to know what you want to see before you can see it. “Make a list of things you want to photograph today and find them! If you know my work, then you know the No. 1 thing on my list are men in fedoras! Or any hat for that matter!”

    11. Study other photographers. “I spend an unhealthy amount of time looking at images. It’s the only way to get better, in my humble opinion. My favorites are Roy Decarava, so happy we discovered Viviam Maier, and on Instagram, a dude named Daniel Arnold out of New York is just killing it!”

    12. Always be ready. “You want to make sure that when your mind and heart says ‘shoot,’ you have no excuses, like, Oh, my camera was in my purse, pocket, or, gasp, your camera wasn’t around. It’s one of the main reasons I love mobile photography — my camera is always with me.”

  • Robert Russell
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    Thanks for the tips tinkerbell!

    Here’s a picture I took with my Lumia 920 that I like. Definitely not professional by any means!

  • Tinkerbell
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    Oh goodness!! I love it Frosty!! A+ =]

  • orangekid
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    Wow frosty that’s a great shot.

  • DarkLord
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    we don’t see snow here in FL. we have to live vicariously through folks that have snow. but on the plus side. i’m usually in shorts while you guys are plowing snow…. 🙂

  • Tinkerbell
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    Haha! Do you remember when Frosty would turn on the snow every December? I used to love that! =]

  • Riley
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    You guys should check out Camera360 app on the market and app store. Can do some really cool pics with many options. I really like the sketch option and surreal. Makes the pics look like drawings.

  • Riley
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    @tinkerbell 1109665 wrote:

    Haha! Do you remember when Frosty would turn on the snow every December? I used to love that! =]

    yep that was cool 🙂

  • Tinkerbell
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    @Riley 1110101 wrote:

    You guys should check out Camera360 app on the market and app store. Can do some really cool pics with many options. I really like the sketch option and surreal. Makes the pics look like drawings.

    I am going to check that out Riley. Thanks for the tip!

  • Riley
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    @tinkerbell 1110223 wrote:

    I am going to check that out Riley. Thanks for the tip!

    Here’s an example of the sketch effect. Picture of my daughter in the pool.

  • Tinkerbell
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    Wow!! I love it! I am definitely going to be getting this!! =]

  • Riley
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    Here’s another one to check out. FastCamera app on the app store. I believe there is a version as well on the market called Fast burst camera but not sure if its the same. Great at taking burst shots up to 800 pictures in a minute! Had some fun with this over the weekend with the kids playing. Check it out.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fast-camera/id402777723?mt=8

  • Tinkerbell
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    Gads! 800 in a minute?? I think FPS of video is like 28 or something? That would be some sweet slow motion capture.
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  • Robert Russell
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    FPS is per second, so 28×60=1680 frames per minute.

    But still, for a camera to take half that many shots in a minute as a video is pretty cool.

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