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5 Tips for Travel iPhone Photography

Brooklyn Bridge shot with an iPhone

Brooklyn Bridge

Summer travel is a perfect opportunity to use your iPhone or mobile camera for photography. Here are a few tips that might help you while traveling.

Limit Zoom

The zoom on an iPhone (not the iPhone Plus) is equal to a digital zoom. That means that it is not optically getting closer, just cropping in tighter. So, move closer to the subject! If you must crop in, do it in post processing for the sharpest image.

Person in subway

Slow Shutter App

Headphones

Your headphones are for more than just hearing. Did you know your headphone volume button triggers your shutter button? Many people push the round button on the iPhone screen to trigger the shutter, but this can cause camera shake. So, to get the best possible image, trigger the shutter with the headphone volume button. Using the headphones this way allows you to not appear to be taking photos. Hold the camera closer to the body and bystanders will see you playing with your phone not taking photos.

Angles

The mobile phone is so easy to view different angles, so get down low or raise it up high for a different perspective. A simple change can be from shooting the same subject horizontally versus vertically. Create completely different photos using perspective, work your subject and don’t settle on the first image.

NY ArchApps

There are so many wonderful apps for mobile photography and many are free. Two of my favorite free apps are Snapseed and Polarr. Both of these apps allow for global and selective adjustments from basic exposure to extensive filters. For artistic touches, the Glaze app offers great watercolor and sketching filters. Give them a try, a little post processing can add that extra touch.

Central Park

Central Park using Hipstamatic.

Backup

Now that you have some great photos, you need to back them up. Install the Google Photos App and your images back up automatically. Another option for Adobe CC users is Adobe Lightroom Mobile. From the mobile device, add a new importable folder from your camera’s camera roll. Then, the images captured on the phone add automatically to LR Mobile. Lastly, on your home computer under the collection “From LR Mobile,” view your cell phone images. Most importantly, find a system that works for you and get your phone photos backed up.

If you want a hands-on lesson on iPhoneography, sign up for a class at Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

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Creative Mobile Photography

For those who know me, know that I use my iPhone camera quite a bit, I call it iPhone photography. So, when my family went to Catalina Island a few weeks ago for a short trip, I decided to take only my iPhone. Of course, I brought my clip-on lenses which included wide, macro, and telephoto lenses along with a circular polarizer. Shortly after arriving, we were at the beach and I was searching for my first shot. After a quick discussion with my son, I unscrewed a wide-angle lens from the clip and held it in front of the camera. The first image was not perfect, but after placing the lens about 6 inches in front of the camera, I captured a good image. I learned that if I held the lens too close, the camera would focus only on my hand or only in the distance and not through the lens. I did experiment with each of my lenses, but was happiest with the use of the wide-angle lens.  So, think outside the box and try something new…you never know what you might create!

If you want more ideas, join me in my Mobile Photography class through Arizona Highways Photo Workshops on March 25, 2017 – sign up here!

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Thin Ice

By Amy Horn

Blog, thin ice

Blog, thin ice (photo 1)

The overnight temperatures in Flagstaff on average have been below 20 degrees Fahrenheit for the past few weeks, so it is no surprise that Francis Short Pond is covered with thin ice. The ice has been different thicknesses but the first day I went to capture images, the ice was not even an inch thick. So, I had to be creative on how to capture the intriguing ice bubbles I spotted just off the shore. I knew I couldn’t stand on the ice, but I hoped it would hold the weight of my camera. So, I setup my gear (tripod, Nikon D600 and 105mm macro lens) on the dry land and carefully set it on the thin ice.

I was a little nervous setting thousands of dollars of gear on the iced, but the ice held as you can see in Photo 2 and 3. When my heartbeat returned to normal, I realized my lens was not parallel to the plane of the subject. I would not get sharp photos if I didn’t make a change. Reaching over the ice from dry land, I adjusted my camera’s lens plane and then slid the tripod over the ice bubbles. I was using live view, but could barely reach the lens to focus from the side of the pond. I snapped a few shots with my shutter release then brought the tripod back to dry land to view the shots. The shots were in focus, but not the composition. Then I remembered my CamRanger. It was in my camera bag. A CamRanger is a wireless solution to capturing and viewing images (among other great features). The CamRanger would solve my problem.

CamRanger on thin ice

CamRanger on thin ice (photo 3)

CamRanger on thin ice

CamRanger on thin ice (photo 2)

I plugged the CamRanger into the camera’s USB port and used a Tether Tools Rock solid smart clip with hot shoe adapter mount to stabilize it on the camera. I opened my iPhone wifi settings and found the CamRanger wifi signal. Next, I opened the CamRanger app and turned on live view. Only a few short minutes at 19 degrees passed and I was ready to place my tripod & camera back on the ice. With the CamRanger, I could remotely control my camera through focus and exposure and preview the composition. As long as I could reach a tripod leg, I could rotate the camera on the ice to capture the composition I desired. I even used the CamRanger focus stacking feature to capture a series of images that I could stack when I got home. Photo 1 is a single capture from the CamRanger setup. This was so much fun, I forgot my gear was resting on thin ice or that it was below 20 degrees!

For more information on a CamRanger or Tether Tools mounts, please visit tethertools.com. If you are interested in learning from me, signup at Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

 

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Sunday Stroll with an iPhone

Hipstamatic App processing

Hipstamatic App processing

Are you looking for an opportunity to take more photos? Then grab your camera or iPhone and take a walk. That’s what I did. Not long ago, I took to the streets of Flagstaff on a bright Sunday morning for a stroll to our weekly Farmer’s Market. Shopping for locally grown vegetables was my main focus, but I grabbed my iPhone for the trip as well. Whenever I use my iPhone I try to give myself a goal.

Today’s goal was to create images using the Hipstamatic app. I love the coloration Hipstamatic adds to photos mimicking analog cameras. Since I was shooting in full sun, this would be the best application to create interesting photos. And, if you get distracted with shopping and forget to use the Hipstamatic app; the free Snapseed app is a great substitution.

Nothing beats a Farmer’s Market when looking for something to photograph. The fresh vegetables, the flowers, even the local pets made the morning a fun photo shoot. And, I even came home with dinner. Just remember, you don’t need a grand trip to practice photography, just a Sunday stroll.

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