Here’s my cent on mobile photography or massively known as #mobilegraphy.
This was shot in such way while I was in Kerteh using an iPod Touch 5G – it works exactly the same as an iPhone’s camera does. Details:
- iPod Touch 5G back camera
- exposure time 1/500 sec
- F-stop: f/2.4
- ISO 25
- focal length :3.3mm
As many prefer to use different type of camera; point-and-shoot or compact, bridge, SLR or even a mirrorless one (to name a few) to shoot, there are people out there feel the satisfaction of using only their mobile phones to shoot. The fact that they are light makes it easier for us to bring it anywhere. Just slide over the unlocked screen and tap on the camera icon to start shooting. It is clearly convenience for many. But not many people are aware that mobile photography could be so much fun once you start discover and experiment the mobile photography itself in any ways possible. My post this time is solely about mobile photography from my perspective that some of you may have overlooked in some ways.
Clean your lens.
Many people tend to overlook this point. You bring your iPhone everywhere- in your pocket, handbag, floating in your car, marked with fingerprints yadda yadda yadda. The air that we breathe in is polluted with dust and so on. Taking care of the lens is a major. When you’re trying to shoot with your iPhone’s lens is under such circumstances, the outcome could never be alright. It is important to clean the lens carefully. Not even a scratch shall leave its mark on the lens. The least you can do is use a soft cloth that you used to clean your glasses. Try to avoid from using tissues, it sometimes can bring harms to the lens.
Shooting landscape and macro or close-up at its best.
For me, mobile photography works best when shooting landscape and macro or close-up.
Work your feet, not your fingers.
As so many know, our mobile phones come with built-in fixed lens which resulted in poor image quality when zooming in or out while taking photos.Since it is fixed lens that we’re talking about, you’ve gotta zoom in with your feet rather than the zooming capability on the camera. Move your feet closer to the subject and never pinch the frame using your two fingers. The image obtained would be quality-ruptured. Instead of zooming in before snapping photos, I would advise you to shoot it as it is and you can always use to cropping tool once it’s done. This way is much safer. Cropping out any unwanted bits you don’t want.
Shoot first, delete later.
The photo shown on the left is a screenshot of several shots I took just now to set you the example of ‘shoot now delete later’.
The best part of mobile photography is you could snap photos as many as you want and delete later. Since the photos are usually readily oppressed into JPEG for example, you don’t have to worry much about the memory space they cost.
Here’s a helpful trick:
Continuous shots. Keep on shooting the same subject from different angles and keep them all before deleting any. There might be any shots that don’t look good when you look at them for the first time (via the camera’s ‘viewfinder’) but somehow may look astonishingly beautiful once you upload them to your PC as the screen becomes bigger – any trivial parts could’ve been revealed by the time they are uploaded. And you might as well discover much more appealing looking photos and only then should you choose to keep the best out of them and delete all the NGs or whatever you want.
Spare your time for some editing.
Photographers, be it the professional one or an amateur, are so in love with Editing Tools Applications or Software. (Note: there is/are sharp distinction between the two terms). Maybe some photographers are not really, maybe, but that’s quite hard to find these days, or perhaps depending on occasions – like shooting street photography or when particular photos are opted to not be edited.
You can either edit your photos directly on your iPhone or upload them first to the PC and edit them using some software like Photoshop, Lightroom, Picasa or simply the Windows Live. When I’m working on my PC, I use Photoshop 7.0, Photoshop Elements 10 and sometimes Picasa the most out of those mentioned earlier. Simply because they’re user-friendly and very light to use.
My preferable apps on my phone is Lightroom. I used to use Darkroom, Snapseed, Pixlr and VSCO. If you are an iPhone user, the iPhone’s built-in photo editor is useful as well. I stopped using VSCO like years ago as the apps was getting more complicated to use and I didn’t even know what I was doing -at least for me. Well, you can choose any apps or software that suit yourself.
Small yet useful.
Your iPhone comes in small size, light and also could also be a help when shooting under tricky conditions which sometimes the bulky heavy cameras couldn’t do. To be a good photographer, one must challenge themselves in every photography discipline. Like I said earlier, try to shoot a subject from different angles like from where you’re standing, up above the sky as the bird flies to laying on the ground.
Note: there are many tricks and tips I use in mobile photography but are yet to be written over here. Will post them up online as soon as possible.
Our opinions may be differ from each other. Feel free to leave your comment below.