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How to create stunning landscapes photos anywhere in the World Part 2

April 05, 2019  •  1 Comment

If you have not lost interest in learning more about your smart-phonography,

and have some mercy about my writing mistakes, as English is not my “mother” language, stick with me for a few more tips.

What kind of camera:

Hopefully you have decided by now what kind of digital camera would be your preferred choice for your kind of photography.

  1. If you want to use your smartphone, which is most likely your closest technical buddy you carry with you because you love it and can’t be without it, then that’s okay too. After all, “the best camera is the one you have with you at the time.”

 

What kind of tripod to choose:

To improve your image quality, purchase a little tripod to carry along in your purse/wallet. A cheap but steady tripod will change your world of smart-phonography. This could also be your dear friends shoulder, a wall or tree to get the right support you need to perfect your image by avoiding camera movement during the exposure.

  1. There are plenty of reasonable priced tripods on the market available. This does not have to be an overkill regarding size and weight. Pick one tripod which would be appropriate to the size of your camera and your needs. Look for light-weight tripod but steady at the same time with an easy quick mount. If you pick up a too light and clumsy tripod, it will defeat your initial purpose! There is an old Italian tripod company called Gitzo who makes a very affordable tripod (around $20) which is perfect for smart-phone users.
  2. A second choice could be a light-weight mono-pod with a quick mount to your phone/camera. The difference between a tripod and a mono-pod is obvious within their name as one has three legs and the other one has only one leg to support your camera. Mono-pods are great if you are not too much into setting up and you want the support to be quick, fast and easy.
  3. If you want to get a little more creative regarding capturing unusual perspectives and are really more into “selfies”, I would consider getting a telescopic mono-pod. This support is like extending your arm with your camera attached to it. Most of these telescopic-mono-pods work with a little string attached to trigger the camera. On one side you have the camera mounted and on the other side you’re holding a little pulling string to trigger the camera when ready. Some of these telescopic mono-pods can be extended more then 5’. If you go too far with your extension it may loose the stability and your picture may not be too sharp anymore!
  4. Overall, an investment in a little tripod will make a huge difference in the quality of your pictures and it will teach you to slow down and compose for what you are really looking for.
  5. Of course, when you find the right camera support for your camera the question comes up how am I going to merry those two to make it work, like having a harmony of “yin and yang”? Smart people have come up with different, simple as well as complicated solutions to mount your smart phone to a tripod. With most common devices on the market you would snap on your smart-camera to a threaded little device which will screw into your tripod for providing stability and allow you to be hands-free for your creative action.
  6. You are now pretty much in business to shoot your first exciting landscape/city-scape. And you’re almost there!

10. In real life by being out there in the field all of us get little bit distracted by the elements (rain, storm, blending sun, darkness and other things).

11.) Some conditions can make it very difficult to evaluate what you can actually see on your little smart-phone screen before you want to hit the capture button.

 

Remain tuned for my next blog as I will share with you my knowledge regarding free, or inexpensive editing applications, for your smartphones.

Thank you

 

 

 


How to create stunning landscape photos anywhere in the World

March 18, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Hicks Valley 2Hicks Valley 2Hicks valley, Marin County, California, USA My background comes from commercial photography and has evolved over 30 years into fine-art and landscape photography.

1.)  Herewith I want to share some secrete knowledge and teach you to get better picture with the camera you just happened to have it handy on you.

2.)  This could be your iPhone, your Android Phone, a point of shoot camera or a DSLR with interchangeable lenses.

3.)  Have your little or big gear with you when you are out about for a walk or any other outdoor activity.

4.)  Do some homework in advance by locating or downloading your camera app or getting acquainted with your DSLR camera.

5.)  With landscape/ cityscape photography the outdoor lighting quality is important to watch and know when and where would be a good time to be.

6.)  If you are traveling and you may not come back to the same beautiful place again you can check some local gift stores in advance where they have greeting cards from the vicinity you are visiting. Don't try to copy it rather take some inspiration and shoot something in a way you would like to do it.

7.)  Try to be different and enter some of your own feelings to it to make it fresh for your viewer and yourself.

The gear you may want to consider for your landscape photography

You can just start with your mobile phone if you own one.

Things to know and consider if you do use your phone to get better pictures.

1.)  Do not zoom in or out of convince with the phone application to compose and shoot your picture!

2.)  The phone has a fixed lens build in which most of the time covers little bit beyond humans eyes in a wide angle range and zooming feature is more for viewing an image!

3.) You have many different free or paid Apps on your phone beside you already get when you purchased your smart-phone.

4.) As a cameras and like on your phone they have a small lens which you can see on the back side of your phone.

5.) To achieve sharp images with your smartphone it dose require time to time just to wipe the little lens from dust for better pictures.

6.) If you get excited of your results by being a "iphoneographer" get a little inexpensive but very quality effective little tripod for getting steady and sharper images.

7.) I promise you will not regret this little investment in a tripod like around $20-$50 in US.

8.) Once mounted your little cute phone on a tripod, compose and when you hit the button don't push it by hitting it away from you which can create blurry images by motion of your hand. 

9.) Instead being smart in your approach, hit the button and hold and let go when ready. Your images will be much sharper with much of out of sharpness due to motion.

More technical and user help on my next Blog  


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