Mobile Photography Tips From the Pros - Part 1
Love The One You're With
A famous saying among photographers is that the best camera is the one you have with you. That mobile phone you have in your hand is a powerful tool for capturing and sharing magic moments. You don’t need a pro camera to capture brilliant shots. A mobile may land you those quick creative shots you’d miss if you went running for another camera. We’ve got proof!
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Hidden Light Revealed
|Hidden Light Revealed
Pro Tip: I used Instagram to add a filter and share it.
Tools: iPhone and Instagram
On 7 April 2017, I joined in the protest action that took place across the country. People gathered to uphold their civic duty and oppose an unjust ruler. I was fortunate to accompany some talented journalists and we covered the protest action in downtown Johannesburg. This image was captured on my iPhone.
Pro Tip: Don’t underestimate the power of having an unobtrusive device with exceptional capabilities. You are able to capture powerful events with phenomenal accuracy and emotive depth.
Tools: iPhone 6S and native iPhone editing app
Keep it in focus
|Keep It In Focus
This photo was shot with my Sony Xperia Z3 on 8mp (16:9) mode. I have a variety of mobile apps but the most popular and easiest to use is Snapseed. This allows me to tune the image slightly to give it a bit of extra life. For these images I lowered the highlights and shadows a little, increased the contrast and reduced brightness slightly. I also boosted the saturation and ambience slightly to boost the colour.
Pro Tips: The key to getting a good mobile photo is keep editing to a minimum. Adjust to fix minor errors that you see only as too much of editing will ruin a good photo.
Often we take a shot and only after realise that the final result is blurry. Some phones have a touch capture and some have dedicated buttons. With the touch capture you need to ensure you stay dead still. An easier method is to switch on the 3/5 second timer function, touch focus on your subject and hold the phone firmly. This ensures everything is in focus and you capture a razor sharp image.
Tools: Snapseed (FREE) Apple Androis, Adobe Photoshop Express Android Apple, Adobe Lightroom Mobile (Requires Subscription) Android Apple
So the next time you are lamenting that you can’t get to your camera in time. Don’t fret, your saviour is close at hand. Snap that shot then follow the tips above for a pro image to impress!
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