Posts Tagged ‘iPhone photography’

I completely forgot that the Weekly Photo Challenge is taking a vacation this week.  (Who said that was okay?)  I hope this works instead.  🙂

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It’s been a wonderful three plus weeks (yes, you’ll hear all about it) and now I’m back in northern Illinois. I’ve missed you!! Hopefully all of you have been doing well while I was taking my Wyoming break. I’ve seen some of you in Instagram when I could get the internet, but now I’ll be able to catch up with what’s going on in your lives and on your blogs.

All to ooften in the last years, August in the Bighorn Mountains has been quite dry, but this year there was plenty of moisture, which meant that wildflowers still abounded. Here’s a cluster that caught my eye and my phone lens while on an afternoon hike on sunny day.

I’m back on track after thinking that last week was the Black and White Challenge.  Time is flying by, but not quite that quickly.  However, this week really is that challenge and I’ve gone to the beauty of the milkweed, both seeds and pods, to illustrate the beauty of black and white photography.  Although the main reason to love them is that they play host to monarch butterflies, it must also be noted that milkweed leaves are poisonous and that they can spread as easily as dandelions, the latter something that might be well in the wild but not so good in your yard.

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In my first post, I covered four basic suggestions for better phone photography.  Today I’m getting more specific.

Number five: Light can be an issue.

I’ve found light to be something that takes practice and that doesn’t always come out right
with a phone camera. Depending upon where I tap, ground or sky, the photo might be darker
or lighter than it actually is. Take one each way and see what you think. This is also a good
time to use editing to adjust the light to the way it really was…or just to the way you want
think it looks best.  The following photos are unedited so you can see the difference.

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Number six: Phone cameras can take great macros. But it might take some work.

Sometimes it takes a bit of work to get the focus right. You may have to tap on the spot you
want several times or you may have to start with the focus a bit further away, then move in
and tap again, rather than just zooming in and shooting. Don’t be discouraged. Check your
photos after taking them to see whether or not the focus is correct. I have to take along my
reading glass in order to be able to do this!

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Number seven: If you’re trying to get the focus on something thin, you may have problems
and it may take extra time. It’s even possible you won’t get the shot you want.

The camera wants to focus on the biggest thing and that’s usually the background. Keep
tapping on what you want to photograph and don’t be discouraged. A few days ago, I was
attempting to take a photo of the coils of a grapevine. It probably took me 2 or 3 minutes to
get the camera to finally focus and get the picture I wanted. Sometimes it just won’t happen.
Go back with your SLR camera and adjust the focus if you really want that shot!

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Number eight:  Try turning your camera upside down sometimes.

Sometimes a shot from above isn’t all that interesting or doesn’t show depth. You can’t
always get down low enough to compensate. Turn your camera upside down and take the
photo. You’ll be surprised at the different it makes.  The first photo is taken from above.

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I got this photo by turning the camera upside down.  I like them both, but the upside down photo gives a very different look.

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Number nine: (Related to number eight.) Try taking the shot from a lower level than
you’d usually use. Put the camera waist-high and see the difference.

Everyone take photos from face height. That doesn’t make it bad but you can sometimes
get a more interesting shot if you take it from waist-high, especially when taking landscape
shot. Try it both ways and see the difference.  These photos show the difference.  The first is taken from a normal view, standing with the camera at eye level.  In the second, I’ve lowered the camera and the shot becomes more interesting.

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Saturday I’ll wrap up my hints.  See you then.

We stopped to look at a lake and I wandered off to take photos of some more mushrooms.  On my way back, I spotted this, another example of why I’m enthralled with close-ups of water drops on flowers, leaves, etc.  Turning the camera sideways and lowering it made the difference in this shot.  How fortuitous that this week’s Phoneography Challenge is “Macro.”  🙂

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Every so often, a fifth Monday occurs and that’s the time Phoneography Challenge goes wild with “Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.”  I’m playing with dogs, so to speak, this week.  This is Zoe, adopted by a friend and her husband.  Zoe can jump three feet or so straight up in the air and loves to perch on the edges of couches or cushy chairs.  Here she is in a moment of relaxation and after that, I have a little fun with her.

The original: the one, the only, Zoe

The original: the one, the only, Zoe

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Night photography can be one of the most difficult types of photography, especially if you primarily use a phone camera as I do.  But if you persist, you can find some excellent photo opportunities, especially if you want to create some atmosphere.  In this first photo, taken in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains as we made our way back up at night, I like the subtly of the photo and the somewhat eerie night feel.

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This photo is opposite in both feel and subtlety, or lack thereof.  It’s also opposite in place, taken in bustling downtown Naperville by the river walk.

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