- 10 Weirdly Clever iPhone Camera Tricks (Video)
- Can a Photograph Ever Be Perfect?
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Falling Out of a Hot Air Balloon
- How to Use Cheap LED Lights to Enhance Your Macro Photos (Video)
- Photographer Raises Over $90K to Stop Human Trafficking After Being Offered a Baby for $50
Posted: 09 Jun 2014 08:14 PM PDT
Want to get more mileage out of your iPhone camera? Kai has a list of out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for you in the following video:
1. Use your headphones as a remote control
If you’ve got the current incarnation of iPhone earbuds, you can use the volume control on the cord as a remote control. This can give you better camera distance for the ubiquitous selfie.
2. Use the HDR feature to create motion blur
The built-in HDR feature auto-merges three shots, which is normally great for HDR. This can also be used to achieve weird motion blur effects.
3. The ultimate selfie: Face Montage
The Pano feature of the camera is something you’d probably normally use for, well, panoramas. You can, however, turn the camera on yourself while using the Pano option for a face-montage selfie.
4. Color Gel = Lomo Style
Want to get Lomo effects without going back to film or using an app? Stick a sheet of colored plastic between your phone case and the camera lens.
The iPhone camera has the ability to focus at short range. Grab an action figure and create superhero shots by holding it in front of the lens.
6. Random Objects = Random Effects
If an object is transparent, you can probably use it for random abstract images, as Kai does with his water bottle.
7. Use an Optical View Finder for wide-angle conversion
Kai uses an optical view finder to get a wide-angle shot of his cameraman. He notes that the result also looks like he’s shooting a TV screen.
8. iPhone lens accessories
9. Make use of broken lenses
Kai has a broken 18-135mm lens from which he’s salvaged parts. Holding these lens parts in front of the iPhone camera lens yields a few interesting effects, including a tilt-shift/fisheye shot. Kai happily notes that his iPhone now has Canon optics, and that holding your broken lens bits in front of your phone will make you look pretty silly.
10. Use a telescope or binoculars as a telephoto lens
Kai uses a toy telescope to get a extreme closeup of some faraway plants. The quality of telescope or binoculars you have will obviously have an effect on your results.
These fun tips are useful for taking your smartphone photography to the next creative level. Experiment with them and show us your results!
Posted: 09 Jun 2014 06:35 PM PDT
On a beautiful spring morning, I chose to take a picture of the flawless, perfect blue sky overhead to use in my blog. There was not a single wisp of cloud, not the hint of a contrail, not even a bird to spoil the perfect blueness. So I pointed the camera straight up and took a picture of infinity.
The resulting photograph raised some questions about the pursuit of perfection. There was a technical issue, as the automatic focus of the camera had nothing to work on, and so the camera didn’t want to shoot. I was in a hurry, so I took the easy way out and included a piece of roof in the picture, which I later cropped out, otherwise I would have needed to resort to full manual mode.
There were even bigger aesthetic issues with the picture.
The perfect blueness was almost unrecognizable as sky, and so the photograph was less impressive as a whole than it would have been with a flaw to act as a feature: a single bird or a picturesque cloud would have provided focus (both for the camera, and for the eye).
Without a scaleable feature, the photograph failed to capture the impression of a huge blue expanse. In the same way that, when viewing a photograph of an exotic fish in an underwater setting, you have no idea of its size without having something to compare it with (such as a diver’s hand), the sky in itself could just be a rectangle of photo-edited blue.
Now, my photograph served its purpose well enough, as it was the illustration for a blog rather than needing any deeper artistic quality. However, it reminded me of points that all those beginning serious photography need to remember.
Of course, you take each photograph with the intention of creating as good a photograph as you can, adjusting the settings on the camera appropriately for the subject, composing the picture to capture the details or atmosphere that you are aiming for. However, it is essential to photograph the same subject from different viewpoints, with different settings, to give yourself a range of images to work with. It is only when you view the images that you can identify the ones that work best. They will probably need minor editing, such as cropping or increased saturation to achieve a result that you are happy with, but remember that your work as a photographer only begins with planning the shot.
Don’t immediately dismiss those images that seem flawed. They are worth looking at more closely, as there is often a worthwhile image waiting to be discovered within.
Posted: 09 Jun 2014 02:37 PM PDT
While out on a nice, peaceful hot air balloon ride with his friends one fine Sunday morning, one man was pushed over the edge. Well, all right, he wasn’t pushed, but he did jump out of the basket at about 5,000 feet in the air. Don’t worry too much; he’s an avid skydiver who took the parachute-packed plunge and shot the whole thing with his helmet-mounted GoPro:
Want to see more of the photographer‘s adventure? Here’s his video footage:
Helmet-mounted cameras are quickly changing the possibilities of photography. Have you captured any of your own daredevilish feats with a GoPro or similar device? Share in the comments!
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Posted: 09 Jun 2014 01:09 PM PDT
Speedlights, strobes, reflectors, filters, umbrellas, cables, and batteries. Lighting gear can certainly come with an expensive price tag. But it doesn’t always have to. In this video, Pye from SLR Lounge explains how to use cheap camping lights to enhance ring and macro shots:
Pye uses simple Grip 6-LED camo pocket lights to add highlights and dimension to his macro images. These particular lights are daylight balanced, resulting in a blue tone of light.
These lights are only $10 each and are an affordable and useful tool to add to your photo kit.
Tips To Enhance Your Macro Photography Using LED Lights
Besides trying out these tips, practice and experiment on your own. Try using these LED lights in other forms of photography; they work great in portraiture. What’s your favorite cheap, portable light source?
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Posted: 09 Jun 2014 11:21 AM PDT
One of the greatest aspects about being a photographer is the impact we can make on the world around us. Our images can inspire change, and in many cases, help people work toward a better future. After being offered a baby for fifty dollars while in Bulgaria, photographer Tanner Wendell Stewart decided to take action to help a cause close to his heart:
In 2012 Tanner traveled to Bulgaria to volunteer for the A21 Campaign, which helps fight human trafficking. (Via PetaPixel) His many years of photographing and volunteering couldn't set him up for what was to come next.
It was a life altering experience when a father offered up his baby in exchange for some cash.
Tanner used his talent as a photographer to make a difference. Taking pictures every day, he compiled a book called Shoot the Skies. One hundred percent of the book’s profits go to A21. Tanner projected an incredible $50,000 would be donated. The book has become extremely popular and has since raised over $90,000.
This is an inspiring tale of how a single person is able to create change where they wish to see it. I hope we all take a lesson from Tanner and encourage transformation in our own lives or the people around us—no matter how big or small.
Go to full article: Photographer Raises Over $90K to Stop Human Trafficking After Being Offered a Baby for $50
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