09-19-2014, 12:34 PM
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Anyone have any? Having used a DSLR, I realize the severe limitations of the medium, but.... there's got to be some simple things to improve the shots.

I know lighting & composition are the easy two to improve.

Shaky hand syndrome, not so easy, but definitely helps.

On phone camera flash can be useful for different lighting effects, but it tends to wash out the colors very badly.

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 09-19-2014, 01:32 PM
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(09-19-2014, 12:34 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Anyone have any? Having used a DSLR, I realize the severe limitations of the medium, but.... there's got to be some simple things to improve the shots.

I know lighting & composition are the easy two to improve.

Shaky hand syndrome, not so easy, but definitely helps.

On phone camera flash can be useful for different lighting effects, but it tends to wash out the colors very badly.

Lee,

One of these would be helpful for you I suspect:

http://www.amazon.com/Mudder%C2%AE-Porta...hone+flash

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controll...&A=details

Both Amazon and B&H have a number of LED addons for various cellphones. Anything which produces a steady light is better than the flash I would suspect.

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 09-19-2014, 01:48 PM
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What a great idea!

Wish I could just get my speedlights to work with a cellphone, lol.

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 09-19-2014, 02:32 PM
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  • moallen
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I mount my smartphone on a tripod using one of these simple gadgets:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056C4VRK/ref...hub1XFGMT0

That makes a huge difference in sharpness and composition!

Then just add a good light source, such as diffuse window light or a household light fixture. I have an articulated desk lamp from IKEA with an LED light bulb. Diffused light will look better than direct light. A light on the phone, either the built in LED or an add on, will look flat and washed out.

If you have good light, the camera will use a lower ISO, such as 100, and your photos will be clearer.

Get close enough to avoid the need for excessive cropping, which will impact picture quality.

I shoot all of my SOTD photos this way with my Nexus 4 smartphone. You can get good results. Try it!

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 09-19-2014, 05:08 PM
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* Wow, Mike! I can't believe you only use a cell-phone to take your SOTD pics! They are wonderful!

* Lee, good luck with the pics and you can always try outdoor shots! Biggrin

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 09-19-2014, 05:42 PM
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(09-19-2014, 02:32 PM)moallen Wrote: I mount my smartphone on a tripod using one of these simple gadgets:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056C4VRK/ref...hub1XFGMT0

That makes a huge difference in sharpness and composition!

Then just add a good light source, such as diffuse window light or a household light fixture. I have an articulated desk lamp from IKEA with an LED light bulb. Diffused light will look better than direct light. A light on the phone, either the built in LED or an add on, will look flat and washed out.

If you have good light, the camera will use a lower ISO, such as 100, and your photos will be clearer.

Get close enough to avoid the need for excessive cropping, which will impact picture quality.

I shoot all of my SOTD photos this way with my Nexus 4 smartphone. You can get good results. Try it!
Very well done indeed !

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 09-20-2014, 12:16 AM
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  • Lradke
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Wow! I can sure rake a lesson from you Mike. I just point and shoot a bunch and then pick the clearest one. After that I use editing software for cropping, etc.

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 09-20-2014, 04:32 PM
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(09-19-2014, 05:08 PM)celestino Wrote: * Lee, good luck with the pics and you can always try outdoor shots! Biggrin

If it wasn't either 110 or freezing outside, I would try it. Maybe when the summer breaks, I can revisit the outdoors. For now, I try to limit my outdoors time to when the sun is down.

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 09-20-2014, 04:57 PM
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Depending on your smart phone, you can get accessory lenses:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/mobile-phone...2600050000

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 09-21-2014, 10:52 AM
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  • Nick.O
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Our do what I ended up doing and pony up for a better cellphone. A new phone really brought up my pic game. Hahaha

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 09-21-2014, 11:51 AM
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(09-20-2014, 04:32 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-19-2014, 05:08 PM)celestino Wrote: * Lee, good luck with the pics and you can always try outdoor shots! Biggrin

If it wasn't either 110 or freezing outside, I would try it. Maybe when the summer breaks, I can revisit the outdoors. For now, I try to limit my outdoors time to when the sun is down.

Biggrin

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 09-21-2014, 01:04 PM
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(09-20-2014, 04:32 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-19-2014, 05:08 PM)celestino Wrote: * Lee, good luck with the pics and you can always try outdoor shots!

If it wasn't either 110 or freezing outside, I would try it. Maybe when the summer breaks, I can revisit the outdoors. For now, I try to limit my outdoors time to when the sun is down.
Ha ha ! Finally someone understands my feelings Smile

I'm outside in it all day so when I get home the last thing I want to do is go back out in it Wink

Unless I am in the Caribbean !

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 09-21-2014, 01:29 PM
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Just throwing this out there: pixlr is the photo editing software I use on the android system. Its free and has a ton of features and tweaks.

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 09-21-2014, 01:43 PM
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Snapseed is also a nice, complex and easy to handle photo editor:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...e.snapseed

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 09-21-2014, 03:58 PM
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(09-21-2014, 01:43 PM)sergiuniculescu Wrote: Snapseed is also a nice, complex and easy to handle photo editor:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...e.snapseed

I am a big fan of Snapseed, too. That's what I use to process all my images.

(09-19-2014, 05:08 PM)celestino Wrote: * Wow, Mike! I can't believe you only use a cell-phone to take your SOTD pics! They are wonderful!
Celestino,
Thank you! When I first tried using the cell phone it was just laziness: shooting with one of my "real" cameras was too much trouble. Take the memory card out of the camera, plug it into the computer, upload, edit, post. The work flow with the smart phone was so much easier.

I was surprised that the phone pictures could be pretty good with a little effort. If I peek at pixels, then of course the real camera is better. There's no way a smart phone could do the kind of environmental still life that you do.

So it became a challenge to me to do the best I could with the smart phone. I'm thinking I might try to shoot more with a real camera.

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 09-22-2014, 02:28 AM
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(09-21-2014, 01:43 PM)sergiuniculescu Wrote: Snapseed is also a nice, complex and easy to handle photo editor:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...e.snapseed

This!

I use my phone and don't own a dedicated camera anymore. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible and then process using Snapseed if you need to. I also tend to use the Macro setting on my phone for SOTD pics.


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 09-22-2014, 04:55 AM
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  • mjlinane
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I made a light box. Gift stuffing tissue paper, legs from an unused butler table, masking tape, fabric backdrops from WalMart, and LED lighting that I also use with my car detailing.

[Image: 8qCH7VP.jpg]

Makes for enough light to hand snap with my LG G3 yet soft enough for no harsh shadows. Follow with a little tweaking with GIMP.

[Image: K5YnGFT.jpg]

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 09-22-2014, 04:57 AM
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WOW! Nice setup mjlinane! Biggrin

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 09-22-2014, 09:26 AM
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(09-21-2014, 10:52 AM)Nick.O Wrote: Our do what I ended up doing and pony up for a better cellphone. A new phone really brought up my pic game. Hahaha

Black Friday is when my contract is up.... I'm counting the days with baited breath....

(09-21-2014, 01:04 PM)Nickadermis Wrote:
(09-20-2014, 04:32 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(09-19-2014, 05:08 PM)celestino Wrote: * Lee, good luck with the pics and you can always try outdoor shots!

If it wasn't either 110 or freezing outside, I would try it. Maybe when the summer breaks, I can revisit the outdoors. For now, I try to limit my outdoors time to when the sun is down.
Ha ha ! Finally someone understands my feelings Smile

I'm outside in it all day so when I get home the last thing I want to do is go back out in it Wink

Unless I am in the Caribbean !

Seriously. Tongue

Plus it's so dusty in the yard. Phoenix dust storms for the win!

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 09-24-2014, 06:48 AM
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While a better background helped me a lot, the thing that has helped most is installing DropBox on bot the phone and my computer... getting the picture to my computer almost instantly and with no hassle lets me see if I need to reshoot before things are put away.

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