Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I-Phone Photography

  I just started another online class from Big Picture Classes. This one is entitled Phone Photography Project 2. When I purchased my I-Phone 5 I did so mainly for the camera. I always take it with me and it is terrific for the shots I do. What I wanted from this class is  more instruction on the features. The first thing I did is turn on the grid under settings/camera. This helped me align my pictures better.

                                                       (The Golden Hour at the ferry dock)

Tips for Capturing the Light
Think of light in multiple ways: as a way to illuminate your subject, a way to set the mood or tone of a photograph, or as the primary subject of the photograph.
Including white space in a photograph can create a stronger sense of light in a scene.
Seeking natural light will always result in a stronger photograph with the iPhone, but apps that allow for exposure and brightness control (such as PicTapGo, VSCO Cam, Afterlight, and others) are excellent tools to improve photos taken indoors or in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.
The Golden Hour isn’t just for high-end dSLR users—the iPhone camera is very sensitive to variations in light, and can be utilized for capturing stunning, warm images.
Move around the light! When you observe where the light is coming from and how your subject is affected by different angles of light, you’ll start to gain a sense of which angle will make the best photograph.
When facing your camera into the light to capture a beautifully lit scene, sometimes a slight adjustment in the angle can make all the difference between having a harsh sun spot and a beautifully gradual area of increasing light or a sunflare. Try tipping the camera away from you or toward you by just a sliver of an angle to gauge the difference this makes!

                                                     ( S. and M. at the Athletic Club)

The iPhone 5 and newer offer a burst mode that captures ten images per second: press and hold the shutter release button (or hold down the volume up button on the side) to take a series of photos. This creates a folder of images in your camera roll. Flip through them and select the ones you want to keep.
Burst mode isn’t available on older phones, but try this trick: hold down the shutter button and release at the moment the action happens!
One trick when shooting action shots is to focus on the area where you expect the action to move:

                                                        ( The Point Robinson Light House)

In photography, lines lead the eye and bring focus to your composition. The three types of lines that I usually look for are horizontal, vertical, and diagonal. Horizontal lines can bring a feeling of peace and calmness to a photo. They move left to right, across the frame. Horizontal lines can often be found in nature...think a landscape of a green field and the blue sky above, or the ocean and the shoreline. They can also be found in things like a park bench, steps in a stadium, or the slats of a window blind. Vertical lines move up and down inside the frame. They convey a feeling of strength and power. Think tall trees, a skyscraper, or a flagpole. Diagonal lines go across the frame. For instance, they could go from the bottom left to the top right. They can denote action or motion as they guide the eye. Think telephone wires, fences, or bridges. Once you start looking for lines when you take photographs with your phone, you’ll see them everywhere!

                                                 (Flora around the Athletic Club)

                                            The world is an amazing techno color show.

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