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Top 5 Tips For Taking Great Camera Phone Photos

Top 5 Tips For Taking Great Camera Phone Photos

Most of us have mobile phones these days with a camera feature. And, most of us don’t know how to use them to take the best possible photos despite their limitations. People either take lots of really bad photos that are often blurry and the subjects indistinct, or, never take the opportunity to use them.

We always have our phones with us but seldom carry a camera all the time. We lose many opportunities for shooting and the camera phone allows us to redeem the situation. That old adage “a Kodak moment” happens all the time but where’s the Kodak camera? ┬áLet’s take a look at a few tips that will encourage you to shoot more often with your camera phone.

1. Shoot lots of photos

This should be obvious. A camera phone is with us all the time but we don’t take the opportunities. Shooting lots of photos increases your chances of capturing a great shot. Okay, so there are limitations on how good the shot will be because of the limitations of a phone camera. But, many will be really acceptable and printable. Taking lots of photos helps you practise and practise makes perfect.

2. Get in close

As with any camera be it compact, film or digital SLR the closer you get to your subject the better the image. Fill your frame with the subject and exclude all unnecessary clutter. With camera phones your zooming feature is digital and the more you zoom the more the image degrades. So move those feet and get closer. Not too close though as you’ll find the image starting to distort and find that blurring will start to occur.

3. Shoot at eye level

By getting down to the eye level of your subject you immediately change the whole image and make it far more engaging for the viewer. Eyes are said to be the window to the soul and by focusing on them will draw you into the photo. Just make sure that they are in focus. Out of focus eyes spoil the image even if the rest of the subject is sharp.

4. Change your angle.

Doing this will immediately make your images more interesting. Everyone shoots photos with the subject in the middle of the image. Get up higher, lie down on your back and shoot up or change your viewpoint. All of these angles will make for a far more interesting photo. Don’t be afraid to try new angles and even make a fool of yourself doing it. When you see how good the photo looks you’ll be happy you did.

5. Don’t move around

Change your viewpoint, yes. But, don’t move your camera once you have your viewpoint. Keep very still as camera phones don’t have the best shutter speeds and you need to remain very still. Remain still for a second or two after pressing the button to make sure you get a great shot. Hearing the shutter doesn’t mean the camera has finished taking the image.

Learning to take great camera phone photos is just part of your photography journey. What you’ll probably find is that it will encourage you to learn more about photography. Camera phones have their limitations and your successes will be limited. But, by using them to their fullest will probably encourage you to use your digital camera more often or even buy one.

Make sure that above all you keep shooting photos no matter what camera you have. Practise is key to becoming a better photographer and no matter what camera one uses, we all want to take great images. So use your camera phone photo experience to help you become a better photographer.

Comparing and Choosing the Right Photography Camera to Buy

Comparing and Choosing the Right Photography Camera to Buy

Needless to say, your first instinct is going to be to start comparing the different cameras available in order to pick out the best photography camera within your price range. While this is a laudable and logical approach, the fact of the matter is that they’re simply too many cameras out there for you to reliably compare each and every one.

Fortunately, nowadays there are websites that can help you do that. By simply heading over to Google and looking for websites that offer comparisons between the specifications of various cameras, you’ll find that buying cameras is a whole lot easier. Most of these sites also include reviews and tips from people who have already purchased the cameras themselves — and this could help you narrow down the photography camera of your choice even further.

Of course, even with such sites you’re going to need to start making a few decisions on your own beforehand. For example, are you looking for a ‘point and shoot’ camera or a SLR? What is the budget that you’re operating with? What do you expect your photography camera to contain by way of features? Knowing exactly what you want is going to help tremendously when buying cameras.

End of the day, if you know what you want and then compare your options, you’ll find that you’ll have narrowed down your choices to the point where you should be able to pick a winner from whatever remains. Keep this in mind when you go out to buy a camera — it could be the one piece of advice that will save you a whole lot of hassle!

A Quick Way to Clean Camera Sensors

A Quick Way to Clean Camera Sensors

It has long been an unfortunate myth in photography that getting rid of dirt on camera image sensors is a job for professionals only. So, many an amateur has forked out $50 time and again, simply to have a few dust particles removed. It is not necessary. There is a host of fantastic equipment available to help you deal with this maddeningly frustrating part of digital photography. I want to let you know about the one, simple device that can quickly and easily deal with most cases of dirt on the sensor: squeeze-bulb blowers.

If you are on a mission to be rid of some horribly stubborn and sticky bit of dust that refuses to go away, then sensor brushes and cleaning swabs with the accompanying fluid will be needed. But I have found that simple squeeze bulb blowers eliminate dust most of the time, without any painstaking effort, without any expense, and often even during a shoot.

What is a squeeze-bulb blower?

It is a tool with a soft plastic, elliptical pocket of air that, when squeezed, draws in air through a filter at the top and pushes it out through a thin funnel at the bottom.

They are available from any camera store and fit easily into your camera bag.

All squeeze-bulb blowers come with a protective case of some kind, which is important for keeping them clean and dust-free.

How are they used?

1. Select the camera sensor cleaning mode in your camera’s menus so that the image sensor is revealed inside the camera body and you can get at it with the blower. This mode will reset to normal when the camera is turned off.

2. Simply take off the lens on your camera and tip the camera body downwards. It’s important to keep the camera pointing down to stop dust from falling into it, you want it to fall out.

3. Get your squeeze bulb blower and position the tip within range of the camera sensor. Blast away! Repeatedly squeeze the pocket of air for, say half a minute, until the sensor has been given a good clean. You will find this eliminates just about all loose particles of dust.

4. Before reattaching your lens to the camera body, give it a blast at both ends with the bulb blower to see off any stray specks of dirt on the glass.

5. Return the blower to its case.

This is a quick and easy routine that most photographers do on a weekly basis. It is crucial to take care when holding the blower not to knock it into any parts inside the camera body. It is the first step to take when dealing with a dirty sensor. Brushes and swabs can follow if it is not successful. Only pay for a professional job if each of these measures does not deal with the problem. In any case, Photoshop can always be used to delete specks of dirt after the shot has been taken.

Investing in a squeeze bulb blower is a good first move in at last saying goodbye to the plague of dirty camera sensors. Good luck!

Cleaning your sensor is one of those little jobs it’s worth getting in the habit of doing. For more top snippets of advice on improving your photography, both technical and creative, make use of these articles on taking better pictures