Photography Tips and Techniques
Cell Phone Camera Basics

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Introduction
  Cell phone cameras seem less capable than dSLR cameras with
  interchangeable lenses, zoom, and aperture control, yet cell
  phone cameras are being used to create outstanding images by
  the likes of National Geographic photographers. This course
  concentrates on how to deal with the limitations and take
  advantage of the strengths to help you be a better cell
  phone photographer.

  

  Whether or not you take pictures for pleasure or for pay,
  you should always strive to do your best -- and show your
  best. Great photography is not necessarily about equipment,
  but how you approach capturing an image.
  
  Cell phone cameras have a fixed focal length (wide angle)
  and a fixed aperture (f/1.8) with no moving parts. These 
  limit the ability to control depth of focus, which is not
  particularly good for portraiture.
  
The future of photography is code
  https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/22/the-future-of-photography-is-code/

Cell phone camera's strengths are:
  o  Smart photo analysis, electronic processing, and HDR
  o  Low Light Photography
  o  Landscape Photography
  o  Close-up Photography (but not Macro Photography)
  o  Auto-Uploading images to a remote computer
  o  Panoramic Photography
  o  Video
  o  Easy to carry
  o  Always have it with you
  
  
  
  
  


The most basic tools (with any camera) are: 1. Choosing Where to Focus (Tap) 2. Locking Focus (Tap & Hold) 3. Exposure (Slide Finger to lighten or darken) 4. Locking Exposure Focus & Exposure Tricks For Taking Perfect iPhone Photos (11 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXYaWoO6q04 Moment Pro Camera App (control Shutter Speed and more) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pro-camera-by-moment/id927098908 We are @moment and Pro Camera is the app we've always wanted. Manual controls, better video, long exposure and quick access to the settings we need. It gives us the features of a dSLR but in a fast, easy to use camera app. Moment Lenses (and cases) for iPhone https://www.masterphonephotography.com/moment-lenses-review/ https://www.shopmoment.com/iphone-lenses https://www.amazon.com/moment-lenses/s?k=moment+lenses

Android Phones The ultimate guide to Android photography https://www.androidcentral.com/ultimate-guide-android-photography Using Manual Camera Controls: Improving the Quality and Versatility of Your Photography https://www.xda-developers.com/using-manual-camera-controls-improving-the-quality-and-versatility-of-your-photography/

Apple iPhones iPhone User Guide & support https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/use-camera-settings-iphb362b394e/ios https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/take-photos-iph263472f78/ios iPhone Photography School https://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphone-photography-tips/ https://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphoneography/ iPhone Photograpy How To Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9q1WKmVbg&list=PLHFlHpPjgk72JW5vfYlzycSgG_Z6EV4hK https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHFlHpPjgk72JW5vfYlzycSgG_Z6EV4hK Focus on what you love (1+ min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkkPl3_pjW0

Photo Assignment - Master Manual Focus and Focus Lock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXYaWoO6q04 In the same field of view you need to see two objects: 1. Near object (say 12-18 inches from the camera) 2. Far object (10 feet or all the way to the distant mountains) Make an image focussed on the closer object. The near object should be critically sharp and the far object a bit blurred. Make an image focussed on the far object. The far object should be critically sharp and the near object a bit blurred. In addition to you demonstrating that you can control what is going to be in focus, you can at the same time be creative and make a compelling image of something you want to capture and share.

Basic Photography: A Set of Exercises http://teeksaphoto.org/Writing/BasicPhotoExercises.html Photography Tutorials http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm http://www.geofflawrence.com

Book Recommendations John Berger About Looking Pantheon (1980) ISBN: 0679736557 As a novelist, art critic, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight whose work amounts to a subtle, powerful critique of the canons of our civilization. In About Looking he explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast all but lost in the twentieth century? What is it about looking at war photographs that doubles their already potent violence? How do the nudes of Rodin betray the threats to his authority and potency posed by clay and flesh? And how does solitude inform the art of Giacometti? In asking these and other questions, Berger quietly -- but fundamentally -- alters the vision of anyone who reads his work. Leslie Stroebel, Hollis Todd, Richard Zakia Visual Concepts for Photographers Focal Press Limited (1980) ISBN: 0240510259 sam.wormley@gmail.com