Showing posts from 2017

Watchout and avoid spam on Instagram

It's fun to post stills and video on instagram, but it is now getting spam and advertising that you may no want. Here's a link to another blog on tips for Instragram.

Smartphone photos are art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is showing till December 17, 2017 a collection of smartphone photos. printed and mounted on the wall, the exhibit is Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Converstions Between Artists.

Wall Street article on August 16th" says "Talking Pictures" may one day be seen as the first successful museum show about camera-phone art.

Going on saying "almost everyone is now a photographer, often a good one."

Telephoto lens - - -try a pair of binoculars

With all the talk about photographing the eclipse on August 21st, I thought I'd remind smartphone photographers to use a pair o binoculars to get closer. Just taking a photo with the smartphone will only show the sun as a speck.

The makers say that taking a photo into the sun won't damage the camera!

You will need to mount the phone on a tripod and free up your hands for holding the pair of binoculars steady. Takes some moving it around to get it centers. Maybe a friend could hold the pair of binoculars for you while you study the back. Tap on the sun to get everything in focus. Then take the photo

Here is a sample of a normal view, then one holding the binoculars in front of the lens.

Of course you can just look at it yourself with a pair of "eclipse" glasses. There will be plenty of quality photos taken. But, being able to change the focal length with a pair of binoculars gives you a way to photograph a pet or child playing sports or preforming on stage. When you a…

Extra equipment software used

Jim Pickerall, stock photographer extraordinaire, now has a newsletter and consulting service on selling stock and video. Most recent newsletter calls attention to Apple iPhone ads showing off the camera ability in the new devices.

Noting that Apple has in the bottom .. . "Additional equipment and software used"
What Sells?
By Jim Pickerell Posted: 7/12/2017 Read Full Article (2 Credits) 1524 words 7/12/2017

Assuming you are taking pictures because you want to earn some money from what you produce, it would be very helpful to have some information about which images among the hundreds of millions out there are actually selling, and how frequently. What’s in demand? - Read the whole story...

Shooting Video With A Smartphone
By Jim Pickerell Posted: 7/10/2017 Read Full Article (1 Credit) 156 words 7/10/2017

The ads make it sound easy to get great pictures using a smartphone. Certainly a lot can be done with an iPhone 7, but when watching a spectacular ad look for the little n…

iPhone of the future!?

Mashable on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone tries to look forward to the next 10 years. It never goes the way you think. I've always enjoyed reading in the Sixties how the first digital device would be the front door lock. Arguing how it hasn't been upgraded in hundreds of years. Oh well, the crystal ball is a bit cloudy.

So it will have better sound and range. But how much will it cost. Will land lines be extinct? e already have a great camera. So it will have to have some sort of zoom lens. What we really need is better archiving and then there is video.

Only way to know is wait and see.

Help is on the way for Seniors to master their mobile picture taking

FYI: I'll be teaching at Tarrant County Community College's Northeast campus this Fall.
Sign-up online in August for beginners course on photography using your smartphone (as today's cellphone is called).

Check out this family moment taken at my house one evening during the holiday's  This was using my iPad. Then edited to only one minute after editing in iMovie. The course will show you how to do it with iPhone or Android.
There are a lot of apps, but rather being so eager to post you need to take a little time to make it worth the time for families to look at it. Take lots of pictures, but only send the one or two that best shows what happened. Every picture should add to the story, be a different moment. DON'T SEND EVERYTHING.

Another course will focus on preserving memories, choices for scanning in prints and making albums and storytelling video. A short over few highlighting all your choices. This is something that only you can do…

You're here so start filming

I've been saving some clips as interesting points, milestones, on the evolution of photography. Starting with an old article I'd saved by Bert Keppler in Modern Photography's September 1981 issue, where in his SLR Notebook column he reviews the new F-1 Canon SLR.

To his surprise it wasn't electronic like the new Canon A-1, AE-1, etc. "Plastic has taken a back seat to all-metal construction of a very rugged professional nature - the new body is even more rugged than the former F-1," he writes.

ASA (or ISO) went from 6 to 6400, and new titanium shutter going from 8-seconds to 1/2000th.

"Canon engineers feel straight scale and needle is preferred by most pros over the newer-fangled indicators--needles take less battery juice," notes Keppler. The old F-1 didn't have a hotshoe for a flash you had to slide an adapter over the film rewind know, but the new F-1 had a hot-shoe ontop of the prism. That was the main reason to upgrade.

Those were the good o…

Shoot better smartphone images

Before the Spring Break, Personal Technology columnist Geoffrey Fowler was motivated to help readers take "better vacation photos." Offering 28 ways to improve their picture with two ideas being to upgrade to a camera, "you can get a pocket-size camera like Sony's RX-100 V." Or his last tip was if no money was concern, Canon's $3,500 5D Mark IV with a 35mm Sigma fixed focus lens for $900.

Hey! What about the Sony and Olympus Lens cameras (see earlier blogs) that use your smartphone as the viewfinder and use bigger sensor, interchangeable lens, and will fit in your coat pocket?

Confusing? Take better pictures with a smartphone by not using it and getting a camera? Hey there are some great photos being taken and the smartphone is with you and ready when you see the photo. He did add that pictures of food should be eliminated except if they were tied to special events like photo of a birthday cake with message on top.

Reading the article I agree that people ta…

Gear for mobile photography (iPhone and Android)

Some new products are out there to take advantage of the smartphone, and there is a resurgence in film and prints. Interesting times.

The Wall Street Journal reported on five companies making "instant cameras" and writer Michael Hsu says "I blame my iPhone, which makes snapping (and hoarding) mediocre photos all too easy. But darn, it is only a print, he then  recommends using the Google PhotoScan app to copy the print into the smartphone so it can be shared.

Sorry but I don't understand instant printing, seems like more trouble than simply using your smartphone intelligently. It was nice in the film days, when it took hours or days to see what the film camera had taken. With digital you see it immediately, but take time and edit out duplicates, mediocre shots and those photos taken just to remember where you parked the car.

Then FastCompany magazine issues their "Design Awards" which includes a photo software app, Infltr by Yooshr that offers 7 million f…

Trying to keep it simple - - -


The fire was burning in the fireplace and the family was here for the holiday, capture the moment. Don't just take a group shot, make a video of two brothers jamming.

Make it good!

Using my iPad, I want to have good lighting, good sound and not shaky! But I don't need to spend several hundred dollars on a video camera and I don't need to edit it in a computer. Use the apps: FilMic Pro and iMovie is all it takes.

The challenge here is to compare. Is this being cheap and too amateurish? Or, does it look professional? The same rules apply whether it is a smartphone or a digital camera.

With video it is hard to keep it simple.
Here's what was used:
iOgrapher with 2X telephoto lens
RodeMic Go with ipad/iphone adaptor
Savage LED-204 light