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.
Couldn't pass until I took a photo!

Reading the article I agree that people take too many boring photos. He points out how you need to get close and see people's faces, viewers really don't care what shoes you were wearing, they like seeing the smiling face.

He left out how you get a bigger image holding the mobile photo horizontally not vertically. It's a larger photo and easier to read when it is taken horizontally, not to mention the tablet and pc.

"Smartphones have made use all photographers, but they didn't come with instruction manuals," he says in the introduction. This is why I'll be teaching seniors how to take pictures with their smartphone in the fall at the Northeast campus of the Tarrant County College in the Fall. Class will be posted this summer at www.tccd.edu in the Continuing Education/Senior Section. Classes only run for two weeks.

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