Showing posts from August, 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…