Monday, September 11, 2017

Mobile Photography Updates for Photographers by Jerry Hug

Mobile Photography in the hands of a professional or highly skilled amateur photographer is now raking in accolades around the globe.

Dr Russell Brown from Adobe recently used only an iPhone on a trip to the Antarctica. His images were published and exhibited by a major photographic supplier of printers and supplies. Fine Art Photographer Tony Sweet sells his iPhone images at the same price as those taken with his big boy Nikons. The list goes on.

What is Mobile Photography? The use of iPhones and other Smart cell phones, electronic pads like the iPad where you can: 1.Take the photo, 2.edit the images, 3. save the stored the image and 4.immediately share with the world via the internet.

How to get started?
1. Learn how to use both the given automatic and all of the manual controls of the camera on the mobile devices. (Just like any other camera.) There are technical skills and creativity needed as in any photographic venture.
2. Find out what are the best photo applications (apps) to use for shooting and editing the images.
3. Use the cell phone camera by always having it with you and ready to use. More great images were lost except for that image in our mind because we never had a camera ready to shoot. Use our editing skills in Photoshop and other editing software and use the same techniques with apps in the mobile devices.

Taking photos:
1. Hold the Phone/Camera still for good sharp photos.
2. Quick Access Using the Left Swipe.
3. Manual focus by touching the screen on the most important spot to focus in the image.
4. AE/AF Lock.
5. Use the HDR feature in high contrast situations. (iPhone users – I recommend VividHDR app as a better solution then the built in HDR.
6. Shoot Using Burst Mode to catch moving subjects.
7. Use the Volume Buttons and your Apple Headphones for another shutter button. Follow the light for the best images and less editing. (Professional Photographers can now shoot RAW files on the iPhone and edit the RAW images in Lightroom Mobile and then send these images to their computer via Adobe’s service.)

Taking a photo of a small child or pet that keep moving? No problem! Shoot a 10 second video of the moving (child or pet) for iPhones or iPads use the Vhoto app and harvest of the best single image(s) that you want. The example of the pet dog was only edited by cropping.

Editing images in your mobile devices has been made simple, fast and with quality tools like Photoshop and Lightroom by using the free app “Snapseed”. If you have a workflow that works on your computer, do not change your procedure for Snapseed. If you are new to photo editing, try the very basic editing tools already in Photos on your devices.

Snapseed will give you more powerful tools with no cost and large learning curve associated with Photoshop and Lightroom. Getting started with Snapseed – there are built in tutorials in the app. You need WiFi for the tutorials. There also are many free tutorial in YouTube. (I have extensive notes and suggestions on my Speaker Notes 2017. Email me for a free copy at

Masking in Snapseed? Yes, checkout the YouTube Snapseed masking demo by Rad Drew.
Jerry Hug, APSA

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Jerry will be presenting "The Latest and Greatest in Mobile Photography" at CAPS-Chicago Area Photographic School on Sunday, November 19th. Besides giving updates and tips and trick using Snapseed, High Dynamic Range shooting, Jerry will also demo printing from a smart phone wireless and how to make still photos move and other fun tricks in Mobile Photography.

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