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Smartphone Photography Club

Smartphone Photography Club

By Mike James
Smartphones have made photography more accessible than ever. Mike James invites you into the Smartphone Photography Club to be part of our education community. If you are a photo enthusiast wanting to become more creative and confident using your existing mobile device, this is the podcast for you.
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#25 Top 6 Android & iPhone mobile photo editing apps

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#51 Color & Creativity - Photos & Art - Tara Leslie
Join Leslie as we talk about colour... how to capture accurate color, edit color and how to use it creatively.  Color is such a huge topic. It was an absolute pleasure to break it down a bit and talk about the challenges and joys of working with color. If you watch the YT version, I also demonstrate how quickly you can do advanced color correction in Lightroom mobile. https://www.taraleslie.com and YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxIqBULWjwhHDJPm0ehI5Q ・・・ Smartphone Photography Transformation Program: https://bit.ly/sptprogram 30 Days of Lightroom Mobile: https://bit.ly/30DaysLR Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
30:60
March 30, 2022
#50 Smart Phone Smart Editing - Jo Bradford Interview - Snapseed
Join Jo as she discusses her new book Smart Phone Smart Photo Editing. We will explore why she chose Snapseed as the app to break down the tools and provide many varied example editing workflows. During our conversation, we talked about why photo editing is an important skill and the  'visual divide' between what you and the camera sees and matching your photo intention. We also talked about the editing process used in a couple of Jo's examples.  This was a fun interview. Learn more about Jo at https://www.greenislandstudios.co.uk/ ・・・ 30 Days of Lightroom Mobile: https://bit.ly/30DaysLR Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
44:04
March 23, 2022
#49 - Lightroom Presets & Profiles Explained
Editing photos on the go doesn't get easier than using presets in Lightroom mobile app. Presets are predetermined sets of adjustment actions that allow you to apply multiple editing tools at once. In this episode, we cover the following topics: > Are Lightroom Presets Better Than App Filters? > Lightroom Presets Vs VSCO, Instagram Filters > What Happens When You Apply A Preset? > When To Use OR Not Use Presets > How To Create Your Own Presets > How To Share (Or Sell!) Your LR Preset > How To Find FREE Or Cheap Presets Online > How To Install Presets Directly On Your Mobile ・・・ 30 Days of Lightroom Mobile: https://bit.ly/30DaysLR Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
05:59
March 17, 2022
#48 - Behind The Scenes - Making of '30 Days Of Lightroom Mobile'
OK... a late start to the year. I have been super busy creating my latest course 30 Days Of Lightroom Mobile.  I am excited to go behind the scenes a little and show you what it takes to create a course like this. Obviously, this is just a fraction. I would bore you silly if I talked about all the proofeading, copying and pasting text between systems, uploading photos to platforms... This is just a bit of an overview to show the value - without being salesy! Enjoy ・・・ 30 Days of Lightroom Mobile: https://bit.ly/30DaysLR Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
09:11
March 13, 2022
#47 TouchRetouch 5.0 - New Tools & Interface
Very excited to update and share this new version with you. Live and unscripted, let’s explore it together and see why it is better than Snapseed and Lightroom mobile tools for removing objects and distractions. ・・・ 30 Days of Lightroom Mobile: https://bit.ly/30DaysLR Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
07:43
December 28, 2021
#46 Running A Mobile Photography Community - Lee Cocker
During this enjoyable and informative conversation with Lee Cocker from the Mobile Only Photography Facebook group, we covered the below questions and more. I discovered Lee after joining his Facebook group. I was instantly impressed with both the level of engagement and the incredibly friendly and supportive culture. We discuss the benefits for everyone joining and contributing to a photography community.  Tell us about your Facebook community – who is it for, who does it attract? Why did you create this community - what did you set out to achieve (goal) with your community? Why did you choose FB over Instagram, Flicker or other options? How do you attract members – website content or appearances on other groups? How do you keep your members engaged and coming back? I see so many members commenting which is so much more valuable than the popularity likes – what do you think contributes to that culture that you and the existing members created? It takes a lot of effort to run photo themes, curate content, seek speakers and other engagement strategies… why do it – what do you personally get out of it instead of joining an existing group?  Lee is selective of who he approves access to the Facebook group... the first step in a process to create the culture. After listening/watching if you believe you are a great fit, go check out the community at Mobile Only Photography - https://www.facebook.com/groups/372112596784060 ・・・ Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC  ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
34:55
December 19, 2021
#45 Assess Your Photo Literacy Using Bloom's Taxonomy
In previous tutorials, we've discussed how you can add to the storytelling and visual impact of your photos and how to be a more intentional mobile photographer. Today, we're going to take those skills and kick them up a notch so that by the end of this article, you'll be on your way to being an expert in photographic intention and storytelling. First, we'll go over the term 'photo literacy,' in detail. Then, I'll explain Bloom's Taxonomy and how you can use it to assess and improve your photo literacy. Finally, you'll learn the 'dont's' of photo literacy and how you can avoid them. Full article: https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/photo-literacy-blooms-taxonomy ・・・ Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC  ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
31:28
December 13, 2021
#44 30 Event Photography Killer Tips Using Your Smartphone
During this podcast episode, you will learn the tips I shared when designing and running a workshop for a hospitality team that do event and food photography for their social media accounts. Discover what to photograph and how to capture the moments. I have broken the tips into three categories: Before the event - During the event - After the event Full article: https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/business/business-event-photos ・・・ Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC  ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
22:10
December 10, 2021
#43 RAW Long Exposure on your iPhone | David Addison
In this episode you and I are joined by David Addison, that YouTuber from Manchester! What... you don't know who David is?  David brings you regular YouTube videos to help you get the most out of your photography on that camera you always have with you. David also produces a podcast show on the iPhoneography Podcast Network.  During our conversation, David explains how Raw on a smartphone and iPhone is different to a mirrorless camera and why they are so good. We also discuss long exposure effect on the iPhone using apps. Sorry, Androiders... there is still some interesting topic points covered.  ・・・ Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc ・・・ David Addison's links: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidAddison1/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/pisicul_meu/ Website - https://www.pisiculmeu.com/ Podcast - https://www.youtube.com/c/TheiPhoneographyPodcastNetwork/ ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC  ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious  - Mike
35:12
December 05, 2021
#42 What Is Juxtaposition, Contrast & Figure To Ground
This episode is the audio extracted from a YouTube video delivered as part of a 30 day Live series on YouTube, delivering photo composition every day. I selected this episode to share on the podcast as you do not really need to see the visuals to get great value out of this one.  We explore the definition and examples of juxtaposition, contrast and the design concept figure to ground.  The most simple definition of juxtaposition is the contrast of two things. The use of the figure to ground concept in photography is having a separation between the subject (figure) and background (ground). This separation can be created through isolation or contrasts in colours, tones, textures, shapes, alignments, directions, heights, and sizes. We go deep in this one. Enjoy  ・・・  Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc ・・・  Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee   Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse  FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted  Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC  ・・・  Passionate - Creative - Curious  - Mike
16:34
November 27, 2021
#41 20 Question Pre Photo Checklist
So often, we do things intuitively without any thought. Taking photos on your smartphone is no different. This was an interesting exercise to actually pause and start noting the different observations and decisions pre photo. It is kind of a photo checklist that I did not realise that I was doing. I have compiled the list and included related articles and videos that expand on each tip. I have written an article to expand on the 20 pre photo checklist items mentioned in this episode at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/20-tip-pre-photo-checklist Inside the article I have referenced related articles and videos related to each item. Here is the list: 1. Clean the lens! 2. What is my subject or photo intention? 3. Am I close enough to emphasise the subject and still capture the context? 4. Should I hold the phone vertical or horizontal? 5. Is the background clutter-free and distant enough to provide depth? 6. What is the light quality, direction and intensity? 7. Does an alternative height or angle create a more interest perspective? 8. How does this scene make me feel? Create mood through light, colour and composition? 9. Where is the subject positioned and how do they interact with other elements in the frame? 10. Should I use the rule of thirds or an alternative compositional technique? 11. Are there available leading lines existing in the photo opportunity? 12. How does my eye flow through the scene? Are there distractions pulling my attention the wrong way? 13. Do I need to override the auto mode and use a camera replacement app to access manual control? 14. Would this be a great opportunity to use the portrait, live focus or another mode available on my smartphone? 15. Is tack-sharp focus critical in the photo? 16. Do I need to shoot in RAW for extensive editing or printing or is JPEG file format sufficient (95% of the time) 17. Is this intended to be a black and white image? 18. Do I need to use a tripod or a lens attachment? 19. Do I need this photo? 20. You check the photo and are not initially satisfied. Do you need to check the list of questions again? ・・・ Mentioned in this episode was the two courses: Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spttacksharp Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc  ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
16:42
November 24, 2021
#40 Mobile Macro Photography Tripod Setup
Learn about my setup for macro photography on the smartphone. There is no perfect solution for every photo. Having a flexible tripod, a second that holds the smartphone at ground level and an option to attach lights for side or fill lighting is a pretty awesome combination.  Watch the YouTube live video of this setup explained at https://youtu.be/bfhW7y03lsc Ulanzi ST-03 phone tripod mount - https://bit.ly/sptphoneholder Ulanzi MT-33 octopus tripod with phone clamp - https://bit.ly/spttripod Ulanzi VL49 rechargeable mini RGB light - https://bit.ly/sptrgblight Ulanzi UURig R062 Photographic Magic Arm - https://bit.ly/sptmagicarm Ulanzi PT-12 Triple Cold Shoe Mount - https://bit.ly/sptcoldshoe MeFoto... now Benro - https://www.mefoto.com ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
07:28
November 16, 2021
#39 - Isolatation - Day 27/30 Live Photo Composition Series On YouTube
Isolation occurs when your subject stands out in a photo by itself, pulling the viewer's attention. To achieve isolation, you can shoot with a low angle where the background behind the subject is the sky, one of the easiest capture techniques for this method. Another way you can isolate the subject is to create separation from the background. This can include utilizing a contrasting background, a blurred background, or a muted background; all are designed to bring the attention back to the subject. This podcast episode includes a YouTube recording as part of a 30-day series discussing composition techniques and tools. You can check out the video playlist at - https://youtu.be/58UffLd81lA These daily videos are content from my Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System. The new way of learning and applying composition avoids the overwhelm of over 100 compositional techniques and empower you to be more intuitive in creating your next favourite photos on any device; iPhone, Android smartphone, mobile device, DSLR or mirrorless camera. ・・・ Live photo composition tips for 30 days - https://youtu.be/58UffLd81lA Learn more about the Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
09:56
November 08, 2021
#38 Cropping - the most powerful photo composition tool
Cropping is one of the most powerful techniques you can use to create compositional opportunities. The crop tool also serves a practical purpose, as it allows you to zoom into a photo and change the aspect ratio to accommodate different printing or posting options. Most importantly, cropping helps to recompose a photo to communicate our intention, story and creativity better. ✔︎ Aspects - Aspect ratios Cropping to different aspects, or aspect ratios, allows you to optimize photos for different outputs. For example, 16:9 is perfect for display on a TV. I crop to this horizontal landscape to display most of my photos on the TV. Conversely, cropping photos to a square aspect, 1:1, makes them the perfect size to post on your Instagram feed. Depending on how you display your photos and whether you intend to print them, you can adjust your frame dimension to match photo frames, digital displays, and more. ✔︎ Remove distractions You can remove distracting subjects and speckles of bright light from the edges by cropping your photos a little tighter (closer). ✔︎ Isolating the subject Cut out sections of the photo to isolate the subject from a distracting background. A more prominent subject helps to communicate your message plainly and makes it easier to interpret in the photo. ✔︎ Symmetry and balance Using the crop tool, you can also reposition subjects in relation to the frame to create and improve balance for a more aesthetically pleasing photo. ✔︎ People Cropping in closer can elevate the viewers' feelings of intimacy and familiarity with the subject. In portrait photography, for example, cropping can make the subjects' eyes appear closer to the camera, enabling that contact with the viewer. If you have photos featuring awkward hand or leg positions, you can use the crop tool to remove the offending limb or, if you prefer, the entire person from the photo. ・・・ Learn more about the Stronger Photo Composition: 4-Step System: https://bit.ly/spt-spc ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
13:29
October 25, 2021
#37 Photography Channels That I Follow On YouTube
These are my favourite photography channels broken up into these groups:  ✔︎ Smartphone-photography specific channels  ✔︎ Photo composition channels  ✔︎ Creative ideas for your photography  ✔︎ Macro photography channels  ✔︎ Mobile photo editing tutorials  ✔︎ Creativity & storytelling channels  ✔︎ Photoshop & Lightroom (some tips are transferrable to mobile)  ✔︎ General photography (non-smartphone) tutorials  ✔︎ Lastly, subscribe to this channel! ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
16:22
October 19, 2021
#36 Improve Photo Composition by Stacking Techniques
Question: Do you struggle with photo composition? Do you find yourself limited by the same photo compositional techniques and rules? Answer: I did too. Despite working professionally as a photographer, I often wrestled with feeling confident in my creativity. Even with a technical learning background and 20 years of experience in the field, creativity often felt like a kind of elusive creature. I knew it existed, but it always felt beyond my reach. Until one day, while on an outing with a fellow photographer, I had a kind of epiphany. I realized, if I could master composition, then creativity would follow naturally. So Many Composition Techniques - Information Overload I knew that photo composition was the key to creating more compelling photos and feeling more creative. So I set about learning as much about composition as possible. I spent hours upon hours studying composition techniques in photography, painting, drawing, and other arts. I went from unaware to researching over 60 different photo composition techniques in excruciating detail. I felt as if I had to learn and master every composition technique I could find to unlock my creativity with 'the perfect composition.' Quickly, I became overwhelmed. I had all the knowledge, a foolproof blueprint for discovering and developing creativity, but I found myself stumped yet again. I'd be out on a shoot with a beautiful scene in front of me, and still, I couldn't decide which technique I should apply. Just like learning how to craft a well-written story, photo composition is a lifelong pursuit that requires study, practice, and inspiration to master. Step 1: Prepare the Camera Every good story needs a strong opening, and photography is no different. How you position your camera isn't just the vital first step to developing composition, it's also an opportunity to hone your style and show off your sense of originality. Step 2: Position the Subject In the same way that an author has to develop characters through detailed descriptions and their interactions with others, photographers are responsible for positioning the subject in a way that connects with the viewer. Step 3: Position the Supporting Elements Try to think of the position of your supporting elements in the same way that a writer would approach their plot development through effective dialogue. Step 4 - Edit to direct viewer attention The last step in finalizing a piece of writing, photography, or really, almost any other form of art, is to edit. When done correctly, the editing process serves as the final satisfying conclusion to your story. ・・・ Learn More at https://bit.ly/spt-spc ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
14:25
October 14, 2021
#35 Shayne Mostyn Mobile Photography - Astrophotography iPhone 13 Pro Max & Android
Shayne joins us to discuss the amazing iPhone 13 Pro Max videos he has been sharing on his YouTube channel at Shayne Mostyn Mobile Photograph. He shared several of his favourite astrophotography photos created on several different smartphones. Shayne provided a deep step-by-step guide of his photo preparation, capture and editing process.  ・・・ Shayne's links  https://www.youtube.com/c/ShayneMostynMobilePhotography  https://www.phonephotoschool.com.au ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
55:37
October 07, 2021
#34 iPhoneography Podcast Host Greg McMillan - Favourite Photos Explained
Greg McMillan from the iPhoneography Podcast Network joined me to discuss his journey from DSLR to iPhone - what he loves about smartphone photography - and break down a few of his favourite photos. Learn about Greg's photo preparation, capture and editing process ・・・ Greg's links https://iphoneography.ca/ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/mcmillan ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
45:07
October 05, 2021
#33 40 Tips To Take Better Car Photos With Your Smartphone
In this episode, we discuss using your phone for taking car photos. This could be to help sell your vehicle or make use of a readily available subject to practice being creative. Car photography can be boring, because they are boring, inanimate objects. We want our car photos to stand out. Tips covered: capture techniques - lighting - background - angles - interior shots - editing - buyer persona and journey. ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
24:56
September 25, 2021
#32 All New iPhone 13 Cameras Released - I Want One!
Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 model lineup at today's event. After being thoroughly immersed in the event, I noted my favourite technical specifications, camera hardware upgrades, exciting new features and compiled a list of what I love. Hope you find this as interesting as I did. Let me know. ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Also mentioned was the Apple event itself https://www.apple.com/au/apple-events/september-2021/ The iPhoneography podcast - David Addison Show: Interview with Halide developer Ben Sandofsky - https://youtu.be/dzWh5LX34d4 Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
10:01
September 15, 2021
#31 Be A More Intentional Mobile Photographer
Check out the full article and YouTube video here The intention is both the motivation and reason for taking the photo and the desired result. Becoming more intentional in your smartphone photography is one of the first transformational steps towards producing photos that have a more considered meaning than snapshots. Shooting with intent means you take into consideration many aspects of the photo you're creating, including the intended outcome. Knowing the intention will ensure that when you look at the photo opportunity, you will know exactly what to do. As you practise smartphone photography, your decisions that align with the photographic intention will become subconscious. Pause to consider the intention Before taking a photo - pause to recognise what motivated you to take the photo. What was the stimulus that you are reacting to? Is it the tones, colours, shapes, forms or lighting that caught your attention? Subject and story clarity allow you to experiment with different ways to capture and communicate that subject. You will start to think like a photographer now, by: Focusing your mind (pun intended) to find more creative angles and perspectives Avoiding a cluttered background Looking at how light is falling on the subject Consider other elements in the photo. As you can imagine, a happy snap without intention will struggle to evoke some sort of emotional or physiological response. Practising photographic intention gives you more confidence and more enjoyment in your creative journey. ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
12:08
September 09, 2021
#30 Glass Photo Sharing Photography Community App | Pros & Cons
Full article and YouTube video - here What is different about Glass? What I love about the bold concept beyond the distraction-free app focussed on your photos is the return to the chronological feed. After finding photographers to follow, their latest uploads appear in your feed. It is not designed to keep you scrolling using addictive tricks to encourage engagement or using your usage data to feed an algorithm. Glass is independent and has not taken outside funding, opting for support by the community itself through subscription $5 a month or $50 a year or, at launch, $30 a year with a free 14-day trial available to new users. The app is iOS only and to join, you need to join the queue for an invitation or from other Glass members. Once inside you have invitations to provide your friends and family. In a recent Twitter update, they suggested the invites only exist to ensure the quality experience and that they can scale responsibly. Pros - what you will like Subscription-based. Yes, that is a positive... support the developers to keep providing updates and making this an even better experience! No ads or data tracking No algorithm: You see things as they are posted, and when you return to the app the photos you've seen are still there. No engagement tricks to get you hooked on the app... just photos No filters: When you upload a photo, there are no in-app editing tools. P3 colour profile support Minimal compression EXIF data behind your photos automatically upload Community around comments No "likes" or "reactions": If you want to tell someone you like their photo, then you literally leave a comment about the photo. Photos take up the whole screen Tap the photo to see the EXIF Peek at the photographer information by swiping right and holding the screen Can delete an individual photo by swiping left Icons are intuitive Chronological is great to be selective about who I follow Cons - what you may want Cannot add a hotlink to your website/portfolio in the bio Very hard to find like-minded photographers in your particular interest When looking at other user's profiles, it would be great to see their photos organised in a thumbnail format rather than having to scroll through each photo. Allow users to group photos by album Cannot unfollow unless you block someone - it feels nasty to do! Cannot add a caption after the photo is uploaded Cannot remove or edit EXIF Ability to share profile instead of just one photo If you share a photo outside the app, the recipient needs to open an account Tags or hashtags do not mean algorithm – easier to search The iPad experience is lacking ・・・ Enjoy the video? A small way to say thanks is coffee! https://bit.ly/buymikecoffee  Free 45 minute "STOP Taking Boring Photos' video course: https://bit.ly/sptfreecourse FREE membership – community forum, tutorials, podcasts - https://bit.ly/sptgetstarted Recommended smartphone photography gear: https://bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・  Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
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August 23, 2021
#29 30 Lightroom mobile photo editing tools - Part 3
G'day and welcome back. In this episode, I am sharing another 10 Adobe Lightroom mobile app photo editing tools. This is part 3 of the 3-part series covering 30 tools. Episode #27 covered the first 12 tools and #28 another 8 tools This started as 30 tools written down for the website article. However, when recording the video for the YouTube channel, I actually covered 40 individual tools! Even though the audio is extracted from the video, I believe you are going to achieve a clear understanding of each tool and what they do by listening in on the podcast. These tools are broken down into 3 separate parts to make them more consumable. Me talking for over an hour is a long time! Today, we explore the texture, clarity, dehaze, selections, healing, versions, watermark, guided tutorials and discovery. This is a deep dive into the Effects and Selective sections of the app. The video and all the written content are included in my Adobe Lightroom Mobile App eBook - https://www.bit.ly/sptlightroom Original article can be found on my website over at: https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/editing/lightroom-mobile-editing-tools ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted Smartphone photography accessories: bit.ly/3gv9JuC Blurry to tack-sharp photos: 4-step system and more: bit.ly/sptcourses Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
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August 16, 2021
#28 30 Lightroom mobile photo editing tools - Part 2
G'day and welcome back. In this episode, I am sharing another 8 Adobe Lightroom mobile app photo editing tools. This is part 2 of the 3-part series covering 30 tools. Episode #27 covered the first 12 tools.  This started as 30 tools written down for the website article. However, when recording the video for the YouTube channel, I actually covered 40 individual tools! Even though the audio is extracted from the video, I believe you are going to achieve a clear understanding of each tool and what they do by listening in on the podcast. These tools are broken down into 3 separate parts to make them more consumable. Me talking for over an hour is a long time! Today, we explore the histogram, exposure, highlights and shadows, black and white points, tone curve and all the powerful tools inside sharpening and noise reduction. This is a deep dive into the Light and Details sections of the app.  The video and all the written content are included in my Adobe Lightroom Mobile App eBook - https://www.bit.ly/sptlightroom Original article can be found on my website over at: https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/editing/lightroom-mobile-editing-tools ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted Smartphone photography accessories: bit.ly/3gv9JuC Blurry to tack-sharp photos: 4-step system and more: bit.ly/sptcourses Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
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August 12, 2021
#27 30 Lightroom mobile photo editing tools - Part 1
G'day and welcome back. In this episode, I am going to share Adobe Lightroom mobile app photo editing tools. This started as 30 tools written down for the website article. However, when recording the video for the YouTube channel, I actually covered 40 individual tools! Even though the audio is extracted from the video, I believe you are going to achieve a clear understanding of each tool and what they do by listening in on the podcast. These tools are broken down into 3 separate parts to make them more consumable. Me talking for over an hour is a long time!  Today, let's explore the first 12 Lightroom mobile app editing tools in this 3-part series 30 tool playlist.  Tools covered, include cropping,  presets, profiles, optical, geometry, white balance, vibrance & saturation, colour (color), mix, target tool, color grading, selective colour, black & white  The video and all the written content are included in my Adobe Lightroom Mobile App eBook - https://www.bit.ly/sptlightroom Original article can be found on my website over at: https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/editing/lightroom-mobile-editing-tools ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted Smartphone photography accessories: bit.ly/3gv9JuC Blurry to tack-sharp photos: 4-step system and more: bit.ly/sptcourses Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
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August 10, 2021
#26 Meeting my favourite mobile photography educators
In this episode, I share my experience recently reaching out to three of my favourite mobile photography educators. The first I reached out to was Dean from Take Better Photos. When I first started Smartphone Photography Training, Dean was the only other person in Australia that I could find delivering in-person smartphone photography workshops. I loved the concepts that he was teaching, finding Joy and moments. Dean was also working (and continues to) with businesses to assist staff produce visual assets using their phone.  Next, I reached out to Shayne, discovering his YouTube channel. It is amazing the power of video to discover and appreciate the training and delivery style of someone. I really appreciated the way Shayne breaks down those sometimes complex techniques into easy to follow steps. The combination of quality and consistency of his videos are second to none in smartphone photography tutorials. Shayne is producing some courses at the moment, which I cannot wait to see and share with you in the future.  Lastly, in the podcast, I talk about Greg McMillan. I discovered Greg 6 years ago as a co-host of The Tiny Shutter Podcast. It had already been going 4 years! Greg has started another podcast named iPhoneography Podcast. Listening to Greg interview other photographers and contribute to group conversations his passion and breadth of knowledge is obvious.  It was a pleasure to meet each of these guys on camera and in person. I am very thankful that they took the time to respond to me reaching out. It is so nice to be surrounded by people that share the same passion for mobile photography and supporting others in our communities.  I encourage you to reach out to people who inspire you in photography or some other area of your life and let them know. It is a lot of hard work and many, many unpaid hours to deliver consistent, new content. Maybe even hit their 'buy me a coffee' links to show your support in a unique and much-appreciated way. Dean Holland - Take Better Photos - website Shayne Mostyn - YouTube channel - Phone Photo School website Greg McMillan - iPhoneography Podcast  ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted Smartphone photography accessories: bit.ly/3gv9JuC Blurry to tack-sharp photos: 4-step system and more: bit.ly/sptcourses Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
10:54
August 06, 2021
#25 Top 6 Android & iPhone mobile photo editing apps
I have downloaded over 100 apps on my smartphone. Many of them were not worth the free price stage! These are my go-to apps for all of my photo editing! 1. Snapseed is a very intuitive, easy to use app that has more advanced tools and capabilities hidden away for the more serious photo editing. This completely free app can be as simple or advanced as you like as your photo editing knowledge and skills develop. 2. Adobe Lightroom mobile app and is as intuitive to use as most apps. You tap and swipe around the various tools. All you need is a registered Adobe account to get started. Choosing a paid subscription will provide some extra tools and the ability to sync your images to multiple devices. I will cover some tools in the free version 3. TouchRetouch is the leading app for removing distracting and unwanted elements in your image. Every professional image that you have fallen in love with has had parts of the image removed to assist composition. This tool has all the automatic and manual tools you would find on a desktop editing program. 4. PicsArt claims to be the only editing app you'll ever need... and, they are probably right. It has so many tools available for Android and iPhone users. This app does have some premium tools that are only available on the subscription. That said, they are very generous with the free tools. 5. Polarr has some features that are a struggle to find elsewhere. It is my go-to app after Snapseed and Lightroom. You can use most tools in the free version. This app has just had a major facelift in 6.0. 6. AfterFocus is still really helpful for images we captured before we could select and re-adjust background focus during and post photo capture. This paid app (one payment) works incredibly well to selectively blur the background around an object of your choice I mention a few more apps in this podcast, you will have to listen to find out what they are! ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted Smartphone photography accessories: bit.ly/3gv9JuC Blurry to tack-sharp photos: 4-step system and more: bit.ly/sptcourses Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
24:06
August 01, 2021
#24 Finding your Photographic Style
When discovering your photography style, some typical negative thoughts you may face are: I'm not creative enough to come up with my own style My phone isn't new or expensive enough to take decent photos I'm envious of photographers and discouraged when I compare my work to theirs Style is a bit of an umbrella term in that it encompasses a variety of elements. Location, subjects, composition, framing, tone, mood, light, colour, and editing contribute to what the viewer sees and perceives as the overall style of a photo. Developing style in your photography starts with you. Consider the following questions What interests you outside of photography? Do you have other hobbies like collecting, gardening, walking, travel, dining, etc? Where are your favourite places to go? Do you prefer to be indoors or outdoors? Is it more fun for you to take photos of cityscapes or landscapes? Do you prefer realism over abstraction? How do you express emotion in your photos, if any? Are there any emotions you prefer expressing? Do you prefer to capture people in posed or candid positions? Do you prefer technical perfection over an emotional connection? What are some consistencies you can identify in your process as a photographer? Are there any patterns or consistencies that you can recognize in your editing, colour correction, or colour grading? Do you prefer the approach of less is more, or more is more? Do you have a preference for aesthetics that are sharp or blurred, or low or high contrast, etc? My personal style comes from my love for the Struman Optics Cinematic Macro Lens. I enjoy taking photos of flowers with a 'real' blurred background at the same field of view and focal distance. When it comes to editing, my preferences often lend themselves to darker backgrounds and increased emphasis on colours and textures. Get Inspired A great way to stay creative in your approach to photographic style is to draw inspiration from your favourite photographers, social media, and your peers in photography communities like ours. As you embark on your style journey, it's important not to put too much pressure on yourself. It can be easy to become preoccupied with identifying your style and get caught up in the chase of identifying the perfect genre. However, this will ultimately rob you of the opportunity for your personal preferences to reveal themselves. ・・・  Enjoy the podcast? A small unique way to show your appreciation is coffee! bit.ly/buymikecoffee  ・・・  FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted  ・・・  Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC  ・・・  Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt  ・・・  Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail   ・・・  Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious   - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/photographic-style
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July 21, 2021
#23 ISO and shutter explained in adobe Lightroom camera app
This video lesson is extracted from the Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System. More details can be found at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/blurry-to-tack-sharp-photos ISO and shutter speed manual controls can be increased/decreased to brighten or darken a photo. Each has pros and cons for increasing and decreasing. The goal when changing these settings is to balance these trade-offs to capture a sharp, detailed and vibrant image. ISO was the 'standard' measurement of photographic film sensitivity to light (film speed). The speed of the film was referenced by its ISO number. The higher the number, the more sensitive it was to light to capture more usable images in low-light. In a nutshell, ISO means equal (standard) not an acronym for the organisation - it would have been IOS! ISO is NOT sensor sensitivity! ISO speed transferred to digital photography and referred to as 'sensor sensitivity. The function of ISO in digital photography is applied gain. The function of ISO in digital photography is applied gain. Gain signifies the increase/decrease in the image's brightness after capture. As we take a photo, light enters the lens and every pixel measures the intensity of light by counting the number of photons reaching the pixel. The charge of the photons changes the voltage in each pixel; the voltage values are recorded by the camera. The RAW data is a collection of recorded voltage values from all 12 million pixels. The amplification of the signal happens after the data is collected by applying the 'gain'. Digital cameras, including smartphones, should be using the term Gain not ISO! All data recorded in your smartphone is actually at the lowest ISO setting (the latest iPhone is 32). For simplicity, let's say it is 100 and you captured an image at an ISO setting of 200. When the image is recorded, the gain is applied to boost the brightness by a factor of two. As you increase ISO, it is at the gradual cost of details, sharpness, and dynamic range. The higher the amplification, the more noise and grain (that speckled look) appear. In a nutshell, ISO adds brightness! What is shutter speed? Shutter speed is responsible for two things: changing the brightness of your photo, and either freezing action or blurring motion. The longer the shutter remains open and allows light to reach the sensor the more opportunity for both motion blur and camera shake. Practical tips If you are shooting in manual mode to capture a sharp, detailed image, you should only raise your ISO when your shutter setting creates motion blur. This video lesson is extracted from the Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System. More details on the system can be found here ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/iso-and-shutter
17:38
July 05, 2021
#22 Manual focus in Lightroom mobile camera app
Why use manual focus on a smartphone? Autofocus can be fantastic in most circumstances. The smartphone is smart! It can be problematic when scene elements of similar visual weight are at differing distances from the camera lens. The camera can struggle and choose a focal distance between the objects in the scene.  Let's talk Adobe You do not need an Adobe subscription. Sign up for a free Adobe ID account within the app using either an email address, Facebook or Google ID. The subscription does offer extra features.  Adobe Lightroom mobile camera manual focus Inside the camera feature, the manual focus option is available within the Pro shooting mode. Locate the icon [+] that looks like a + symbol inside brackets. By default underneath the icon will be labelled Auto. To activate manual focus tap on that icon to discover a slider. Swipe the slider off Auto to manually adjust the focus area from nearest to the lens (0%) to further distance away from the lens (100%).  Focus Peaking My favourite feature of manual focus is the green overlay that appears on the focused area of the image. This is referred to as focus peaking. Other apps will allow you to change the colour of the overlay. This is particularly helpful if you are trying to determine focus on a green leaf that matches the same colour as the Adobe Lightroom green overlay!  When do I use manual focus? The only time I manually focus the smartphone is using a close-up macro lens attachment and am holding the lens less than 7cm from the subject. The reason is the focus area is very narrow.  How to use manual focus on a moving subject? Hand holding the smartphone very close to moving subjects, like bees can be very frustrating and challenging. As you can see in the above video, the movement of the camera can easily shift which part of the scene at close range is in focus.  The green overlay on your image preview communicates in real-time where the focus distance. I find that setting the manual focus and green overlay allows me to rock back and forth and move the camera to achieve the focus.  Advanced technique The green overlay can be difficult to see in bright outdoor conditions on a little smartphone screen. The subject matter may be green, also making it difficult to see the manual focus overlay. You can change the live filter to black and white to create a strong contrast against the green. After capture, you can change the filter back to normal again! This video lesson is extracted from the Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System. More details on the system can be found here ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/manual-focus-lightroom-app
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June 28, 2021
#21 Reduce image noise & artifacts | Snapseed & Lightroom mobile
What is noise? There are many different types of noise. The most visible noise is the random variation of brightness or colour information in images. These often appear as salt and pepper specks in the shadows or as bands of shadows. Some degree of electronic noise is present in any electronic device that transmits or receives a signal. When you sharpen an image, it also sharpens the noise significantly degrading your image quality. The other most common issue is pixelation noise and jpeg artifacts. This is due to insufficient image information/resolution for the required output. An example is cropping in tight and zooming in. It is also due to down-sampling an image or excessive editing. Noise reduction The process of noise reduction smooths the dots of colour and tone in your image, reducing sharpness. The goal is to reduce noise and retain as much sharpness as you can in the image. Noise reduction trick inside Snapseed Snapseed does not have a noise reduction tool. However, understanding the process of noise reduction, you can replicate it using the existing Details tool. We need to smooth the image while retaining as much sharpness as we can. Locate and use the Details tool? Tap on the word Tools or the pencil edit icon - Details Next, tap on the adjust icon that looks like three horizontal sliders Swipe left to blur the image and watch the finer details do not become blurred Swipe up to select Sharpening and swipe right to bring in finer details Noise reduction inside Adobe Lightroom One of the great advantages of using the Sharpening tool inside Lightroom is the Masking option. You can avoid enhancing the details in the flat, smoother and darker areas of the image where the noise and artifacts like to hang out! Also within the Details section are two noise reduction tools - Noise Reduction (luminance noise) and Colour Noise Reduction. Colour noise reduction My editing process typically involves colour noise first. You can see this when the blotchiness has random colour. A more technical term is mottling artifacts. Noise reduction Now you have three sliders to balance! You will need to zoom in to see the effect of your adjustments then zoom back out again to make sure it still has a sense of realism. The Contrast slider protects the contrast in the edges of the objects in the photo. Details is adjusted to bring back details lost when adjusting the Noise Reduction slider. Again, it is a balancing act. This video lesson is extracted from the Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System. More details on the system can be found here ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/editing/reduce-image-noise
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June 21, 2021
#20 Easily stabilize your smartphone camera | Gear tips
There are two main reasons for a blurry photo: focus blur and motion blur which can be broken down into subject and camera movement. We are going to look at techniques and gear to stabilise and steady your mobile phone camera. This video lesson is extracted from the Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System. https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/blurry-to-tack-sharp-photos  Stabilise yourself  Do not have your outstretched arms away from your body offers the least stability. Try to tuck your elbows in by your side or rest your elbows on a table or post. Better yet, rest your smartphone on a sturdy object.  What to look for in a tripod  The only phone holder I recommend is the Sunwayfoto CPC-02. It is lightweight and has a dovetail Arca-Swiss style plate to attach directly to most tripods. If you are planning on using your tripod outside I would recommend investing in a quality tripod. There are several features to consider and prioritise: tripod height, size when folded, centre column, leg release mechanism, centre column removal as a selfie stick and the quality feel of the product. My personal preference out of the 8 tripods I own for smartphone photography is by far the MeFOTO Air range.  What if you cannot hold your smartphone still?  You may be hanging on the back of a speed boat or riding on a very bumpy tram - who knows! What if you cannot hold your camera still and the lighting conditions create a blurred image? You can take manual control of the camera ISO and shutter to make it work faster.  This video lesson is extracted from the Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System. More details on the system can be found here ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/stabilize-phone
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June 14, 2021
#19 Powerful mobile photo sharpening secrets using Snapseed
Sharpening and adding detail to your photos can make it look like you have had a phone upgrade. Using the various Snapseed sharpening options can make it pop and jump off the screen.  1. Tonal Contrast Firstly, what is contrast? If you increase contrast, you are increasing the difference between two things. When you have a line in your photo, either side of the edge of that line is brightened and darkened to increase the perception of sharpness. Tap on the Edit pencil icon, then Tonal Contrast. Tap on Adjust to reveal the submenu or swipe up and down on the screen. High, mid and low tones. Editing the mid and low tones are where you will notice the strongest effect. 2. Details tool This tool sharpens the whole photo. Tap on the Pencil edit icon > Details. Next, tap on Adjust to reveal two options: Structure and Sharpening. Structure – applies the sharpening to the areas where there is evident contrast. It will make the darker side of a contrasting edge darker and the light section of an edge lighter. Sharpening – indiscriminately sharpens every single pixel (dot) in the image.  3. Selective Tool This is my favourite tool to apply strong sharpening in very specific parts of the photo. After opening your photo, go to the Pencil edit icon > Details. Tap on the + symbol and tap on the photo. Pinch and zoom to increase/decrease the selection of surrounding pixels. Swipe up and down to access Structure. 4. Stacks (layers) and Masking To access the Layers, tap on the icon on the top right side that resembles an undo arrow atop two stacked tiles. Next, tap View edits to reveal a 'Stack' of each adjustment made. Tap on a previous adjustment to reveal a fly-out menu of a bin icon to delete and adjust icons to refine the edit.  What is masking? When you make an adjustment, the new version of the image is stacked on top of the previous version, hiding the previous layer. Masking is the process of selectively revealing and/or hiding parts or all of the previous layer. The benefit of masking is we can specifically apply varying strength of ANY editing tool to exactly where you want.  Summary  When sharpening my photos, my typical workflow involves Tonal Contrast to add some depth to the mid-tones. Next, Details add sharpness to the whole photo. The Selective tool adds heavy sharpening to specific areas of the photo. Lastly, I will use the Stacks and Masking option to apply more controlled sharpening over specific areas of the photo.  This video lesson is extracted from the Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos: 4-Step System. More details on the system can be found here ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/editing/snapseed-sharpening
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June 07, 2021
#18 Photo Distortion - Avoid and fix in smartphone photography
Photo distortion can leave you disappointed with your photography and blaming your Android or iPhone camera. Typical distortion attributes to a recognisable smartphone photo... especially indoors and architecture photos. Barrel lens distortion The barrel distortion becomes quite noticeable when you add a wide-angle lens attachment to the phone. Your smartphone is designed to gather and process the information from the field of view of the standard built-in lens. When we attach a wide-angle lens to the phone, it needs to squeeze that extra context onto the same image sensor. Pincushion lens distortion Opposite to barrel, straight lines curve inward from the edges looking squashed in the middle of the photo! This distortion is more found in zoom lenses. Zoom lenses increase magnification from the centre to the edges. Fix or introduce lens distortion using SKWRT app SKRWT app corrects and introduces different types of distortion is all it does and it does it well. Perspective Distortion Objects further away appear smaller. This is even more so when you have a wide-angle lens on your smartphone camera. You have likely seen a beautiful sunset and raised your phone in excitement to be disappointed that the sunset is tiny on your screen! Distance to subject distortion Have you noticed that if you hold the phone close to a person’s face, their ears look smaller and appear to move around behind their head? Their nose is closer to the lens looking unflattering larger. What is angle perspective distortion? You have seen those roads or train track photos highlighting the converging lines. This is even more emphasized when you shoot from a lower angle! Standing at the bottom of a building the walls taper and look narrow the further away the roof is. Fix or introduce perspective distortion using apps My favourite apps for correcting perspective distortion is the Perspective tool inside Snapseed. You have several options: Tilt, Rotate, Scale and Free. Another app for fixing perspective is the paid option of Geometry tool in Adobe Lightroom mobile. Using the guided tool place a reference straight line and the software warps the photo to change the vertical and horizontal perspectives. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/composition/photo-distortion
14:20
May 30, 2021
#17 Photography app updates are the secret to getting the most out of them
What are photography apps? Apps are provided by third-party developers who use the phone operating system and hardware of your phone. Apple developers can access the operating system architecture through the AVFoundation Capture subsystem. Using this 'Application Program Interface (API) and Swift coding, apps provide a custom User Interface (UI). These apps give you more manual control over the photo and video capture (focus, exposure, etc), photo processing, synthesising, controlling, importing and exporting. The best example of an all-encompassing photography app is Adobe Lightroom mobile app. It is a camera replacement app and photo editor all in one. It provides full manual control of the camera and familiar Lightroom editing tools right there on your smartphone! Why stay informed of updates to your photography apps? Our photography apps are constantly being updated. You may have noticed that each time a developers releases an update, most of them provide a little blurb of what was included in the update. This is an amazing opportunity to stay informed of the latest news and developments in all your favourite photography apps. At the time of recording the above podcast episode, there were interesting update descriptions for the Adobe Photoshop Express app  (local adjustments) and Lightroom app (colour toning). Why do you need to keep apps updated? The Android and iOS operating systems regularly patch security and other issues. Now and again they have major releases that affect the API to developers. You will notice each time this happens, it seems that every app on your smartphone requires an update. How do you manually update your photo apps? By default, your smartphone updates apps automatically in the background. As discussed, my preference is to manually update the photography apps on my smartphone. I cannot explain every phone model menu, so I will attempt to explain what to look for. Our phone settings are also getting more complicated as they get updated. I find the best way to find a tool or setting is to use the search function. Type in the word 'Update'. You are looking for App Update or similar, then Automatic Downloads. See what's new in your existing apps The other option to learn new features of your photography apps is often within the app itself. Many apps have a What's New section in the settings. In this section, you can see the update release date and their attention to bug fixes and new features. In here you can also see how regularly they update the app. Developers who regularly update their apps is one of my selection criteria in apps that I use and recommend. ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/podcast/app-updates
08:51
May 17, 2021
#16 Add energy to photos using Dutch angle composition technique
Also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle. It is basically, an intentionally crooked photo. The keyword there is intentional. It cannot be slightly crooked, because it looks like you just held the smartphone at an angle. You do not want horizons looking slightly tilted. The Dutch angle is more intentional and exaggerated for a creative effect. You can achieve this at capture by angling your smartphone or easily in mobile editing. This technique is common in cinema cinematography for the dramatic effect. It helps to portray movement and/or introduce some unease and disorientation for that desperate or frantic action scene. Why and when? If like me, you struggle with creativity, this is a simple technique that will make even the most mundane look interesting. An angled photo has more diagonal lines adding more energy by introducing the perception of movement. As you know, the composition is how you position the main subject and other elements within the frame and how they all interact with each other. So if you've got a photo that just has lots of vertical and horizontal lines. It can be static. The viewer's attention can follow up and down or left and right. Rotating the photo turns these lines into more dynamic diagonal lines guiding the viewer through the photo. This technique does not work on every photo. Dutching the photo can have compositional implications on the rest of the photo. The visual weight of different elements changes when placed higher or lower on either side of the frame. The subject and element emphasis might become something else. The space around the main subject completely changes when you change the angle. It is important to have active space in front of the subject in the frame. How It can be a lot of fun to play around intentionally angling straight lines. It is an easy process to hold on either end of your smartphone in a horizontal position, then lift either hand to angle the phone. It can be hard to imagine what an angled photo will look like without looking at the screen. You may need to tilt your head with the camera to see the screen. You have my permission to try this and look weird! The preference is to consider the Dutch angle at the time of capture. When editing the photo and rotating it, the editor will inevitably zoom in and crop much of the photo. Most smartphone inbuilt editors have a rotate option. Some are located in the crop tool. Most have a very limited amount of straightening adjustment which may not suit the purpose of creating a Dutch angle. The app and tool that I use to introduce the Dutch angle is the Perspective tool inside Snapseed. It is amazing! Most rotation tools will zoom in and crop the photo. The Perspective tool has a Rotate option. It copies what is inside the edges of the frame and adds it to the outside corners, minimising how much of the photo is cropped and removed. It is easier to watch this tool in action. ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/composition/dutch-angle
11:04
May 13, 2021
#15 My process as a camera club monthly photo competition judge
My process as a camera club monthly photo competition judge Have you participated in a photo contest or a monthly photo competition and wondered how the judge assesses the images? In this podcast video, I unveil the mystery and explain my process. Entering a photo competition or a camera club monthly photo competition is a great way to have your work recognised and more importantly, receive some educated and experienced feedback from someone impartial. As a smartphone photographer educator, I often deliver presentations and workshops at camera clubs. I also have the absolute privilege of judging monthly photo competitions – either for a smartphone category or open theme. I am acutely aware that I come with prejudices and that my assessments, interpretations and assertions are subjective. Initial Formulated Sorting Process I have broken assessments into 5 main stages of image creation with the potential to score 15 points. Intention – 3 points Composition – 3 points Lighting – 3 points Equipment – 2 point Editing – 4 points 1. Intention Whenever you lift your smartphone to take a photo – take a moment to pause and think about what motivated me to take this photo? 2. Composition This refers to the structure of the photo – positioning the main subject and different elements and how they all interact with each other to direct and hold the attention of the viewer. 3. Lighting This is very under-rated in photography. The light direction, quality and quantity can really add to the intention of the image. 4. Equipment Knowing how to get more out of your iPhone or Android camera, all the features of your camera and camera replacement apps and accessories for your smartphone can really extend the capability of your photographic tool. 5. Editing As much as I am an absolute advocate for editing every image – I also scrutinize it for it being over-done. Unnatural colours, unrealistic lighting, awkwardly cut-off objects and balance and visual tension can create a visual irritation for the viewer. Deciding placements and feedback For each image – I document one or two positive observations that really work in the image and one or two considerations pivoted around the five stages of a great image, listed above. The most common suggestions are a re-crop to focus more on the subject and editing suggestions to make the intention of the image stand out further. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/camera-club-photo-competition-judge
19:50
April 12, 2021
#14 Isolate the subject - add to the storytelling and visual impact
Here's the list: Identify the subject Remove background clutter BEFORE the photo Remove background clutter AFTER the photo Blur the background to remove distractions Shoot from a lower angle to isolate the subject against the sky Use lighting to place a spotlight on the subject Darken the background Get closer to the subject Use selective colour to make your subject stand out Simple, single colour or texture background Have you noticed that the most professional looking images are ‘clean,’ distraction-free? A photo without a clear subject divides your attention and causes confusion. The first step to isolating the subject is identifying your photographic intention. Once, you recognise your motivation for capturing the photo, you will attempt to make it stand out to the viewer. There are many techniques to isolate the subject. You can remove background clutter from the frame before capture, or in editing! If you do not have control over the background, you can blur it. A blurred background will contrast against the sharp detail of the subject. You can isolate the subject against the sky by shooting from a low angle. Other options to contrast the subject, could be the positioning in front of a simple, single colour or texture background. Contrast colour or lighting by darkening the background or adding a spotlight on the subject can make it isolated and stand out. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/composition/isolate-the-subject
11:06
March 21, 2021
#13 88 reasons to love and improve your photography - Part 2
Identifying other reasons for improving and learning photography may help to realise new motivations to get out there and develop a little each day. You are a photo enthusiast who loves to capture photos and create your favourite photos. Taking the step to learn photography brings you so much joy, love for life and transferrable skills to other arts and hobbies, even travel. Photography is therapy and a distraction for many of us in this busy, crazy world we live in. Committing to study photography, you will further love the creative process and your results. It took me too long to go discuss all 88 reasons identified, so I split the episode to deliver it to you into two parts. In this episode, I discuss each of the reasons from 37 to 88. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
37:01
March 18, 2021
#12 88 reasons to love and improve your photography - Part 1
Identifying other reasons for improving and learning photography may help to realise new motivations to get out there and develop a little each day. You are a photo enthusiast who loves to capture photos and create your favourite photos. Taking the step to learn photography brings you so much joy, love for life and transferrable skills to other arts and hobbies, even travel. Photography is therapy and a distraction for many of us in this busy, crazy world we live in. Committing to study photography, you will further love the creative process and your results. It took me too long to go discuss all 88 reasons identified, so I split the episode to deliver it to you into two parts. In this episode, I discuss each of the first 36 reasons.  Anyone can learn photography You can do it anytime, anywhere Capture a memory Document the life of your loved ones Photography preserves memories of lost loved ones Capture more valuable memories Preserve the big events Create more impactful images Create more engaging images Create aesthetically pleasing images Improve your existing photos Receive feedback on your images Help others to recover bad photos Do photoshop edits without the complexity and steep learning curve See the beauty in everyday Live in the present Have fun on your own Have fun with family and friends Photography is accessible for people with physical disabilities Photography is accessible for people with mental illness Photography is a safe hobby Photography can be a shared activity with children Bring you closer to your family and loved ones Create better family photos than you have Bond with other photographers Meet new people Study the great photographers of our past Experiment with different genres See everything you normally overlook in front of you Notice all the detail Achieve macro photography on my smartphone Capture fleeting moments of expressions in children and pets Improve other art hobbies Learn photo composition Photography is subjective Camera knowledge ensures you don’t miss ‘the decisive moment’ ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
39:28
March 15, 2021
#11: Fix angle perspective distortion in smartphone photos
In this episode, I show you how to fix the angle perspective that is very common in smartphone photography. It is one of those visual clues that indicate tt the photo was captured on a smartphone! What is angle perspective distortion? As objects become further away, they appear smaller. You have seen those roads or train track photos highlighting the converging lines. This is even more emphasized when you shoot from a lower angle! Another example is standing at the bottom of a building. The ground level is closer to you is super wide. As you look up, the top floors further away from our vantage point begin to narrow. Be careful you don’t fall over if you do this! Buildings captured at ground level using a smartphone with a built-in wide-angle lens further emphasises this angle distortion. If you want to get really creative, you can stand close and angle the smartphone to shoot upward toward the top of the building. This dramatic emphasis of the building narrowing is referred to as ‘keystoning.’ My two favourite apps for correcting lens distortion is SKRWT. The simple task of correcting or introducing angle distortion is one of my favourites – the free Snapseed app. Inside the app, go to Tools then Perspective. At the bottom of the screen, you have three icons. The Perspective icon reveals and hides the four tools available: Tilt, Rotate, Scale and Free. As you tap each of these options, an icon appears in the middle of your photo to confirm the mode you selected. How cool are they? Now, tap on Tilt again to reveal the two arrow icons in the middle of your photo. The second icon at the bottom is the Fill mode that will become clearer when we start playing with this tool. The three options here are Smart, White and Black. Tap on Smart. The third icon at the bottom is Autocorrect. Don’t bother with that one! Next, place your finger on the photo preview and swipe up and down. Three things happen, the grid overlay now has many more lines to help you align elements in the photo with a straight line – very helpful for straight poles of edges of buildings! The photo stretches to make either the top or bottom of the photo narrow. This counteracts the tapering that occurred at the original capture. The third thing that happens here is even cooler, it magically creates and fills in areas that are not there! It is a process called ‘content-aware fill.’ It looks at the existing content inside the edges of the frame and fills in the missing bits. So cool!! Don’t forget to tap on the tick to confirm you want to apply this adjustment. Now, swipe left and right to see how you can either correct angle perspective on a horizontal axis. I normally use this for a creative effect than a corrective technique. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/composition/photo-distortion
11:42
March 10, 2021
#10: Use stock photos to practice editing
In this episode, I talk about where to go to access photos that you can practise and experiment with your new editing techniques. You may discover a really cool double exposure tutorial and have a limited library of photos or specific photos that you do not have. An example is a waterfall or you may want somebody jumping. Instead of not having photos or waiting for those opportunities to go out and grab those photos, there are resources online that you can access free photos. You can download them play with them and then even share them again. The seven different websites that I source photos; include Snap.io, Pexels, Unsplash, Pixabay, Burst by Shopify, Picjumbo by Getty Images and Picspree. A think outside of the cliche stock image sites. One that I quite like is actually a desktop wallpaper site wallpapercave.com. I used the example of double exposure above. What is it and why do stock photos help? It is a process where they pick up part of one photo and put it onto another. There are many apps available to achieve this on your smartphone. My favourites are Adobe Mix (iOS and Android) and Superimpose X (iOS). In the below example, I was playing around with a new Cinematic Macro lens by Struman Optics and captured a stunning close-up of my daughter’s eye. Experimenting and having fun with the photo, I used the Pixabay app to look for an abseiling person hanging from a rope using a squeegee to clean the window. I downloaded the photo, removed the background from that photo and I had just him climbing down and hanging down over the front of my daughter's eye with the squeegee cleaning awry. You can edit the complete stock photo to practise new editing processes or just grab parts to create a composite of photos. Please regularly check the policies of each of these sites. Generally, they are free from copyright restrictions and are licensed under Creative Commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute, and perform the work, even for commercial purposes without asking for permission. Some stock photo sites will require attribution. It is also a courtesy. I always do that if it a whole photo that I have edited because I don't want to be fake about it. Pixels and Pixabay have apps that you can search on your smartphone and download. They also make it super easy to copy the photo attribution text. My strong recommendation is to familiarise yourself with licensing around these stock photo sites of what you can or cannot do with them. For small business owners, I am not a fan of using them. I would never put them on my website. I work with a lot of small business owners and helping them create their own visual assets for their sites and blogs. How many photos have you seen the same one on different blogs or sites? Google also knows that photo is duplicate content. Search engines reward new original content. The key is to create your own photos or at the very least, crop and apply a colour cast over a stock photo. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
08:08
March 07, 2021
#9 - Rule of Thirds - Photo Composition
In this episode, I discuss one of the most popular and transformational photo composition techniques; the Rule of thirds. This will also help to understand why you have the grid and grid lines on the iPhone and Android smartphone. What is the Rule of Thirds? To create an aesthetically pleasing photograph – there are several compositional guidelines. The rule of thirds is one of the most powerful techniques, to help you position different elements in the photo. Most modern smartphone cameras now can overlay the lines over the screen before taking the photo. These are referred to as either grids or gridlines - and they do not appear on the photo! Rule of thirds is the process of placing two equally spaced vertical and horizontal lines across the photo – thus creating nine squares, looking like a Tic-Tac-Toe board. You can have this overlay on the screen of your iPhone and Android smartphone. It does not record on the photo! Why use the Rule? When you position the main subject in the centre of the photo – it becomes static. The viewers’ attention goes straight to the centre of the photo and gets stuck there. Imagine now, a photo of a subject positioned off-centre. The viewer is then encouraged to look beyond the main subject and further explore the remaining photo for narrative and context. Four intersecting points The ideal position is actually atop one of the four points where two lines intersect. This places the subject off-centre both vertically and horizontally. Which line do I place the subject? Now imagine a photo of a person positioned ideally on the left of the two vertical lines. In the first photo, we have the person looking toward the middle of the photo. This allows us to see what they are looking at and quickly interpret the story being communicated. In the second photo, the person is positioned the same – however, they are positioned on the right vertical line and looking toward the edge of the photo. This can create some visual tension, as we cannot see what it is they are looking at. It creates some unease, confusion, mystery and in some instances can completely change the mood. Rules can be broken - in photography! The rule of thirds should be renamed guidelines of thirds. It doesn’t quite sound the same does it? It is just that though, it is a guideline – it is there to help you understand a basic theory to consistently create photos that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/composition/rule-of-thirds
16:58
March 03, 2021
#8: 6-step photo editing process
Below, I provide the standard 6 step process that I apply to nearly all my photos. Once you open your photo in the Snapseed photo editing app, you have three sections: ‘Looks’ and ‘Tools’ and 'Export'. We are going to dive into the ‘Tools’ options and give you the confidence to quickly enhance any of your photos. The 'Looks' are similar to filters you will find in other apps like Instagram. 1. Perspective Firstly, you may need to straighten the image. At times, you may deliberately angle your photo to make it look more dynamic and create some interest. However, often a photo that is slightly crooked can make your photo look ‘not quite right’. This is called ‘visual tension.’ Select ‘Perspective’ under the Tools menu, followed by ‘Rotation’.  Then you can swipe left or right to adjust your image. You will notice the black corners being filled in when you let go? It is super cool! 2. Crop Secondly, you may want to re-frame the photo to highlight a subject area or change the focus of the surrounding elements in the photo. Experiment with aspect presets and compositions. Drag the corners in and out or hold the centre of the grid and move it around. 3. Tune Image This is where the real magic happens. After selecting ‘Tune Image’, again under the tools menu, I always swipe up to ‘Ambience’ first. This adjustment is a combination of many of the enhancement options available to you. It alone can really make your photo pop off the screen. Next, I start at the top of the ‘Tune Image’ options and work my way down to the bottom. There is no right and wrong with these adjustments. Experiment a little, you never know what you will discover. If you go too far, you can always reduce the strength of the effect. 4. Details Again under the tools menu, you will find a menu option called ‘Details’.  There are two options here to sharpen the image. ‘Structure’ sharpens the edges within the photo and ‘Sharpening’ sharpens every pixel. My advice is to generally avoid pushing ‘structure’ past the number 20 because the image becomes grainy and looks manufactured or fake. 5. Healing This is the final adjustment and one that you will absolutely love - one of the best features of the Snapseed photo editing app. Remove any distracting objects from your photo. Pinch and zoom to get in closer to the object you want to remove. Then, tap or swipe over the object. The area you swipe over is instantly filled with content from surrounding pixels. It does a great job. 6. Lens Blur I love this feature of Snapseed. You can choose between elliptical and linear which is basically add blur around the subject or across the top and bottom of the image. You can increase and decrease the area in blur, the transition between in focus and out of focus, focus strength and also add a vignette - darkening of the outer corners. ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/editing/snapseed-photo-editing
29:33
February 28, 2021
#7: Adding a watermark
In this episode, I will share a couple of techniques to add a watermark to your photo on your actual smartphone. Firstly, why would some photo enthusiasts like to do this? There are two main reasons; protection of copyright and ownership. The other is visual marketing to let the viewer's know who the photographer was. On social media, I am noticing more photo curation accounts than creatives now. Some will actually ask for a watermark-free version of your photo. I have even seen some add their Instagram account logo on your photo! The old line of giving you free publicity does not go down well - especially when there is no attribution. If you have had this happen to you, that someone grows their following through your photo, you do feel violated. A watermark is typically a semi-transparent identifiable image or text in the bottom right corner. Some creatives like to even place a text watermark alongside existing lines inside the image. A re-posted photo with consent and a watermark can be effective and free marketing. On the negative side of adding a watermark, they can be distracting and reduce the effectiveness of your photo composition. The laws around copyright differ in countries. In Australia, there is no system of registration for copyright protection. You do not need registration, publication, a copyright notice, or any other procedure. Protection is free and automatic. This is where I say, this episode/video/blog is not intended for advice and you should seek your own! The two apps that I mention are Adobe Photoshop Mix (iOS and Android) and iWatermark (iOS only). Any app that allows you to add a photo on top of another photo (layers) will do the job. Make sure your watermark has a transparent background and saved as a PNG file format. My preference is to use the iWatermark app. You can save the watermark as a preset and a couple of taps of the screen and you are finished. My thoughts - I do not add a watermark to my photos. I do add EXIF data to my images using Adobe Lightroom. This is hidden information embedded inside the photo that can be retrieved. Although there are also apps out there that can delete and even replace EXIF data! That data is also stripped when uploaded to most social media platforms. If it helps to reassure you, photos shared on social media platforms are compressed. This makes it impractical to print a wall-sized photo. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
10:02
February 24, 2021
#6 - When to convert to a black & white photo
In this episode, I talk about how to identify a black and white photo opportunity. Converting an image to black and white removes attention away from any colours and forces us to notice and focus our attention on shades, textures, lines and tones. Sometimes converting a random photo to black and white can produce a surprisingly great result. Many use the conversion of black and white to hide imperfections in their photo. An example is a noisy night photo containing a lot of grain and grittiness (salt and pepper) artifacts. A black and white version of the photo can make those imperfections look like film grain. Converting to back and white should not be used as a get out of jail free card. I love black and white photos. Shooting black and white using the smartphone Live filter helped me tremendously in starting to see the light that everyone talks about. As you point the phone at a scene, you do not need to guess what it will look like as a black and white photo, because you can see the result in real-time on the screen. In the YouTube version of this podcast, you will see the two example photos, where I talk you through the thinking process and why I shot and converted them to black and white. One is a London underground station with some amazing lighting. The second is my son looking out of a window with some amazing textures on the flyscreen. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/genres/black-and-white-photo
10:52
February 21, 2021
#5: 3 Steps to creating a WOW photo
The transition from taking a snapshot and recording a moment in time to capture a WOW photo can be attributed to how you: Identifying a photographic opportunity and recognising your intention Set up the photo - pre-planning the photo capture Photo editing - enhance the viewer's experience after the photo In this episode, I concentrate on three easy to implement steps to dramatically improve the way you set up the photo. To make certain your photos stand out and give your audience the ‘WOW’ factor, there are three elements to consider: Grab your viewer’s immediate attention; Clearly communicate the subject or story; Demonstrate strong composition techniques. 1. Grab your viewer’s attention Technical elements of a photo can instantly grab our attention: Bright and vivid colour Contrast - black and white Very sharp incredible detail Extreme close-up A dominant colour Different angle or perspective Upside down photo Strong emotional connection 2. Clearly communicate the subject or story Photography is an art form, capturing light, colour and movement in an attempt to tell a story for immediate enjoyment, communication or future recollection. To effectively tell a story – you need to be conscious of what you are trying to communicate. Why did you pull the smartphone out of your handbag or pocket? Is it a message, a mood, an emotion, an idea or a combination of any of these? What I love about photography is that the viewers can interpret your image differently based on their own experiences and memories. 3. Strong composition The composition of the photo is how the main subject and other elements in the image interact with each other.  Effective composition can guide the viewer through your photo and ensure they focus on the correct element/s. Knowing how we interpret a typical scene will help us to create an image that is easily understood and increase viewer engagement. Sounds very manipulative - doesn't it? These considerations will make a big difference to capture a WOW photo. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/capture-a-wow-photo
13:42
February 17, 2021
#4 Capture floating levitation photos the easy way
In this episode, I talk you through an easy way of taking fun, creating floating, levitation photos on any camera. The tip is using fishing line. Most of the time, you will not even have to remove the near-invisible line from the photo in editing. If you do, I recommend using the Retouch app by Adva-Soft. Connecting the fishing line to the ceiling using a low adhesive clip allows you the versatility of adjusting the line length the achieve the desired height of the floating object.  Surreal levitation photos exemplify the creative process. This is a fun activity to attempt yourself if are stuck at home in lockdown, isolation or just do not have the option to continue capturing the photos you normally enjoy. Without any boundaries, you can get as creative as you want.  You can also try the supported method. This is where you capture two photos: one of the background and another of the subject supported. In post-processing, you can 'stack' the photos and remove the supporting elements of the second photo revealing the original background. This technique is called double exposure and masking. Apps that I recommend to achieve this on your smartphone is Adobe Mix. If you have an iPhone, I like the extra masking tools inside another app named Superimpose X. Be prepared for a little frustration using the timer or remote shutter to get that perfectly timed floating object. Keep persisting though, as this is a really fun project. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike
12:56
February 12, 2021
#3: Backing up your smartphone photos
I share my process for backing up my family and photography photos. Choosing the right back up strategy is a personal preference. You will need to weigh up the risks, convenience and costs. Do you archive/backup to the cloud, to the C drive on your computer, an external hard drive and do you do a combination of these? Do you have an old phone full of photos sitting in your drawer? There are some free options to archive and backup your photos, like Google Photos - that is about to change. Some options will save a reduced file resolution size, are difficult to synchronise across devices or download as a zip folder when you want to access them online. Personally, my family, travel and experience photos are extremely important to me. I do want to take any risks. I have all our devices backed up on the iCloud, then synchronised to an external hard drive on our PC. As an extra layer of protection, I then have the external hard drive backed up in the cloud using a service called Backblaze. My photography and business photos are mostly captured using the Adobe Lightroom camera feature. This stores all the photos locally on my iPhone separate from the personal photos in the Photos app (camera roll). Having a lower risk threshold, I am happy to offload these manually by sharing them directly on the iPhone into a Microsoft OneDrive folder in the cloud. This makes me much more selective about what I backup. I like One Drive because the photos are saved in full resolution for any future editing. Adobe subscription will be a fantastic choice for many. Your photos are automatically synchronised across all devices, including your PC or Mac. Other options, include Dropbox and OneDrive apps that will automatically upload to the cloud as soon as your smartphone is plugged into power and connected to WiFi. This is very convenient when travelling and staying in accommodation with WiFi. In this episode, I do not tell what you need to be using. I do not even show in the YouTube video how to use the tools available. The options all have pros/cons and the interface and pricing structures change regularly. Do your homework and consider what level of multi-layer protection you need for your photos. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/podcast/photo-backup
12:01
February 09, 2021
#2 Capture a subject 9 different ways to discover your creativity
One of the biggest challenges we face as photo enthusiasts is the self-belief that we are not creative enough. Is that you? Did you miss out on that creative gene that everyone else seems to have? I believed that for so long myself. My dad and sister can pick up and play any instrument and are excellent illustrators. My stick figures are barely recognisable and I cannot even play the kazoo. Working in a technical field of photography for 20 years, there was no scope for creativity. I believed that was my strength and I was one of those technical types. I discussed this in more detail in episode one. Surveying our wonderful Facebook group, the two top obstacles to reaching your desires were photo composition and creativity. Have you found yourself in a location and just standing there thinking I do not know what to capture. That is covered in the 14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge (Link below). We all scroll through our social media feeds and are inspired by amazing photos such as National Geographic. The majority of accounts now on Instagram for example are curated photos from a number of sources. Some of those photos take months to prepare, setup and execute. Creativity starts by learning some basic design and visual communication concepts and principles. The key to an engaging, interesting photo is learning what attracts, holds and controls the viewer's attention. This knowledge is far better than a smartphone upgrade! In this episode, I share how to take a mundane, simple subject and push yourself to capture nine interesting photos. You can start with different angles, perspectives, lighting and the inclusion of props. etc. This activity is not about the end result. It is about getting out there and pushing yourself to try new things and most importantly experiment. After a while, we all end up in a creativity rut, where we get bored with our own photos. This is a great exercise to come back to on a regular basis as it is quick easy to do. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/capturing-photos/subject-9-ways-discover-your-creativity
13:37
February 04, 2021
#1: Welcome... About me and what to expect
In this first episode, I provide the backstory of Smartphone Photography Training. This provides the context of who I love to help and how I am a little different from every other photography educator out there.  After 20-years working in a technical area of photography, I didn’t take photos personally and really disliked photography. This became apparent when my mum passed away and I tragically discovered only 6 photos over her last 9 years as my 3 kids grew up. It was then that I realised photos were a gift for others.  I suspended my prejudice toward the smartphone, took more photos of my family and myself. Surprisingly, I discovered a passion for taking photos of flowers and landscapes. I knew all the technical stuff; however, creativity and creating those stunning photos was a real struggle. I didn’t get it and was a real frustration until I shared a coffee with my professional photographer friend Kyle.  He explained that his creativity came from applying photography principles and guidelines to every photo. I couldn’t believe it, what I thought was my weakness could become my strength. A systematic approach to photography was the answer. The big AHA moment was thinking about how all the elements in the photo would attract, hold, guide or detract and viewer’s attention and affect their experience. My results accelerated like never. My photos had a purpose, emotion, communicated something, they were special and meant something.  Researching and delivering these guidelines through in-person workshops, I needed to simplify everything into an easy step-by-step system to deliver the biggest transformation in the shortest time. After investing 2-years in Instructional Design qualification, I created the ‘Complete Smartphone Photography Transformation: 4-Step System.’ Each step has its own step-by-step system: Step 1 – Photo Intention and Storytelling; Step 2 – Composition Stacking; Step 3 – Blurry to Tack-Sharp Photos and Step 4 – Mobile Editing to Enhance the Photo. Studying photos, you admire, you will be able to break down the elements, identify what the photographer did and model it in your own photos – essentially becoming a Photo Hacker! Smartphone photography is fun, good for the mind, body and soul. You too will have less self-doubt and insecurities about your photos, more self-esteem and feel motivated and inspired.  The direction of this podcast will be guided by you, the audience. Your comments and reviews provide direct feedback on what you want more. This is not going to be a smartphone camera review or technical podcast. I will be concentrating on solid photography principles and make it relevant to you using your existing smartphone... Android or iPhone. ・・・ Take the14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge to quickly unleash your photo creativity through daily project-based learning: bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・ FREE membership – full access to the community forum, unlocked tutorials, downloadable PDFs and 5-part video series: bit.ly/sptgetstarted ・・・ Smartphone photography gear: Struman Optics lens accessories and tripods: bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・ Accelerate your learning. Join the Live 6-week small group program: Smartphone Photography Transformation: 5-Step System: bit.ly/sptspt ・・・ Join the email list to stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials: bit.ly/sptemail Be passionate, Be creative and Stay curious - Mike Read the full article at https://www.smartphonephotographytraining.com/podcast/ep1-welcome-smartphone-photography-club-podcast
40:51
January 28, 2021