Mobile Photography Tips, Essential Accessories and Apps
Mobile photography has been a very niche area for quite some time mainly due to the fact the mobile cameras have for the longest time not been able to compete with DSLR’s in basically every aspect especially when it comes to professional photography.
However, with the introduction of photography sharing websites such as Instagram which focus predominantly on mobile photography and the massive growth we’ve seen of social media in recent years and the impact with influencer marketing, the market for mobile photography has grown monumentally.
On top of that the camera technology within smartphones is so much better these days and not just that but also what you are able to do with the camera in terms of the features which are now available and the amazing editing software smartphones are able to incorporate, you no longer need to use a pc to edit your photos.
If you are a photographer or a user of a DSLR you will know how necessary some accessories are and how much they can help improve your photography and capture the kind of images you desire.
This is no different with mobile photography; a tripod can help stabilise your images as well as allow you to use a timer and capture self images; lenses can help you capture wider angles or macro images and much more.
Here are my favourite accessories that I use myself;
Smartphone tripod - a tripod enables you to set your smartphone up and capture a fully stabilised image with no motion blur, it also enables you to capture full body images of yourself and others if there is no one else around to take the photo for whilst taking advantage of the timer function. Besides photography it will help you capture more stable video or you can simply use it as a stand for viewing things on your phone.
Smartphone Shutter Remote - paired up with the tripod it eliminates the need to use the timer function and going back to the camera between each photo as you can stand up to 10 metres away from the camera and snap away.
iPhone lenses - lenses have been a recent introduction to mobile photography but significantly helped bridge the gap between DSLR and mobile photography. A wide angle lens can help you capture better landscape photography, a macro lens can help you capture macro images where the built in camera struggles and there are a bunch of other cool lenses you can play about with to capture different and better photographs.
There is nothing wrong with using a image captured straight out of the camera, there is even a whole hashtag on instagram dedicated to it called #nofilter. However if you like making your images stand out a little bit more or make a subject or certain part of an image be the focus then editing can become your best friend.
Below are my recommended mobile applications for editing and capturing images on your mobile device;
Adobe Lightroom CC - in my eyes is the number 1 editing software/application you could ever need for both PC and smartphones.
The mobile version of Lightroom can be used for free with some features being disabled. You can pay £4.99/month for premium which unlocks all features or if you are a user of both the PC and mobile version you can purchase a monthly adobe creative cloud plan for £9.99/month where all you images will be synced to the cloud and can be accessible on all of your devices.
VSCO - is a very popular editing software on mobile devices due to the free presets available on the platform. If the free presets don’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty more presets available to be purchased through the built in store. If you aren’t a preset fan or want to tweak the preset you have selected you can do so by using the editing tools also built into the app. Lastly, you can also create a profile and share your images with the VSCO community.
Snapseed - is an another free photo editing application I use often which has a huge amount of editing tools and they include a few presets if you want to use them also.
Color Splash - if you are a bit of an editing wiz you could probably use some of the above applications to get the same effect but Color Splash enables you to select certain areas of an image to remain in colour and turns the rest to black and white with ease. You use your finger to colour in the areas you want to turn black and white or vice versa and you can zoom in to get to the more difficult areas.
Slow Shutter Cam - this app costs £1.99 on the iTunes store but what this application allows you to do is capture long exposure photography. The built in camera application on the iPhone only has a few extra features such as, HDR, timer and flash but not the ability to change the shutter speed, f-stop and ISO. This application enables you to set a shutter speed and ISO and a few other features to capture a different kind of photo.
I hope this post helps you take your mobile photography to the next level.
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