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Week #16 – Smartphone – Photo Challenge

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The camera we have with us most often is likely our Smartphone. Smartphone cameras have come a long way over the years and can rival point-and-shoot style cameras these days if the lighting conditions are right. This week I want you to focus on using your smartphone camera. If your phone’s camera has a manual camera option, use that. If not, download a manual camera app and try to use manual camera settings to capture your photos. After you have taken some photos with your smartphone, us a smartphone app to edit your photo, and then upload it directly to the Ditch Auto Week #16 Album. Have fun!! Upload your Week #16 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: Here are some app suggestions for this week’s smartphone challenge: Manual Camera Apps for iPhone: Manual – ProCam 4 – VSCO – Lightroom Mobile – Manual Camera Apps for Android Manual Camera – Open Camera – Camera FV-5 – VSCO – Lightroom Mobile – If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are a few example photos of “smartphone photos” that I have captured. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason …

BTL: Capturing my Daughters Birthday with my Smartphone

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Not every photo has to be taken with high priced gear. You don’t even have to have top of the line equipment to get great photos. This photo is a good example of that. I captured this photo using my iPhone and the Sony QX30. The Sony QX30 is a camera that uses your smartphone as the viewfinder. You also use the phone to control the manual settings on the camera. Though the QX30 does not have full manual mode, it does have Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes, which is pretty close to manual. The QX30 turns my smartphone into a camera capable of shooting in just about any condition. I know that I can get decent photos using my iPhone 6 Plus so long as the lighting in the room is decent, but my iPhone can not┬ácapture a photo I would deem worthy of printing and putting up in our home. This is why I often default to using my DSLR for all situations, but DSLR cameras are large and you can’t easily share photos from them to social media. Not yet anyway. The lighting for this photo was only window light from across the room. It was about 9:30 in the morning when I took this photo and the sun was actually on the other side of our house so the light coming through the the windows was not that bright. Below is a photo of the windows so you can get an idea of the lighting. My daughter was facing the windows …