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Taking photos of nature with your Smartphone

Today the article is very quick and to the point because I will give several tips on taking photos of nature with your Smartphone.

Whenever I walk around I see a lot of people taking pictures with their smartphones and soon I wonder how many good pictures would be coming out of each camera. And especially when I’m in a park or on a busier trail I think about how to take beautiful pictures in nature using just my phone.

Make no mistake taking cool pictures in nature is not an easy matter most of the time, especially if the subject is pictures of wild nature. So if you are like everyone else, I included, who always has a camera attached to their pants or purse. Let’s see the tips for taking nature photos with your smartphone.

Tips for taking nature photos with smartphone.

One thing is for sure, if you want to be a better photographer you have to be ahead of more interesting things. Looking for really beautiful places to photograph is something that is part of our daily lives. So having majestic places to photograph is in itself a good path for a beautiful photo.

But it’s also true that if you have no idea what you’re doing, it’s no use being in the most beautiful place on the planet. You need to have some notion to be able to create images that you will surely be proud of. And for that, following certain paths helped a lot!

Pay attention to the horizon

Arvore e por do sol com nuvens

The first thing I notice in a nature or landscape photo is where the horizon should be. And when it is out of place, and in a not very pleasant way, I already get upset. Of course, sometimes the out-of-place horizon is intentional and works very well.

But paying attention to where it is in how to frame it in your photo is something you should always exercise. This will help you a lot to frame the scene and bring people’s attention to where you want it.

Over time this will be with an involuntary movement, and you will always be trying to add the horizon to your photos.

Pier de um lago con floresta ao amanhacer

Use HDR or RAW mode

Shooting in HDR can be a good solution to help you take better nature photos. And it is one of the tips for taking pictures of nature with your smartphone that you may still be interested in using. Many smartphones today have this capability, just as there are many applications for this purpose.

HDR (High dynamic range) photography, is nothing more than several photos taken with “different” settings that are combined later. Of course, such adjustments are not made in any way, they are made in order to preserve details in both dark and light areas of the photos.

Praia com nuvens ao entardecer ensolarado

So if you’re in a scene with a lot of contrast try using your smartphone’s HDR mode to take the photos. It will take several photos and then combine them into a single image much better balanced than a single photo. A tip here is when using HDR mode is to hold the phone as firmly as possible to avoid shaking between shots.

You can choose to shoot in RAW, which we talked about a lot here on this blog, but unfortunately not all smartphones have this option. It is not a question of which app makes RAW photos and which does not, but a limitation of the device itself. So if you are lucky and have a more modern device it is very worth photographing in RAW.

Of course, at first glance your photos were “ugly” when shooting in RAW, but all long after you develop the photos. For this process you can use some apps to develop the photos directly on the phone, or pass them on to the computer and use some dedicated software for that.

Apps like Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile have the ability to edit RAW photos . Enjoy and free download the presets for Lightroom Classic CC that you have here on the site.

And we can also use Lightroom , Luminar or On1 Photo Raw .

Laptop em um mesa com Lightroom aberto

See more about RAW photography here

Choose the perfect time of day to shoot

Silhueta de um grupo de pessoas observando o por do sol

It’s not just for those who are going to use their cell phones, it’s for those who will be using any camera. This is done off-camera, just choose the time of day you are going to photograph. Choosing the time of day when you are going to shoot is very important, as this way you can better incorporate and control the color of the photos.

And controlling the color of the photos will have an effect on how we understand and feel things. To know everything about natural light take a look at the article below that you will not regret.

See more about colors here

If you want to shoot during the Golden Hour, there are several options to know exactly when and how long it will take. One is this one http://golden-hour.com/ the other one is this one for Android users . So plan your day well and look for the best times for the type of photo you would like.

Don’t forget the details

Of course, taking pictures of great and epic landscapes is nice, but luck will not always be on your side. You separate that big weekend, go to a place where everything is beautiful, and suddenly it just rains!

Then the details come in, properly speaking, take pictures of the details. Take pictures of small things that would likely go unnoticed, a leaf, a branch or any other available detail. Don’t miss the opportunity to photograph things that maybe nobody saw!

Folhas verdes em um galho

Be careful where you put the sun

You are responsible for everything you do and it is clear that when you go to photograph you have to choose where you are going to put things.

Por do sol em um campo de trigo

And knowing how to frame the sun in your photos is important, not just for aesthetic reasons. Knowing where and how to frame the sun in your photos, especially using a smartphone, help keep reflections under control.

Since smartphone lenses do not have anti-reflective layers, you have to be very careful with strong lighting or the sun. Caring for reflections, lens flare or glare are things you may not want in your photos.

Use the rule of thirds with caution

It’s okay to use rules of composition that make life a lot easier, but there is nothing ahead of you with the photos always looking the same. There is nothing more boring than a single note piano. Be very careful while composing your photos, and avoid being repetitive.

Flor amarela

Diversify your photos and try to use the rule of third with caution. Many applications already have large visualization enabled and because of this we always try to use them.

Try different things, look for new angles or points of view. Don’t get carried away by the apparent ease!

Scale your image

The camera has a way of making spectacular things look less impressive. The trails don’t look so steep, the mountains don’t look so high and the forests don’t look so majestic.

pessoa vibrando ao chegar no topo de uma montanha

But of course it all depends on the type of lens you are using. The smartphone’s wide-angle lens is partially responsible for not-so-majestic photos. But you can fight it by looking for ways to scale your photos.

And one of the tips for taking pictures of nature with your smartphone is to try to compose your photos so that they tell some story. And a good way to tell stories is to include some relationship between the objects that appear in the photos. This is necessary for any type of camera, especially for smartphone cameras.

Create counterpoints that really show the size of things and avoid falling into the trap of smartphones’ wide-angle lenses. Known figures such as humans, birds or animals are great for giving us the feeling of size in the photo. And using such figures will help you taking photos of nature with your smartphone.

Taking pictures of nature with your Smartphone – What you should remember.

● Pay attention to the horizon  

● Use HDR or RAW mode      

● Choose the perfect time of day to shoot      

● Don’t forget the details      

● Be careful where you put the sun      

● Use the rule of thirds with caution      

● Scale your image      

You will also want to see these articles if you use your phone to shoot:

10 tips for taking great photos with your smartphone      

That’s it, if you have some more tips for Taking photos of nature with your Smartphone, leave them in the comments!

It seems like I haven’t been here in almost a year, which is not true, it’s almost 2 months with no new posts. All of this is due to the fact that my life has changed a lot in the last few months, which is why I am a little distant from everything.

In addition to the blog being left out, the YouTube channel also got a break, but life is full of surprises. Soon I decided that at the beginning of the year I would post more, do more, interact more, I had to take a break from everything.

So now I will not make any promises !, after all, it is not always possible to keep them! During this period I ended up traveling and seeing certain things along the way, and one of them was an absurd amount of people photographing with smartphones.

Of course, I know this is common, but this time it kind of impressed me, I walk around with a camera clutter, while everyone else walks around with a “camera” in my pocket.

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How to use presets for Lightroom Mobile

If you have been following the blog for some time, do you know how much I am connected to Lightroom, and with Lightroom Mobile on mobile sometimes things are not so easy, here comes the question, how to use presets for Lightroom Mobile?

Lightroom mobile does not have access to presets just like the computer Lightroom Classic CC so many people are confused on how and why to use Lightroom Mobile, especially those who like to use presets.

Using presets on Lightroom Mobile

From computer to mobile – Method 1

Well the story is very simple, if you have Lightroom Classic CC on your computer, it is because you are a subscriber to Adobe’s Creative Cloud package .

presets para Lightroom Mobile

And as a subscriber you have the right to transfer your photos between different platforms, such as from your computer to your cell phone. So you just need to edit your photos on your computer and then synchronize them with your phone, so all edits made on the pc, or mac, will also be available on your mobile device.

The cool thing about this is that you can also make changes to the photo while in the Lightroom Mobile app and they will have the changes made when you return to the computer. So you can open a photo on Lightroom Mobile, which already contains the edits you would like to use, and simply copy the edits to a new photo.

That simple!

Of course, this has a cost, after all Creative Cloud is not free. And not all functionality of the Lightroom app is available when you download it for free from the Play Store.

From computer to mobile – Method 2

Another way of doing the same thing and also allowing you to use Lightroom Classic CC presets on Lightroom Mobile, involves a little more patience.

First, you need to have Lightroom Classic CC installed on your computer. Then you will make all necessary adjustments to any photo in order to create a preset.

Watch the video below on how to save your presets in Lightroom Classic CC

After you make all the edits you find necessary in your photos, and save the preset, you will have to export this photo with the edits. It is not just exporting the way we are used to, you will have to export the photo in a DNG file .

On the computer!

presets para Lightroom Mobile

DNG files are actually Raw files , only from Adobe, and when you export a photo in Lightroom Classic CC as a DNG file, the file stores all edits made to the photo.

So you can apply your favorite presets to some photos, export them in DNG files and the magic will be almost done. After that done, just import the photos in the Lightroom Mobile app on your mobile device, smartphone or tablet, and finish the process.

After the files have been exported and copied to the phone, just open the photos, in DNG, on Lightroom Mobile and copy the edits to any other photo.

On the cellphone

informacoes da fotos no aplicativo

To do this, just open the DNG photo with the edits made on Lightroom Mobile and click on the 3 dots in the right corner of the screen to open a menu.

presets para Lightroom Mobile

In this menu you can copy edits from one photo to another, just select the option copy edits. Right after that Lightroom Mobile will ask you what edits you would like to copy.

opcoes para salvamento do preset

Select all the options that are relevant to your edition and click OK, now you can transfer the edits to a new photo! Then just choose a new photo in your Lightroom Mobile photo gallery and do practically the same process, only this time by clicking paste settings.

menu de opcoes do Lightroom Mobile

As soon as you paste the settings into a new photo all the settings you have chosen to be copied will already be defined in the new photo in Lightroom Mobile.

controles do  Lightroom Mobile

And ready is the method of how to use presets for Lightroom Mobile, not hard going!

Final considerations

As in the latest versions of Lightroom Mobile you are able to save presets, just save the edits of the DNG files you imported and create a new preset in Lightroom Mobile. Using this method you don’t need to turn on the computer, edit the photos and then sync with the app.

Just take the photo, with your cell phone, open the photo that has the preset you want to use and copy the edits to the new photo alright on the smartphone. Unfortunately not all devices support DNG files, older phones, Apple or Android, will remain at hand.

But if you have a newer device for sure you will enjoy this method without the slightest problem. Presets are a great way to make editing your photos faster, and it’s always worth having some up your sleeve.If you find this process difficult and don’t want to spend on signing up for an Adobe plan, my suggestion is Snapseed . It’s totally free, you can save presets for future use, it has great tools for editing. Perhaps the most annoying thing about it is that it can be easy to get lost in the app, for those who are already used to Lightroom. There are a lot of other apps that I use to edit the photos on my phone, if you are interested just comment here that I prepare other articles within this theme!

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Macro photography with mobile or tablet

Macro photography with mobile

In this article you will see a fantastic and best of everything, completely free, to make some macro photography with mobile

As the article today involves a little courage, because we will work with water and mobile, do not do if you do not feel comfortable or if you are afraid of damaging your devices.

Since I’m not worried, I’m going to do it!

Remember that I do not take responsibility for any damage that may happen to your device.

I was really amazed at how the result of the images and hope you have as much fun as I did.

Macro photography with mobile or tablet. What you need.

Step 1:

  • A smartphone or tablet
  • A cloth to dry the camera / poured water – We are working with water and electronic products at the same time, so you have to be careful!
  • Headset with volume buttons
  • A Bluetooth remote if you have a bluetooth
  • Swabs or a syringe
  • Glass of water
  • Something interesting to take macro photos
Macro photos with mobile

There are two ways to do this

I’m using my iPad but you can use iPhone or other phone. There are two cameras on most phones. One in the front and one in the back.

Camera on the back

If you want to use your iPhone, I recommend you use the camera on the back. The iPhone’s front camera is very close to the microphone, so the water drop can run down there, and we really don’t want it!

The rear camera is virtually isolated from open spaces for the iPhone.

Camera on the front

If you want to use the front camera your life will be much easier!

It’s easier to control and there’s also usually glass in front of the camera so I think it’s totally waterproof. I’m using my iPad to take pictures of the front camera.

Preparing the camera at the back

Place your smartphone on a flat surface so that you can put a drop of water on top of the camera lens.

You can use both the syringe and swabs, but I prefer the swabs. You can also use your finger, but so you can’t control the amount of water as well.

Take the syringe or swab and put a drop on the lens. Be careful not to put too much water on the lens.

The camera has some kind of “ring” around it, which can contain the water in place. If you put a very large drop of water the water will trickle everywhere.

If this happens quickly turn the phone so that the water drains and start again.

Macro photos with mobile

Using the camera on the back

I recommend you place the phone on the edge of a cloth, so that you can tilt the phone closer to the object. This way you have more stability.

You can use the headphones as triggers, or you can use the Bluetooth trigger.

Macro photos with mobile
Macro photos with mobile

Now just shoot

Macro photos with mobile

Size is document

The smaller the drop of water you put the closer you can get to the objects. When working with small drops make sure that the drop is right in the middle of the lens.

The bigger the drop of water the more flattened the image will get. Try various drop sizes to achieve different results.

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10 tips for taking great photos with your smartphone

In this article I will give you 10 tips for taking great photos with your smartphone. No matter which make or model of smartphone you use, if it has a camera it is super easy to take good pictures with it. just follow some basic tips.

tips for taking great photos with your smartphone

Stay close

Tips for taking great photos with your smarphone

There are every day the number of smart phones, smartphone, grows in the world and of course together with them grows the number of photographs taken with this devices, and many people only know how to take pictures, and do not make a picture, so here follows tips to take great photos with your smartphone, be it an iPhone, Droid or Lumia.

Get close

Many cell phone cameras, especially iPhone cameras, actually start to shine when you make close-up photos, or with the handset close to what you want to shoot. The small sensor provides a great depth of field so you can get entire objects into focus where cameras with larger sensors and lenses would have problems.

When you get close, you can also have more control over the brightness of your theme.

Resist, do not use the zoom

Tips for taking great photos with your smarphone

Many smartphone cameras offer the digital zoom function, but it is almost always better to pretend that such a function does not exist.

Even in liveview view, you’ll be able to see how visibly your image begins to degrade as soon as you get the “zoom”.

The camera works simply by extrapolating what is already there and basically guessing, what will appear in the image.

Today many smartphone has cameras with resolution above 8 megapixels, which is good, so it is worth recompor and / or crop the photo, because in this way all the information possible to be recorded by the sensor already recorded, this way still remains much of the original resolution. This is one of the tips for taking great photos with your most valuable smartphone.

Edit, don’t filter

Tips for taking great photos with your smarphone

If you make your images seem unique the last thing you should do is use a filter that literally millions of people are using.

Nothing against Instagram or site like that, but let’s combine will you only like certain filter there?

A suggestion pe use other apps to account for this work like the great Snapseed, Photoshop Express or Fhotoroom. This apps will help you make reasonable adjustments to your photos, contrast, sharpness, temperature and more.

It is with decisions like these that you can start developing your style.

Don’t use fake blur

Tips for taking great photos with your smarphone

Depth of field will always be one of the biggest challenges for a smartphone camera. Wide angle lenses and tiny sensors do this favor of not letting you control this aspect right. But faking a DOF will always be worse, because most of the time the result is very artificial.

First, the background blur, or foreground, added with an editing application is typically applied evenly throughout most of the frame. That’s nowhere near the shape of a lens works, and for this reason it doesn’t seem natural.

Secondly, it is difficult to select the object you want in focus so that you can make a smooth transition from what is in focus and what will be out of focus.

Instead always try to compose your photo where the subject is always the protagonist, even if for this you have to keep the background as simple as possible.

Choose a good app to shoot

Tips for taking great photos with your smarphone

This tip applies to any smartphone user, not just those who use Iphone and Android. There are many app options that can replace, and who knows even retire, the native app of your phone.

Dedicated apps always have better control options and this can make a difference!.

A highlight is the Awesome Camera available on the AppStore and Google Play and for Windows phone users we have Proshot. Surely this is one of the tips for taking great photos with your smartphone that is worth a try.

Flash

Tips for taking great photos with your smarphone

The problem with many smartphone flashes is that they don’t really quite flashes for real.

They brighten well, are bright but the color temperature most of the time is very high which always leaves the photos with a strange color. They serve very well to paralyze the moment but nothing much more than that.

So what do you have to do in the dark?

Unfortunately, even with advances like Nokia’s nifty PureView technology, you rely only on the sensitivity of your sensor, and pushing it to the limit will mean noise in your image.

Or you can search for brighter locations to shoot, this will help keep noise low and you may never have to activate the mobile flash

Keep the lens clean

always wipe the lens of your smarphone

Definitely your pocket is not a clean place, and the dirt that lives inside loves the smartphone camera lens.

The result is dark, blurry images that won’t look good, no matter how many retro filters you put on them.

The lenses are very sturdy, so you can give a quick wipe with a soft cloth, can be from the t-shirt even before shooting.

And of course giving a general from time to time, with a deeper cleaning is worth it. It may no longer seem to keep the lens clean will always make a difference in your photos.

Flare Lens

Beware of lens flares when making photos with your smarphone

Smartphone lenses are usually wide angle type, or wide angle, and these behave very badly, on mobile phones, when you go shooting against light.

So always try to move so that the light source that’s getting in the way comes out of the frame.

You can also avail yourself of a parasol, even if improvised, to prevent light from reaching your lens directly causing unwanted effects.

Use imagination to make photos with mobile

Print

Print your photos

Photos with your smartphone are just to post on social networks, there is rather the possibility to print them, or reveal them.

Putting the photos on paper makes the thing a little more real, unlike the candles only on the internet, people end up paying more attention, and often people will ask you with a surprised face; Wow, did you take this one with the phone?

Don’t forget the composition

Don't forget the composition

By far this is the best tips for taking great photos with your smartphone, or with any type of camera.

The rules for taking a good photograph don’t change at all just because your camera also makes calls and texts.

So always think about positioning, weight, frame division, guide lines, and all forms of composition you know.

Using these tips above will surely take great photos with your smartphone.