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Cell Phone Photography IS NOT Photography But…

There have been a lot of posts out there including on this blog that say that cell phone photography cannot and won’t ever be able to, match the actual stuff done with real cameras. That being said, it can still be its own art. One example of such is a young lady I came across a couple of weeks ago who was featured at an arts market.  Her shots where colorful, detailed and just basically well done. I was a bit surprised to learn that every one of them was shot on her phone.

The key however was that it was not just the phone but also a series of attachments she made use of, including a special lens, to make her picture content so appealing.

So the point here is, while cell pics will not ever match those of a DSLR, with the right equipment and artist, they can get pretty close.

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Snapchat and Instagram Filters – An Insult to Real Photography

There is a lot you can do with the filters out there for Snapchat and Instagram. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The growth of virtually automatic editing tools and the overuse of their options has turned the photography industry on its head, and not in a good way. Sure, you might be saying to yourself that it’s just silly fun with pics you shot on some mobile device. But to the serious shooter, who edits with dedication while trying to stay true to the shot, this is just a bunch of garbage.

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No, we don’t need to see what you’d look like with bunny ears. No, we don’t want to see you have yourself a foot taller or 10 sizes thinner. And no, we don’t want to see what you’d look like in a photo with your favorite celeb.

Rant over.

 

 

Meet Artist Alycia Helbling and Her Masterpeices

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Artistic styles include –

Drawing/Painting/Photography and more

What does art mean to you? –

I cannot escape creating. I cannot avoid it. It is an urge, a grounding, a necessity.

These are some of her pieces form her portfolios here.

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What to do with those old film cases

Is it time you decided to put away that old film camera and go all digital? If so, good for you. It will open up a whole world of new and exciting possibilities. As a silly little article that might help to ease in this switch.

5 things do do with those old film roll cases.

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  1. Use them as a pill keeper.
  2. Make them work as a stand for toothpicks.
  3. Cut the top and bottom off and make a napkin ring.
  4. Keep them in your pocket for something to fidget with.
  5. Store your change.

Some cool “cheats” for amature nature photgraphers

As a photographic artist, one of the things that might appeal to you is shooting stunning shots of some of nature’s wonderful scenes and animals. But, depending upon your location and ability to do some traveling, this may or may not be something that you can easily do. 

In cases in which you can’t get out to the wide open spaces in the American Western states, take a trip to Australia or the Arctic, or even check out the hot, dry African wilderness, there are still some “cheats” you can do  order to get some incredible shots of majestic beasts and landscapes.

1. Head to the nearest zoo  

If you hit these facilities at the right time, you can get some great shots on animals and the man-made scenes that are set up for them to stay. Sure, you might have to deal with crowds and fences but there are sections that you can work around such problematic elements. You might also come across some aqua exhibits that you can explore through glass.

Here are a few samples of my own  wildlife and nature photography at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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2. Find a local park or hiking tail

Some of these will feature beautiful vegetation and waterways and you might occasionally get a photo of anything from a small animal to something as large as a deer or bear. Of course, in these cases you have to be a little more careful as that there is nothing to come between you and the animal if it decided to get a little daring.

These are a few of the pictures I have taken on trails.

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Tips for Shooting Photos on a Cell Phone

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Ever new high end cell phone that hits the shelves promises, among other stuff, a better camera. And while these have come along very well since the early days of mobile phone based cameras, the truth is that they will never be able to compete with a real SLR of DSLR.

However, the limitations do not mean that you can’t take some really cool, high quality shots. Here are some notes to help you get the most out of your cell pics.

For macro photography, get as close as you can to the subject and use as little zoom as possible.

Keep the flash set to off at all times except when absolutely needed.

Get a good editing app, I recommend Photo Editor by dev.macgyver

Buy a cheap lens kit to clip on to your device. I found one on Amazon for $5.99 and it works good enough to do the job.

Know your cell camera’s limitations. Some are good in low light, some are better for distance…

No matter what you try, keep being creative.

 

 

New Art Book – Optical Atristry

A lot of my recent book writing ventures focus on the electronic format and have included how-to style guides on artistic concepts. But I am excited to have just competed a book for display purposes with art pieces called “Optical Artistry.” Check out some sample pages I have added to this post and buying option on my author site.

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