Thursday, August 15, 2013

Casual Tech User 10: Mobile Photography | Lessons Learned Using iPad/iPhone Camera (Part 1)


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I spent a couple of weeks last summer in London and cruising the Baltic. I just couldn’t bare the thought of lugging around a heavy backpack with my DSLR camera, lenses and accessories. So, I decided to lighten the load.

It is been said many times, “Your best camera is the one you have with you when you want to take a picture.” For most of us our cellphone or tablet camera may fit the bill when we want to catch an unexpected image or travel lighter during a vacation.

I decided to leave my DSLR camera at home and use only my iPad (3rd gen.) and iPhone 4. At first, I really felt awkward standing in a crowd shooting with my iPad. Almost everyone else is using DSLR, point-and-shoot or cellphone cameras. And, here I am holding this giant tablet in front of my face.

A few people were using iPads in London, but that's about it. During a tour in Copenhagen I had a lady talk to me briefly about my photo efforts. Later I saw her pull an iPad out of a backpack and start experimenting. I counted that as a moral victory!

Mobile photography is growing. While cellphone cameras are becoming very commonplace, I’m seeing more people using iPad cameras.

First, I'm a very amateur photographer. I realized very quickly, the lens on the iPad and iPhone was very restrictive in comparison to a DSLR. Rather than working for the right composition, I’ve been allowing my DSLR zoom to make me lazy while planning and executing a shot. I’ve been rely on post production to get me out binds and improve my images through cropping and enlarging

Focusing on mobile photography for the first time, I slowly realized "to make the best of the shot I have." Don't try to get more out of the frame than the lens can give you.

Both cameras’ specifications are about the same, and I’m very happy with the final product, both in prints and posted on the internet.

Post processing on iPad is great. In fact, even now when I take a picture on a DSLR or iPhone, I transfer the image to the iPad for post-production.

Continuing in Episode 11 of the Casual Tech User

As a continuation of this discussion, Casual Tech User, Episode 11 discusses in more depth the mobile photography lessons I’ve learned since my trip. The topics I cover include:
  • Using available light.
  • Overcoming the lack of a true zoom lens.
  • Using framing, height and perspective to create unique angles.
  • Keeping your head on swivel to locate some interesting shots.
  • Avoiding the "app-aholic" syndrome.
  • Overcoming the iPad screen is mostly useless in bright sunlight.
  • Managing workflow and the iPad camera roll.

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