Smartphone Long Exposure Tips.

Smartphone Photography

So you want to capture that amazing star gazing photo or even just brighten up that night shot with your Smartphone but it’s always way under exposed and colors are not as vibrant as you see them with ur naked eye?

Well these tips will definitely help you capture your star gazing evening outing. Are you ready?

Tip number 1:

Invest in a decent Tripod and smartphone mount. These are essential pieces of equipment to capture those stars so they stay clear and bright and not lines of blur and shakiness. It doesn’t have to be an expensive ones either… Just something durable enough to hold up against slight winds and to properly secure your phone. I use a Manfrotto 60″ adjustable tripod. It cost me around $50 from Best Buy and came with a phone mount.

Tip number 2:

Wipe clean your camera lense with a soft cloth like a microfiber or even your T-shirt as long as it’s clean. Nothing is worse than taking what would have been a great photo only….. It has a smudge look due to your fingerprints. I still have to remind myself to do this after I take my phone out of my pocket before i snap that first photo. Also another tip in this is if your taking photos by the ocean to ensure to wipe your lense(s) have every so snaps to avoid the build up of salt, fog and mist caused by the sea breeze and elements.

Tip number 3 :

Shoot in Lanscape, when taking pics of sceneries. Place your phone in the mount horizontally, this will capture more of area your shooting, paints that better picture for your viewers.

To capture those portraits hold your phone vertically. This allows you to capture your subject better and have them appear closure.

Remember: landscapes are horizontal and Portraits are vertical.

Tip number 4 :

Ditch auto mode and use your cameras manual mode or pro mode depending on what brand your phone calls it. By doing so you get to tap deeper into your camera setting letting you adjust your ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed / Exposure and even focus point. Another note…set a timer at least 3 sec. Adjust these settings until you achieve the desired look and feel your going for.

So now that you have the tips for low light, slow shutter and long exposure Photography with your smartphone, it’s time to get out there and put them to work. Have fun, be bold, and remember have fun doing it.

Below are a few more examples of Long Exposure Photography taken with an LG V30.

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The Smartphone Photography Debate!

Photography, Smartphone Photography

Todays smartphones host a number of features to make our daily lives easier, and more convenient. From biometrics and personal assistants to video and audio chat, smartphones can do it all. While all these features are amazing and really helpful in our busy lives, the one thing that has been underrated and overlooked is the camera!

Today’s smartphone cameras are top-of-the-line and seem to get better and better every year. They are a huge step up from the 2-5 megapixel (MP) cameras that once were the standard. Now the standard is an 8MP front facing or selfie camera and 12MP rear facing camera. Of course 2018 flagship phones have set a new standard with 16 to 24 MP camera quality enabling you to create even better content right from your fingertips.

Smartphone photography is here and it’s here to stay! There will always be the debate between DLSR and smartphones. Now I will admit and agree that smartphones are not up to par with DSLR or Mirror-less full body cameras… yet! But they definitely do compete, and I firmly believe that convenience alone makes smartphone photography/videography the “go-to” over full body cameras.

Why is smartphone photography the winner? Accessibility! This day and age we have our phones on us ALL the time or at least arms length away. After all it’s our lifeline right?! We would never accidentally leave home without it. But with a DSLR camera we might forget a lens or those extra batteries. Then there’s the whole setting up the full body camera and adjusting the settings to take a picture. Blah, blah, blah. But with your phone you just take it out of your pocket, align your shot and capture! And to go one further, you can share that same photo with the world within seconds right from that same device. You don’t have to take a memory card out, put it into a laptop, download the files, etc, etc.

I’m not totally dismissing the need for full body cameras, but the accessibility of smartphone photography is unmatched.

Between the high quality mega pixels, 4k 30 FPS/60 FPS video, audio quality and instant sharing, today’s smartphones are an all-in-one content creator for those on the go and for those who don’t want to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on all sorts of equipment to achieve similar effects.

So what do you think? Is Smartphone Photography here to stay or will it fizzle out?

Leave a comment below. I would really like to hear your thoughts.