I'm a lover of beards, sparkles, travel, animals, and all things this fine city of Sydney has to offer. Founder of vegan travel blog Veg Travel Guide: www.vegtravelguide.com
Published March 25th 2015
Join the smartphone photography revolution
With smartphone camera technology approaching the quality and capability of traditional point-and-shoot cameras, now is the perfect time to master the art of smartphone photography. Smartphones are revolutionising photography, not just through their capability and convenience, but also by offering a direct platform to share photos immediately with friends and social networks. One Sydney photography company has responded to the smartphone camera revolution by offering short classes in smartphone photography.
Photoh's Smartphone Photography Course meets at Circular Quay and runs for 2 hour. Armed with my fully charged Android smartphone, comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella, and an eager enthusiasm to snap some epic artistic gold for my Instagram account, I set off on a recent Saturday morning to meet up with my host, Sam Birt. Sam has a real enthusiasm and flair for photography. She's happy to spend one-on-one time explaining things and always has a helpful answer to any questions.
Throughout the course you will learn basic principles of photography, from composition to focus and exposure. Sam also shares some tricks of the trade to make your photos more visually appealing, including the rule of thirds, using natural framing, and taking photos that capture a story rather than just an object. I found this component of the course really insightful, and loved the ways it allowed me to see landmarks and locations I have seen hundreds of times before from a completely different perspective.
The second aspect of the course is understanding all of the features and capabilities of your smartphone camera. Little did I know that up until that point I had only just been scratching the surface with my smartphone camera. I was exposed to a whole range of features previously unknown to me, including gridlines, a macro focus mode, and the ability to manually adjust the exposure value.
Finally, the course outlines some of the best smartphone photography apps currently on the market. All of the apps recommended by Sam are free to download, easy to use, and have some really cool effects. Make sure you give the fisheye one a go!