Taking Great Photos with Your Smartphone with Heidi Rand

Long time photographer Heidi Rand demystifies taking photos with your camera phone. Experienced photographers and newbies alike, learn how to maximize your phone’s advantages as compared to traditional cameras, and to overcome the disadvantages and accomplish things larger cameras can’t. Optimize your phone’s powerful options and settings, and find out about tools that greatly expand its functions. Expand your creativity with this versatile new technology that you carry around in your pocket!
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• Lenses: Add-on lenses that attach in a variety of ways to your phone. Make sure the method of attachment will work with your phone
o Close-up or macro : focus on small subjects
o Telephoto : focus on faraway subjects
o Wide-angle or fisheye : increase the angle of view to a varying extent, fisheyes cause more distortion

• Filters: Add-on filters
o Polarizing filter : reduce glare and from the sky and shiny surfaces
o Other filters add colors or other effects to your photo

• Tripods: Attach your phone to a tripod to hold it steady, eliminate camera shake and resultant blur. Also used to take self-portraits. Because phones don’t have a standard threaded screw mount to attach directly to traditional tripods, you’ll need an adaptor that grips your phone and has a standard tripod mount.
o Joby is a popular brand of tripods with jointed legs that can wrap around objects: http://joby.com/gorillapod
o DIY Bean bag support: Use a bag of dried beans, or fill a plastic bag and tape it up with a little give so you can settle the phone securely. Take an old garment or piece of fabric and stitch around, leaving a small opening to stuff, and stitch it up.
o Selfie stick: monopod that grips a phone to extend its reach beyond your arm, used to take self-portraits or other photos.

• Sun shade: a hood or shade to block the sun so you can more easily see your screen outdoors
o DIY sun shade: Make a shade using cardboard or any thick paper. Black paper is best. Cut it to fit around your phone, and then adhere it or hold it in place.

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Heidi Rand

Heidi Rand

Heidi Rand is a photographer and artist dedicated to creating original and unique artwork with innovative techniques. She uses her nature photographs and the designs she creates from them in her handmade mixed media arts and crafts pieces. She is passionate about teaching other people how to make art from the magic in their own lives.

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