NEW WATCHES FROM SAMSUNG:

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Samsung has introduced a whole new line-up of watches that link into their cell phones. Here is the details:

Body Composition Analysis:

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Advanced Sleep & Continuous SPO2

Manage your overall sleep quality for a great night’s sleep with an advanced tracker that calculates your sleep score.

ECG

Be smart about your heart with real-time ECG Monitoring that gives accurate readings.**For clinical trial results concerning the accuracy of the ECG monitor, visit https://www.samsung.com/us/apps/samsung-health-monitor/Fitness/Auto Workout

Tracking

Make the most of every workout with Auto Workout Tracking. Stay motivated by connecting to live coaching sessions via your smartphone or to dynamic Group Challenges with your friends.**All participants must have the latest version on the Samsung Health app, downloadable via Galaxy Store and/or Google Play Store.

VO2 Max / Advanced Run Coaching

Make the most out of every mile with Advanced Run Coaching and VO2 max readings to assess your cardio levels.

Extension of Your PhoneGalaxy

Watch4 Classic works as an extension of your phone so you can talk, stream and text from your wrist on the go.**Compatible with select Bluetooth-capable smartphones running Android 6.0 or higher and RAM above 1.5GB. Galaxy Watch4 Series supported features may vary by carrier and compatible device. For a list of compatible smartphones and features, please visit https://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-watch4/specs/. For best results, connect with compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Upgraded OS

Tap into the power and convenience of select Google services and apps on your wrist.**Google is a trademark of Google

LLCLTE Connectivity

With LTE Connectivity, you’re always connected on your Galaxy Watch4 Classic —call, text, stream music and receive notifications just like you would with Wi-Fi.**4G LTE stand-alone connectivity only available on Samsung Galaxy Watch4 LTE / Galaxy Watch4 Classic LTE versions. Stand-alone voice calling and stand-alone text messaging on LTE version require initial pairing with an eligible Android 6.0 or later smartphone device and separate qualifying wireless plan. Your carrier may not support stand-alone voice calling, or support may be available only in certain areas. Please check with your carrier for more information, Stand-alone functionality limited if paired phone is not powered on or connected to a wireless network.

Luxurious Design

Show off your style with a luxurious and timeless watch design that’s great for any occasion. Personalize your look even more with a range of stylish watch faces and bands.**Select interchangeable watch bands sold separately.

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HOW TO TAKE GOOD PHOTOS OF CLOUDS:

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Special note: recently I was looking for a subject to write on for this blog, and came across another website that was showing how many different subjects there are on photography. And they came up with:

50 different subjects !

I have decided to take on that challenge and see if I can share my knowledge of all 51 different subjects.

FIRST ON THE LIST: TAKING PHOTOS OF CLOUDS !

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In scenery photos, I believe the best photos will include clouds. Generally, as long as you have a foreground or a true landscape photo with the clouds in the picture, you can just follow the light meter. But, be aware of certain clouds that could throw the exposure setting off on your landscape photo.

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If you have a lot of “white” clouds in your photo, the light meter of your camera may turn the rest of the landscape dark to compensate for all the white. The photo above has 2 issues to watch out for: 1- if you just use your light meter in automatic mode, the white clouds will probably not be white. They will be a darker shade, almost grey in color. That’s because the light meter thinks everything is grey. So, these clouds are not as white as they were in real life. 2- Also, because of that the landscape is now darker as well.

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Here is a better view of what the image really was: The clouds are white, and now we have a better exposure of the landscape as well. Oh, there’s color in the landscape that was missed with the first photo. But, perhaps you like the first one better? You decide, but the first one is way underexposed.

With the cell phone and you think it should be lighter, like the above photo, then take your picture and “edit” the photo, by turning up the exposure dial to “lighter”. Then the photo will come out better.

What if you want to make your clouds the important part of the subject, like a sunrise or sunset:

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In this case, for a sunset, the clouds in the photo just adds to the colors. The capture the reflections they get from the actual sunset and make their own color. Often you can get this type of photo, just by using your camera in automatic mode. But, I would certainly experiment with this by taking the photo at what the camera light meter does, and then check out the “edit” on your photos, and lighten it, or darken it, and see which way you like it. It will mean the difference between a good photo and a bad photo.

I have on my Facebook page, a photographer that shoots the sunset every night, and the colors are incredible. I have someone else who lives in a different part of the valley shoot the same sunset, and I am bored. And then I saw it myself, and I will go with the first photographer. So, experiment with the exposure control even if you like what you got, and see if you can get a better one.

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Now take a look at this above photo, with a variety of clouds and the mountains in brilliant color. This was taken with a circular polarizing filter, and this totally enhanced all the colors, plus, kept the exposure perfect. This is because there is more “scenery” in the photo than the clouds. But, look at that photo again, and picture it without the clouds. Not quite so pretty is it? So, clouds are truly important when taking photos.

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I love what another photographer put as the steps necessary to get good cloud photos:

1- Use all your lenses, telephoto zooms, wide angle lenses, general walk arounds. Zoom in, zoom out, photograph panoramas, shoot them both horizontally and vertically. But mostly shoot them wide and get as much into one scene as possible. You can always crop and resize as you wish later on.

2- Use your edit control once you have taken the picture to see if you have the clouds and the photo at the right exposure.

3- Photograph all types of clouds. Dark angry clouds, happy fluffy clouds, Cirrus and Cumulus are my personal favorites. Photograph them at sunset, sunrise, midday or midnight for that matter! Overcast days, sunny days, just keep shooting whenever you see a dramatic sky formation.

4- Some cell phones actually have an ISO setting on them, if that is the case, Keep your camera ISO setting low. Personally I don’t go over 200 ISO for clouds. You want to keep them clean and noise free.

5- Keep photographing clouds and the sky from every direction in reference to the sun and lighting as well. When you clone in a new sky the lighting on the main subject needs to match the lighting on the sky. After all, you want it to appear believable.

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Another thing to watch for is the different timing on your sunset photos with the clouds. The photo above is a photo taken at “twilight”, which occurs after the sun goes down, and colors that you pick up are the purples and blues creating even a more beautiful sunset. Don’t just take your sunset photo and leave, wait to see if you can get some of the “twilight” colors too. You will be glad you did.

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PHOTOGRAPHY SUBJECTS

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One of the most exciting things you have available to you is this blog post. I have been trying to put up a different photo subject every single day. Just how many photo subjects can there be to learn about?

Here is a list that another website put together of 50 different subjects in photography. Does this apply to cell phone? Most of these do. And I am going to go through all of those that relate to cell phone photography. For example: The very first one on the list is “CLOUDS”. What can you do to learn about taking pictures of CLOUDS? That is what I am going to go through, and mixed in there will be information about new products coming out for cell phone, special photo subjects, not on this list. But, every day, you can learn something exciting to do with your cell phone….. STARTING TOMORROW !

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So, tomorrow, we will spend time on this blog about how to look for, and make good use of clouds in your photos.

If you want to suggest a topic that is not on the list, fill out the form below:



HERE IS TODAY’S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY:

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!

Ansel Adams

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LEARN HOW TO TAKE CANDID PHOTOS:

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The definition of “Candid Photos”: In its simplest form, a candid photo is of an unplanned moment. There is no posing. There is no direction from you as the photographer. Instead, you assume a “fly on the wall” position and let things play out naturally, your shutter button clicking along the way.

With that in mind, let’s look at some ideas or tips on how to become a “master” at candid photography with your smart phone.

1- TAKE YOUR CAMERA OR PHONE EVERYWHERE!

As a cell phone photographer, you definitely have an advantage of taking your phone with you everywhere. That is definitely easier than the bigger-type camera. If you are around people, which is most of us, you will just have your smart phone ready to go, to take a candid photo.

2- USE YOUR TELEPHOTO LENS ON YOUR CAMERA:

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Professional Street photographers, are accustomed to always have a big lens on their camera. You can do the same thing with your smart phone, by having it ready with the telephoto lens in place. As you’ve probably already guessed, the farther you are from your subject, the less likely they are to know that you’re taking pictures, and the more natural and relaxed they’ll act.

3- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FLASH OFF:

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The more natural type of photo is using the available light that is there. Perhaps the most obvious way you can signal to another person that you’re photographing them? Using a flash (especially the flash on the top of your camera!). After all, there’s nothing like a blinding flash of light to get people’s attention and kill a moment.

If you have the ability to set an ISO setting on your camera, then move it up to a higher ISO number. Not all cell phones have that option, but, if you can, this would certainly help you in low light situations.

4- TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS:

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With your cell phone, you do not have film. Any photos you don’t want can easily be discarded. But, if you take a lot of pictures, you will certainly get a few good ones.

5- POSITION YOURSELF STRATEGICALLY:

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You already know you want to get a candid photo, make sure you are in a place that will get the photos that you want.

While candid photography is all about capturing the spontaneity of a moment and getting a perfect shot during that split second of time, if you think ahead and anticipate what is about to unfold, you can increase your chances of success.

So at a wedding, get to the church early (or even go to the rehearsal) and think about what will happen during the ceremony. Where should you stand to capture each moment? Which way will people be facing? What will they be doing? What will the light be like?

If you ask these questions in advance, you won’t waste time running around and repositioning yourself when the action happens. And you’ll be in the perfect spot to capture candid moments when they do occur.

6- PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE DOING THINGS

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Capturing your subjects doing something, even with another person is fine, but, it seems to make a more interesting photo.

Note that your subject doesn’t need to be doing something especially involved or complex – they might be dancing, talking, playing a game, etc.

7- PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE WITH PEOPLE

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Two or more people in a candid photo is priceless. Chances are it may be a friendship exchange, or a family love gesture. It makes the photo much more interesting.

8- TAKE CANDID PHOTOS INTO POSED TERRITORY:

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While everyone is concentrating on the professional photographer, you could be concentrating in between the shots. What happens between the photo takes? You can capture some of the most precious memories when the professional photographer is not. These just might be more precious than the professional posed photos.

CONCLUSION:

The candid photographer totally gets better photos than the posed ones. You capture the events that everyone misses. You capture the photos that are prize material. Practice doing this, and you will be the main photographer, who knows?

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HOW TO DO “NATURE PHOTOS”

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Nature Photography is a very broad subject, but, let’s narrow it down for our use with cell phone photographers. When you say nature, what do you think of? Most people will think of:

  • Trees
  • Landscapes
  • Beaches
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Stone Formations
  • Wildlife
  • ETC.

Let’s say you wanted to go for a walk and see “NATURE”. Well that means you could walk out into a forest, or, your nearby park. Someplace that nature is on display.

There are hundreds of nature photography subjects, and the selection of equipment or your smart phone, for a nature shoot comes down to subject behavior and the desired outcome of an image.

And as far as taking pictures in Nature, try to look at the subject and figure out, by trying different angles, which way would be unique, different, or something that could bring a new conversation about.

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For example, you are out in the forest and think it’s a lovely forest, how would you take a photo that may spark some real interest. The photo above by Luis Del Rio is very interesting as he put a subject in the middle, taking a walk. You do not know who this is, and that is what makes this photo so good. Be Mysterious in your nature photos, and you will love your results more.

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If you want to specialize in something in nature, perhaps you could do “close-ups” of the things you find in nature. A leaf, for example, up close, is almost mesmerizing. Try insects, and see if that helps with your “Nature” collection:

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When I take pictures of insects, I try to take pictures of the pretty ones, the ones that are liked by humans as well. It seems that the spider, although fascinating, is not a photo that people like to see.

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Birds in nature are sometimes hard to get a good photo with a smart phone, unless you have a telephoto lens on it. A photo with too much background for a bird is not interesting. So, get close enough to the bird so that the viewer can really see the texture of their feathers, by using a telephoto lens on your smartphone.

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Out in Nature, you will obviously have a forest of trees to take a picture of. If you can find a single tree that has some interesting shape or beauty to it, then find a way by walking around it, to see what angle will make it look amazing. Like the photo above, sometimes just placing the sun on the edge of the tree can make a big difference.

If I take a picture in the forest, I try to find something within the forest that would make it interesting, like a bridge over a stream. This makes it even more interesting, and who knows, maybe you will find someone who will want to hang it on the wall.

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Beaches are very beautiful as a Nature subject. But, if you can get a photo of the beach without all the people, then go for that. Make sure you get the beach mostly in the frame, but, remember, that what makes a good beach photos is a good sky photo. Get those “blues” in there if you can.

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