YOU CAN DO “PANORAMIC” PHOTOS ON YOUR CELL PHONE:

green trees and rocky mountain
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A popular technique for landscapes, panoramic photography enlarges the viewpoint beyond the size of a camera lens. When you do a panoramic photo, it seems to eliminate a lot of the foreground and background and highlights the main subject.

The DSLR cameras and Mirrorless cameras, almost all of them have a “Panoramic” mode, and it works so amazing. And even on your cell phone, they have a “Panoramic” mode, and you will get results like that photo above.

I tried it not too long ago. I was in an area in my state, and thought the mountains and the scenery was perfect for such Panorama version.

Photo I took in Panorama mode to get a wider angle of the beautiful mountains.

In your DSLR camera, you usually put the camera in the panorama mode, and then, once you push the button, it asks you to slowly pan from one side to the next in order to get as wide as possible, wider than a wide angle, and then it will automatically produce the panorama. You do have to be careful as you do this that your horizon line stays the same, or this won’t work well. Concentrate, as you scan that you don’t move your camera up or down. I obviously don’t know every cell phone camera, but, mu Samsung Note 20ultra, just has a setting to push, and it will frame the photo for panorama shot, and it comes out great. Something to practice, I’m sure, but, once you get this, a framed photo of a panorama shot looks amazing in your home.

Here are just a few ideas of panorama photos and what style of photos you would do this on:

cityscape photography
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stonehenge under nimbostratus clouds
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body of water beside mountain during golden hour
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As you can see, comparing the 3 photos on display so far, that they can be a different size. The above photo is not as long and skinny as the others. Sometimes, a panorama photo is done in your cell phone or camera, and simply doing it by cropping it the way you want. That works too, if you want a panorama and have a display in mind.

So keep this in mind if you want to do a panorama. Also, vertical panorama is possible when trying to do a waterfall, a tall tree, or something like that. Be creative and enjoy this new series of photos to try.

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TAKING PHOTOS OF “MOTHERHOOD”

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Being a mother is definitely one of life’s greatest gifts. And this special time in a mother’s life is filled with memories that will last forever. Of course it is a challenge to be a mother, the chaos, the messes all go along with this. But, the one thing you want to do is to try to capture those special moments along your child’s life.

toddler lying on pink fleece pad
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Could there be anything more precious than getting a photo of your baby or child asleep? This is a time when you need to make sure you get help to get this type of photo. The baby with mom is just one of those precious moments, and you really don’t need a portrait studio to get this right.

mother with son and collie on path in forest
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Watching your child laugh and be so happy is just something that is fun to capture on photo, video or any means. Just don’t miss the happy times.

side view photo of smiling woman carrying her baby
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Many mothers and fathers find that the newborn is the hardest, but, when you see how they bond with the parents, you just have to love it all.

When taking pictures of mothers with their children, tell a story with these photos. Don’t do an official “portrait”. Get the times of their lives doing beautiful things together.

woman and children taking photo
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a mother kissing her child
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shallow focus photo of woman carrying her baby
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JUST LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO TELL THE STORY ABOUT: MOTHERHOOD!

Debra Ginsberg “Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
― Debra Ginsberg

EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED WHEN TAKING PICTURES

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Even if you use your cell phone to go out and take photos, you may run into something totally unexpected. As a photographer, you need to figure out what to do so that you can still come out with successful images.

The photo at the top is one great example. This photographer, wanted to go out and get this beautiful scenery shot. It was raining. So, what do you do? Try taking photos in the rain? That’s possible. Or how about waiting a while for when the sun starts shining? And you get the photo with a rainbow in it. These are the things you try to learn as a photographer. Waiting usually brings some great rewards.

green pine trees covered with fogs under white sky during daytime
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I think some of the best photos you will take are the ones that you didn’t plan on when going out for a photo shoot. Stormy? So! Take pictures of the storm, and look for the beauty of what that can do.

This North Carolina beach scene (opposite) was boring, but the light was nice.

Photographer Chris Tennant had this situation:

Some locations rely so completely on an interesting sky that if one never materializes it can be difficult to find a compelling landscape shot. Miles of unbroken beaches, for example, make many coastlines ideal for a relaxing vacation, but unless you find some drama above, they offer little in the way of compositional interest.

During one particular pre-dawn stroll on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I hoped to capture the experience of a sunrise at the ocean. But with so little to work with, how? A lovely palette of colors dawned, but a static shot of the ocean and a cloudless sky would be dull and uninspired. Instead I took an abstract approach, I had a cell phone that I could hold the shutter down and take a long exposure. And then began to pan the camera horizontally during the exposure. What resulted were swaths of alternating colors of both cool and warm tones, which captured the essence of that morning on the beach.

man in gray shit sitting on rock boulder
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Conclusion:

If you ever go out and take photos in the outdoors, and things are less than ideal, take a moment to look around and see if there is something that is still yet beautiful. Be creative and look around at opportunities to take photos. The professional photographer doesn’t always have perfect days. And yet, they seem to find a way to take creative photos even when the conditions aren’t ideal.

Here’s a few photos taken with my cell phone:

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HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS IN BAD WEATHER

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Those who live in the northern part of the world, is getting ready to embrace bad weather again. The time when we all wish it was summer again. But, the photo opportunities that await the brave person that will dare to go out in the storms, are amazing.

Wait, is your cell phone, your smartphone weather proof? That is something that is always a good question, and I would say: It depends on how old it is. And what model it is. And does that manufacture say it is?

Now, I have a very expensive cell phone, and I totally expect that it is waterproof. Wait, what’s the difference between weatherproof, and waterproof? Yes, weatherproof is probably the better word. Look around your camera and see all the different holes and compartments on your phone. Do you think that if it fell into water, that it might not be so waterproof, as it enters your earphone connection. YIKES!! But, if your camera got splashed on, or you had it in the rain, it will probably be alright. You would have to see how brave you are.

Now, the next thing you have to watch out for, if you stand out in a rain or snow storm is: the lens on your camera. If it gets any water on the lens, it will be blurry. The water droplet will mess up your photo for sure. If you are taking photos in the rain, at least shelter your lens part with your hand. Also, if it got wet once, and you wiped it off on your clothes to get dry, check again that you didn’t just smear your lens.

But, what kind of great photos could you get in wet weather? Let’s see a few examples:

PROTECTING YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE IN STORMY WEATHER:

  • If you are with someone, bring an umbrella, and see if that extra person will hold the umbrella for you, over the phone, so you can take a good photo
  • If you are alone, and want to take a photo in the rain, then at least with one hand take the picture, the other hand becomes a shield over the lens
  • If you are going to do it often, check with Amazon, or someone for weather protection for smart phone cameras.
  • Take a picture with the rain on the lens and see if you like it. If not, clean the lens, and do it again, but shelter the lens this time.
  • I have seen someone put their cell phone in a clear plastic bag, then they didn’t have to worry about it getting wet. They just had to worry about the clarity through a wet plastic bag.
  • Even consider getting under a tree, against a house with eaves, something to protect your phone.

WHY WOULD YOU EVEN WANT TO GO TO ALL THAT BOTHER?

Some of the best photos you will ever see were taken in a storm. Not many photographers have taken this type of photography into consideration. You could be someone who has a niche in this type of photography. Let’s look at some amazing photos I was able to find that were taken in a storm:

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How to take great photos at the zoo!

You know what I don’t like about pictures taken at the zoo? They look like they were taken at the zoo. Seriously, who wants to see an animal in a cage?

To get the best photos at the zoo, follow these guidelines :

1- Look around the cages and see if there is any angle that could eliminate the cage in the picture.

2- If you can’t take a picture without the fence or cage, then go up to the cage and shoot between the wires or bars.

3- What if there’s no way to take a picture without the fence? Then cut a hole in the fence! I AM KIDDING!! DO NOT EVER DESTROY PROPERTY TO GET A PHOTO. AND THAT MEANS, ALSO, DON’T TRESPASS OR WALK ON PLANTS OR FLOWERS TO GET A PICTURE.

I would say, unless you have some manual control on your cell phone, you are going to have the fence in the photo.

If you have a way to blur the background then do that. It will most likely blur the foreground or fence as well.

If your cell phone has actual aperture control or a way to set your f-stop, then set it on the lower number, like 1.8, 2.8, 3.5 and the “depth of field” can solve the problem.

4- Don’t take a picture of an animal while they are asleep (unless they are really cute). You have seen those adorable photos of puppies, cats, and other young animals. Those you can take pictures of. But really try to get a photo of an active animal.

5- Try getting photos that are different than all the other photos you’ve seen from the zoo. Close-up of faces, spots by the ear, whatever you find interesting.

When you take these kind of photos, you will find that you might get some recognition you haven’t had before.

6- With these steps, you will find photography to be fun. Taking pictures is really fun, because being creative is very fulfilling.

Here is just a few zoo pictures I found to be extraordinary :

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