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Friday
Nov282014

5 Smartphones For Photography in 2014

With smartphones becoming more technologically advanced, the boundaries are being pushed to include a higher quality of specifications on each new model. Traditional cameras are slowly being replaced for people wanting to take a quick pictures, as smartphones now have such brilliant cameras built into them. Here are 5 great photo taking phones:

Samsung Galaxy S5


The S5 is one of the most popular phones of the year, notably due to its great 5.1 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution screen. From a photography angel, the higher quality the screen, the better the picture, as the end results will be of an excellent standard. The phone has a 16 megapixel resolution camera on the back and a 2.1 megapixel front-facing lens and comes with an LED flash.

iPhone 6


Probably the best smartphone on the market, Apple have strived to ensure its latest release has an exceptional camera. The company have introduced a new “phase detection autofocus”, which runs much quicker than on their previous models and is of a much higher standard than the competing handsets. The iPhone 6 is also great for pictures in low-lighting, with the 8 MP-resolution allowing for 1.5-microcon pixels. The iphone is an all round powerful phone which also makes it one of the top phones for gamers of popular social media games or online casino.

HTC Desire Eye


If you are a lover of the “selfie” craze, the HTC Desire Eye is the perfect smartphone for you. The phone has a 13 megapixel lens on both the back and the front, so you can get high standard of image from either side. The front also has a 22mm-equivilent lens, so you can fit all of your friends in your selfie shot. 

Sony Xperia Z1


The Sony Xperia Z1 is a great phone for anyone who likes to take a lot of pictures, as it has a massive 16GB hard drive for storing all your snaps on, as well as an SD port. The 1080 x 1920 resolution 5-inch LCD screen brings out the quality of your photos and the 21 megapixel camera adds sharpness to the images. 

Nokia Lumia 1020


As an overall camera-smartphone combination, the Lumia comes out on top. The phone offers a massive 41 megapixel camera, blowing all its competitors out of the water. Offering both 32 and 64GB handsets, Nokia have fitted a 4.5 inch screen on each model, making it perfect for any budding photographer. 

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Sunday
Nov232014

SCL Photography Podcast 245 - Zooms vs Primes

Zooms vs Primes...

 

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Flipside 400AW Review.

Kit Lens Field Trial.

This Months Flickr Assignment: Night Photography!

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Cheers, Rob.

Saturday
Nov082014

SCL Photography Podcast 244 - RAW vs JPEG

Which is best, RAW or JPEG? Let the debate begin...

 

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Last Months Flickr Assignment: "The World In Black And White"

This Months NEW Flickr Assignment: Night Photography!

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Friday
Oct242014

SCL Photography Podcast 243 - The Crop

A Field Trial with my 400aw, and an introduction to cropping...

 

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Sue Byrce Post On Cropping.

Visit To Explossion Museum With The Lowepro Flipside 400AW.

Crucial Memory Upgrade.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Photomatix Pro 5: Basic Introduction To Creating HDR Images From Three Photographs 

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I can remember the first time I created a HDR image from a multiple exposure. I took the three base images using my old Fujifilm S5700, and merged them using one of the first versions of Photomatix.

As the picture rendered and then appeared on my PC screen, I recall thinking "I took THAT? How cool!!" That was the start of my dalliance with High Dynamic Range Photography. It's been a tumultuous relationship. For a while HDR's was all that I would shoot, loving the textures and look of the images, but then for a long time I went cold on HDR, I think I grew tired of that exact look and the effort involved in post processing the photographs.

I'm glad to say that now I have a much more flexible approach to this often maligned style of photography. If a scene looks a little flat, then I'll fire up the auto-bracketing on my Canon 600d dSLR, switch to continuous shooting and grab three photographs, one under exposed, one over and one just right, ready to load into Photomatix when I get home.

Just in the same way that we screw a Polarizing filter onto our lenses to reduce glare, or add a graduated neutral density filter in post to add detail in the sky, I think we should think of HDR as a similar technique. If we need to add texture or detail to a scene, or to encompass more of the dynamic range, take some bracketed photographs and then render them in Photomatix, and you'll have a more usable image to work with.

Thanks, Rob.