IDEAS OF HOW TO BE MORE CREATIVE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you ever been on social media, or magazine, and noticed the amazing creative photos that are on display? And then thought that you would like to explore doing that kind of photography? Or is that all done on photoshop and you don’t want to really change the photo that much, want to keep it more “pure”?

Let’s go over some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. There is a lot of different ideas presented here, but, you can definitely pick which ones you would like to try to make your photography more fun and exciting.

TRY SOME NEW TECHNIQUES:

  • TRY PAINTING WITH LIGHT! This is not something I have discussed or done a blog on this, but, is a real fun thing to try. It involves you using a flash off your camera and lighting the subject from a distance from your camera.
Taking fire and capturing it in slow motion, is a fun way to do light painting.
One of the more recent and popular post of light painting, but doing a night-time photo of The famous arch at Arches National park, and stand underneath the arch and using your flash, you do several shots of flash all over the inside of the arch. That person underneath is actually the person doing the flashing.

INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

  • If you started to learn more about photography from many sources, (although this one is loaded with ideas) you will undoubtedly learn more, and find some creative things you haven’t tried yet.

USE NEW EQUIPMENT:

  • One of the fun things about photography is getting new equipment. Once you get some new equipment you can try different things with your photography. I remember the time I bought a new 100-300mm lens. I was anxious to try out this lens for some new photography I couldn’t do before. Here is one as an example:
Bird photography is not only new for me, but, now I can do it because I have this big lens.

EXPLORE A NEW LOCATION

If you take the same old pictures around your town, take some time, plan a place that you might think will be interesting. I am not a boat person, and I decided to take a trip to the beautiful “Bear Lake” for some photo opportunities, and found this photo:

Winter time was approaching and all the boats were pulled out of the harbor, and put up in the close parking lot for safety from the waves and ice in the water from winter storms.

REVISIT PLACES:

  • Some places you have been to take pictures before, think of a different time to go back, and try some new pictures there. Maybe even try a different time of day, or go when it might be cloudy or stormy.
One of my usual trips on the way to Logan, Utah. With this trip, you have to go over a mountain range, and I haven’t really done much autumn photography before. I found this area to photograph, because in the winter, there is no cattle because a lake forms every winter. So, this photo is quite different, because there is cattle roaming, and I captured the fall colors in the background as well.

JOIN A PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OR PHOTO GROUP ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

  • Joining a photography club can be fun, because you mingle with photographers who are all learning to take amazing pictures as well, and you kind of force yourself to enter in the monthly competitions.
  • Joining a Facebook Group, you can share your photos with other photographers, and see the work of other great photographers. Funny, I have started a photo group on Facebook. Here are the details:

GET FEEDBACK ON THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE:

  • There are a few ways to get feedback on your photos. If you post your photos on social media, you may get some feedback from people who don’t really know all about photography, they just like it.
  • But if you post it on a Photography group page, which has photographers on it, you may get better feedback.
  • OR, if you want like a tutor to go over your pictures, I have an email address you can send your photos to. Send your photos to: photos.smartphonesmartphotographer.com
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THE LATEST NEWS IN THE PHOTO WORLD:

camera-brands

So many different camera brands out there, which one is the best? I have gone through this once before, and I love going over this again.

As you may know from my background, that I come from a retail outlet that sold cameras for over 20 years. And the question you have to ask yourself, and I told this to many of my clients: “If one camera is so good, why are there so many to choose from?”

I want to show you something interesting that I just found out. What are the top cameras in the United States? Here they are:

  • Canon.
  • Nikon.
  • Sony.
  • Fujifilm.
  • Panasonic.
  • Olympus.
  • Leica.
  • GoPro.

GoPro? Really? That makes it into the top 8 cameras here in the United States. Am I surprised? No, not really. There are a lot of people who use this camera brand because this country has a lot of “Adventure loving People” who want to record or take photos of their journey’s in the great outdoors.

Now, check this out: What are the top cameras in Japan? The place where they were all designed:

Japan’s favorite camera brand isn’t Canon. It isn’t Nikon. It isn’t Sony, or Olympus or Fujifilm. No, Japan’s favorite camera brand is Pentax / Ricoh. 

That’s according to the latest results in a survey being conducted by IT Media, asking Japanese consumers to choose their favorite digital camera maker. And despite the Best Pentax Cameras all being DSLRs, and facing quite a technological disparity compared to the likes of the best Canon Cameras and Best Sony Cameras, that hasn’t stopped Ricoh being Japan’s most beloved brand in the camera industry. 

Just a note: Any word in red is a link to find out more about that product. Just click on the words in red, and you will be redirected to a website that shows this product in detail.

The survey (spotted by Pentax Rumors) still has another ten days to run, closing on 27 May, but so far the results are pretty eye-opening. Almost a quarter of Japanese users say that Pentax / Ricoh is their favorite brand, with nearly a fifth pledging allegiance to Nikon. 

1Pentax / Ricoh24%
2Nikon19.8%
3Canon13.7%
4Sony13.6%
5Olympus10.2%
6Fujifilm9.6%
7Panasonic4.9%
8Sigma2.2%
9Leica1.5%
10Other0.3%
11Hasselblad0.2%
The top 11 cameras most loved in Japan

So, why are there still so many brands out there, when it is obvious, that people have their own favorite? The camera manufactures that are still left making cameras, are all good cameras. When someone came in to buy a camera from me, I didn’t try to sell them the one that made the most commission, I tried to sell them the one that they would be the most comfortable with, one that works with their hands, one that they can understand. To prove that all camera are good cameras, I have personally owned : Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Rollei, Pentax, and Olympus. And I liked them all. The one that I really fell in love with was the Minolta, because it was a special edition, and they made it in White, and they even made a couple of lenses with a white casing as well. It got noticed. And it took great photos as well.

So, the conclusion of this is: All cameras are good. Try them out, and see which one works best for you. How does it feel to you? And don’t let anybody talk you out of the one you like. Go into a photo store on your own. but, do a little research so you don’t get a “sticker price” shock.

What is the best cell phone camera for photography:

The best camera phones are pushing the boundaries of technology and are often capable of delivering better results than the ‘proper’ camera in your kit bag. As screens get larger, camera phone sensors get more advanced and chipsets get more powerful, it can be tricky to keep track of the latest and greatest handsets. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best for you right here.

The best camera phones don’t just deliver pure power – they’re also a perfect package of convenience, with countless apps at your fingertips. However, one of the most impressive aspects of these handsets is their megapixel count. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an impressive 108MP sensor – a megapixel count that most of the best professional cameras are nowhere near!

However, the S21 Ultra isn’t an outlier. Beefy sensors are becoming the norm for flagship phones, with most of the camera phones on this list featuring large megapixel counts. While the best camera phones aren’t yet able to beat the best DSLRs or the best mirrorless cameras for image quality, the technology is moving so quickly that it almost feels like it’s only a matter of time.

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

If you’re looking for the best camera phone, look no further

Release date: January 2021 | Rear cameras: 108MP f/1.8, 10MP f/2.4, 10MP f/4.9, 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide | Front camera: 40MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 227 g | Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm | Storage: 128/256/512GB

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review - Pocket-lint
Samsung S21Ultra 5G – The phone with the best photography lenses, and features of any cell phone.

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