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That Camera In Your Pocket

April 12, 2016 7:30 PM | Anonymous member

That Camera In Your Pocket


Featuring: Patty Hankins


How to Take Great Garden Pics with Your Smart Phone


Patty Hankins our guest speaker presented us with some great tips to get the best out of our smart phone garden photos. While some of her tips are specific to the smart phone most apply to photography in general. First, think what caught your eye? Focus on capturing the eye catching subject. Some eye catching subjects are repeating colors and features such as shapes and lines. Compose the photo using some basic rules: the rule of three puts the center of interest at point that is roughly at 1/3 of horizontal and vertical distance from the edge; leading the eye for example using a path or a curved branch to the subject and using negative space to bring the eye to the subject are examples.


Early morning and evening are the best times to take photos to avoid glare and washed out colors. Keep the camera steady using a tripod such as a gorillapod for smart phone or a holder designed for your phone.. Bill Sisolak demonstrated his shoulder holster. In addition to stabilizing your photos the holster is a secure carrying case for your phone. Using the volume control to “click the shutter” is another tool to reduce camera shake. Review the picture, checking all four corners. Delete the failures. Editing is important Ms. Hankins prefers Lightroom as a more user friendly tool.


This writer suggests visiting Ms. Hankins website http://beautifulflowerpictures.com/ for some excellent examples of the points Ms. Hankins made in our program.



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