Saturday, November 16, 2013

A good use of time - smart phone macro photography?

Hi all

I've been slacking at the updates here on How Terry Clicks as I've been super busy.  Besides the birth of my daughter this par year, I've been focused on a different stream of photography - using smart phones.  Specifically, I’ve been focused on making an eBook to teach people the ins and outs of taking closeup and macro photos on their smart phone.  I decided to do this as I couldn’t find any one source of knowledge on  the subject and felt it was lacking.

I am trying to promote my launch of the eBook, so I am proving anyone and everyone a free video lesson on the topic.  The free lesson demonstrates how you can create the photo below using a smart phone camera.  Of course, while everyone loves lady bugs, the techniques can be used for almost any macro photography circumstance.


My free video lesson on smart phone macro photography covers:

  • how to make a macro lens for your camera phone
  • composition
  • stability
  • lighting
  • editing your pciture on the phone (iPhone’s Camera+ and Adobe Photoshop Express used in demo)
Feel free to check out my free lesson offer page right now.

I ask that anyone who has any comments on the lesson to please leave feedback on the comments sections so I can see how you enjoyed it.  Of course, posting some sample shots with your new skills is also welcome!

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Photography Tips Contest

Do you have some cool photography knowledge you think will help others?  Willing to share, but really, why bother?  How about the chance to win some cash!!!  And some fame!!

Great Photography Tips is launching it's Share the Knowledge contest.  Entry is free.  All you need to do is signup and submit a video showing us your favourite photography tip, trick, or technique.

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Contest runs until April 30, 2012.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Redesigned - Finally!

After some extensive work, Great Photography Tips is finally redesigned.  A much more visually pleasing interface, a new navigation system, and introducing our email newletter so you can stay on top of great new techniques!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Light Painting - Photography Tips

Light painitng is simply a photographic technique that uses a long exposure at night (or in a dark room), and which a light source is moved to "paint" a scene.  The light source itself will generally not be visble in the end result, nor will the artist.  Of course, the light could be coming from inside the frame or outside the frame.

There a some great photographers out there who have some amazing light painting lesons you can purchase (like from Evan Sharboneau).  I highly recommend his course.  As a starter though, here are some basic photography tips on light painting that you can start with.

Stability - since you will be working in low lighting conditions, you will need to have ensure has zero shake.  A tripod of some sort is a must!

Bulb Mode/Remote Shutter Release - I find that you will want to have the shutter opened and stay that way until you are done "painting" your scene.  Most DSLRs will have a bulb mode you can use.  Since they are built in, they can be handy.  However, they can produce tiny amounts of shake when you press the shutter open and closed, which is why I recommend a remote shutter release if you have one.

Manual Mode - you will want full control on the scene, so put the camera in manual mode (which is normally needed for bulb mode anyway).  You will need to do some trial and error with the aperture size based on your lighing conditions and how long you want to have the shutter open.

Light Source - light graffiti requires your "paint brush".  It could be a small, bright flashlight in which you would jump around the scene with or a laser pointer where you draw by projecting.  Note I've read that a laser pointer to the sensor can damage your camera, so be careful.  It can also damage a persons eyes, so never point it at someone.

Photography Special Effects
Trial and Error - with these basics of light painting, you can go nuts and create amazing effects (like Evan did above).


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