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Take great pictures with your smartphone

Smartphone cameras now approach, even surpass the quality available from standard point and shoot cameras..For example the camera in the HTC One S is capable of taking great pictures and videos. So, I thought I would share a few ideas on how you can get the best out of your smartphone camera. By the way I shot all the pictures with a HTC One S or One X both of which share the same superb camera. Now, for starters the trick is to hold the smartphone still especially for videos and low light picture taking.

http://vimeo.com/woxom/slingshot

I have been using a pre-release version of the SlingShot Smartphone video stabilizer for about a month now and I can tell you it works. Using the cradle with the handle attached results in steadier videos..in fact if your camera has built in video stabilization..anti-jitter..your videos will look like they were shot on a tripod…if you want rock steady for long videos you can mount the cradle on any tripod. Folding legs are hidden in the handle so you can use the SlingShot as a table-top tripod..or even a stand to hold the smartphone while you view your video.

The production model of the Slingshot will ship in July and you can pre-order it here. Now, take a close look at my little tabletop tableau and you will see the subject of my photo is SnApp Shots  the definitive guide to getting the best out of your smartphone camera and the various apps available. Written by Adam Bronkhorst, who works as a portrait photographer and shares the tips and tricks to get a truly memorable photo from your smartphone camera.  In accessible, jargon-free text, Bronkhorst sorts through the multitude of photography apps, clarifying the myriad stunning effects possible. Packed full of hip and gorgeous images for inspiration, this essential resource encourages you pull out your phone and start realizing impressive results right away. This is how-to photography for the twenty-first century!

I learned a great deal from this handy little book..I have already noticed an improvement in the quality of my pictures and I loved the hundreds of photographs  that give a great idea of what your pictures should look like. I also found SnApp Shots to be easy to follow and I enjoyed the authors’ breezy writing style. SnApp Shots is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters Indigo.ca and certain Chapters and Indigo Book stores

Taking good videos is often more tricky than producing good snapshots..I found some great tips on the Telus Talks Business blog..starting with the basics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q8XpQk-dYH8#!

That video was part of a DIY Video Series aimed primarily at creating video for business purposes but I found there were some good tips that apply to anyone..the articles are short, easy to read and the can be found here: DIY video series: the why and the what, in that orderThe DIY Video series: Tools and Secrets of the Trade, and The DIY video series: cutting it together. You may want to take a look at Lights, Camera, Action..Shoot great smartphone videos that I wrote a few months ago.

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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