My brother has a pretty new Samsung and we've been talking about what features it has. He says that it can shoot RAW files of some sort. Maybe your phone has that option? It won't make the pictures any sharper but would allow for more latitude in editing.Let's talk phone cameras. And proof that it's not all about hardware...
I have complained about my Moto Z3 Play camera, and how it just doesn't take great photos. They seem over-saturated, not as sharp as they should be, and heaven help me if something in the photo moves. I took most of the photos I've posted in this thread with an iphone - some with a 4S, some with a 7. Of all, I think my 4S was my favorite one, as it seemed to take the best no-fuss reliably good WYSIWYG pictures.
I actually, despite the fact that my cheapo motorola stacks up against the iphone 11 in almost every category, think I'm going to go back to AT&T today and get either a new Samsung or possibly go back to an iphone.
These two pictures were taken moments apart...
This one with my Moto Z3 Play. It has a 12MP laser auto-focus f/1.7 lens:
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Forgive my non-level picture please. I have to hold the phone very low to keep the LEDs out of the shot.
This picture was taken with my husband's iphone 8, also a 12MP f/1.8 lens:
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Look at the difference!! The iPhone photo is unedited, and I played all around with the moto pic trying to get it to look as good as I could. The fish in the iPhone pic are less blurry, the colors are way more accurate, even after me messing with them. Look at the Blood Parrot...he's so overexposed by the moto that he's hardly recognizable as orange, even if he wasn't completely blurred by movement.
On paper, the cameras on these two phones are very comparable as far as hardware. The moto even has a little more on the bells-and-whistles side, technically speaking. But it seems that, like most things, the iphone takes things that other phones do reasonably well and does them juuuuuust a little bit better.
What are y'all's thoughts....should I go Samsung or re-join the Apple fold?
The umbrella is reversible. I prefer it as a shoot thru just because I can cram it that much closer to the subject and get really soft light. And yes, portraiture is what I gravitate towards.Pescado_Verde I think that is a great shot of Monica. Is the umbrella a diffuser, a reflector, or both/either depending on which way it's facing? It sounds like portraiture is your preferred art form. Have you tried doing any macro work? I always find my muse in flowers and plants. When I need a willing subject they are always there for me
We took a quick overnight trip to the mountains to see my daughter at college, and took the scenic route home yesteday. Here are some phone-shots. I am having better luck with it if I take a little time to set it up first. I guess I was so spoiled by the iPhone doing all the hard work for me before.
Looking Glass Falls near Brevard, NC. The time of day and the crowds made it really hard to get a shot without harsh shadows or "ew, people" in it. This one I didn't actually love at first, but then Google Photos auto-created a B&W that I liked better, so I played with it a bit and came up with one that I thought looked alright:
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Then on the way home, we stopped near Chimney Rock and I took a couple dozen photos of the French Broad River. There are some enormous boulders in the river, but again we were there right about noon so the lighting was pretty harsh and the boulders looked sort of flat in most of the shots. I tried framing the shot through the little tree, but even the tree isn't that interesting.
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And finally, this one was a one-off. I loved the texture of this tree, and the roots that have been growing over and around these rocks for a very long time to find earth and water. Nature always finds a way, right?
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I think gemstones would be especially challenging. I have a sapphire in my engagement ring and making it look like anything other than a blue rock in photos is really hard! I imagine your flash would be helpful with that.The umbrella is reversible. I prefer it as a shoot thru just because I can cram it that much closer to the subject and get really soft light. And yes, portraiture is what I gravitate towards.
I've not really tried macro photography much but have dabbled with it a smidge. I have a 105mm Sigma lens that has a close focus distance of I think 12". I may have to expand my knowledge of macro a bit though, my neighbor creates gemstone and silver jewelry and I'm interested in doing some product photos for him.
I think you're framing on this one is really good!This is one I took back in January. Ran across it this morning and tweaked it a bit, I kind of like rodeo photos in b&w. Now that things are starting to open up a bit I'm hoping that there will be more events like this one. Looking at what I shot then I have a better idea of how to maybe take better pics next time.
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Thanks. I wish I were able to claim I shot it that way, lol, but no, that's been cropped.I think you're framing on this one is really good!
haha, I have a D7200 and it's a never ending learning process. There's definitely a huge photo quality loss when posting on fishlore. En lieu of the fall season here's a few recent fall shots with the D7200 18-150mm from around the area.Got to say the D7500 has so much stuff on it. Very confusing. And it does seem like the picture quality is lost when transferring it onto the internet. I think I need to take a class on how to use it . The iPhone is still the go to. An iPhone pic of a Manhattan sunrise View attachment 737907
Pretty shot.Got to say the D7500 has so much stuff on it. Very confusing. And it does seem like the picture quality is lost when transferring it onto the internet. I think I need to take a class on how to use it . The iPhone is still the go to. An iPhone pic of a Manhattan sunrise View attachment 737907
Youtube is frequently your friend for specific camera model questions. As for general camera/photography knowledge, if you're not yet familiar with the exposure triangle I suggest that as a good start. Also, just google the heck out of things, really any question you might have. As poorly worded as it might be, simply because you don't know what you don't know, it will get you started. B&H and Adorama are a couple of the larger retailers and both have websites with extensive help videos available and they also have Youtube channels.Is there a good resource to learn how to use my camera?? I have a rebel 5, but I really don't know how to use most of its functions. I can get some decent shots, but I feel like I'm missing more than I'm capturing. I know fish are hard, but how do I increase shutter speed or get a decent fish picture??!! Is it my lenses? Probably just basic kit lenses, idunno...
It's intimidating. Poor thing lives in a case, never comes out. Lol.
Nah, she's just barely a torso and head. Head comes off and the whole rig fits in a gym bag. It's the only way to practice. She doesn't eat, complain or take up much room. I got the idea from reading a book by John Cornicello on portraiture. He used a couple wig heads to demonstrate different concepts and it sure makes things a lot easier than trying to take selfies for practice. Her name's Monica by the way.Lol that just freaks me out. Now you don’t push her around in a baby carriage do you?
You have some excellent images there. Very nice indeed. I particularly like the sun through trees and the starscape .Oh man, I didn't know this thread existed. I started photography in 2015 when I moved out to the mountains. I was a city girl previously and mostly just took photos of friends and concerts I was at.
I mostly focus on landscape, wildlife and night skies, as I used to be an aurora chaser