Mobile Photography

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Instagram: Then and Now

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Instagram 7.3 was recently launched and the photo-sharing platform is now approaching its fifth birthday. How has it changed in that time? Of course, it now has a lot more features and is a more sophisticated app. But what was Instagram like back then and what’s its purpose now? When I joined in March 2011,…

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Street shooting tips for mobile photographers

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A street photographer is like a hunter. Success depends getting close and capturing your target in a natural state. To do this, you have to shoot without being seen. If your target sees you taking photos, they may either disappear completely or – even worse – put on a cheesy grin. Mobile phone cameras are…

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Why do we – and Instagram – like converging lines so much?

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Why do our eyes, or our brains, like converging lines pictures so much? If you usually get 50 or so likes for your photos on Instagram, post a converging-lines photo and you’ll get 100. Instagram itself loves converging lines pictures too – many of their suggested users are regular posters of pictures of classic examples….

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Mobile photography tips at music festivals

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We’re now heading into the peak of music festival season and if you’ve got tickets to one of the many festivals around the world this summer but don’t want the extra burden of taking your big DSLR, here are a few tips to help you get some good pictures with your mobile. Classic festival characters…

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The exposure-focus separation issue
and other inferiority complexes in mobile photography

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“You didn’t know you can separate focus and exposure points?”, a friend said to me with a touch of disdain in their voice a long time ago. “No, I didn’t.” I replied. And I thought for a moment. When would you want to take a photo where you focus on one thing but expose on…

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Review of VSCO Cam 3.0

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When VSCO launched its camera app, VSCO Cam, for iOS in June last year, some heralded it as a cooler version of Instagram. But is it like Instagram at all? And if it is, it is really that much cooler? When the app launched, it was clear VSCO’s developers viewed the scramble for followers and…

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