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Smartphone photography e-book, Showing good and bad examples side by side. Buy now!!!
80 images with explanatory text. The book contains 45 pages of text. It is a pdf file. Read on any device.
After purchasing the e-book just send me your 10-15 photos via We Transfer and we can discuss these from eye to eye via the internet for 30-minutes. I will do post-processing for them too.
That way you can learn more and get even better. You can learn at your own pace.

After reading this e-book, you will realize it is all pretty easy. You will reach the next level in the process of learning
 photography. You can better transfer and evoke emotion and creative ideas through your photos.
This e-book could be the start of the development process for both your photographic skills and your soul.


 A lot of pictures show the same motif from two vantage points – good and bad side by side. This creates a comparison
between the two options and shows ways to improve.

The main task of the book is to make the photographer think.
The picture is born in the thoughts of the photographer and the phone camera is just a means to realize the vision.
In addition to camera settings essential for taking pictures, an overview is given on the creative side.
Composition, portrait, selfie, landscape, architecture, night shots, and technical tips for handling the smartphone camera and post-processing. And using social media, of course.

It is a pdf file. Read on any device. The E-book is good for beginners.
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Imagine a situation where your children are playing at home and you wish to capture their antics for future memories or for showing to someone. The moment would already be over by the time you found your larger main camera from the bottom of the bag. A smartphone, usually in your pocket or elsewhere nearby, is always there and ready to take a picture immediately. And what’s more – you can edit the taken pictures immediately and even share them with friends or family.

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In this course, you will learn to take pictures with your smartphone in such a way that their quality won’t fall behind pictures taken with larger cameras. To achieve that, we will go through quite a few basic principles of photography, such as exposure metering, framing, composition, etc. In addition, we will look at smartphone photo editing options and lastly discuss the pleasures and pains of social media.


For example, some topics...

Let’s take a look at the settings of your phone.
The first thing to take a look at in your phone camera app’s settings is maximum picture quality, i.e resolution. It follows simple logic – the more pixels, the more detailed and of better quality the photo will be. You will also want to take a look at the photo’s aspect ratio – the default ratio is usually 16:9, but digital photos are printed on paper in ratios of 3:2 (10×15 cm or 4×6 inches), 4:3 (10×13 cm), and 1:1 (10×10 cm).

After that, make sure all your camera settings are in the default position. That means no plus or minus sign settings are enabled – you have post-processing for that. White balance should be kept on automatic, which will give you the optimal result, especially when shooting jpeg files or when starting out on your photography journey. Some phones can also take unprocessed, e.g. RAW-DNG files. Basically, this means that all the information received from the sensor is saved and light temperature, sharpness, colors, etc aren’t fixed. This gives you greater freedom to edit the image in post-processing and even drastically
change the atmosphere of the photo. It is especially good to edit the white balance of a RAW file. For example, when shooting
indoors with artificial light, the picture might turn out too red, but the RAW file allows you to change the white balance quite easily in apps such as Snapseed. It’s more complicated to edit white balance afterward if your pictures are saved as JPG files. You can customize the tonality of the image, but you won’t get the same results with white balance as you would with a RAW file.

iPhone is sort of a “ready” phone where the manufacturer has already adjusted all the settings with the best quality in mind.
It is best to choose the 4:3 resolution. Android’s smartphone resolution is 16:9 by default, but most of the time this is simply a 4:3 resolution with parts of the edges cut off, which makes it seem that there’s more of the image, since the screen is filled. 4:3 resolution usually offers more pixels as well. Get acquainted with your camera instructions.
The more pixels, the better the quality. Some phones, however, enhance the number of pixels, which doesn’t actually increase quality, rather the opposite. Not all modern features are available when using the RAW format.

Set your screen brightness.
You should definitely set up your phone screen in a way that is as similar as possible to what your computer screen would show. This makes it easier to edit pictures and gives you a similar viewing experience on all screens.
Screen brightness could be in the middle position or a bit more. You can use the website http://www.jaaknilson.ee  for comparison when tuning your screen just as an example. 

Exposure and exposure metering
When shooting photos, the first basic principle is exposure, which means how much light reaches the camera sensor and thus the exposure meter as well. Smartphones have one big difference compared to regular cameras – you can’t change the size of the aperture, which leaves you with the only changeable setting – shutter speed. Shutter speed means the time in which light is captured onto the sensor for creating a photo. Shutter speed depends on ISO settings. Higher ISO means more digital noise in photos, which isn’t ideal, but it also means faster shutter speed. Faster shutter speed, in turn, means there’s less danger of the image being blurred. Exposure metering tells the camera how much light is needed to take the desired photo. In other
words – correct exposure metering is the key to taking a good photo.
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Shutter speed and light measuring– how to adjust this?
Most camera apps – whether they’re the default app from the manufacturer or user-installed camera apps – offer some control for overexposure or underexposure correction.

The easiest and most commonly used option is that exposure is measured from the point which is focused on. Press the phone screen in your camera app and see how it reacts.
In this photo, I measured light from the center of the church,
which is right where the grey dot is placed.

What image format to use on Instagram and social media? Whether horizontal, vertical, or square image? How to use a mobile camera digital or optical zoom?

How to buy an e-book and online consultation?

Option 1.
If you only want the e-book without consultation, the price is 12 euros.

 Option 2.
The discount price of an e-book and an online consultation is 32 euros today.
After reading the e-book, you will send me about 10-15 photos and we will discuss in 30 minutes what could be better.
We will make a web meeting at a time that suits you.
The advantage of such a webinar is that we can discuss topics that are important to you.
Product photography, social media images, portraits, travel photos, and more.

Option 3.
Smartphone Photography e-book & Havana photo walking tour. The price is 52 euros per participant.
The e-book is 12 euros, which should be purchased now.
Before the trip, you make an additional payment of 40 euros via Paypal.  Just cash in the spot for 40 euros is ok too.
If you are traveling as a couple, I could offer also some discount.


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The easiest way to purchase is to buy through PayPal.
Just send a money transfer to jaaknilson@gmail.com in Paypal.  
If Paypal is not suitable, we will find an option. You can also make an online bank transfer.



About me. 
My Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jaaknilson/                                                              I 
have been a photographer for 25+ years now.
I live in the tiny Baltic state of Estonia.
It is a practical mobile photography workshop, from my own experience.
I have been doing smartphone photography workshops for five years.
In the workshop we communicate actively, you ask, I show, and answer.
My hobby is dancing salsa and bachata. I learned it in middle age.
So anything is possible, as well as learning photography.   


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