Smartphone Photography E-Book

*Showing good and bad examples.
*80 images with explanatory text. The book contains 45 pages of text. It is a pdf file. Read on any device.
*And what's more – I have a proposal for you. After purchasing the e-book just send me your 3 photos via email and we can *discuss these (feedback) and I will do post-processing for them. That way you can learn even more and get even better.
Lake Peipsi in Estonia. Huawei P10. Jaak Nilson
*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.

*This manual is suitable for both Android and iPhone users.
An overview is given of probably the best post-processing app Snapseed in the world, which is freeware and also compatible with both. A lot of pictures which show the same motif from two vantage points – good and bad side by side. This creates a comparison between 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.

The book contains 80 images and 45 pages of text. It is a pdf file
Read on any device.

*The easiest way to purchase is to buy through PayPal for 15.00 euros. 
Just send a money transfer jaaknilson@gmail.com in Paypal.

*Of course, please send me an e-mail to jaaknilson@gmail.com about your request. I send the book directly to you. 
Estonians can use a bank link too.
The book is for personal use only.

“The best camera is the one that’s with you.”
This sentence has been patented and it’s even a book title (Chase Jarvis, The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You).
Do you bother to carry around a heavy DSLR camera with you at all times? Neither do I. Thus, the best picture is often the one taken with whatever camera you have with you at the moment. Most of the time that happens to be the camera on your smartphone, since we carry our phones with us wherever we go. It doesn’t matter that the quality would be better with a large DSLR camera, a hybrid camera or a compact camera. In the middle of the action, capturing the moment is most important.

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.


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....

*Prepare your phone.
To start with, it must be said that phones and their cameras are different– their options, functionality, and quality vary greatly depending on the model. More expensive smartphones have more options and some manufacturers offer additional capabilities that other brands might not have. In this course, I will try to proceed from general principles so that the course material is as useful as possible for everyone.

*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’s 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 www.jaaknilson.ee for comparison when tuning your screen just as an example. This has already been done on iPhones where changing screen colors etc. is impossible.

*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.

*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.



                                                                                                                                                                   

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