Category Archives: Photography Tips

Don’t hate Instagrammers.

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Straight up, my phone and its built in camera is one of the most useful tools I own. Without it, i would not have been able to take this photo of all my ‘proper’ gear.

I’m talking about this now primarily because my phone has currently died, and without it, I’ve lost the ability to capture some day-to-day moments that it makes so easy to capture.

It has been said many times before and I couldn’t agree more:

“The best camera is the one you have with you”

There are a large number of photographers who do not embrace the use of camera phones as an art making tool. I’d have to disagree strongly with that. With a camera virtually with you at all times, it gives an unparalleled level of accessibility to photographers – allowing them to capture moments otherwise lost forever.

And, as I have learnt very well with social media, in many cases it is not the image quality and composition that makes an image incredible, but the subject and content of the image itself. Essentially, what is the image saying? Does it convey some sort of meaning or tell a story?

A shot of a beautiful 911 in an Alley Way in London. Possibly one of my favourite photos I've taken. I clearly remember fumbling around for my phone before taking this and trying to make sure I didn't lose the shot before it went around the corner.It's little moments and stories that lead up to taking the shot that make it memorable too.

A shot of a beautiful 911 in an Alley Way in London. Possibly one of my favourite photos I’ve taken. I clearly remember fumbling around for my phone before taking this and trying to make sure I didn’t lose the shot before it went around the corner.It’s little moments and stories that lead up to taking the shot that make it memorable too. 

Photographers from WWII were hardly equipped with 36MP D800’s or 5D MkIII’s in the 1940’s, yet the images they captured deliver very strong messages and emotions and are more than just a picture, but a story. Sometimes the lack of photographic image quality is part of the appeal, much like instagrams filters.

This is sounding more and more like and English lesson looking at the deconstruction of a photograph, but these elements of a photo are (in my opinion) critical to making a good image.

After some torrential rain in Sydney just after I'd come home, I snapped this while waiting for a bus outside uni (getting absolutely soaked in the process)This shot made it onto the Sydney Morning Heralds' web page.

After some torrential rain in Sydney just after I’d come home, I snapped this while waiting for a bus outside uni (getting absolutely soaked in the process)This shot made it onto the Sydney Morning Heralds’ web page.

Another reason why camera phones are awesome – Ease of access, not just in taking the picture, but sharing it with the world. Instagram, Snap Chat, Facebook. Awesome.

In my own experience, some of my instagram images are perhaps the most memorable. Because in some of these images, I can recount  the moment that went with it.

Sometimes using a DSLR can be almost too easy. By depressing a single button and holding it down, the camera will snap snap snap away on an almost endless burst – making the images (in a weird way) less valuable. But I guess this view only reflects the way I use my phone camera…As a image capturing tool I use when there is nothing else to do it with.

“The best camera is the one you have with you”

I’m glad I backed up most of my images from my phone, there are some great moments there that mean a lot more to me than most of my high res, extremely high quality DSLR shots.

Charles Bridge is almost always busy with tourists. Not at 3am and -15 degrees. Shot in Prague, Czech Republic just after my partner and I arrived. A massive thank you to my girlfriend who stayed with me for almost 2 hrs as we wondered the streets in the freezing cold.

Ok, still not convinced? Here’s a few awesome shots I found after a quick google search. “Best instagram photos”

Source: Nialloleary

While browsing at a book store the other day, I even found a coffee table book filled only with images depicting the world using instagram…And i nearly bought it.

So there.

Don’t hate too much on camera phone photographers.

You might end up taking a photo you are really proud of on your phone…Because it was the only camera you had with you.

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Who Put that Bloody Tree There!

ERGH This happens so often.

Walking down the street and then a wild supercar appears.

Whip up the camera takes shots.

Tree in the way.

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Not going to lie. I do like sneaky ‘spotted’ shots. Though this is an example of  a shot captured in Paris that has too much obstruction from the environment…But then again…could be worse.

Damn Trees.

Spotting Tips:

– Have your camera ready…Always.

– Have a trigger finger to quickly turn your camera on/off

– If you always shoot in M: The more shots you take throughout the day, the more ready you will be for a surprise – as your camera will be set to a kind of pre-set from your last shot.

–> If not, because you always shoot in M, you may be lucky enough to have a ‘sleight of finger’ – changing your aperture and shutter at incredible speeds!

– If you always shoot in Auto, P, S or A: The camera should be able to work its magic. Good luck though, it can be a bit of a mixed bag – Especially low light.

General Rule: Try to keep a high shutter speed to minimize blur and to get a clear shot…However, low shutter works well if you are a freak at panning. Something I can’t say I’m very good at.

Lamborghini Aventador spotted in Piccadilly,London – lit up nicely by all the famous advertising screens.

Another F12 Berlinetta, this time spotted in Prague, Czech Republic.

Another F12 Berlinetta, this time spotted in Prague, Czech Republic.

Taking spotting to the next level and creating a composition to create some more emotion. Spotted: Salzburg, Austria

Taking spotting to the next level and creating a composition to create some more emotion. Both the horse carriage and Audi R8 are real.
Spotted: Salzburg, Austria

Waiting for some friends who were shopping, I sat outside to people watch... 458 Spotted: London, England.

Waiting for some friends who were shopping, I sat outside to people watch…
458 Spotted: London, England.

Yes i realise this post is already Ferrari crazy...But this is different. Enzo Spotted: London, England.

Yes i realise this post is already Ferrari crazy…But this is different.
Enzo Spotted: London, England.

You don't always need to have a shot of the whole car to create some atmosphere. 599 Spotted: London, England.

You don’t always need to have a shot of the whole car to create some atmosphere.
599 Spotted: London, England.

If you end up with a tree in the way…there’s only one way to describe that feeling…Bad Luck.

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