Q. Which smartphone would you recommend for Photography in 2020?

A. After recent comparisons of a selection of the latest phones, the Google Pixel 3 came out as the winner. Also check-out the Google pixel 4 which was released late 2019. This was mainly because Google who creates the phone software was able to get more out of the camera than other manufacturers. Unfortunately, the Huawei P30 Pro was eliminated as it is not directly available in the US. You can see the full review here.

Q. I can change the aperture on my DSLR to control depth of field, how can I do this on my phone?

A. Unfortunately, most smartphones currently have fixed apertures and it is not possible to change the aperture in the camera settings. I have created an article that discusses depth of field in smartphone photography here.

Q. Are Add-on Lenses any good?

A. There are a variety of different brands available and like everything else, there are good and bad choices available. Over the past couple of years, add-on lenses have started to dramatically improve in quality and some brands are starting to stand out from the rest. Moment and Moondog Labs are currently leading this technology. I have written an article about the best add-on lenses here.

Q. Can I take nighttime photos of the stars with my phone?

A. Astrophotography requires that you take long exposures, it most cases you will need an app to help you achieve this. While it is possible, the results will vary depending on noise pollution and the smartphone you are using. To help you get started, check out my article on long exposure photography here.

Q. What should I do if I lose my smartphone?

A. Phones are probably one of our most used technology, and we have come to rely on them. It can be a shock to discover that your phone is not where it should be. But, you need to try and stay calm, think about where you have recently been. Could it be in a pocket or in the car? Call your smartphone from another phone and listen carefully for a quiet ring (I do this all the time). Remember that most modern smartphones are GPS enabled and can be tracked, so if it’s not in the usual places it might be time to step up the search. Check out my article about finding a lost phone here.

Q. What’s the best place to get started with phone Photography?

A. As long as you have a smartphone with a camera you can get started right now. To begin with, you need to start developing a photographers eye. This involves just looking around and imagining taking a photo and thinking what it would like, then take the picture and see if it looks like what you imagined. At first, it won’t but this is something you need to work on regularly, so you are training yourself to look for great photo opportunities. Eventually, you will develop a photographers’ view and learn to know what will work and what doesn’t. There are several different photography genres to explore. I have created an article for this very purpose you can find Types of Photography here.

Q. Do you have a list of equipment that you use, there are so many options I’m not sure which are the best items to buy.

A. Yes, I am currently putting together a collection of all the gear that I have tried and tested and use regularly. I tend not to buy really expensive gear, but rather try and find the best value gear that is high quality. You can find my list here.

Q. Can I make money selling my photos online?

A. There are several websites that provide the facility to sell your photos online. They all offer different sales rates and have different requirements. I have an article with more information about it here.

Q. Can I use my phone camera for Macro Photography?

A. Of course, but there are several factors involved if you want to get the best results. You will need a tripod and also possibly an additional Macro Lens. You can read more about it in this article.

Q. I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?

A. Thanks for your support. My blog uses WordPress with a paid theme called Acabado. I was very impressed with this theme as it has some superb features that save having to use a whole bunch of plugins that just slow your blog down. Out of the box, it includes:

  • SEO Optimisation
  • Links to Google Analytics
  • Very Fast Load Speeds
  • Image Optimisation
  • Easy To Setup
  • Mobile First – Works on a broad selection devices

When I first installed this theme, I was able to remove about 10 plugins and achieve page speed in the 90’s on Google PageSpeed Insights. It’s a very impressive theme that looks great too. Check out the full details about the Acabado WordPress theme here.

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