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Arts, Crafts and Designs | Photography

Think again…

July 22, 2013

What do you think of this shot? Would you consider it artistic?

St. Martin of Tours basilica

Would you believe it if I told you that that is an unedited (except for the watermark) photo taken by a smartphone? 😉 My Samsung Galaxy S III to be specific. I set the focus to macro mode to capture the raindrops on the car window and blur the basilica in the background. I am not all that pleased with the colors though, so a little tweaking in the Snapseed app and I got this:

St. Martin of Tours basilica monochromeThis is edited only within the app, I just added a watermark (as usual).

Of course, good old Photoshop will let you have finer control over the adjustments you want to make. After all, there’s only so much control you can have over a touchscreen surface. Here’s a monochrome rendering I like better, done in Photoshop:

St. Martin of Tours basilica monochrome2

Anywho, the point is you don’t need a DSLR to get creative with photography. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a point-and-shoot or a camera phone. As long as you know your basics like composition and such, you could turn out decent photos. I found that it does help to visualize what you want to capture. In this case, I knew I wanted to focus on the rain drops instead of the church facade so it was simply a matter of adjusting the focus and getting the right angle. Some trial and error shooting until I get the result I wanted. And then BAM! My vision captured for posterity. On a camera phone. 😉

  1. nice one! the raindrops were highlighted even with the unedited photo. sometimes our smartphone can surprise us with its capabilities, noh?

  2. Grabe the first pic amazed me. Can you discuss MP someday? Here’s my dilemma. You said it doesn’t matter if you’re using a point or shoot cam or a DSLR. I (kinda) know how to enhance photos using PS pero for some reason, hindi pa rin maganda yung focus pag from digicam. No matter how much I adjust the sharpness, minsan hindi pa rin ok yung depth cues. What do you think is my problem? Or baka naman hindi lang talaga ako marunong kumuha? haha!

    1. MP as in megapixel?

      Sis, I think your problem is hindi completely focused yung photos mo. Kasi kung wala talaga sa focus, kahit anong sharpen pa gawin sa PS, hindi talaga lilinaw ng ayos. Before clicking the shutter, make sure me focus point na yung photo. 😉

  3. Wow! I love the photo even without photoshop editing yet. I also have a smart phone but I can’t figure out why I can’t take photos as artistic as yours. You’re right, a DLSR is not a requirement to be creative in photography. The beauty of the photo still lies on the person shooting it, not on the camera itself. 🙂

    1. Thanks sis! 🙂 Looking beautiful photos at Instagram is pretty inspiring since majority are taken using smartphones too. That’s sorta where I got the idea for this.

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