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Three tips from Henry’s Phoneography class

- June 3rd, 2014

It’s no secret the shutter is closing on traditional cameras in favour of our smartphones, and while you may consider yourself a savvy mobile snapper, there’s always something new to learn.

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Henry’s is now offering Phoneography classes for iPhone and Samsung users. (Henry’s Photo)

Camera retailer Henry’s just started hosting Phoneography classes for iPhone and Samsung users.

Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not about scandalous selfies. The classes, currently held at their Toronto and Pickering locations take students through the basics of the phone’s camera and is probably best suited for people who are new to smartphones. (Think Father’s Day.)

I attended a Phoneography 101 for Apple iPhone, and while I’ll admit most of what was taught by our tutor, Brennan Caverhill was already known to me, I picked up some good tips for iPhone users.

Use the HDR setting.

Sitting outside in a brightly lit park? Or, attending a concert ? The HDR setting brings the details you want front and centre, by blending different exposures to capture highlights and shadows. In your settings tool, you can set it so save both an HDR and non-HDR photo.

Expand your filters.

Before scrolling though your Instagram filter option,s get the right apps. Henry’s provided a list of apps their pros have tested and liked, including these two that I’ve now played around with:

Camera Awesome – Has a timer and image stabilization mode, among others  – great for those group selfies or active shooting.

Camera+ – Has options to control exposure and also has different scene modes for different scenarios, similar to those found in digital cameras.

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Camera Awesome app.

Turn off your autoflash

Brenhan mentioned how he cringes when he sees people at hockey games, or indoor sports in general taking a photo of the action with the flash on … you get nothing. The flash more often than not can make photos look washed out and because of lack of actual lens zoom in a smartphone camera doesn’t have the range to light the appropriate subjects.

A good use for flash for example, might be if you’re on the beach or out at the park and your subject is backlit casting a shadow over their face, the flash will come in handy here to brighten that up. Take that with you to the cottage or sandy beaches.

For more information visit: http://www.henrys.com/phoneography.aspx

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