© Richard Gray
A lot of people underestimate exactly what a smart phone camera can do, especially when it comes to capturing those key moments in sport. Whether it be mastering that trick, scoring a goal or breaking a personal best. Resident Sportivate smart phone photography expert, Richard Gray recently toured the country visiting Sportivate sessions, capturing some inspiring moments on a standard smart phone.
The key thing is, anyone can do this, all you need is a standard smart phone and a few apps which are either free or cheap to download, and you can create some inspiring images of your own. To help you along the way to becoming an expert, Richard has given his top five tips in how to capture the best possible image.
1. Use your feet rather than the zoom. The zoom on smart phone cameras is not optical, so all it's doing is cropping your picture. If you need to make something bigger in the frame, get closer. If you can't get closer, take a photo of something else (nearer).
2. Remember you can turn your phone camera sideways if it suits the picture better. The default is portrait but you can go landscape. Even pro photographers make the same mistake (but the other way round) and take too many photos in landscape format.
3. Share, share, share. The massive thing with smart phone photography is that you are instantly connected to a massive community of fellow enthusiasts. Get inspiration, admiration and lots of free tips from fellow smart phone photographers.
4. App to the max. Whatever bigger cameras can do, smart phone cameras can do with an app. People complain about the retro filters (like instagram) but there is so much more to apps than people realise. They have unleashed an amazing amount of creativity and can really help smart phone users take some amazing photographs.
5. Not many people realise the camera snaps when you release your finger, not when you tap. Knowing this helps to make sure you capture exactly the right moment - not the one just after the one you want.
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