We can all take stunning photos, right? Not me you say? Think again….
In each article we are going to show you just how easy it is to shoot professional looking photos of your treasure finds, just like in magazines. We’ll share some basic, but important photography tips that will dramatically improve your photos and have you shooting like a pro in no time. Treasure hunting and photography are made for each other, they really are.
Every moment you bring that beautiful piece of history to life from its timeless tomb should be captured through the lens. Yes, most certainly so you can look back relive and relish the moment, but more importantly, so can friends and family.
We all chase our own treasure – gold, coins, relics, buckles, bottles, buttons and everything else in between. Treasure is truly in the eye of the beholder and capturing it all through photography is just another element of the fun and excitement.
In this article we’re are talking about taking photos with your smartphone. You’ll be surprised what gob smacking images you can produce with today’s modern technology.
Clean Lens = Clear Picture – We don’t realise how many times in one day we handle our phone. Regardless if it’s in your pocket, hand or hand bag, the camera lens is exposed to oils from our skin and the dust from our surroundings. As a result, the camera’s lenses can get covered in dirt, dust and fingerprints. A dirty lens will leave smudges, blurs, or dust spots on your images. So, if you want clear, sharp shots, clean that lens every time before taking photos! You can use a soft cloth, tissue or even a part of your clothing (if it’s soft enough). Remember, rub gently, you want to wipe away any dirt or oil, not scratch the lens.
If you’ve been snapping away in a dusty environment like the park or the beach, make sure to blow any dust from the lens before wiping it. This is a rookie mistake many people make by wiping the lens without first blowing away any debris that can scratch the lens. A mistake made in an instant but will last the life of your camera. It may very well sound like common sense, but sometimes sense isn’t all that common when it comes to photography. Get into the habit, your photo’s will thank you.
Blur the background – If you don’t have one of the newer phones, you can still blur the background. All you have to do is get close to your subject and touch the screen over your mage. The phone will now re-focus on the subject only and the closer you get the blurrier the background gets.
Also think about using a clip- on “zoom” lens. They’re readily available online these days for as little as $15. Since zooming in on a subject causes the background to blur, it’s another great way to get stunning effects.
Different Effects There’s a whole range of clip on cheap filters and lenses available now to give you heaps of different effects.
- Fish Eye
- Wide angle
- Star filter
- Radial filter
Fish Eye A fisheye lens is an ultra- wide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical look and feel. They can achieve extremely wide angles of view.
Wide Angle Wide angle lenses distort things and enhance perspective. What that means is that objects closer to the camera appear larger than ones father away, even if they’re the same size in reality.
CPL Filter A CPL filter – which stands for circular polarizer/linear – is a glass attachment that can reduce the glare from reflected surfaces. How does it help? Polarized light comes from light that has been reflected off something. A CPL filter diffuses this.
Zoom As the name infers a “zoom” lens allow you to take close-up shots without physically moving closer to the object. Simply adjusting the zoom feature in the phone allows you for a wider or narrower view.
Kaleidoscope A Kaleidoscope lens uses angled reflective surfaces within the lens itself to produce multiple partial images of the subject being photographed. Think of a diamond reflecting light within, so does a Kaleidoscope lens, just with images.
Star Filter Star filters turn bright lights into stars. Commonly seen star filters can generate 4-16 point stars.
Radial Filter A Radial filter allows you to draw attention to a certain object within a photograph.