08 May 2018

RUN LIKE AN ANIMAL, SHOOT LIKE A 5 YEAR OLD WITH A NEW WATER PISTOL

by MARK CUTHELL

Sure I can frame a shot and have a good eye for light but beyond that my photographic skills are fairly limited. If anyone asked me (and no-one has) I would tell them that the best equipment purchase I ever made was an armband for my iPhone. 

Smartphones have revolutionised photography both as an accessible medium and also as a conduit to connect directly to upload images to social media. I run, ride, paddle, swim and walk this wonderful region most days of the week and having an armband for my phone and a waterproof case means that I always have my phone with me. The rest just happens! 

Am I a good photographer? Well I'm not bad but mostly I am just a lucky person that gets to wave their phone at the wonder that surrounds me. 

So what are my top tips to capture a great image with a smartphone?

  • Pay attention to the rule of thirds it really works 
  • Play with the tilt of your phone a smartphone only has a small lens. Tilting and turning your phone just a few degrees can completely change the way light enters the lens and transform a photo.
  • Play around with where the centre of focus of your shot is (tap the screen in a different spot and the exposure and look and feel of your shot will change completely)
  • Choose your times, best times for photography in Port Campbell National Park are in the 3 hours after sunrise and in the 1.5 hours up to sunset. Shoot west in the mornings and east in the late afternoon to capture colour and detail on the sea stacks (Apostles)
  • Completely ignore the previous suggestion because magic moments can happen at any time just have your phone at the ready.
  • Look for foreground detail and texture to improve depth of field get down low (no wonder kids have all the fun it's pretty spectacular down there)
  • Use HDR mode on the camera for more realistic light grading, depth of field and definition but go easy on the edit coz nature knows best.
  • Spend some time in beautiful places and look (like really look) at the beauty that surrounds us. Let your photography change the way you view the world :)

 Equipment used

Iphone 6 with lifeproof case and modular pieces for bike/ running arm band

Gorillapod tripod (good for time lapses and action selfies) 

Go Pro Hero 3+ used with Telesin 6" dome port

Ricoh Theta 360 camera

Nikon Coolpix p520

Zhiyun smooth Q smartphone gimbal (just purchased)

Apps used for content creation 

Pro HDR X

Snapseed for photo editing

Plotagraph

Strava/Relive

Lapse It

Hyperlapse

Camera +

Imovie

Main forums to see my photos

Instagram @visit12apostles

Facebook visit12apostles

Google+ visit12apostles

Twitter visit12apostles

www.visit12apostles.com.au 

None of the photos I take or feature are taken over safety barriers and all locations are generally accessible on level signposted pathways. Lean, reach, get up on your tippy toes and get down low to be creative but please stick to designated walkways to protect our delicate clifftop ecology and shoot and post responsibly :) 

Enjoy!!

About the Blogger

MARK CUTHELL

CONTRIBUTOR

Sometime adventure racer, part time clown and full time lover of South West Victoria. Co-ordinator of Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre

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