Perks of Mobile Photography

I have to confess that, for me, mobile photography represents a big challenge. It’s very difficult for me to find an angle I like when I shoot with my phone. Being such a wide angle lens makes is hard to frame a subject or a scene and I find myself taking so much time to do one shot.

However, mobile photography can be quite practical when you don’t want o can carry your professional equipment with you. That was the case for me last Sunday when I went for a walk with my parents.

I used my One Plus 3 phone and then processed the images using Adobe Lightroom. I just plated a bit with contrast and temperature to give the photos this kind of old look and feel.

I was happy I used my phone to document this day. It was a good day 🙂

 

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One post a day challenge part 2!

Time to relax, go to the beach, play some games and do One Post a Day Challenge Part 2!

It’s vacations time!

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If you have been following my blog for over a year now, you must have seen my One Post a Day Challenge from last year! During my one week off from work in July I decided to do one post a day during seven days to work on creativity, keep a record of my vacations and have fun!

I saw one of those post photos a few days ago I decided I wanted to do it again this year! So this is the first post of the challenge!

Today I went to the beach with my parents, then we we browsed a cute store near their house and they invited me to have dinner! It was the perfect start of my vacations! Hope you have a great week! And if you decide to do a challenge like this one sometime, let me know! I would love to follow you!

All of these photos were taken with my phone a One Plus 3 and then developed using Lightroom 3.

Cheers!

Today is our 4th year anniversary of moving to Barcelona and I like to make it a tradition to write something special every year and to share my favorite photos I posted on my blog so far. I’ve only missed it one year so far and I surely didn’t want that to happen again this year, so here we are!

Hubby and I were talking about these past 4 years this morning on our way to work. We were remembering the moment we were at the airport right before boarding, the moment we made a flight scale in Frankfurt and when we finally landed in Barcelona. It feels so weird to think about that moment now. I was telling hubby I think I entered in some kind of survival mode. I knew I had to step up to the occasion. That we were pretty much on our own and we had to do what had to be done.

I think it didn’t really hit me that we left until we moved to our own apartment. When we were done doing things we had to do as a priority, like finding a place to live and get all the documentation we needed, it was the moment to start living. And I felt kind of lost. With time, that feeling, that fear diluted. Weird enough, if feels both a long and a short time since we’ve been here. But with all that said, hubby and I toasted today for these past 4 years and many more to come.

Here’s a compilation of some of my favorite photos form this last year. Enjoy!

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Holiday times

The Holidays are officially over and I decided to go through my camera roll today and work a bit on my Christmas photos.

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My parents came to visit, as they do every year since I live in Barcelona. Since they already know the city very well, we thought we should do something different and went on a little trip to a country house outside of Barcelona in Girona called Ogassa. It was amazing, A few days of complete disconnection: barbecues, marshmellows in the fireplace, good food and peaceful naps.

The only tragic part of this trip was that I forgot my camera. I feel embarassed just typing that. The thing was that I had a lot going on with the bags, Mango, everything and I left it in the closet… I still don’t quite understand how that happened. I took all of these photos with my dad’s phone a Samsung S6 Edge and then worked a bit on them in Lightroom.

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I was so sad and everything was so beautiful and just can’t stop thinking how many photos I could have taken. But I’m still happy with these ones!

 

And they are a beautiful reminder of these amazing days. I wish you a beautiful 2017 🙂

Sweet Friday

 

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I don’t know what happens when temperatures drop, but all I want to do is eat sweets! I had a craving for churros for about a week now, and today I went and got some!

Happily (I think…) I work really close to Carrer de Pertritxol. A lovely little street filled with beautiful stores, most of them specialised in pastries, cakes and all sorts of delightful sweets!

These churros and chocolates are from a place called Xocoa. You can check out their Instagram account for an overdose of sugar with photos of handmade chocolates, cookies, cakes, creamy cups of coffee and churros!

Hope you have a very, very sweet Friday 🙂

Tips to improve mobile photography!

Let’s face it! The camera we have with us ALL THE TIME is the one in our mobile phones. Because we take them everywhere with us. Because is light, compact and easy to carry around.

But most of the time the photos we take with our phones don’t usually come out as we expect them to. Either it is because we are way to used to using our DSRL cameras, or whether it is because we have a hard time with phone photography in general, I wanted to share some tips based on my own experience. You can take great photos with your phone!

 

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Here are some tips on how to improve your phone photography:

Natural light is your friend! 

Sunlight is the best, most beautiful light for your photos. Try to avoid taking photos with flash and lamps. It’s very difficult to manage a well illuminated image with artificial light. So any time you want to take a photo with your phone, turn the flash off and walk to the nearest window. Either is a photo of your meal, a selfie or your cat, natural light is alwas the best option. A falsh will make your subject flat and create strange shadows and non-flaterring shapes. Natural light, specially the one in the late afternoon, is soft and very flattering.

Use the zoom

Mobile phone camera lenses tend to have very wide angles. Sometimes that makes it difficult to find a different point of view or a good frame composition. That’s why it’s very wise to remember that we have the option to zoom in and play with it to find different angles!

Take care of the background

I know. This one applies to overall photography. BUT, when it comes to mobile photography we don’t get tired of seeing photos in bathrooms where the toilet decorates the background. I think this happens because, in general, people are not careful with the quality of their phone photos. So, please, when you decided to take a photo for your Instagram account or your profile, be conscious of what appears on the background. It will improve the final result SO much and you will be happier with it too!

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Develop your photos

By this I don’t mean to just throw an Instagram filter. Most phones (all of them) have a few, very basic photo developing tools. After you snap, take a few minutes to play with these tools and give some love to your images. You can usually adjust exposure, light temperature, highlights and shadows. On top of giving a more final look, your images will be more personalized and you can begin developing your own style.

I hope these few advices are of use to you! It’s important that we know how to take full advantage of our phone’s cameras as we have it with us at all times. i have to admit it kind of scares me to take photos with my phone sometimes, because I don’t practice it very often and I’m afraid I wont get the result I was hoping for. But when I decided to write this post I took a few minutes to get into it and managed great shots.

Ir’s all about keeping your curious eye, Learn and practice every day!

(Thanks to my models of the day!)

 

Day 3: Cloudy beach

Of course when I knew I was going to have a week of work, the image of sand, sun and the ocean imediatly came to my mind!

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Today hubby and I finally went to the beach with a friend. I could feel my toes touching the water and the heat from the sun on my skin… Until we got there and a huge group of clouds decided to show up. Bummer…to say the least.

I’ve been waiting some time to go to the beach and when I finally do it was cloudy…and cold…and breeze… BUT, I still had a great time. We talked, we catched some Pokemon and I took some nice photos!

I took all of these with my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S4 and then developed them using Lightroom! I don’t really like to take my camera to the beach if I know I’m going to be there for a while and I might not pay much attention to taking care of it. So today, I decided to use my phone! You can take great pictures with any camera, the important thing is to have a curious eye and pay attetiong to details :).