Smartphone Photography Tips with Wide Angle Lens

Interloop Sculpture Installation - Taken with the Samsung S7 without additional lens

Following on from my previous post on the Olixar Macro lens, another fun part of the Smartphone Lens Kit is a .36x Super Wide Angle Lens. 

There is still nothing like setting up my Canon 5Ds with 16-35mm lens onto a tripod for spectacular city and landscape images but when I'm travelling around with just my phone, this lens kit is a perfect alternative.
To test it out, I headed to downtown Sydney, firstly to the scultpure, Interloop by Chris Fox where it hangs in Wynyard Station.

Upside - Get everything into your frame The above pic was taken straight up with the Samsung S7. Its nice and sharp and bright but we've lost the edges of the sculpture. Below, I've added the super wide lens and I now have everything in the photo.
Downside - Loss of quality, light and some distortion. I've lost a little light. The photo isn't as sharp and the edges are quite distorted. The closer you are to the o…

Five Favourite Apps This Year 2018 - so far!

I love apps that make my life easier! Some of these are for everyday use, some photography related. Whilst these apps may not be new to the market, they are certainly new to me. 

1. Send Anywhere - Best File Transfer 
A file transfer App that blows everything else out of the water.

You can send files to colleagues or friends, between devices and between your PC and phone.

Real time transfer is cool.

There is a limit in file size of 4GB which is generous and you can also transfer entire folders of data. Most apps only allow you to upload one file at a time.

Phone to Phone
My friend was sitting next to me and sent me a bunch of movies and music. You both have to have the app. Then he pressed send which creates a number. You type in the number and receive the files. The 2GB of data took around 5 minutes.

I've been using this on my desktop to send large amounts of images to clients and it works perfectly. What I love that when you click the link, it downloads all of the files immediate…

5 Tips for Smart Phone Macro Photography

For a bit of fun, I ordered myself the Olixar lenses for my Smartphone for Christmas. This afternoon I had a few minutes spare so I picked a small branch off our Boungainvillea and set it in front of the camera.
1. Macro Lens
I have the Olixar lens set. $22 from MobileZap. Clips on to any smart phone.

2. Tripod. It's really challenging to hold the phone still whilst focusing with the Macro lens attached  so I set it up on a mini tripod. This one is a Fotolux Mini Tripod - $25 from Photo-Shop Studio. Its not great but does the job. If you can afford more get a better tripod.

3. Steady the subject. The small breeze coming through the kitchen window was enough to move the flowers so that I wasn't able to get a shot so I had to stabilise it on a glass vase. You can use anything. Maybe some tape too.

4. Add Light. I added a little LED ring light onto the flowers so they popped a little and it was also a little easier to focus. You could use a torch or lamp or any other light.

5. Use th…

Why you need a better Linkedin Photo!

No Photo
You know yourself when looking over someone's profile on LinkedIn, the first thing you do is check out their photo.  I personally get messages and requests daily. If there isn't a photo, I delete it immediately. 

Bad Photo
If it is a bad photo, I think about it a second, then delete it. If it is a nice professional photo showing a confident business person, I definitely check out their profile and most likely add them as a contact.

First place recruiters look is your photo
Don't just take my word for it. The Ladders research into recruiter behaviour proves it. As shown in the heat map below, whilst looking over profiles, the first place the recruiter looked was the photo and they spent 19% of their total time looking at it. That's a lot of heat!

Professional Photos are not expensive...
Business Insider has some great tips on the do's and don'ts for you profile photo. And as it isn't that expensive, I would say it is an easy investment. My basic headshot s…

Fashion Style Lighting Setups

For this shoot, I collaborated with the wonderful Blogger and Stylist, Kirsty, with love. She selected the clothing and put the outfits together. You can read her full post here.
Hmm. There are probably things I would do differently but I wanted to try this for something different. With headshots, I pretty well use 5 standards lighting setups so it was good to break out of my comfort zone. I also got to use the deep silver parabolic umbrella which was fun.

The main light is the Beauty Dish and the fill light is the Deep Umbrella. Because the dish and the deep both have short and abrupt light falloffs, I added the small octa softbox for the suit. A strip light to rim the edge of the suit.

I really liked the quality of the Deep and Dish together. I will definitely use this again.

Profoto B1
Alien Bee 1600
Paul C Buff Beauty Dish
Paul C Buff Strip Soft Box
Profoto OCF Softbox Octa
X Lite Deep Umbrella Parabolic Silver Umbrella

For this one, I wanted something softer so we went for th…

Mum - its been two years now

Today, it has been two years since mum passed but I still think of her every day. Sounds silly because I'm a grown woman but I feel like an orphan. That last person you know who will undoubtedly and unconditionally love you forever, gone.

Unlike my Dad who was struck with a massive heart attack, Mum's demise was slow and painful. 

Diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or the more familiar condition Emphysema. They gave her 4 years. She lasted 5.

There were her countless daily medications. 

The immunosuppressant Prednisone, Morphine for pain, Ventolin to ease the airways, Bactrim to ward off infection and Seroquel for depression and more..

On occasion, all this was not enough. Her lungs would collapse and we had to call the ambulance. 

She'd have interesting reactions to certain drugs. Hallucinating about being surrounded by angels then whispering to me that we had to get rid of her phone because the police were tracking her calls. We'd have to find anot…