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ANDREW DARLOW PHOTOGRAPHY
using the “Night Portrait” mode, which will
fire the flash and allow some light trails and
background lights to be recorded.
I photographed the scene on the left in
Kyoto, Japan. The light trails are a taxi’s lights
going by. The exposure was about 6 seconds.
I didn’t have time to set up a tripod, so I held
my camera close to my body while sitting
down—and that’s another tip!
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3. Turn off the camera phone’s internal
flash (most of them do a poor job) and go
outside during the day to shoot, turn the
lights on in your home or use continuous
lighting such as a lamp or diffused LED light
for better overall results. C
and record light trails for moving objects.
You may be able to turn off the flash in
“Night Scene” mode, which is probably best if
there is no subject in the foreground. As with
close-up photography, a tripod or other stabilizer is recommended.
On cameras that allow you to adjust the
shutter speed and aperture, use “Manual”
mode to set your shutter speed to 2, 4, 6 or
even 20 seconds depending on the look you
are trying to achieve. Then adjust your aperture to get the depth of field you want, and
lastly, adjust the ISO so that the exposure
looks good. You will probably need to set your
ISO to 100, 200 or 400 to get a proper exposure with such long shutter speeds, and keep
in mind that higher ISOs can produce a lot of
“noise” (digital grain) in your pictures.
If there is a person in the foreground who
you’d like to capture as the action goes by, try
Whereas just a few years ago only a small
percentage of the population carried a camera, today more than a billion people worldwide have a camera at their side, integrated
into their phone. Even these relatively simple
cameras can take good photos. These tips
should make using your camera phone easier.
1. In the camera settings menu (if your
camera phone has one), set it to the highest
picture resolution and quality if you want the
best possible results.
2. If your camera has a slot for external
memory, such as a microSD card, buy a card
and set the camera to record to the external
card. Then purchase a card reader, or use the
one built into your computer if you have one
(an SD card adapter is usually included with
every microSD card). It will allow for much
faster transfer speeds, and will avoid potential
Costco member Andrew Darlow is a New
Jersey–based photographer, writer and consultant. His newest book is Pet Photography 101:
Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or
Cat (Focal Press, 2010).
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