A couple of weekends ago I attended the Pic Perfect with Three smartphone photography event in Manchester, organised by Three and hosted by Aidan O’Rourke, who teaches photography, writes, and works as a freelance photographer for publications such as the Manchester Evening News (an interesting side note he’s also a German tutor, which is the language I studied at University).
As a professional photographer Aidan has all the ‘proper’ kit, but these days is not averse to using his Smartphone to capture that all important image, and that was what this course was about; getting the most of your photography, whatever devise you use.
We convened at Ziferblat on Edge Street and spent the first half of the day discussing photography, getting some useful tips and advice on lighting and composition, and critiquing some of our own blog images. Then, armed with a Samsung S6 provided by Three, we set off to explore and take some snaps in the Northern Quarter. A vibrant and sprawling urban area, with striking industrial architecture and interesting street art, there was plenty to get our creative juices flowing. Returning to Ziferblat we then shared some of our favourite images of the day before having a play around with some lighting that Adrian had set up.
The Samsumg S6 has a really good 16MP camera and produces some very sharp images. I also discovered it has a Professional Mode that allows you to tweak the ISO and exposure, giving you much more control and taking your photography to the next level. I was more than happy with the images I got and have included a selection of them in this post.
Although I have a brilliant DSLR I use the camera on my Samsung S4 for my blog photographs. It’s compact, quick and I can edit and upload my photos instantly. At 13MP it is also produces crisp images. At the Pic Perfect With Three event it was great to meet other bloggers who use their phones for blog photography, and also to get affirmation from an expert that the images are more than adequate. Now I’m armed with plenty of tips I’m hoping to improve my photography even more.
If you get the opportunity to attend a similar event I’d really recommend it. The pace of the day and the content was perfect and as a blogger incredibly relevant. I’d like to say a massive thanks to Jennifer, Brittany, Aidan and all the other bloggers I met for making the day so enjoyable!