Make that fancy phone work for you!

My 2nd goal of 2018 was to remove the wasted apps on my phone and make room for some useful photography apps. So here a few that I found very useful to add to my phone. (android)

Hyper-focal Pro – For those times that I forget the paper chart and not my phone, a very simple and easy to use calculator for figuring out the hyper-focal distance and more!

Exposure Calculator – there are a number of free ones that work well and are simple to use.

Star Walk 2 – This is a cool app. I’ve been using and like Night sky tools, but you just have to try this one out. free version and one for 4.99 no adds.

TPE “The Photographers Epermeris” worth every penny of the 2.99 a must have. You can look at it at    Want to see where the sunset and sunrise is for your location or moon rise and moon set overlayed on maps?  this is it.

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3 responses on “Make that fancy phone work for you!

  1. Edward Kunzelman

    You probably wonder, given my dislike of fancy new gadgets, why I haven’t just continued to plod along with my Brownie Box camera. Well, I probably would if I’d had one. Surprisingly though to you, Jeff, and others in the club, I was not around in 1900 when they were introduced. Kodak’s wildly successful camera was supported by the advertising slogan: “You press the button, we do the rest.” Of course the intent was directed toward the film processing side of photography, but early professionals and pioneers of the art of photography such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston were put off by the slogan because they strongly believed that a photograph was created in the mind, not by a mechanical device. The advertising made it sound like any idiot could take an accomplished photograph. Weston believed strongly that a serious student of photography should practice so diligently at his craft that camera settings for any given picture should become second nature, and so ingrained in the photographer that he could focus his attention solely on the creative aspects of picture making. The guy was a walking light meter. Ansel Adams frequently included colored filters into the equation. So when I hear today’s version of Kodak’s slogan, which is “There’s an app for that,” I sort of cringe the same way Stieglitz did in his time. Now… where’s that Instamatic camera of mine?

  2. jamiezeez

    In defense of those “fancy new gadgets”. My IPhone X, can provide 4K/60 videos, capturing the moments and experiences, with sound, for current and future generations. The acclaimed film maker Stephen Soderbergh just completed a full feature movie, “ Un Sane” all filmed on the iPhone. The ability to select portrait mode delivers quite decent portraits, and photographs can be shoot in RAW, helping to limit those blown out, clipped highlights and lost shadows of some JPEGs. All of the photos and videos are readily available to view or transfer, and they are displayed on an excellent OLED screen. While it is not my only camera, it is the one that IS always with me. All the skills learned by using ‘regular’ cameras, can be applied to photography using a phone, let alone sharing those moments with family, friends or social networks (to help build a pro business). So, embrace the benefits of technology, learn how to use the tools provided, and enjoy the diversity that is Photography.

  3. jamiezeez

    Oh, don’t forget, you can save a pdf of those increasingly complex camera manuals to your phone, for those moments when the question of “how do I do this?” arises.

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