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E030 - Phone Photography

Joanna: Today I want to talk about how to make photography on your smartphone more awesome.

Joanna: So here we are in 2019. Obviously a lot of the newest phones have amazing cameras built right in. We're seeing we're seeing phones that have like even three, four, five lenses in them. I think that the latest Samsung phone that just came out this last couple months or even this last month it has five cameras in one phone.

James: Yeah started seeing those they have all these different options for lenses but they're also starting to do as they can now use them to kind of like make 3-D images because they're taking a slightly different angle so it's definitely changing but for the part most of us just have a phone with a single camera like mine. And I know that you tend to use some different lenses on yours so what are you what got you going with that? Why? And tell people like some of the advantages of using these things.

Joanna: Basically the tool we have in our pocket is the best tool you use as a professional film photography guy. You know a lot about these expensive and amazing DSLR's and at this point because of just the physics of how lenses and light works right now iPhone or smartphone cameras can't yet get exactly what a DSLR is doing but we're getting closer and closer because they're using software. So all to say I wanted to make the phone I had in my pocket, my iPhone as good as I could knowing that I'm not a person who is an expert at shooting DSLR or the ISO and all this stuff that professional camera photography people on the average everybody kind of user. But I still wanted better quality photos off my phone that I could use to post for social media for our church to take simple photos for bio pics of the staff at our church all kinds of stuff like that. So long story short what I started using because I was seeing I was testing this out I use lenses that I attach to my phone. The first lens that I tried out was just a lens I bought off of Amazon and I got what I paid for. I think the lens was maybe 20 bucks off Amazon and I don't even remember the name of it but you could go on and find lots of simple lenses on Amazon that you can attach your phone. But I got what I paid for with that I spent about 20 bucks and it worked but not perfectly you would often have like it would clip on kind of like a paperclip almost clipped onto my phone but the it wasn't perfect because of where like the glass of the added lens and where the glass of my own phone linked up it wasn't always a perfect fit. So then when I saw the potential of it I decided OK I'm going to upgrade. I ended up going with these Moment lenses. Moment is a company that maybe people have heard of if they're if they're using phone lenses themselves. Add-on phone lenses I have a wide angle lens and I have a fisheye. So what it can do actually is I can go to it with my iPhone to the back of our auditorium or sanctuary and I can get a photo of the entire room the whole worship experience all in one photo or the whole lobby or if I'm filming like a quick interview with someone I can actually capture not just a crop of just their head but actually the whole room behind them. It's a simple lenses that I think those lenses are about 80 bucks.

James: They range from like 80 to like 150 I'm actually on the website right now it's kind of looking at them. Yeah they arrange for like 50 to 100 bucks and a lot of their users are saying they're well-built, they're heavy duty and they have their they're trying to build more of a filmmaker approach to it where they have you know slots to fit in filters and anamorphic looks and ND filters. So they're trying to take advantage of this amazing little camera sensor that comes in these phones and then add some cinematography type concepts to that little tiny lens.

Joanna: And so basically they attach to a phone case. So you have to buy the phone case and then the lenses screw into the phone case and it means it's a perfect fit. It means it goes perfectly over the lens of your phone. They sell the cases for lots of different brands of phones. But I think there are other competitors to Moment, Moment is the one that I use. I think a lot of people are using Moment because they're just good quality lenses. For me it took my iPhone and made made it do some things that a DSLR was doing for me but that now I can do with the phone I have in my pocket with a lens I can throw in my backpack or my purse.

James: It's an economic option if you can't afford the DSLR line you don't have that money. This or you don't have the skill this is the hundred dollar option to make what's already in your pocket working.

Joanna: So my advice is if you are not a professional photographer you don't have a professional camera but you want to make your smartphone do more for you in your work. I think that this simple about hundred dollar investment of something like a Moment lens. You're gonna get more than what you pay for and it can do things for still photography or even filming and interviews vlogging all kinds of stuff for your church. So I'd avoid those cheaper lenses like I said, they're not you get what you pay for I think with a camera lens. And so I would avoid those twenty dollar one save your 20 bucks and put that money into some Moment lenses or similar.