Quick Tips

It is often said that the best camera is the one with you. This is never truer than when your baby takes those long awaited but unpredictable first steps. And there’s way too much baby stuff to carry without having to carry around your camera equipment into a diaper bag, just in case. We’ve put together the best ways to capture those precious moments with your smartphone.

Astronomy has fascinated man for centuries. Many ruins contain the remnants of ancient astronomy methods. Image technology has come a long way, and the blending of photography with telescopic stargazing produced the fascinating pursuit of astrophotography. Many photographers, viewing beautiful images of the Aurora Borealis, the Milky Way, star clusters, moon, constellations, and other celestial bodies, feel the urge to learn the specifics of astrophotography and join others who have learned to love this challenging photography category.

Expansive and diverse, the Canadian landscape is a photographer’s paradise. Ten provinces and three territories provide endless image potential. Cityscapes, wildlife, pristine forests, ocean life, farmland, and the busy working cities all offer the photographer varied backgrounds for their art. Whether you reside in Canada or are visiting, take your photography to a new level by visiting some of the most photogenic areas in Canada.

Technology is the power behind change, and mobile technology has increased dramatically in the last few years. The improvement in phone cameras is one striking example of technology improving the photography experience for owners of smart phones. More people are taking an interest in photography than ever before. Taking photos is fun, creative, and exciting when matched with the amazing accessories the latest technology is providing. With the number of smartphone purchases increasing daily, few people will ever be without a camera for that special moment. 

The “camera in a phone” concept began in June of 2000 when Samsung produced the SCH-V200 phone containing a separate camera housed in the same case with the phone. You couldn’t send the pictures to anyone, but it was a beginning. Soon after, in November of 2000, Sharp released the J-SH04, and this phone allowed the owner to electronically send photos to other owners of the J-SH04. From that day until now, every cell phone manufacturer has added cameras that improve with each new model. Image quality, resolution, and special effects technologies are advancing. People, who previously thought cameras were too complicated and left the “picture-taking” to others, are now snapping away with their smart phone cameras.

All images taken by Phoneography expert and Exposure Show 2014 keynote speaker Stephanie Calabrese.

Macro lenses open up a tiny world of overlooked beauty and bring it to our attention. Nature comes to life in the details of the tiniest insects, the secret inner workings of flowers, and in your own reflection in a crystal clear drop of dew. The tiny world of macro photography is an exciting adventure into the seldom-noticed “little worlds” that surround us every day. Macro camera lenses make these amazing images of the world’s tiny pieces possible.  Once you enter the world of macro photography, every flower petal becomes your backdrop and every insect is a personal challenge. Looking for tiny “things” to photograph will find on your hands and knees crawling around in the most unlikely places, but that is the beauty of macro photography. A raindrop becomes a canvas and an icicle can mirror a forest in the world of macro photography.

Snow may be cold, but it’s hard to find another weather element that can create so many amazing photographic backgrounds. From mountain top ski slopes to children building snow forts in the back yard, winter offers some of the most dramatic opportunities to capture family, vacation, and scenic images. Knowing a few simple tips can help you make the best of those winter photo shoots, and fill your albums with beautiful images that will entertain your friends and family for years to come.