30 Days of Smartphone Photography in Portland

Today is post 1 of 30 Days of Smartphone Photography in Portland. I learn new things about photography almost everyday, so for the next 30 days I want to share what I learn during my photography adventures in and around Portland.

As I write this I am sitting on the wrong plane to Portland. Our original flight was delayed and we were likely to miss our connecting flight from Denver. Luckily for us there was a superwoman attendant at the departures gate and she put us on another flight (this plane) as it was about to close it's gate.

Phew! Back on track to get to Denver on time.

Here we are taking off out of Des Moines.image

Sometimes I get really annoyed about situations like this which I can't control, but today I tried to remain calm and keep thinking that it was “just going to work out ok”. Indeed it did. But it also may have helped that Kyle raced to the gate when he realised superwoman wanted to help out! Maybe all this travelling is making me too relaxed about this sort of situation!

So anyway, back to day 1. Today I would like to share the equipment/software/apps which I use for taking all of my photographs.

Although I will be using my awesome smartphone photos for the next 30 posts, my smartphone doesn't replace my DSLR. My DSLR allows me to take high quality RAW photographs which means more freedom to edit my images (enhance what has actually been captured) without creating noise and lowering the quality of the original. Although you can be incredibly creative with a smartphone, you just can't get the same sort of quality as you can with a DSLR.

Here's a rundown of my photo taking bits and bobs.

  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (international version) apps installed include Camera ZoomFX, Pixlr and Photo Editor.
  • Canon EOS 1000D (also known as Rebel XS, Kiss F)
  • Canon kit lenses 18-55mm, and 75-300mm.
  • Manfrotto tripod
  • Mini tripod for phone and/or DSLR
  • iPad mini (I don't use this very often for taking photographs but I do use it for editing in the Lightroom app and for sharing on all my social media apps)
  • For my DSLR editing I use Lightroom 5.4 on my Lenovo laptop

Here's my trusty Canon 1000D


Since I started taking a proper interest in photography, I sometimes find myself getting really caught up in wanting the latest and greatest photography equipment. My Canon 1000D is an entry level, low cost camera which is awesome for beginners, and I sometimes feel like it's a little lacking, but it's still definitely possible to take fantastic photographs with this camera. Besides wanting a new fancier camera, I do like my little 1000D. As I have read many times over, it's not the equipment that makes the photographer.

Next on my list of photography accessories is a new lens, which I will hopefully be able to acquire while in Portland. Watch this space!

So there you go. That's all the stuff I drag around with me everywhere I go.

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I will be back with more tomorrow!