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On August 21st at approximately 10:19am (in Vancouver WA) there will be a solar eclipse!  To see if the eclipse will be visible in your area click here and enter your city.

Use your phone to photograph the eclipse…. Below is how I plan on capturing the eclipse on my smartphone.

1. Practice First

Start taking some photos of the night sky or moon using the tips below so you feel prepared for shooting in a low light setting.

Ireland at Midnight taken with iPhone 7plus

2. Protect Eyes

Run down to your local store or grab a pair of solar eclipse glasses off Amazon.  I bought one for myself, and one to use over my lens. A solar filter will be helpful for toning down the sun as you photograph and can even allow for that ring of light to appear.

3. Tripod

Use a tripod to stabilize the camera. Since it will be low light, shake and movement will easily cause your photos to be grainy or blurry. I would suggest having a tripod and mounting bracket for your phone to remove this risk and allow for flexibility in shooting, such as a timelapse video or burst.

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Everyone wants to be able to take a stunning portrait of their friend, sister and especially their fur babies. Here are  3 basic considerations for taking a better portrait. You can use all or only a few with your next photo session. Let me know how it works out!

1.  Choose your background 

Selecting a minimal background or one that adds interest is essential for a decent portrait. Things to look for in a background include:

  • Textures – this could be a classic brick wall, a textured wood or industrial metal.
  • Objects to frame the subject- This is called using leading lines (which I will talk about in future posts). You can look for a line of trees, the way the light falls  in order to bring more attention to the subject.
  • Removing distractions- This is probably most essential. Consider the focus of the portrait and remove any “busyness” .

2. Position the Subject

While candid shots can be incredible, and often are my favorite to shoot. If your intention is to take a traditional or focused portrait this means posing the subject. How do you pose? Here is a short list of ideas:

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