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I am more than excited, I am elated, to bring you the second video in my On the Road series. In this video we explored Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. If you have not checked out my first video featuring Multnomah Falls in my backyard called Oregon please do!

These videos are a vision I had after one of my friends said, “I wish I could be a fly on the wall and see how you take these photos and where you go.” This planted a seed for what I am currently creating. I want these to be about travel, wanderlust and of course photography with a sprinkling of tips and tech.

I hope you enjoy my first video from a recent trip to Colorado which features the *literally* breath taking views of Pike’s Peak. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and subscribe if you want to get a weekly e-mail with my latest post.

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Hello! Go on the road with me and my phone to Multnomah Falls OR and see what I photograph. While a typically tourist filled area, my partner had only seen it as a kid and did not remember everything. We went on a Friday evening after work for the best light.

This is my very first “On the Road” post. I have had a vision for this idea for awhile and I am stoked to finally bring it to life. Go with me on adventures, see my gear, and what I take while there. In the future I plan to incorporate more “How To’s” into these videos. Watch to the end for some before & after transformation of photos.

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As some of you may know I use Moment lens on a regular basis. I bought three of their lenses when I bought my iPhone 7 Plus and they have transformed my photography. Moment has a new series of lenses out which are called V2 and are said to be new and improved.

The images below were taken with the original Moment Superfish lens.

I wanted to try the new lenses out, so I purchased the only one I did not own- the Tele. However, I made a more hasty purchase and did not even think about the fact that the new lenses have a new mounting system. The new system is an actual phone case, as opposed to the mounting plate that was attachable to you phone.

Future content will contain a unboxing and review of the new mounting system, transferring my old lenses over with adapters, and of course the photos I take with the new Tele lens. Watch the video below to the end for a snippet of my future plans for content that I did not mention above!

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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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Grab your phone and start taking better photographs today.

1.  Look for the Light!

Graveyard in Derry, Ireland 2017 iPhone 7 Plus

In photography, light is your medium. If you ever took a film or even digital photography class you know that light is what you are capturing. The same can be said for phones.

I encourage you to ask yourself the following:

  • Where is the light coming from?
  • What type of light is it? (Bright and Direct, Diffused and Soft or blessed Golden Hour light)
  • Where is my subject ?
  • How can I move or adjust to the light in my surroundings?
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