|Taking a photo of me taking a photo of her.|
I know a tutorial on black and white processing was promised, but it has been busy offshore with dolphins plaguing my nights. So instead, I wanted to write a short post about the Galaxy S5 and VSCO cam for phonetography. The phone boasts a 16mp camera, but this is only true when shooting a 16:9 aspect ratio. I wasn't used to this at first and when I switched to a more conventional 4:3 it dropped down to 12mp. In the end, I just decided to stick with 16:9 and crop after the fact if I feel it is necessary. Honestly, I have enjoyed the more cinematic field of view and shooting 16:9 has helped to change my perception of this aspect ratio.
|16:9 is nice for landscapes|
While using the camera for the first few times, the more serious photographer in me longed for more control over things like the shutter speed and aperture. After a while, I gave up and reminded myself that my EM5 offers control when I need it. However, what the EM5 does not offer is constant accessibility and using my phone as a back up camera has worked great for those times when I see a "moment" happening, but do not have my primary camera on me. I have had a great time practicing a more simpler form of photography this way and enjoy the challenge of applying some of the principals of photography I have learned to my phonetography.
|Great for those moments at the pet store.|
The Galaxy's 16mp camera is pretty good and in the right conditions it is even able to produce some pretty attractive bokeh (for a phone camera). It is also surprisingly sharp and really for what it is, I have found little to complain about.
The only think I would recommend is to turn off the auto iso when shooting at night and adjust this manually. I usually start at iso100 and if the image comes out too dark, I will bump up the iso until I am satisfied with the image. Once you get to iso800, however, the noise is pretty bad. See comparison below.
|Original size, iso100|
|Original size iso800|
The camera is decent especially in a bind, but what I have found truly awesome is editing my phonetographs with VSCO. I love how you can choose a preset and then make further modifications on top of it to truly make a unique image. All the photos here except the two noise examples above were processed with VSCO and it has replaced Snapseed as my primary "device" photo editor. All I can say is that if you haven's used this app, its definitely worth a shot =) Hope you enjoy some of the additional photos below.