Learn some useful #smartphonecameratricks for capturing amazing wide-angle and panoramic photos. Also understand how to transform them by using various camera editing features like filters etc.
David McClelland is a technology reporter and smartphone obsessive. He writes for the Metro newspaper in the UK and regularly contributes to titles including TechRadar, Mobile World Live and CNET. David is a familiar face talking tech on television, with regular spots on BBC and ITV, and presenting in two series of mobile gadget show, Planet of the Apps. David travels extensively, and is always eager to find new ways to tell stories with mobile technology and social media; find out where he’s at next on Twitter @DavidMcClelland. #MobilePhotography
one of the most exciting things about urban landscapes is capturing that sense of scale and that sense of drama even when the buildings are looming on top of you here's a couple of ways to do that when you think about landscape might think about panoramas and there is brilliant a shot here in the city as they are out in the countryside now a few things to bear in mind for urban landscape panoramas is that you need your feet to do an awful lot of zooming we've had to walk about half a mile away from the main estate over there to get a wide enough view of it and the other thing you need to do is when you're setting your panorama his is my top tip for them it's to rehearse your shot before you do it position your body kind of in the middle of the shot so you're not having to reposition your feet and introduce any jerky movements into the panorama make sure you know where you're beginning and where you're ending I like it to create a kind of frame either side of my panorama and point upwards because you don't wanna crop off any of the tops of these magnificent buildings and make sure you're far enough back so you've also got the ground as well let's give it a go that's my frame on the left set and then just very gently moving across you can see that arrow in the middle of the screen just guiding me along the way and because I rehearsed it I've got the top of that building in nicely and I've got the ground on it and there is the end point I'm very happy with that something I find is that black and white photography is a perfect fit for urban landscapes it creates a sense of drama a sense of timelessness but also the stark lines and the reflections become accentuated when you're shooting in black and white now I'm going to be controversial because I'm going to say that you shouldn't shoot in black and white personally I tend to shoot in color and then process edit in black and white later on because believe it or not there are different types of black and white and sometimes you want the option to have both a black and white and color version but if your phone support said and actually framing up in black and white can help you to find those lines and to help you see how the final image might look different phones give you different ways to edit the images that you've taken on this one here you can go into enter the settings into the adjustment settings you want to look for saturation and you see here we've got this slider bar if I slide it all the way down here then all of the colors gone and I've got a black and white image you can dial that up dial it back compare to the original that's one way of doing it some other phones have also got filters so tap on filters and have a look for the black and white filter compare to the original you can dial it back a little bit if you like what black and white has done here is made all of their blacks all of the details a lot sharper see these vapor trails from the airplanes nearby one icing color can't make them out but in black and white they're really clear and vibrant add a lot more interest to this image I think I prefer this version so that's what I'm going to go with