Professional smartphone photography – Accessories make the Difference
More and more bloggers, reporters, artists and professional photographers rely on the possibilities of modern smartphones. Photo apps for manual picture settings, ExoLens® PRO with Optics by ZEISS accessory lenses, and mounts such as the case with carrying straps all offer additional opportunities for creative work.
Taking pictures with a mobile phone is no longer something that only lay people without practice do. More and more bloggers, reporters, artists and professional photographers rely on the possibilities of modern smartphones. Photo apps for manual picture settings, ExoLens® PRO with Optics by ZEISS accessory lenses, and mounts such as the case with carrying straps all offer additional opportunities for creative work. As a result, a production-line smartphone camera can become a tool for professional image composition.
In our fast world of social media this workflow is unbeatable. So it is no problem to provide your own fans and followers with a constant flow of new photo material while you are on the go – especially when the pictures are worth showing off since the latest-generation devices produce outstanding imaging quality. The smartphone has another unbeatable advantage: it creates room for spontaneity. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, a digital media studio in a pocket-size format is always with you and ready to be grabbed at any moment to document surprising moments and situations in pictures.
That is exactly what photographer and ZEISS Ambassador Greg Watermann likes so much: “I ALWAYS have my smartphone with me and can therefore also capture experiences when none of my cameras are nearby.” In order to expand the areas of application with his smartphone, he uses the ExoLens® PRO with Optics by ZEISS accessory lenses. “They’re small, I can take them with me everywhere, and the different focal lengths give me additional creative possibilities. I don’t have to edit too much afterwards. The pictures look great the way they are.“
Current apps also allow photographers to get the most out of their smartphone cameras. ProCamera offers manual settings that are otherwise only known from “real“ cameras: exposure time, white balance, ISO sensitivity and exposure correction can be set manually, while the focus field and exposure measurement can be operated independently from one another. In the display, gridlines and a histogram can be shown. Moreover, the images can be saved in TIFF files for better quality. For the iPhone 6s and newer models, the ProCamera also allows shooting and editing RAW files.
In addition to the capabilities of the actual smartphone camera, there are numerous accessory parts and additional services that open up even more possibilities and creative freedom. Free cloud servers, fast mobile connections and increasingly cheaper data flat rates ensure that you can save even large amounts of images with no problems – even when you are travelling. Specially optimized tripods and mounts for smartphones also contribute to sharp photographs, while electronically stabilized gimbals guarantee camera-shake-free video recordings. And if the battery gives up, you can easily load it with an external powerbank. These are meanwhile available with capacities of more than 20,000 milliampere-hours, or as waterproof and shock-proof versions for outdoor use. As a result of these possibilities, one can focus entirely on the photography, without being dependent on electricity sockets and internal storage space. This is a huge advantage for travel photographers and bloggers that do not want to waste precious time loading their devices and manually securing data.
With the ExoLens® Case, which was introduced to the market at the beginning of 2017 by ExoLens®, photographers also have a functional cover for their mobile phone. The highlight: the cover serves not only to attach the ExoLens® PRO with Optics by ZEISS accessory lenses; it can also be used to attach a handstrap, ensuring one’s smartphone is always tightly in grip. This brings people closer to the feeling of traditional photography. The case is also always ready to capture spontaneous situations in pictures. The ExoLens® Case is absolutely suitable for everyday use and protects the mobile phone from scratches and other types of damage. For people only interested in attaching the accessory lenses, the classic solutions are still the answer: the traditional ExoLens® bracket has been milled from robust aluminum, offers a standard accessory shoe and ¼“-20 tripod thread for attaching in horizontal format, and is available for the iPhone models 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus and 7. A lighter, more minimalistic option without the tripod thread for the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6, 6s Plus and 6 Plus is The ExoLens® Edge mount.
ExoLens® PRO with Optics by ZEISS on Flickr