Expert Tips on Wildlife & Nature Photography
Court is an avid nature and wildlife photographer and naturalist Expedition Leader for Natural Habitat Adventures. His background in wildlife and conservation biology led him to pursue a joint Ph.D. in ecotourism and entomology. As Editor in Chief of The Natural Photographer, he is eager to share his photography knowledge and creative guidance with readers through comprehensive tutorials and blog posts. You may view more of his photography at www.courtwhelan.com
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I’ve been going back through some of your older posts and had to stop on this one, since I’ll be traveling the through Alaska this summer with almost no room for bulky cameras and equipment. I still want to take some good photos, but admit that I don’t often take advantage of my smartphone’s capabilities. Hopefully that will change!
HDR settings on most smartphones tend to balance out pretty poorly, in my experience, but I’d like to find one that works better. Do you find that the PRO HDR app gives photos that fake, flattened smartphone HDR, or does it work more like a camera’s capabilities?
I recently did discover an app called “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”—weird name, but it’s killer. It’s actually a sun and moon chart plus a weather map, so it basically lets you know exactly what conditions to expect at any given location BEFORE you get there. Total lifesaver!
Yes, the Photographer’s Ephemeris is an amazing app! I actually plan on doing a review of it sometime in the future. Quite robust, and a bit complex, but so so powerful if in the right hands! The great thing about Pro HDR is that it has a number of settings. I think HDR stuff can quickly get out of control and look fake. With basic HDR or auto HDR, there’s not much you can do to fix or control “over-HDR-ing it”. However, with the PRO app, you can adjust the settings to “dial it back” so to speak. I think you’d like it!
Hi! I was not able to find the apps for my smartphone Samsung galaxy, in the Play Store, could you give suggestions avaliable in Play Store?
hi Paola, unfortunately I’m not familiar with the Play Store so I can’t give any good recommendations–apologies! However, I’ll tell ya that with each new make and model of smart phone, they are getting so good with just the camera and software built-in, I don’t think you really need an app at all anymore.