Friday Night Fireworks Field Trip – June 2018

Fireworks photo by Lynne Rogers Harris

Photo by Lynne Rogers Harris

Trinity Arts Photo Club (TAPC) members are attending the Friday Night Fireworks in Grapevine and getting fantastic results. This free event runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Parking is very limited, so get there early. You’ll also need time to find your setup spot. Bring your camera, a remote shutter release, tripod, and INSECT REPELLENT.

Come join the fun!

Fireworks photo by Nancy Abby

Photo by Nancy Abby

Fireworks photo by Debby Hoover

Photo by Debby Hoover


Flaming S not FlamingO: The Story Behind the Photo

By Bill Webb

Flaming S not FlamingO by Bill Webb

Flaming S not FlamingO by Bill Webb

While checking out some flamingos one afternoon I found them all napping. I had started out for that typical “portrait” shot, you know the one, but the birds just were NOT going to cooperate. However, I found that by merely walking a few paces to my left I could get an entirely new (to me) perspective on these birds that I was even more captivated with.

Over the years I have found that many times when we are all set and focused on a particular image (or outcome dealing with “whatever”), we often find ourselves not getting what we wanted, expected, or sought. In those situations when I have decided that I will just make the best of it, I often find that the outcome is better than what I was originally going after.

It’s all in how you look at it.

6 Tips for Smart(er)phone Shooting

By Darren Wiedman

Phone cameras have come a long way in a very short time. It may not be as good as your DSLR, but it’s a lot easier to carry. Here are a few tips for better shots.

1. Keep it clean

Our phones take a lot more abuse than our regular cameras. And it’s really easy to get your fingers on the lens. Take a few seconds to clean it before shooting.

2. Pokus focus

Remember to tap the screen at the point you want in focus. This also sets the exposure based on that spot. Some phones have tap-and-hold options for even more control.

3. Get closer

Most cell phones use digital zoom. Swiping your fingers to bring the image closer is really just cropping, which creates a grainier image. It’s better to move in as close as you can, get the shot, and crop it in post.

4. Use the grid

Go into your camera settings and turn on your grid. This will help you keep the rule of thirds in mind when you’re composing your shot.

5. Go steady

Camera shake is a common problem with phone photography. (You have to “tap” it just to capture the image.) When possible, set your camera on a stable surface (table, fence post, etc.) especially in low light. It’s easy to get blurry photos otherwise.

6. Post your images

Make use of your phone’s post-production tools or third-party apps to tweak the image. It’s not cheating. Here are a few that the internet seems to like. (Use at your own risk.)

Smartphone camera taking picture out airplane window

Photo by Matthew Kerslake on Unsplash

  • Camera +
  • Camera FV-5
  • Camera Zoom FX
  • Diptic
  • EyeM
  • Gelo
  • Instagram
  • Paper Camera
  • Photo Editor by Aviary
  • Pixlr
  • Prisma
  • Snapseed
  • VSCO Cam
  • XnViewFX