Flickr’s camera analysis pages (which uses embedded EXIF information from uploaded images to determine which devices users are taking photos with) have documented the surge in popularity of camera phones. Camera phones are rapidly improving in quality and functionality, and their ubiquity and capability are making them a popular device for capturing images, even amongst dedicated media afficionados.
In m-learning, camera phones provide a ubiquitous tool for capturing, sharing, and reflecting on learning experiences, using web 2.0 tools such as moblogs. They can be used to capture images or video for assessment purposes, or, beyond photography, camera phones can be used to access information and resources through 2D barcodes.
That’s why this article on taking better pictures with a camera phone, is useful for educators interested in utilising camera phones as a learning approach. Passing these ideas on to learners could help them to maximise the quality of the photos they take using the cameras they’re already carrying around in their pockets. In summary:
- use well-lit subjects;
- get in close;
- keep the phone still;
- take the best image first, and edit with special effects later;
- don’t throw away “mistakes”;
- avoid using digital zoom;
- experiment with White balance;
- take loads of shots and experiments;
- follow rules of composition – and then break them;
- keep your lens clean;
- observe camera phone ettiquette;
- rename your images; and
- use the highest available resolution on your camera phone.
Read more at the main article here.