Looking for a New Lens……..for my iPhone??

If you haven’t already read my opening iPhotography post (http://www.mygeekinterior.com/professional-iphotography/) I recommend you do before reading on.  If you don’t have time or need a bit of a recap – I’m going through all the components of my iPhone photography kit that I have assembled so far –  starting with the lens kit.

So, the iPhones built-in lens is usually more than adequate for everyday fun snaps.  The iPhone 6 spec sheet says it has an 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture and Five-element lens.  What the hell does that mean to us? basically all this fancy talk means that the your iPhone has the equivalent focal length of about 30mm and its a great piece of kit for taking digital snaps.

Most DSLR cameras theres days come with an 18mm to 55mm adjustable zoom lens – so the 30mm focal length of the iPhone fits nicely in the middle and suits most situations.  If like me however, you want to go to the next level and take some landscape or macro photos.  You are going to want to have a bit more focal length flexibility.  So how can we achieve this with our phone?

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Professional iPhotography

Four years ago I bought my wife an entry level DSLR camera.  She wanted to use it to take photos of our kids, events, holidays and the like.  After a year or so of using the automatic settings she decided she wanted to know more about photography and how to use the camera.  So for he birthday I bought her a voucher for a one on one lesson with a renown landscape photographer.  As it so happened he was also happy for me to tag along for the session and learn what I could.

I have always liked being in nature and enjoy its beauty and grace.  I particularly enjoy the natural contrasts between colours, shapes and shades that different landscapes exhibit.  Learning how to emphasize these in photographs during our three hour session really stimulated my creativity side……….well the little that I have anyway…….and I wanted to explore this world a little bit more.

For a week or so after the lesson I did go out of my way to keep up with the landscape photography, but after a while my motivation slowly dissolved.  While I did stop activity going out of my way to take photos with my wife’s nice DSLR, I did keep on taking photos when moments presented themselves using my phone.  Obviously this was a function of convenience (insert laziness) more than anything else.

I found that most of the moments I really wanted to capture were in the middle of a bike ride or just before going for an early morning dive.  Who wants to lug a big DSLR around on a bike or with their dive kit just on the off chance you find an amazing moment that you want to capture in a photo.  Your phone however, you always have with you.

Some of the shots come up really well (such as the one below I took just before a morning dive)

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Efergy Ego – The Smart Socket

So, if you’re anything like me you probably have a small transformer farm hiding behind you TV cabinet. Not including my TV I have over ten other devices connected to one double GPO stuck away in the back of my TV. Like most people, once my bum hits the couch it’s not getting off again. So what does this mean about the small transformer farm? It means it buzzs away for 24 hours a day, 7days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Ten or so years ago this wasn’t a big deal. Firstly, you didn’t have that many devices connected to the telly (well at least I didn’t). Secondly, we weren’t all worried about climate change and lastly power cost diddly squat. However, today that’s not the case. The effects of Climate Change are rife and the cost of power is going through the roof. So what do I do about the devices that are multiplying like rabbits around my home theatre? Do I actually get of my behind and turn everything off that I’m not using every night and then remember to turn it on again in the morning? The answer is hell no – you buy a smart socket.

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