Smartphone Photography: Photojojo Lens Unbox & Demonstration

If you are into photography, especially on a smartphone and you want different effects then the Photojojo lens are ones to try.

It is all explained in the video below:

Smartphone Photography – World Photo Day

Today is world photo day.  If you have been following the smartphone photography content we have been posting then you may be interested.  Today above any day is the one to get you camera out and start taking pictures.

Find out more here.

Clove Photo Competition–Winners Announcement

So 6 weeks of photo entries are over!  We have had over 1500 entries and choosing a winner was difficult.  However after much deliberation a winner and 5 runners up have been chosen. Well done to all and thank you for the entries.

A special ‘well done’ to Del Folds who takes 1st prize with their picture of a squirrel taken on a HTC Desire.


Taking 1st Prize means Del wins over £600 worth of smartphone equipment:

We have too selected 5 runners up as well.  These are:

J Lu


Uros Krajger


Vicky Mason


Nicholas Batchelor


Gary Toplis


All winners will have been emailed.

So those were the winners, but because we had so many good entries we thought we would make mention of other photos we really likes and wanted to share with you.



Thank you to everyone who took part.  All entries can be seen in the slideshow below!

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Smartphone Photography Apps – Because Privacy Matters (Android)

416340firwwlmyeIf you use your phone for a mixture of business and personal use it is quite possible that at times your phone gets shown around the office or to a client and there could be data, or in this case photos or images you do not want or would prefer they didn’t see.

Android as fantastic as it is, the gallery which most users use to view photos picks up any image, irrespective of the folder location. Thus this means it could even pick up an icon image file which you do not want to see when scrolling though pictures taken on the camera.

To remedy the situation you can place a .nomedia file inside each folder that you want to exclude from the Gallery. While not terribly difficult, doing so is not as easy as it sounds.

Gallery Excluder lists the folders on your sdcard and allows you to place a check mark next to folders that you want to exclude, and vice versa. The app is simple and does exactly what it’s supposed to — most of the time. Some phones, particularly those from Motorola, do things differently and the .nomedia trick doesn’t work.

So if you want to protects some of your images, Gallery Excluder is just the app for you.

Clove Photo Competition – CLOSED


We have had hundreds of entries into this competition and we thank each and every one of you!

It is now time for us to judge the entries and make a decision as to who has won the star prize and who has won the runners up prizes.

As soon as we have made our decision we shall post information online at as well as here on the blog.

Winners will be notified by email.

Fingers crossed!!

In the meantime, check out all of the entries in the following slideshow.

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Smartphone Photography: How do you backup your photos?

If you are using an Android smartphone and you take pictures on it, there is a good chance at some point, you want the images taken on that device to be stored or used somewhere else. 

Now we may store them on our smartphone, then upload to twitter or Facebook or email to a friend but then what.  Do you delete them, keep them?!

My question is once you have taken a picture on your phone what do you normally do with it and how do you handle this migration of content or backing up photos?

If you are like me, you probably take the photo and have it automatically stored  on the SD card within your device  which in itself is a better backup than the phones internal memory should something go wrong.

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Last few hours of the photo competition


There is just about 1 day left of the Clove photo competition.

If you haven’t already entered why not?!  All you need do is submit a photo taken on a smartphone and send it to for your chance of winning.

The photo is not judged on the technical ability alone so if you are new to photography on a phone don’t be shy.

And for a little inspiration, why not take a look at the entries we have had so far.

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Smartphone Photography – Essential Accessories

There are few accessories you could need when using the smartphone as a camera, all are optional, but the ones we would recommend are as follows:

A cleaning cloth and mobile device cleaner – Allows you to keep the lens and device screen clear to assist in capturing that perfect shot.


Memory card with a large capacity – Gives you plenty of space for storing the saved shots.

Smartphone tripod – A means by which to hold the smartphone steady on a surface, position the camera at different angles or to use the universal holder to connect to other tripods.


Gorillapod – When used with a universal smartphone holder it will allow you to position your camera in the most interesting of locations and capture images from interesting angles and positions for a unique photo. Who would have thought about mounting their camera around a lamppost or from a railing, but with the Gorilla pod you can.


Standard tripod – Using a universal smartphone holder from a smartphone tripod, you can position your smartphone securely in different locations, twist and turn the tripod to get the perfect angle.


Spare battery for your phone - If you are going to be out all day taking pictures then it’s going to run the battery down, especially if you use geo-locating facilities as well.

Smartphone Photography – Sports

Fast reactions, the correct settings and confidence in your equipment here is essential as you could miss the shot.

Be prepared to take lots of photos. More than any other type of scene, sports requires more photos to be taken as capturing the image due to the fast pace of movement and difficulty of capturing the moment. If your smartphone has a burst mode…very few do then use it, you stand more chance of getting the picture.

If possible get in a part of the stadium/venue where there is plenty of light. Using a smartphone camera you want to get as much light into the camera as possible ( do not shoot directly into light) to assist in capturing a good shot.

Many venues, especially stadiums can have roofs and shadows which can affect the light and outcome, so think ahead.

901Talking of thinking ahead, try where possible to be ahead of the action to make it a bit easier to get the perfect image. If you are constantly following the action you are always going to be a fraction behind!

Do not always focus on the winner. Get pictures of the looser, the injured runner, the passionate fans and family. There will often be a great deal of interest and emotion in these shots. Getting the photos of the winner is always great, but everyone goes for that shot, go for something different.

Also remember to try different apps that may help you capture a photo faster.

Smartphone Photography – Chase Jarvis – The best camera is the one that’s with you book

Created by a man that is leading the offensive on promoting smartphone cameras, the book ‘The best camera is the one that’s with you’ by Chase Jarvis is an outstanding collection of nothing other than photos taken on his iPhone 2 megapixel camera.

Chase’s iPhone images make up a visual notebook—a photographic journal—from the past year of his life. The book is full of visually-rich iPhone photos.

With editing only having been done using applications on the smartphone itself this pouch promotes everyday photography on the move through the lens of a smartphone camera.

From the back of the book:

A beacon of creativity with boundless energy, Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. In The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You, Chase reimagines, examines, and redefines the intersection of art and popular culture through images shot with his iPhone.
Whilst Chase may have the artistic flare, this book demonstrates how expensive cameras need not be the way forward. I must stress there are no tips or tricks in the book, it is simply a montage of photos, but if you like photography or smartphones, you could do a lot worse than investing in this book.