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Smartphone Photography Urban • Street • Nature • Filters & Phones

About

Welcome to my website! My Name is Bernhard Lill. I’m a multimedia journalist and trainer and mainly work with smartphones. On this site, you’ll find some of my smartphone photos as well as information on equipment and useful apps for Android and iOS.

Urban Photography

Street photography

Hamburg. Germany

Nature Photography

Equipment

If it’s true that the best camera is the one you have with you, then nowadays it’ll be most likely your smartphone. There are so many smartphones around with good cameras that, I’m sure, you will find the one that suits you best. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be an iPhone ;-)

I work with all kinds of different phones: iPhones, Samsung devices, Xiaomis, Nokias. But when I’m going out on one of my photo walks, I ususally grab my old LG G4. It has a good camera for pictures and a really great native camera app that gives you enough manual control:

You can set white balance (Kelvin), focus, ISO, and exposure. The file format of the pictures is .jpg or RAW which is great, too.

The main camera takes pictures with up to 16MP and videos with up to 4K. Its aperture starts from f/1.8.

The exchangeable battery is, in my opinion, another big plus of this phone. It comes with a capacity of 3.000 mAh.

You can still get this phone from online platforms like e-bay for as little as 70 Euros (good condition).

Apps

There are lots of third party camera apps for Android and apps for post production: I mainly use the native camera app of the LG G4. For taking black and white photos, I often use Lenka app which is a no frills camera app with little manual control – you can’t even use the front camera. But it transports you back straight to the 1930s and you can fully concentrate on the picture itself. (You can’t get this app in Google Play anymore but in alternative App stores. iPhone users can still download it in Apple’s App Store.)

For post production, I recommend above all Snapseed. It’s free and gives you lots of options.

If you’re more into filters, then check out Pixlr-o-matic which doesn’t cost you anything either.

Credits:

Photos: © Bernhard Lill