24 Jul, 2015

Cool things you can do with your smartphones and apps if you are an indie filmmaker or a budding photographer

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I have always maintained that mobile phones and smartphones have been hugely responsible for the growth of indie filmmaking and general photography in the past few years and I have always stresses upon the fact that smartphones will hold the key of the future of the same. No, I won’t talk about why one should use smartphones or mobile phones and which ones are good if you’re an aspiring filmmaker or a budding photographer, because we all have our choices when it comes to gadgets, tehnology and its use. Professional filmmaking and photography is still considered incomplete if you don’t have that expensive equipment the professionals use. However, I believe you don’t need to spend thousands on expesnive cameras and gears or audio accessories or the lighting gears and while mentioning this I certainly don’t mean to say that inexpensive mobile phones and smartphones or cheap acessories can replace the professional stuff.

Ok, leaving the professional and unprofessional debate behind, I want to highlight a few things, a few cool things that all aspiring indie filmmakers and photographers should take note of if the mobile phone or the smartphone is the sole equipment they have. Well, it’s not all about the device itself, but more about the capability of it and the kind of applications that one can use with the device. These cools devices or the applictions can create magic when perfected and they also provide a starting ground for the professional gears in future. Things like Hyperlapse, Slow Motion, amazing Low Light photography are just the kind of things one should note and use. So, here we are, here are some cool things one can do with smartphones and the apps on them and these aren’t just for filmmakers or photographers.

Slow Motion Video Recording: I don’t have to explain what slow motion video recording is and what it can do. While most professionals rely on highly expensive expert equipments to achieve the perfect slow motion shots for their videos, the aspiring filmmakers can do that with their modern smartphones. The Apple iPhone even comes pre equipped with a camera setting that allows you to record great slow motion videos and other can do the same with mobile applications that equally great and easy to use. The Slow Mo shots can bring awesomness to your video. Just have a look at some of these great slow motion videos shot using iPhones and think about using them yourself.

 

 

Hyperlapse: Many migght feel left behind as the official Hyperlapse from Instagram is currently available on the Apple iTunes store, but this app has lots of potential. The Hyperlapse app offers a really simple way to shoot time lapse videos, which was earlier only possible with expensive cameras and equipment. The Hyperlapse from Instagram or should I say Facebook, allows you to create wonderful, intuitive time lapse videos using your iPhone even while you’re in motion and then you can either share them on your Instagram account and eventually on your other social media accounts or you can save them and then edit and add them on to your projects. However, don’t worry, you can lots of brilliant Hyperlapse alternatives on your Android and Windows Phones. Just hit the search option and you’ll have hundreds of good apps and if you want some inspiration then hit your Instagram app on your smartphone and search #Hyperlapse there. For all Windows Phone users, there’s a an app by the same name ‘Hyperlapse’ in the Windows Phone Store.’

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External attachable Lenses: There are thousands of these and it all depends on the user, how much you want to experiment with your camera and it’s capabilites. The external lenses for your smartphone offer choices that are somewhat similar to the lenses you buy for your professional and expensive DSLR cameras. Talk about fish eye, wide angle, telephoto, macro or any other lens option, these trendy, easy to use and inexpensive lenses can be a great time and a learning curve for a budding photographer. Learn to play with the light, colours, angles and situations along with these lenses and you’ll some beautiful and inspirational shots to show off.

Filmmaking Apps: It’s quite hard to find an app for being a filmmaker who uses smartphones, but for the last few years now, FiLMiC Pro has been the talk of the globe. Alas, it’s not multi platform, so that means if you’re on windows or Android, this can be a problem. Though there are lots of cool alternate options, but the kind of ease and quality you get with the official FiLMic Pro can’t be sourced from any other app. Available on Apple iPhone and iPad/iPod, this application is all that you need, remember that it’s a premium paid app, but worth spending.
Here’s a video made using this app:

 

I’ll be updating this blog post with more apps and camera features worth talking about and if you loved it, please remember to share it and subscribe.

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