3 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY

As I’ve said earlier, most of the pictures in the blog and in my Instagram is taken with my iPhone. Still, many people has asked me “You take those pics with DSLR camera, right?”

I’m not the best photographer, but many of you guys seem to like some of my pictures. That’s why I decided to share some tips how one can improve his or her mobile photography.

1. MANUAL CAMERA APPLICATIONS

There’s planty of options in App Stores to decide between but I am using the free version of the MuseCam app. This app is pretty easy to use and learn and gives you some of the features that you’d have in DSLR like shutter, ISO, white balance and focus. These features allows you to use much more creativity and to find the best option already when you are shooting.

I learned to use this app after couple of times shooting with it and I believe that so do you. I’ll maybe try some other app later, but this one has worked fine for me this far.

2. LENSES

I have to admit I was a bit sceptic about the quality of these things but after purchasing one I made my mind. There are many options in the market: macro-lenses, tele-lenses, wide angle-lenses and fisheye-lenses. It’s about you and your style which is the right alternative for you. I decided to buy the Blackeyelense’s HD Wide Angle lense which works with most of the phones on the market and provides a clear 160° angle to your photos. The pictures gives a bit like GoPro feeling to your photos which I like.

3. LEARNING TO EDIT

Instead of using the filters in Instagram or other applications, learning to edit your photos properly can make a huge difference with your pictures. As in manual camera applications the variety is huge and I’ve tried many of these. I used to use Google’s Snapseed and many of people likes the VSCO app which I haven’t tried yet. My personal favourite is Adobe Lightroom CC for mobile which is easy to use and includes all of the features I need at this point.

Learning to edit properly can take some time, but practice makes perfect. I’ve spent hours with different apps and have still so much room for improvement. Anyways, It’s always nice to get back to old pictures and see how much you’ve improved during specific time period.

I don’t get paid from any of the companies/products/apps mentioned above. I just like them a lot and thought maybe you could like them as well.

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SURVIVING THE WINTER DARKNESS

I guess today was the first day for me this winter when the darkness hit me straight to the face. The fact that it’s dark when you are going to the office and again dark when you are leaving isn’t really too amazing. Luckily or not, I’m not the only one affected by this and the situation could be even worse if I lived closer the Arctic Circle. And you know what they say: focus on the things you can affect, not the ones you can’t.

For my enthusiasm towards photography this isn’t any better when shooting in a good light is possible mostly during weekends. If you guys have any tips for this I’ll take them more than gladly! Also, if you have any special tricks to hit back this winter darkness, share them into the comment section.

Now I’m going to eat, open Netflix and start watching a Swedish criminal series I began with yesterday. Ironically the title of the series is nothing else but Midnight Sun.

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WANT TO BE A ROCKSTAR?

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While writing this post I’m watching Veronica Maggio (a Swedish singer-songwriter) rocking the Stockholm Stadium on her gig last year. Her ability to make amazing songs, to sing them and gain the attention of the whole stadium to sing along with her is just incredible. For me and propably for many others she’s a true rockstar (If you are interested to watch the gig I’ll add the video in the end of this post). While watching the show something came up to my mind: what does it take to become such a rock star as Veronica or someone other? Or what it takes to become the rockstars of our own lives?

In order to become a rockstar or even good at anything we are doing we need skills. What is skill then? The Best definition that I’ve hear for skill is from legendary basketball coach John Wooden who won 10 NCAA championships as a coach (including 7 of them in a row) and became the very first person to be chosen in to basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach. Wooden’s definition for skill is: A knowledge and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. In this fast-paced world we are living it seems like many of us are trying to find shortcuts to success, but as we know, in life or in anything else there’s not any shortcuts. You have to do the work and as Wooden says, every skill is based on executing the fundamentals on a highest level possible.

Yeah, success. Associated with being a rock star right? Once again we can ask the great uncle Wooden for a help: Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. Success doesn’t mean fancy cars or five star hotels. It’s not stadium gigs or Champions League finals. It is the feeling when you feel happy with yourself, knowing that you’ve really done your best. Success is available for all of us so we should continue to chase our dreams and become rockstars of our own lives.

Do you feel like becoming a rockstar? Share your dreams in comments and tell me what you are doing to achieve them.

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IN TO THE WOODS

New week and new challenges, but before that let’s take a small throwback to yesterday when me and my friend went to Nuuksio National Park for a hike and campfire barbecue!

After gathering all the essentials (we learned really fast that we didn’t have all the essentials) we drove for 30 minutes to Nuuksio and started our hike. As the sun was already setting we decided to take the shorter trail Haukankierros (à 4km) instead of the longer Korpinkierros (à 7km). The plan was to shoot some photos and just enjoy the pure, fresh nature.

The Weather wasn’t greatest as the ground was quiet a wet and slushy, but when we have decided to go for a hike we indeed are going to hike! Well, after one hour hike when socks were wet and shoes were full of water I kind of debated over my choice of shoes. We got couple of shots before the sunset and then things got quiet interesting.

You know, I learned a lot about walking in a pitch black, wet and slushy forest trail. I wonder why either of us didn’t think about bringing the flashlight with us – which could’ve helped even a bit to see if you are stepping on a stone instead of deep, wet mud. We survived well of walking but the next challenge was to make the campfire with help of iPhone’s flashlight. Finally we managed to light the fire and had our rewarding barbecue after 4km hike. All in all this was a great adventure and despite our unpreparedness we had amazing time and lots of laughter. You can see the pictures from yesterday down below.

Several notes to self for the next hike:

  • Bring a knife
  • Bring a flashlight
  • Choose your shoes visely
  • Leave early enough before sunset
  • Bring a backup-battery to your phone (especially if you don’t have a flashlight.)

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TRAVEL DREAMS

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As it gets darker and darker here in Finland day to day I guess many of us dreams about a getaway to some other place for adventure, relaxation or just to get some time off the daily life.

For me (and probably for most of us) travelling is essential. I guess all of us have some kind of in-built, strong need for adventure and exploring new things. During past years I’ve wanted my travelling to be as active as possible. Seeing, doing, tasting and exploring new stuff in new circumstances.

In this blog I will share you the top three destinations I would like to visit as soon as possible.

Morocco

I’ve wanted to learn surf for a looong time! Many of my friends does surfing in more or less regular basis and I can only believe how cool it is when you manage to catch the wave and ride it all the way to the end. This is something that definitely includes to my bucket list.

Morocco came to my mind when I first saw Jon Olsson’s vlog (below) about the place couple of years ago and ever since I’ve wanted to travel there and take my first steps with surfing. It’s also many years since I last time visited Northern Africa and it would be cool to get to know it even better!

Iceland

Well Iceland, the only Nordic Country I haven’t visited yet. The things I’ve heard and seen about this place are so incredible that this needs to be on the list. Iceland is maybe mostly known of its nature, vikings, lately arised success in football and music including Björk and one of my favourite bands Of Monsters and Men. Also, for a newly excited beginner photographer it would be a perfect place to shoot!

Japan

I’ve read or heard somewhere that if you want to go for powder skiing or snowboarding, Japan in the winter is the perfect place for you. Also the videos I’ve seen of some freeriders seems just amazing! As I love snowboarding and want to become better at it and learn myself more about especially freeriding, it would be cool to go for the place where it really is at its best.

Needless to say there’s also so much more to experience in Japan in forms of food and culture etc. Definitely on my list of the places to travel!

Do you have some experiences to share about these places or where would you like to travel and why? Leave a comment down below!

Have a great weekend everybody!

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AMAZING IDEAS

Yesterday it was a bit hectic day and since I managed to leave the work early enough before the sunset I went straight to home, changed clothes, picked my gear and ran out to the seaside for shooting.

During the time outdoors I got amazing idea! (At least in my opinion haha). Based on the inspiration of all the amazing nature photos from various photographers I got a feeling to go tenting! Well, the problem is that I’ve never been tenting in the nature before and I really have no idea how one should be prepared for a weekend tenting. Especially when it’s startin to be freezing cold here in Finland.

I bet many of you guys have lots of more experience about this subject and I would be glad if you could help me out haha!

You can find some of the shots I took yesterday down below. Share your thoughts and hopefully you’ll enjoy them!

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IT IS OKAY TO FAIL

Couple of weeks ago I had a priviledge to be in place when motivational speaker Nick Vujicic visited Finland to hold a speech in the annual business seminar Nordic Business Forum. Nick who’s born without arms and legs shared his story to 7 500 people which indeed was a touching one.

Nick told about his childhood. About being bullied in school, depression and suicide attempts but also the family which gave him love, hope and faith. He told about his later success and the happy life he is living right now, but not a single “What’s your excuse?”-bullshit phrase. Conversely he pointed that he can not know how it feels to be called fat, be abused or to have broken home, but the thing that matters is how you will find the strenght to get back up and continue the journey.

He speaked about failure. Once he decided to start to do public speaking he took a phonebook, picked up a phone and started to make calls to local schools. First call – failure. Second and third calls – failures. It took for him over 50 phonecalls once someone said: Yes Nick, you can come to our school to have a speech about bullying. See the thing is, everytime he picked up the phone and failed he became a bit better with his speech. Was it okay to fail? Hell yeah! If he hadn’t got back up when he failed for the first, 10th or even 51th time I doubt he would be one of the best keynote speakers in the world nowadays.

Todays lesson is this. Go out there, try and fail. Get back up, try and fail again. Repeat this until you succeed. It’s doesn’t matter where you are now, but where you’ll finish.

Thanks for all the kind comments you guys have sent to me about previous blogs, it means a lot.

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