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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2014 MeFOTO phone adapter (7 of 10)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 3.2

Wired recently created a video showing off how to take better photos with your smartphone–and on top of the list is using the VSCO app. But they also recommend using more manual controls from other camera apps. Of course, they also state that you should make good use of the sun and natural lighting.

Indeed, smartphones were long considered inferior by many photographers due to the lack of manual controls; but that’s changed. Additionally, some Android phones now shoot DNG raw images and Adobe Lightroom Mobile allows you to edit those RAWs with ease.

The video on how to take better photos with your smartphone is after the jump.

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When photographers talk about wanting to prevent theft of their images, many don’t realize that they need to disable a single feature that many don’t realize even exists. In fact, many photographers wouldn’t realize it unless they are are well versed in the ways of HTML and coding–and not many photographers are that well versed. As designs in photo websites and websites in general change, designers are now trying to find a way to make websites perfect for both desktops and mobile devices without adding a mobile theme of some sort.

Sure, folks can still screen shot your site and try to take an image–but the quality will be absolutely horrid. The way for someone to really get to your images starts with right clicking on a site while at a desktop. When someone is on their desktop, they can choose to inspect the elements of the site. Then (at least on Google Chrome) if the person decides to go over to resources and then images, they can peruse through the images and find the original that was uploaded. This is a far better way for someone to get the image that is on your site.

So how do you prevent this from happening? The best way is to disable right clicking on desktops and and long pressing on mobile devices. If you’re a photographer that has been in the industry for many years, it’s time to start changing your site up and getting out of the archaic designs. Clean interfaces are in, and many folks look at your website from some sort of tablet.

When we say that you should disable right clicking, you should do it all over the site–not only just on the images or the text links. If someone can find the small area of the site to right click on, then they can access all of the HTML coding and snag the image.

Even better: if you make the website navigable only by button presses or gestures you can disable any sort of theft to begin with.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Great State Classic Skinny strap review images (1 of 8)ISO 1001-100 sec at f - 2.0

It’s no secret that photography gear is very expensive and that the hobby is general isn’t a cheap one. But there are gifts that you can snag for the photographer in your life (or yourself) that won’t break the bank too much or even at all. We’ve spent a week perusing deals and thinking of ideas for really affordable but solid gifts for the photographer under $100.

Here’s our roundup of gifts under $100.

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Shooting with my iPhone 5 has always been a hassle. That was largely because of the lack of control, and I could never seem to get the images quite right. Having spent years with a variety of cameras, I’m predisposed towards buttons and dials. Then I saw a video for an app called Manual by a company called Little Pixels. It promised control of shutter speed, ISO and a number of other things all for the price of $1.99. More over, it didn’t have that dreaded “Offers in-app purchases.” For two bucks, I could essentially unlock the features of my phone that Apple kept hidden away.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 first impressions product images (8 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

The proliferation of smartphones has made photography everyone’s craft. If Flickr data is any evidence, the iPhone 4 (a four-year-old phone, a relic by today’s standards) is beating out a swathe of cameras. While it’s impossible to know what they know about photography, it’s a safe bet to say that at least a chunk of them understand photography based on what their phones can do.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony QX1 First Impressions (8 of 9)ISO 2501-250 sec at f - 2.8

Sony more or less started the whole phone-to-real-camera thing, and even now the concept still fascinates us in tis embrace of the mobile photography world. Today, Sony has announced their update to last year’s cameras. One is the QX-1 with interchangeable lens capabilities and the other is the QX-30. Basically, Sony wanted to create a superzoom of sorts. In fact, this one goes from 24mm to 720mm. That means that you’ll have a much easier time at the baseball game.

To be honest, even though the QX-30 isn’t smaller than the RX 100 Mk III (the company’s most pocketable point and shoot that matters), it sure is quite capable.

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