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I’m going to show you some detail about how I took photos for one of my recent blog posts. Earlier this week I published “Teenagers Bedroom Makeover with Grey, Marble and Copper“. I decided to take the photos for this blog post using my android phone which is an LG G6.
Here are the reasons I am using a phone instead of my Canon DSLR or my Sony:
Extreme wide angle photos
The LG G6 phone is unusual because it has a very wide angle option on the camera; much wider than any lens I have for another camera. Belle’s bedroom is far smaller than it looks in the photos. Even by squashing myself against the opposite wall, I was struggling to fit in the top and bottom of the tall furniture with a regular camera lens.
Great interior natural light
Usually I wouldn’t be using a phone as it would risk the quality of my photos in poor indoor light. However not only was it a very bright sunny day but Belle’s room is almost entirely white and the light diffused very evenly through the slats in the white blind.
The LG G6 has manual functions
I figured that if I struggled to get good photos on auto then I could switch to manual. On the LG G6 I can adjust ISO and shutter speed most easily, and it’s possible to get quite a lot of control. However the room was so bright I didn’t bother in the end.
I don’t need very fine quality pixels in the final shot
The quality of my DSLR is noticeably better than any phone when I blow a photo up large. However for photos published on the internet, 1920 pixels wide is almost always going to be more than enough. There is more than enough quality when using a phone for that purpose.
Using a phone with bendy edges
With very wide angle shots all the vertical edges in the shot bend unnaturally. This does look quite weird. It is worse at the edges of the photo. I used the distortion adjustment slider to reduce the effect, although I can’t get rid of it completely.
Have you ever tried extreme wide angle photography? Tell me about it in the comments.
Related reading: How to Fake it as an Interiors Photographer