Fly Boy Picture

Another portrait. Word is getting around!



Again taken with my Samsung Note 8, this time edited a little with Snapseed.


He was on the window for a good half an hour so we thought perhaps he was dead, but as soon as I came in for an extreme close-up he took off.

And yes, I take pictures of humans too.


P.S. Remember you can tap on your desired focus point so the camera doesn’t pick the wrong place to be in focus, a critical step when shooting through glass. Especially with a tiny dark subject. I mean swarthy….

P.P.S. Praying mantis from the front yard just last week

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Can Do Candid Mantis

I’m available for portraits and headshots. Just had a short session with this guy in the front yard with my Note 8.

My best Tip for shooting suddenly moving targets is to grab a shot as soon as you can frame it, even if it’s not the best angle or composition. Because of the subject moves before you get in position, you have lost the shot completely.

The sooner you snap, the sooner you have a safety shot that you can crop the crap out of. Then keep shooting!


P. S. I shot this with the stock photo app on my new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using the 2X optical zoom, no digital zoom! And I probably benefited from the phones built-in stabilization, which is optical not digital in this case. Although I still ended up being just a few inches away from the fella, I moved slowly and pretended that I wasn’t paying attention to him so he would feel safe staying put.

Digital zoom is fine, but I never use it when I am shooting, because I can crop later with the same results or better, because photo editors do better interpolation when sizing up, because they take the time to process a smarter algorithm instead of the phone having to do it live in a split-second .

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Video Revisit: The Best Camera Should Maybe Be With You?

Some considerations on whether you should leave your cameraphone in your pocket and just set up a real camera or camcorder when filming your kid or an event — maybe even for family gatherings? And especially for sports, you know, in case you want to actually be able to see the ball on your screen later.



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Get: Audio tripod screw adapter to camera mount

I set up an Amazon store to share product links for items I am happy to own, to provide readers an honest recommendation and review from a real person.

On Stage CM01 Video Camera/Digital Recorder Adapter

This is a no-brainer — for under ten bucks you can get a hard to find adapter that screws to a 5/8″ standard microphone tripod and ends in a 1/4″ standard camera mount. It’s even got a screw ball mount to adjust the angle so you can frame your shot.

I wouldn’t put a particularly heavy camera on it though it is definitely good for a GoPro or smaller digital camera or camcorder.  The CM01 adapter is metal, not plastic. It locks in place so it’s not intended for panning and tilting, but depending on your tripod you might be able to work out something like a swing shot if needed.

I bought it after I nabbed a used heavy duty mic stand that set to rise 12 feet or so in the air or can boom overhead. I wanted to attach my Zoom H4N digital recorder to it, but it offered the camera size mount. Now I could screw a mic-shaped plastic handle onto the H4N and slide that into a mic mount then put it twelve feet up — No thanks. This gets screwed down tight and has served me well, plus it lets me easily aim the Zoom microphone array exactly where I want it.

Sometimes I add the GoPro to one of the posts using its much more expensive handlebar type mount which lets me put two things on the tripod. On my next shoot it will be in this mount though since the Zoom will be elsewhere. I will use a $4 GoPro to tripod head adapter for that one.

Anyway, check it out and read the reviews so you can consider any small issues some users have reported (like a loose padding strip) — myself I didn’t have any. I take negative reviews seriously but I also know people have to vent when they have issues more often than happy people report back on their joys.

This was a small joy. Well, a useful tool, but I was happy to find it after scouring hardware stores for a cheaper and less flexible solution.

— David.

P.S. I get a percentage of any sale made through my Amazon affiliate link at no additional cost to customers, which I think is fantastic. I used my order history to link literally to the exact products I am happy I bought, in most cases to the same company my order came through inside the Amazon umbrella.

P.P.S. I decided to link to some of the other items mentioned in this article so you could research them if interested, without having to go into a lot of detail here.  I do love my Zoom recorder. (These are the items but not always the store I used.)

  This Zoom H4n Audio Recorder link includes some great accessories for a portable device with a built in stereo mic and two Hi-Z/XLR inputs that can record four channels simultaneously.:

This is the newer Zoom H6N recorder that I wish I had: you can record six channels simultaneously versus four, plus interchangeable microphones.

Bargain! THREE GoPro tripod mounts for four bucks. You can put them on multiple tripods or lose a few and still be good to go.
GoPro Handlebar mount — there are some variations online from other sellers, this is the company one and it will not drop your camera on a rugged mountain road, but if you aren’t shaking things up and just mounting to a tripod a cheaper one will probably be secure enough.
I have the GoPro Hero 3+ Black but want the newer GoPro Hero 4 Black because it offers 4K recording at a useable frame rate, which you can shoot in and then crop to reframe your shot as you like while maintaining a high quality video image.
If you want a newer model with the quality but fewer bells and whistles, the GoPro Session is a lot cheaper but only shoots up to 1080p.

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