Phone snapper sharpens her focus on this year’s prize
AS Katrina Wade's fingers navigate her camera phone, you realise it's not just for the occasional duck-face selfie, it's a tool to create art.
Katrina won last year's Clarence Valley Council's Clarence in Focus mobile phone photography section, and she says her skills come from the convenience it offers.
"The camera on the phone is always there with you, ready to go," Katrina said.
"My traditional SLRs are quite heavy and you don't carry them around all the time."
Katrina was a relatively latecomer to some of the more popular apps such as Instagram and Snapseed, but after some experimentation realised the potential that lay within.
"Everything is right there. You can make changes to the tones and the crops right there in the phone," Katrina said.
"It's great because you're making editing decisions as you take the photos, not having to wait to get back to a computer to finish off the photo.
"And I think because mobile phone photos are almost expected to be imperfect, you're willing to experiment a bit more with what you can do, and get some really interesting photos."
The photography competition is running again this year, with a theme of Music in the Clarence.
Katrina is already eyeing off a potential entry.
"The Santa Crawl this weekend will have some great musical opportunities for people to get out there and give it a go," she said.
"I'll have both my SLR and my mobile phone out there."
Tips for better phone photos
Before you take your photo, tap your finger on the main part of the photo - especially if it's dark. This not only moves the focus, but exposes for that area correctly.
Turn the HDR feature on, as often it helps retain more detail in highlights.
Try the panorama feature on the phone, which helps to capture a whole scene easily.