Smartphone Media

A look at some of the media (Facebook Live Streams, Photography and Video) that can be produced on a Smartphone.


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Smartphone Cameras – Google Pixel 2

Smartphone Cameras – Google Pixel 2 I have always been fascinated with cameras, lenses, the rules of photography, history of photography, art, aesthetics, colour, etc etc.  Over the last 100 plus years of photography, film cameras evolved into digital and as the digital camera became more popular and accessible it became physically smaller and smaller. The real challenge for the future of this small factor digital photography is how the engineers understand the creative process and how they solve the problems of the ever decreasing smartphone camera. Best Camera on a Smartphone? Currently, the penultimate example of the small practical […]


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Snapseed Layer Mask

  Snapseed Layer Mask – Snapseed is a super powerful mobile photo editing application for both Android and IOS, it is made by Google and probably the most feature rich image/ photo editor available today for mobile /smartphone and tablet devices. In this snapseed tutorial, I demonstrate how to create layers, use filters and manipulate them using layer masks.  In this example, I am using a promotional flyer from The Energetic Mind T shirt range. I demonstrate how to highlight some of the Tshirts in colour whilst making the others and background black and white. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.  Find […]


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Best Smartphone For Media 2017

The best smartphones for media are in general the ones with the most horsepower under their hood. But horsepower is only one piece of the media creation solution. The truth is that any Smartphone can be used to create media, however, the key components to creating what could be termed the best smartphone for media creation from my perspective are listed below. But having great hardware is only addressing half of the solution to what is or what makes the best smartphone for media keep reading to find out why. Best smartphone for media 2017 – Hardware   Processor The CPU has […]


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Quality content – Are you posting it?

Calling all business owners, DIY marketers, entrepreneurs and activists. Calling everyone who uses their phone to promote their products and services. If you currently create content for your social media, you will most likely fit into one of these two categories.   Category 1 – Passionate and driven but with NO media knowledge, practice or experience. This category of content creators regularly sends out over exposed poorly framed images, shaky non-engaging video and disastrous live streams with no knowledge of each medium, their rules, conventions etc.   Category 2 – Passionate and driven with a good understanding and practice of media knowledge. This category of content creators post out […]


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Facebook Messenger Fun

Facebook via their messenger app have decided to take on  Snapchat in the fun filters territory. For a while now Snapchat have been killing it with excellent “lenses” to transform your face.  Facebook can’t see growing competitor encroach on their space with gimiky fun, so they have decided to down right copy Snapchats feature ie Facebook Messenger Fun. The Facebook face mapping is faster and you do not have to touch the screen which is pretty neat. Snapchats Lenses change more regularly and their Face swap feature has, as yet not been stolen sorry replicated. Below is a video I made […]


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5 Music videos shot on a smartphone / iphone

5 Music videos shot on a mobile / smartphone / iphone The times are changing, no longer does a young up and coming band need to pay big bucks to have their music videos planned, shot, professional edited and distributed by a professional media producer. As someone who earns a living from making Music Videos (and all other forms of media),  I can tell you first hand how so many bands are now taking to creating a “cheap music video” using only their phone or camcorder.   Pros and Cons As you can imagine there are many pros and many cons to […]


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Snapseed Layers and Text

Snapseed is a powerful image editing app/software for both IOS and Android smartphones. The software is made by industry leaders GOOGLE and has lots of options. Snapseed is one of the most powerful smartphone/iPhone apps available. It can be used to produce spectacular images for your business. In this tutorial, we will look at Snapseed Layers and Text. For more information about mobile/iPhone photography theory, ideas and concepts as well as image editing theory, terms and concepts check out my book Smartphone Media Production. Click here to download a copy  IOS | Android    Snapseed Layers and Text Tutorial. In this […]


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KineMaster Green Screen

Kinemaster Green Screen tutorial. In this tutorial, I am looking at Kinemasters Green screen or Chroma key function. Within the video, I demonstrate how to add a background, add your green screen footage, chroma key out the green and finally add some branding in the form of a URL. Kinemaster is one of the most powerful smartphone video editing apps available. It is available for both android and IOS. “Smartphone Media Production” buy your copy here  or on Amazon Kindle here    For more information about mobile media production, how to make adverts, branded images and more check out the book. Thanks Robb […]


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Smartphone video production tools

The only smartphone video production tools you need are your phone (smartphone or iPhone) and a copy of Smartphone Media Production: A media revolution for everyone. A lot of people are still in the frame of mind that 1) Amature video is worthless 2) Professional video production is the only option and 3) Video production is uber expensive. What If I told you, you could get the value of video marketing without the expense but (and it is a big BUT) you will have to learn the skills. Gary Vee, the infamous internet marketer believes the future of marketing is […]


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Iphone Photography – It’s convenient. 

iPhone Photography – It’s convenient. Just let this image sink in for a minute. It is a prime example of the convenience of iPhone Photography, I took the photo on my Samsung Galaxy S7 because it is, in one image EVERYTHING I am writing about in Smartphone Media Production. Here is a tourist in Iceland, like me and my family doing Iceland’s famous “Golden Circle”. The sites are amazing and everyone has their cameras ready to get those all important holiday snaps, myself included. Convenience You have the option of either one of your two, top of the range compact cameras. Both […]