It has been awhile since I last posted any technical tips and tricks. So, now it's time to do something about it. My audience may have noticed I now have new Android camera phone, which I have finally learned to use. I don't mean the learning was difficult, not at all, but there were some issues I had to solve to make things works smoothly. And many of those issues are not caused by the phone. …
First problem was to find a good camera software for Android. Version 2.1 actually comes with pretty good camera software, which has one excellent feature and that is the exposure glider on camera screen. Moreover, the default camera application also has nice set of basic adjustments like saturation control that I really love the most. Now I can easily take desaturated (less colorful) pictures. However, what is missing on default camera is the manual focus.
On Android market there are also two very good camera applications that satisfy all the extra needs. 'Vignette' and '360 Camera' both gives the options missing from default camera like manual focus.
One big problem for me has been the image file size. I like to use full camera resolution in case I need to print the pictures some day. However, the full 5MP pictures are way too heavy for web use. There just is no point to upload the full photo to internet. Therefore I need to decrease the pictures before I upload them.
After long search and a lot of testing I finally found out PicSay, the most popular editing application on Android market. For some reason I did not try that at first, maybe because the advertisement of it gave wrong impression. I thought it is just for doing some fancy photo manipulation, but after testing it, I found it has most advanced set of basic editing tools. I also invested for professional version because it keeps the EXIF and gives easy option to rename the file while saving. And the most important part is that I get pictures saved in much smaller file size and more suitable for web.
The worst problem during the last month has been the uploading of photos here at MyOpera and sorting my of my 365 album, which is now almost finished. Opera Mini just keep giving me 'bad requests' while uploading pictures and sorting page has became all too heavy for over 300 pictures. Therefore I have to seek Wifi connection to get pictures uploaded and use some other browser than Opera Mini for sorting albums.
Although, I still have those upload and sort problems here at MyOpera, the photo blogging has now become much more comfortable and easier than it ever was on my old SE K800. So, altogether I do recommend experiencing photography and photo blogging on latest camera phone models. I'm sure there are also other advanced smart phones than Android phones these days. But the main thing one should kee in mind is the usability. Taking, editing and uploading images should be easy. Otherwise you just don't bother.