These various photographs taken with an Apple iPhone. Not always but sometimes you can get a clean and sharp photo even with using a phone lens. These photos are straight from my iPhone. They have never been edited.
This new century brought us some new technological terms. Such as; iPhoneography and because of high usage of digital filters on smartphones you can easily manipulate the quality of a photograph. Since most of smart phone screens are built with a high quality screen they can cover up the loss of details at lower resolution. If you try to print a good looking Instagram photo on A3 paper size then you will see that quality is not the best term what you got on the paper. This is why photos taken with a smartphone can't match the quality of DSLR or equivalent. But sometimes you can take great photographs if the settings are right for that moment's light angle and amount.
I’ve been in Sweden in February 2013 for watching Northern Lights and other beauties of Winter. For that I crossed the line of North Pole and went to northernmost Sweden. It’s been really cold. Polar weather is very dry but at some point you realize that everything is freezing including yourself. It’s been a challenge for me also for my Photography equipment. Before I go to Sweden I red many articles about using DSLR in extreme cold conditions and how to capture Northern Lights in that condition. This article will be another guide you’re going to read before you use your DSLR in extreme cold conditions. I have few lessons learned, suggestions and tricks to share with you. I hope they will be useful to you.
My Photography Gear
I have two Pentax DSLR cameras. Pentax K-X and Pentax K30. Pentax K-X is 3 years old and has 10k shutter count. K30 is brand new. K-X doesn’t have a Weatherproof body. K30 is equipped with Weatherproof body and 18-55 mm kit lens. K-X runs with 4x AA size battery. K30 has Li-ion battery. My other lenses are Sigma 70-300 mm AF and SMC Pentax 50 mm MF. Max aperture of 50 mm lens is f/1.8 and 18-55 & 70-300 are f/3.5. Max aperture is very important for photographing Northern Lights but we’ll get that later. Don’t forget a dust blower, cleaning cloths, separate batteries and a good bag to keep your gear warm and safe. Here is the full list of my gear that I used in Sweden.