It was a trend traveling to Hong Kong when I was younger. The Hong Kong Tourism Board had created a series of popular advertisement, showing how people could have fun by visiting this modern, yet traditional city : a shopping paradise, the heaven for gourmets and a city with endless nightlife. After saving my salary for a few months, I went to Hong Kong with my girlfriends for a long weekend. Although my budget was limited, my memories and experience in this city were unlimited. I enjoyed the trip very much.
After staying together with my other half, Hong Kong has become one of the cities that we visit very often. He used to practice Kung Fu or Lion Dance with his Kung Fu masters, while I carried our little daughter with me and help him as a translator in order to communicate with the Kung Fu masters. Now, our daughter is almost taller than me, and I have learned a good technique about how to “speak” Kung Fu; Hong Kong is still one of our favorite cities.
During our trip to Hong Kong this time, I was lucky to enjoy the atmosphere of Chinese New Year a bit. Since I move to Germany, I have not been to any Asian cities for 11 years to celebrate this special holiday. Therefore, I was touched by staying in Hong Kong and felt the festive vibes.
Remark：Premium HD Wide Angle Lens / 圖說：HD廣角鏡頭
I brought the bitplay lenses and its accessories with me to Hong Kong for photo shooting. Although it was not my first smartphone photography challenge, it was a new attempt to shoot an extra video with my iPhone to record my journey. The advantage of smartphone photography is handy and easy. Since you carry your phone with you every day and everywhere, what is more convenient than taking photos with your smartphone? Bitplay is founded in Taiwan, and the team has created and developed a set of iPhone photography lenses and accessories to boost the possibility and creativity of smartphone photo shooting. Once I got to know bitplay, it has led me to another level of photography. The two lenses I mostly use are the “Circular Polarizer Filter” and the “Premium HD Wide Angle Lens”. I use them under different occasions to get pictures in the highest quality.
Remark : Left image is taken with the added on Circular Polarizer Filter, Right image is taken with the Premium HD Wide Angle Lens
Circular Polarizer Filter
The added on “Circular Polarizer Filter” is my necessity that is always connected to my iPhone, so I don’t miss any photogenic opportunity. It keeps the same focal length as your original photo app offers. However, it adds a unique touch to the images you take, especially focusing on the light and colors. I especially like to use the “Portrait” function (from my iPhone) and the added on filter when taking food photos. You will see clearly that the filter presents excellent contrast and quality on the images.
Premium HD Wide Angle Lens
The “Premium HD Wide Angle Lens” has a focal length of 18mm; it fits all scenes such as landscape, cityscape, interior or architecture photos. The new edition of the Premium HD Wide Angle Lens is designed thoughtfully since it combines the filter and the object for a convenient usage. The two photos above are taken separately by the “Circular Polarizer Filter” (the left image or the first one) and the “Premium HD Wide Angle Lens” (the right image or the second one). You clearly see the difference between the two images. The view is captured in a shot.
In the following, I will show you some images that I took with my iPhone and the bitplay lenses together with its accessories. I think it proves that smartphones can surely take impressive photos. Moreover, I will never miss any opportunities for good pictures.
A survey from an online photo album shows that more and more people take pictures with their smartphones and then upload them immediately on the social media. Smartphone technology becomes important in our lives, but it also changes our behavior. It is handy to take photos with a smartphone. However, some people also wonder how to take better pictures with smartphones. In fact, it does not matter what kind of tool you use, take a look at what is in front of you and find out the fascinating point before pressing the shutter.
When things get more convenient, we should know how to make use of their advantages. Meanwhile, don’t forget to slow down to appreciate the world, not just through the lenses but your eyes.
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.