How we produce high quality images for live tweeting university events

We held a Community Festival on campus last weekend and I photographed the event. I needed high quality images that could be used in print and online in the future, but I also wanted photographs that I could share instantly on social media.

These two needs could be considered conflicting. A mobile phone is ideal for sharing images immediately, but even the best lenses on mobiles struggle in the two main scenarios I was photographing – speakers in the dim light of a lecture theatre, and performers on a distant stage.

A happy dongle. Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.

I used a Canon DSRL with a long zoom lens. It’s pretty straightforward, but often overlooked, that you can connect a camera like this to your mobile phone.

Apple’s customers may only review it as 3/5, but their Lightning to USB Camera Adapter is one of the most useful things I own. I have it on me at all times.

This allows me to connect a professional camera directly to my phone, importing the images and then sharing them through the Twitter/Instagram native apps on iOS.

A camera connected to an iphone


There’s plenty of circumstances where using the in-built camera on your mobile phone is the right choice, but when you have a high profile and the chance to plan ahead, this is an ideal set up for instant sharing without compromising on quality.




Web Manager for the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham.

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