Summer iPhone Photo tips 2

#tuesdayphototips

Tip#3 Burst Mode. This is such a great feature for shooting action stills! To use Burst Mode, hold down the red shutter button on your screen when you’re ready to take the shot.  The longer you hold it down the more frames your camera will capture.  There’s a little indicator on the screen that will show you exactly how many frames you’ve shot.   To choose the best capture from the bunch, go to your photos, you’ll see one image that represents the burst of photos. Click on that image and then tap “select”: you’ll see all the burst images from that capture.

Shoot in BURST MODE to make sure you capture the perfect frame.

Tip#3 Quick exposure advice. It’s easier to brighten up an underexposed photo than it is to darken and over exposed photo.  Editing software and all of the photo editing apps can handle brightening up a photo as long as it’s in the ball park of correct exposure.  But if you over expose too much, there’s not enough information on the image and your attempts to darken it won’t be too successful. If you have to err on the side of over or under exposing – UNDER is better.

Too Dark JUST RIGHT Too Bright

Summer iPhone photo tips!

Every Tuesday I’ll be posting two quick iPhone tips to help you make the best of your summer photo opportunities.

#tuesdayphototips

Tip#1 Clean your lens you filthy animal! This is so basic but you handle your phone all day long with your oily hands and when you’re not using it, it sits in your dusty pocket.  That lens usually has a dusty, oily film on it and it shows up in your photos.  If you have a soft dust free cloth with you give it a wipe before you start shooting.  If not, I’ve used my shirt or my friend’s shirts if they look cleaner.

This is my phone – I’m a filthy animal lol

Tip#2 Shoot during golden hour.   Lighting is everything!  I know, sometimes you don’t always have the luxury of waiting for the perfect light but at some point at the end of the day, when the sun is low on the horizon the perfect light shows up – Take advantage of it and take some photos.  If you’re taking selfies or group shots, make sure the golden light is hitting the subjects face.  And if you love landscape photography, shoot that sunset!   A little sunset tip:  put some people in your shot and embrace the silhouette. Having people in a sunset shot makes it more than ‘just another sunset’ – it makes it a story.  

Having people in your sunset shot elevates it to a story.

Holiday Photo Tip #6

Tip 6. POST PROCESSING AND PRINTING.

Ok, you’ve taken some great shots this holiday season!  Now what?  Most of us use our digital photos to share on social media like Instagram or Facebook.  Both of those sites compress the images to save space so all of your hard work may not look as awesome as they did on your screen but they are still the best way to share photos with your friends and family. 

Some photographers have used Flickr or SmugMug to share their images; these sites display your images with much better quality and user experience but they don’t integrate as seamlessly with with your social media, however you can still add a link to a Facebook post.   If you want to  share images privately, email or messenger the links from these photo sharing sites with your group.  Of the two sites, SmugMug  provides ways for your family and friends to easily order prints directly from their site.

PRINTING RECOMMENDATION: For printing and framing, I’ve used Framebridge.com and I really loved their prices and user interface.  They provide custom framing so if you have a non-standard size image, they can build a custom Mat and Frame for it.  They’ll also frame pretty much anything so if you have a physical item or memorabilia you can send that to them and create a custom frame or frame box for it.   

POST PROCESSING: For you professional amateurs in the group with nice cameras I have one piece of advice for you: Shoot everything in RAW format so you can make those critical adjustments in Adobe Bridge or Lightroom. You’ll be able to fix the white balance, exposure or color in a more fine-tuned way.  After you’ve worked your magic you can export them as JPG files for easy uploading to social media or for prints and enlargements.

If you’re an iPhone user, the best App to buy for your post processing is  “Camera Plus”. 

If you are signed up for the Adobe CreativeCloud, you can try Photoshop Express or Photoshop Fix.  

You can print up to 8X10 with your iPhone photos with pretty good quality and there are plenty of websites that offer quality prints and reasonable prices.

I hope these tips were helpful!  Happy Holidays to everyone…go out and take some great shots!

joe

Holiday Photo Tip #5

Tip 5.  CHECK YOUR ANGLE AND AVOID THE ZOOM. 

The angle you choose can say a lot about the photo. 

Give a little thought on the angle you’d like.  Taking a photo of a group from a “slightly” higher vantage point can be a more flattering angle for everyone. For a more extreme angle, try taking some shots from a chair looking down.  For group photos, try not to shoot UP at your subjects.  This is also super helpful when you’re taking a photo of everyone sitting at the dinner table; If you get up higher you can get everyone faces in the frame (no one will be hidden behind anyone else) as well as getting a good shot of the food on the table.   Have them all lean in just a bit and you’ve got a really well framed shot!

For iPhone users, the zoom feature on your phone isn’t very good.  Instead, walk closer to your subjects and frame them perfectly in your screen.  (If you plan to crop your photo to a standard print size leave a little room on all sides – * see tip #4)  Even for experienced photographers with a zoom lens – when you’re zoomed in it’ll create a nice depth of field but you’re also prone to camera shake and blurry photos. Make sure you have a fast shutter speed to avoid the shakes.  But when possible for group shots, don’t zoom and just move closer to your subjects.

Six Holiday Photo Tips – #4

Tip 4. POSES.

Posing people for a photo is tough.  They’re going to be looking to you for some direction and it helps if you  have a few ideas, otherwise they’ll just stand there staring at you with blank faces  :0)

A few suggestions:

  • Make sure they get close together. If they’re too far apart it can look like they don’t really like each other. LOL   This will also help you with cropping a photo to a standard size.  *
  • Put the family elders in the middle and have their kids around them.
  • Separate them into small groups.
  • Stagger the tallest in the back or have the kids sit on the ground.
  • If you have things to lean on (like a lamp post or railing) use it.  If you have objects for them to interact with, something meaningful or fun for the group like presents, cocktails or anything fun, bring those out and play with with them.
  • Also: Be ready for spontaneity. Sometimes the best photos come when people don’t know it’s coming; they happen between shots. Look for those moments! You’ll catch people laughing, goofing around or being silly. These moments can be the most precious. A.B.S = Always be shooting! You never know what you’ll capture.

* If you think you’d like to print the photos: frame your shot with a little room on all sides so you can crop the photo. (roughly: a little on the top and bottom and a bit more on the sides) Most digital cameras, including iPhone photos are 4:3 ratio so if you want to crop these photos to a standard 8×10 crop, make sure you leave that room to crop it the way you want.

Next week:  CHECK YOUR ANGLE AND AVOID THE ZOOM.