7 iPhone Photography Tips

Jay: Do you know what the best camera is when
you come on a great photograph? It’s the one you have in your hand. And unfortunately, all of us have a camera
on our phone in our hand most of the time. So, it’s crazy not to understand how to take
your phone and make it into a better tool, a better camera than just pointing and shooting. And we’re gonna go through some principles
that will teach you how to do that, to give you some tools to make some better pictures
on your iPhone or your smartphone using an app VSCO or the portrait mode on your iPhone. Here at “The Slanted Lens,” we’re really big
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ask all your questions so get over to theslantedlens.com today. Hi, this is Jay P. Morgan. Today on “The Slanted Lens” we’re downtown
here at the Disney Concert Hall. We shot down here a lot. I’ve got Jenny here with me. She’s fabulous. We’re gonna take some pictures with her iPhone
on a new app called VSCO. I’m using VSCO because it’s a free app, it’s
a great place to start. It starts to give you a control of your phone. It helps turn your phone into a camera not
just something you point-and-shoot. That’s what you want, the ability to create
better color because you have white balance capabilities. You’ve got a shutter so you can change the
shutter so you can blur or you can freeze a shutter better. It gives you more control over your image. Let’s look at seven design principles that
will really help your images look so much better using leading lines. Using the rule of thirds. Look for natural light. Use strong negative space. Use that frame within the frame, good for
great color contrast, and last of all, great texture. So, let’s relate these seven design principles
to their app we have on our phone. I’ll use a few shots also in the portrait
mode in the actual camera on the iPhone because I love that because it has a shallow depth
of field and I like that look as well. The reason we chose these seven principles
is not because they just relate to the iPhone, but because your iPhone you’re shooting that
smaller format and most people shoot very busy pictures. We want you to simplify your pictures, make
them more design-oriented. So, let’s look at these seven design principles
using the app VSCO on our iPhone or your smartphone. Let’s get started see what we can do. So, leading lines just give you that they
lead it into your subject matter or they can converge on your subject matter. They just give you a strong design element
that makes your image a lot more interesting. These are simple leading lines we don’t want
to be very busy we want just be a very simple line that leads us into our subject matter. So, I let those lines just kind of come right
across your head here so I’m gonna get in really tight let those lines gonna come right
and almost dissect your head. Even the sidewalk is working really well so
look past me here Jenna, like in there. There you go. So, those lean lines are supposed to direct
the viewer to my subject matter. I like those leading lines to come in from
the camera left side and come up to my viewer because that’s a natural kind of progression. You look from left to right so those lines
kind of sweep in from the left and come to my view, to my subject matter on the right. I like that. You can push against that natural viewing
tendency, but I don’t think it flows as nicely to go from right to left, but those leading
light should lead us into our subject matter. It’s a strong design concept to get your subject
matter to the right or the left of the frame that’s rule of thirds. Get them in one of those corners. Don’t center your subject matter all the time. Get them over in the corner. It’s much more interesting. And those leading lines are gonna push people
right back to your subject matter. That’s the kind of thing we want. Okay. So, I’ve got Jenna right in the middle of
my frame here. I’ve got leading lines all over the place
but they’re not leading us anywhere when I center her like this. But if I push her over the left, I have her
look over her right shoulder just out a little bit. Not that much, Jenna. Come back just a little more to me there you
go right in there. Now, I’ve got those leading lines I’ve got
to hurt my upper right hand corner. They lead into her face she looks back it
pushes us back to the beginning of the viewing experience once again. On the app, you can click on it to give you
the rule of thirds. It gives you the cross marks to could help
you understand where to put your subject matter, and to design the frame a little better. I think that’s a great thing to turn on and
to use. So, this is really pretty natural light. I mean, we got the sun. It’s a little hard on her face but it’s starting
to get just on that building there so starting to soften a little bit. It’s also bouncing out of that building the
background giving me a rim on her hair, which looks wonderful. So, I’ve got this big sky soft light here
natural light. I want my subject to be looking that direction. If I turn her around, she’s gonna be completely
silhouetted in shadow. I want her looking into that soft light because
right now it’s soft enough that it gives me a really beautiful luminosity on her face,
but doesn’t overpower her, doesn’t create heavy shadows, just really, really pretty. So, a lot of this is time of day. The sun is low. It’s just beautiful magic hour, but the reality
is, if you look around even at sun straight up in the sky ,you can find a beautiful pool
of light where it’s bouncing off from a building, where in the shade and it’s reflecting back
in. You can find natural beautiful light everywhere
you go. So, you can work on that thought natural occurring
light is what we’re after. So, we’re gonna go on to our next spot. Negative space is such a strong design principle
because it gives you a way to isolate your subject, gives you a way to put them on a
field that makes them so important in the frame by giving them all this negative space
around them. Or a huge negative space that points our viewer
to your single figure. People always look at people. So, you can use this large open empty space
and then you have a small figure on the horizon, people look right to that because it becomes
a strongest prevalent piece in the image. This is really a lot of negative space here. I just learned this kind of…foreground kind
of envelops the viewer in the front and then gives us a nice negative space payoff of her
in the background. They’re looking out into that natural light. I love the focus on this app because I can
choose what’s in focus and so I’m gonna put her in focus right at the top of the stairs
and it looks great. Fabulous negative space. We got all of this great area, just see her
little silhouette in the bottom and that gives us just a wonderful look. So, it’s kind of a frame in a frame in a frame. I mean I’m framing her in the doorway she’s
looking at me in the doorway. So, we got that frame in a frame what that
does is it calls attention to the subject matter. You create a frame around what you’d like
the person to look at. It’s way to direct the viewer. This is what I want you to see. So, we’re doing a frame in a frame. It looks really pretty. So, our next principle is color contrast. Here, we got a great green carpet. We’ve got beautiful natural soft light so
it just gives everything I just a really even kind of look. But she stands out against that green grass
because she’s got that caramel sweater on. She got the orange and just gives her especially
her black hair against that green. Just gives great color contrast makes for
a startling image. Now, it’s simple though because you got a
big field of green with her against that green, so it looks really nice. Texture is really an interesting way to apply
a simple background in a complex way. So why do we use texture? Texture are patterns. Patterns that we find everyday in life that
are going to give us a contrast to our subject matter. Texture can be dangerous if it becomes too
overpowering, but if used correctly, it really gives it a lot of depth and interest of the
image and helps stand our subject out from the background. So we just got great texture here. Texture of the whole broad in the background. It helps her she got the color contrast there
as well as the white texture in the background and she stands out two different ways here. You got the texture and you got the color
contrast. It’s just a beautiful setup here. And also I took the lines. I didn’t square them up, I put them on an
angle so that they’re looking off and it kind of leads out. You can combine many of these principles to
make a great image but our goal is to make simple images not complicated images. So combining a lot of them that makes it complicated
it’s probably the wrong thing to do. But combine simple principles to give us a
beautiful strong designed image as our goal. When you’re using strong design principles,
it’s pretty easy to tell if your image looks good, because in that small little thumbnail
that you’re looking at in the VSCO app, it’s gonna show up and look good in that because
strong design principles usually means simple clean images and you’re going to see it almost
immediately. When you blow it up, you can look at them
a little further for…or her eyes close or her eyes open. But if they look strong and they look good
in that little thumbnail, it’s probably a pretty strong image. So, next in this process is editing on the
iPhone. We’re gonna do that as a separate lesson so
we can come back and really show you the process of getting in and editing each of these images,
using the presets that are already in the application or just getting in and in the
raw being it’ll change the saturation. Do some of the things will help make your
images look stronger. Editing becomes just about as strong a process
as shooting, and in the end, is gonna give you a much better result. So, there you have it with that free app from
VSCO and with the camera on your phone, there’s no excuse why you can’t take great pictures
if you apply some good design principles. So, when you take great pictures with your
iPhone, get on our Facebook group, post them so we can see them. See what you’re doing. See what apps your are using. See how they’re turning out. We wanna know. Also, you can always hashtag us at The Slanted
Lens on Instagram. We want to get those hashtags #Jaypsbananasocks,
#keeponclicking #theslantedlens, #hashtagshashtags, #hashbrownshashtags. Then we also have Jenna with us. Jenna: Hey. Yes, you can follow me on instagram @JennaWalasek. Jay: So, keep those cameras rolling and keep
on clicking. It’s March and we’re giving away a camera
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29 Replies to “7 iPhone Photography Tips”

  1. I bet if we
    all type in
    rule of
    our comments
    will look even
    Just look at
    that beautiful
    unused white

  2. I LOVE YOUR CHANNEL! Thank you so much for everything. But… my kit lens on my A7Sii is so much better. Never the less you are doing Gods Work!

  3. It would waste less of my time if when you promote a giveaway you note that it's not valid outside the US; I am in Australia and I always get "not available . in your region" when I clik on one of your giveaway link!

  4. Love the idea of using what you have! I made some tutorials on how to shoot with cheap lenses and it's really great actually if you use them the right way!

  5. My cell phone as two purposes only phone calls and run apps for my camera gear. Maybe if cell phone owners spent more time looking where their going then texting or whatever they'd live longer.

  6. The greatest lesson on combining design principles and photography! It would be great to have an acronym or phrase to remember all the 7 tips at least for us non English speaking. Let me try: Lines, Thirds, Light, Space, Frame, Color, Texture = “if you follow the Leading lines and the Rule of Thirds in the Natural Light of the golden hour you will see a magical Frame framing the Color contrast and the Texture of the infinite negative Space!” nah bad poetry… you can do better

  7. @6:20 Is that the NEW iPhone 10 CORDED EDITION?
    I have heard that's going to be the wave of the future. Along with waiting 90 minutes before you can drive your car 2 more hours.
    #Tesla #LiberalProgress

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  9. I got the phone, app, and need that model. She’s beautiful and the pictures were amazing. Good info brother.

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