I shot a WEDDING on my iPhone! MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS


(calm music) – Hi. It’s just good to see you. This here is an American
Morgan silver dollar. Now the funny thing with
Morgan silver dollars, I mean it doesn’t really make
that much of a difference but if you place it in your hand, I can see it just there, you close your hand up,
make a nice, tight fist. The thing is, I believe
there’s a button somewhere, I’m not exactly sure where the button is, but if you press it, the
coin disappears completely. That’s, I’ve always
found that interesting. It’s Two Minute Tuesday, let’s go. (upbeat rock music) What’s up, everybody, Peter McKinnon here and welcome back to yet
another Two Minute Tuesday. It’s so great to have you
here and see all of your, all of your smiling faces. Today’s gonna be a fun one. You see, over the past
weekend, I attended a wedding for one of my oldest
friends, not oldest in age, just I’ve known him for, I’ve
known him for a long time. Anyways, finally got married, and I was in the wedding party, so I wasn’t actually shooting the wedding. Because, as some of you may know, I used to shoot weddings way back in the day when I first started my
photography business. I’ve said this before
and I’ll say it again and I’ll continue to say it that, if you are looking to make money with photography and you’re just starting
out, beginning to shoot weddings is a great avenue for that skill. You can make good money,
you can learn a ton. During the week you can
work on booking those gigs and honing that craft,
making your website, building your portfolio,
then on the weekends, you can actually shoot those weddings and get experience from that. It is amazing and I’ve said
this before that it’s both product photography, photojournalism, food photography, portraiture,
street photography, it’s all of these things wrapped up into one event in one day, so
you really learn on your feet. It’s a true run-and-gun
style, so if you haven’t tried shooting a wedding
before, I highly recommend it. You can start very, very
small and offer your services at a good deal, at a discount so you can get your foot in the door. Then as you work your way up the rungs, you can polish that skill,
turn it into a viable business, and actually make a living
from shooting weddings. So, that’s something I used
to do, way back in the day. But this weekend, I was in the wedding, so I didn’t actually get to
shoot it, I was apart of it. So because I was in the
wedding, I couldn’t actually photograph the wedding, so I actually just took my phone around
and followed the photographer and my friend, I’m sure
my friend liked it, the photographer probably
not so much, but I was just doing my own thing with the phone. Bare bones, no lenses, no extra, nothing. I was editing the photos
with a couple apps at my seat at the head table during dinner and I just mass-texted
them all to my friends before I left and it got me thinking on the way home, this would
be a really great video to just talk about a few of the photos that I took, show you the apps that I used to get the results that
I got and then just kind of encourage everybody
out there that has a camera that you can do this, too. So that’s today’s video. I’m going to try and
keep it to two minutes, but we all know that’s
pretty much impossible, but I’m feelin’ good today. Let’s throw two minutes on the clock. (imitates explosion) Let’s go. Okay, let’s start with
the ten photos that I took this past weekend, they look like this. (upbeat electronic music) Alright, so first things
first, that’s not bad for a phone, with no extra lenses. Like, that’s a cellphone. That’s the phone in your
pocket and you’re able to shoot photos like that. When I first started
weddings, I don’t even think I was taking photos that good. Mind you, it’s a calculation
of both the light and having an eye and
knowing what to look for and what to shoot for, and
I’d love to get into that in a little more detail in further videos. If that’s somethin’ that
you think you’d like, leave that comment below and let me know. But those ten photos, from a phone, crazy. I attribute a lot of that
to the apps that I use. Now, both apps that I used were Lightroom and Lens Distortions. So I’m gonna grab one of those photos, one of those raw photos, and we’re gonna edit it together onscreen
so I can show you exactly what I did so
you can kinda get a feel of how easy it is and how you can actually take banger shots, crazy good photography with your phone using
these apps and you can start doing that today. Okay, so the first photo I started with we shot at Golden Hour, so
that was step number one, finding the right light. If you don’t have good
light, it doesn’t matter what gear you’re using,
be it that’s a cellphone or a $10,000 camera, it’s not gonna look as good as it could. So this shot was taken just
as the sun was comin’ down over that treeline, just
rim-lighting her hair. It looked perfect, the sky
was a little blown out, so to compensate for that,
I snuck behind a pine tree so I could have some of those
pine needles framing the shot. You guys know I love always
shooting through something, that’s why you’ll notice
a few of these shots, I always have some leave hanging in front, be it that I’m actually
behind a tree or I’m just taking leaves off of a
tree and holding them in front of my phone. I did that many times, this
is a perfect example of that. So I pretty much moved
through these three or four effects: light, color,
effects, and detail. So if we start with
light, you can mess around with the exposure, maybe bring
it down just a little bit, to bring back some of that highlights that are blown out in the sky. To compensate for that as
well, we can actually drag this highlight slider all the way down, but you’ll notice it
doesn’t really do much, it actually just pixelates
the image a little bit more. So I’m gonna leave that where it was. It’s also important to say I shot this on Apple’s portrait mode
to try and get as much depth of field as I can. And that mode doesn’t
always work very well, but in the right light,
with the right background, sometimes the portrait mode of this phone just blows my mind, okay. So, with that being said, continuing down, playing with the shadows,
I lifted the shadows just slightly so we got
a little bit more detail in their clothes, in the
suit and in the dress. And I’m fine with that,
I think it’s exposed fine as it is, so moving on to color. This is where I play around a lot. Now, just like the HSL
tabs within Lightroom, you can do that on your phone. Just hit this little button
up here that says mix, that’s a little color wheel. Now you can go through and individually select the colors that you wanna tweak. So, with the greens, they’re
a little bit too green, I wanna make them more earth-y, which actually means making
them a little bit more brown. But you might think,
“but, Pete, dead grass “doesn’t look good”. But in this context, it
does, so we’re gonna hit the green slider right
here and then we’re going to change that hue. So you’ll notice going to the left makes that a little more gold,
whereas going to the right makes it way too green,
looks like the PGA tour, that’s not what we’re lookin’ for. So I’m gonna bring that
down, further to the left, almost all the way. Now we can mess with our saturation. Too high doesn’t look good,
too low gives me no color, so just below center is
where I’m gonna leave that. And then I’m gonna turn the
luminants up a little bit just to brighten those greens, that color that we just added. Following that, yellow would
be the next closest color that I’m gonna manipulate,
doing the same thing, moving that yellow around to
find where I like it the most, closer towards the warm side,
bringing that saturation a little bit and then, of course, orange we’re gonna move that
slider left and right, see where we like it the most. It’s pretty much good as is at this point. We’re gonna hit “done”. Now I’m gonna move over
to the effects tab. Clarity, dehaze, and vignette. You don’t wanna go too crazy on these, but because it’s your mobile phone, to pull out some of that detail, I do need to raise that clarity a little
bit and watch what it does. So if we go too far, it looks too far. But if we just go 25%,
that looks so much better. And then I just wanna bring a vignette in to kind of compensate for how bright and blown out the sky is. So I’m gonna just drag that
vignette, not this way, that’s the wrong way,
we’re gonna drag that in just to focus in on that
couple a little bit more. I’m happy right there,
detail maybe a little bit of sharpening, not too much overkill. I could go back to the
light tab now and maybe just raise the whites a
little bit so her dress just stands out. And now I’m happy with this shot. It’s very moody, it’s my style. I’ve brought down those
greens, we made sure that rim light on her
hair is really popping, so that looks great. Now we’re gonna save
this to our camera roll and we’re gonna open
it in Lens Distortions. Hit this button, save to
camera roll, maximum available, saved successfully to camera roll. Now we’re gonna go ahead and
open up Lens Distortions. Once you’re in Lens Distortions,
this app is really great for adding those extra
tweaks and enhancements. A lot of people might
say, “how did you get “that sun flare, how does
that fog look so good, “how were you able to get
those out-of-focus elements “over top of that photo,
that doesn’t make any sense”. This is the app that I do it with. Now I taught you guys this
way back, it’s probably like a year ago now, but since then, there’s plenty of new
people here, so if you’re looking to take photos on
your phone and make them a little better, this app is highly worth investing in, checking
it out on the app store. I’m not sponsored by them, but it is one of my favorite photo
apps, so check this out. We’re gonna open up light hits and we have a whole list of different light hits that we can choose from here. So, I’m going to go with… I’m gonna go with this
orange one right here, because I love the bottom ring of that. But I’m just gonna raise
that ring up around halfway, so it kind of sits at the top of the photo where it looks like the sun might actually be shining in and we got that nice ring along the bottom and I’m pretty much done. So now I’m just gonna hit
save, I’m gonna choose where I wanna save that,
I’m gonna save the image. It’s done, and now it looks like this. (laid-back rock music) So how great does that look? Also, using this app to add other effects that just make your
photos look incredible. There’s a setting called
“shimmer” that I really like. So when you open up that
shimmer menu, you’ll see down here we have a lot
of out-of-focus elements that add big, kind of
bocce balls, boko balls, however you like to say it. I’m not the biggest fan of that, sometimes they look great
and I have used them, but I like the ones that have streaks, that almost looks like a
meteor shower is happening. So I throw that on and
you can change the angle, you can make them a little
bit bigger if you want and then you can go over
and change the opacity so they’re not as offensive, not as huge. Just drag that down a little bit. But now, when we look at
this photo right here, it just adds so much drama to a photo for a day that should have lots of emotion and feeling to it. So doing this all from
your phone, while sitting at the head table or
wherever you’re sitting, it just shows you the power
of being able to capture this type of content with
something that you have in your pocket. So those are the two
apps that I like using, Lightroom and Lens Distortions. So, my tips for you would
be try to find things that you can shoot
through, be it that that’s through a fence, be it
that that’s through a tree. If you have to grab
some leaves from a tree and hold them in front
of your lens, do that. I don’t limit this to anything. I find whatever I can shoot through. I’ll take my hat off and shoot through the back adjustment strap just so that I have som unique shadow play around the photo, creating its own vignette. These are things that I
find are super valuable and make your phots look 100 times better because, let’s be honest,
most people who aren’t photographers or who
aren’t interested in this, if you were to hand them a camera and say, “hey can you take a picture
of this real quick?” They’re just gonna stand
exactly where you hand the camera to them, they’re
gonna point it at you, take the photo, and hand it back. There’s no creativity, there’s
not thought process at all. So if someone hands me a
camera, one of the first things I do is I look around, what can I grab, is there something close? A napkin, I’m gonna bunch
that up, can I shine a light through the napkin and just
hold it over the corner of the lens to kinda
get a unique lens flare or some kinda softened
effect that’s gonna make this photo look better? Is there some tall
grass, is there something I can shoot through,
can I borrow your hat, can I use that flashlight? All of these things, combined
with some of the apps that you might already have on your phone, are gonna give you incredible images. Mobile. And the reason I titled this video “I Shot A Wedding with My iPhone”
was because I did. The couple then took those
photos and posted them everywhere to thank everybody
for their special day and those were the first
photos that anybody saw from their wedding,
but they were passable. They were acceptable. And it just goes to show
you, if something like that can be done, think
about the opportunities that could be out there for
each and every one of us, using any type of equipment. So, I hope that helps you out. I hope you like those apps. If you haven’t seen them,
I’ll leave the links to them below. Thank you so much to Adam
and Kristy for letting me use these photos in this
video and kinda talk about your wedding day and how I was able to capture something from it. So again, congratulations, and guys, thanks so much for watching. Hit that like button if
you liked this video, smash it if that’s
somethin’ that you’re into. Subscribe if you aren’t already and, and I will try next week to nail two minutes. I really want to, I really want to be able to nail that two minute mark. It’s just, I would have to cut out so much valuable information
that I’m not willing to do to make that two minutes. But one of these days. Like, I’ve done it, like five times. If you guys have been
here since 100K, you know, I’ve done it, like, a handful of times. This is the exact reason I can’t do it. I don’t know when to
stop, I just keep talking, we just gonna– (laid back electronic music)

100 Replies to “I shot a WEDDING on my iPhone! MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS”

  1. 2 minutes on the clock…. 10 mins later aha peter although your expected lecture times are inaccurate, your lectures are precisely what I need in terms of education for photography!

  2. How did you make that part of the video in which you are editing the photo on the phone but without hands ? and all the editing were going on like MAGIC ? 😱

  3. OMG the way you ended lol 😂. I could watch your videos all day long..
    If there more fans as crazy as me 👍🏼
    👇🏻

  4. I brought a mate 20 pro, 4 months ago and really got into photography. Thanks For these tips and tricks. I like to see more tips because I usually have my Phone in my pocket

  5. uhm.. what happened at 4:30 with the super fake edges on the phone? The phone has rounded edges and even non iphone X(s) compatible apps show the corners not at that point. Anywhere else ok, but on a photography channel? No but seriously, great videos, keep them coming!

  6. "Hey,I've just rent a photographer for about 1000$ a hour!"
    "Is it the guy with the IPhone who just came up?"
    "Erm…e…1 dollar for photography 998$ for style and 1 dollar for jesus."

  7. You make of taken amateur photos on a stupid phone that only produces 72 dpi, has no photo settings for light conditions or compensation, try enlarging those you stupid IDIOT……. NOTHING BUT NOISE!!!!!!!!!

  8. Could you make a video explaining “The Eye”. Feel like that would build some confidence for a many and weed out the rest.

    Great Video!!

  9. Having an eye for "the shot" has been such a hard thing for me. I would love to understand the little things to look for. I am a videographer/photographer for about a year now, and although I am gaining some momentum in my career, I am aware that I am self-conscious of my shots because I know that I could do better. Love you Peter but if you could do a future video on that iD LOVE IT

  10. U r the best photographer in the YouTube … Love ur videos. U really inspire me to do more and more of photographer. Now my friends and family recognised my passion for it….thank you…. thanks a lot.

  11. Nice informative and well thought out video.

    I normally don't use my cell phone to takw pictures because the screen is too hard to see in bright sunlight.

    This is why I use my camera's viewfinder instead of the screen.

    Best
    Duane

  12. okay, but the first photo you messed up the lighting, there's a orange outline on the girl but you're making the sun come from a different direction…

  13. Looking good without a hat! Love your videos. Feeling much more confident. Not sure yet if my shots are equally better though. 😊

  14. Why didn't you say you used a lens on your iphone? In a way your making people think they could pull a phone out of their pocket and take phenomenal shots. You're going to Lose subscribers that way now I'm thinking about leaving your channel. Because I watch all the time for ideas and motivation it would be hard, but if I'm not getting right information ill go to someone that's giving me all the info I need. I don't think your go8ng to read this at all but i just wanted to speak my mind on it.

  15. i just recently heard about you man and watched you now for a little while. Very good, very talented i would say. You have nice ideas that work, for example i have ideas for shooting also. It turns out like crap :DDDD
    Yea i need to practice man, but gg for you, Subscribed!

  16. Just discovered your channel recently and catching up binge watching. I love the content and tips! I’d love more tips on wedding photography and portraits in general. Thanks!

  17. I love going back through old videos that are clearly labeled “12:57” and then the video starts and he says “Two-Minute Tuesday” 😂😂😂

  18. Pete my man! Your channel is amazing! Thanks for all the expert tips you provide, and I love the very down to earth style of delivery of your tutorials. It really makes all of this photography stuff, which is normally intimidating, seem very accessible. I have a question:
    – When would you consider it most effective to use the lighter side of the vignette slider?

  19. I wouldn't hire wedding photographer with phone for many reasons. Only those who doesn't shoot with professional equipment would say that there is no difference between phone and professional camera.

  20. I can’t even imagine how intimidated that poor photographer was having Peter McKinnon shooting over his shoulder with an iPhone! 😆

  21. Since the Adobe exodus, I'm concerned about using lightroom on my phone, any concerns over adobe making my photos on my iPhone useless? Dumb question?

  22. Thank you for this video. My Phone Photography has improved a lot and I owe it to Peter McKinnon, Lightroom and LensDistortions. Much love !💜

  23. This is good. A lot of YouTubers use expensive lens but u used just the phone. This really helps. Thanks again

  24. Yes, I would love to see a video about having an eye, understanding the light, etc like you were talking about during the intro… Great vid, learned a TON thank you!!

  25. I like to collect sunglasses, and often I'll use the color of my shades for the day as the theme for my shots, using my glasses as a filter, to put a lense flare where I want it, or to create a vignette. Sometimes getting my glasses dirty makes a more aesthetic photo xD

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