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Iphone Travel Photography: Learn The Art Of Mobile Photography

teacher avatar Alexandre Kan, Content Creator & Social Media Coach

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9 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:16
    • 2. Class project

      0:20
    • 3. My 3 steps approach to photography

      2:40
    • 4. Photography techniques

      8:45
    • 5. iPhone camera features

      9:08
    • 6. Editing your photos

      3:09
    • 7. Snapseed demo

      14:19
    • 8. Lightroom demo

      12:06
    • 9. Outro

      1:56
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Hi, My name is Alexandre Kan

I am a travel blogger and content creator based in Dublin, Ireland

I have traveled to 40 countries across 5 continents and started photography in 2015 in order to document my travels and inspire others to travel more.

This online class will be all about mobile photography, we all own a smartphone and it has become the best camera anyone can own nowadays. It is compact and powerful at the same time and some photos taken with a smartphone can even compete with expensive DSLRs.

In this online class. You will learn my workflow when it comes to mobile photography.

  1. My 3 step approach to photography
  2. Some photography techniques to help you capture better photos
  3. And the apps that I use in order to edit my photos on the go

This class is for everyone willing to improve their photography skills and do not want to invest in expensive camera gear. As I mentioned earlier, smartphones nowadays are very powerful and if used the right way can provide incredible results.

If that sounds like something like you, without a further a due, let's just get started.

If you would like to join my online community on Facebook to improve your photography skills, here is the link: http://bit.ly/focusandshoot_club

And if you are interested in using Lightroom CC to edit your photos, https://www.adobe.com/ie/creativecloud/plans.html)" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">you can find more information here. 

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Alexandre Kan

Content Creator & Social Media Coach

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Hello, I'm Alexandre Kan.

I am a travel blogger, content creator and social media coach based in Dublin, Ireland. 

I have learned how important it is to go after your dreams and live your life to the fullest. That is the main reason why I decided to leverage technology to create myself a better future. 

From photography to social media marketing and affiliate marketing, I have learned how to leverage these topics to earn a living online and will be sharing them all with you very soon! 

 

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1. Intro: Hi guys, my name is Alexandre Kan. I'm a content creator and a travel blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. I've traveled to 40 countries across five different continents, and photography was for me a way since 2015 to document my travels and inspire others to travel more. This online class will be all about mobile photography, we all own a smartphone nowadays. It has become the best way to capture moments on our daily life. It is small and compact and very powerful, and if used the right way, can really compete with the most expensive DSLR's. In this online class, you will learn my workflow when it comes to mobile photography, I'll first share with you my three steps approach to photography, followed by a few photography techniques that you will be able to use in order to improve your photography skills. Finally, I'll share with you two main applications that have been using in order to edit my photos on the go. This class is for everyone willing to improve their photography skills and do not want to invest in too expensive photography gear. As I mentioned earlier, smartphone nowadays are very powerful, and if used the right way you will be able to create incredible results. If that sounds like something like you, without further ado, let's just get started. 2. Class project: The projects I would like you to complete for this online class is to just go out and explore your own city, and try to capture your nine photos with a photography approach, and a different photography techniques that I'll be sharing with you. Once you're done, just upload them and share it to the community. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing your feedback. 3. My 3 steps approach to photography: When it comes to mobile photography or even any type of photography, I like to use my Swiss steps approach. The first step is all about enjoying the moment and also try to take that mental picture that you will want to replicate afterwards. Remember the fit of the step is to actually enjoy the moment, sometimes as creative. We are always in rush and we always want to cut you as quick as possible, the moments. But sometimes especially when you're traveling, you just want to take in everything that's around you. Just take some time, take a step back, look at everything around you. Pay attention to details and try to incorporate those elements that really stands out in front of your eyes for your photo. Step number two is just to know the different techniques that you will be able to use in order to replicate that mental shot you took in Step one. In order to complete this Step two, you'll need, first, to know a few photography techniques and second, to really know your gear. This is what will differentiate a photographer to a very good photographer, because you will be able to exactly replicates what you have in mind. Where's your camera gear? Finally, Step three is all about learning how to edit your photos. For me, this is where the magic happens, this is where you'll be able to differentiate yourself from others. Some photographers actually define their own style of photography just through the editing process. Some will go right into SDR. So high dynamic range photos and boost the saturation to have those colors really pop. Others will, in the contrary, keep it in very dark tones and keep that moody feeling. Then it is really up to you to find your own style of editing so that people can actually recognize your work. Tell yourself that you are the creative director. You are the one setting the scene. Nobody else but you are on this scene. Even if there will be other people shooting to some subject, their perspective will be different than yours. It is all about you bringing the viewer in your world. If you managed to give your viewer the feeling that you had at the moment that you capture that photo, then your job as a photographer is done. Just try to respect those three steps. First step, take some time to actually look at the location, pay attention to details and enjoy the moment. Step two, after you enter that mental shot, tried to find the different techniques and know the different features of your camera that you can use in order to replicate that mental shot. Finally, the third step is to edit your photo. It is something that I'm going to share with you later on. 4. Photography techniques: Photography offers a wide branch of photography techniques you can use in order to capture a scene. These are just guidelines that you can use for yourself, in order to improve your photography skills. I will encourage you, especially if you're a beginner, to try every single one of those techniques. I won't go through all the photography techniques that exist, but I'm just going to share with you the main ones that I use personally, especially for my travel photos. The first one is all about reflection. Reflection, it is just a way to use an external element in order to create that mirror effect. If for instance you're shooting a subject and you can see the reflection on the water, you'll be able to create that mirror effect of the subject reflecting in the water. This technique can be used with different type of elements. It can be water. It can be a puddle. It can be just a lake. It can be a river. Everything with water will basically bring you that mirror effect, especially if the water is very calm. It can also use external element like window glass. It is really up to you to really see what stands out at the moment that you're shooting, and what you can actually capture. This technique is very cool to use it. Some people will actually use this one as their signature shot. Here for instance, you can see a photo that I took in Trinity College at sunset time. You'll see that you got the photo right in the foreground. You'll see the mainland mark of Trinity College in the mid ground, and you'll see those peak clouds in the background. It is also a way to combine two techniques with our layering and reflection, in order to make a photo standout. But I will talk about layering later on. The second technique is framing. Framing is just again, using an external element in order to take a photo of your subject. In that case, I can show you an example of this building that I took in Dublin. You'll see those four big pillars that are actually framing the main building in the background. That's something that you can absolutely use in order to create more interest to your photo. But you could also use other elements, like for instance, this photo of Temple Bar that I took this summer. You will be able to see that what stands out already is the flowers. I wanted to incorporate some flowers on the top left part of this photo in order to frame the bar, and lead the eye of the viewer towards the bar itself. The street was very busy. It was also a way to use a foreground element in order to hide what is in the background, and just attract the focus of my fundamental subject that I was capturing. The third technique is called symmetries. Symmetries speaks for itself. You just need to find something that looks symmetrical. There is something about symmetry that makes your photo looks more appealing. What I really like about this technique is that it really encourages you to pay attention to details. You won't be able to see that everywhere, but when it comes to urban photography or even architectural photography, you'll be able to find it a lot. Here for instance, there is a photography of [inaudible] in shopping center and the iconic clock. This is one of the main attraction of the shopping mall. By just standing right in the middle, I was able to capture these perfect symmetry of the whole building. It just looks very cool. You don't need to do much more. Sometimes you thought on it to be too complicated. If you can find some symmetry, it will make your photo more appealing. Also example in terms of symmetry, is this photo that I took of the Bir-Hakeim bridge in Paris. This is also called the Inception bridge. It was part of the movie Inception. Just by standing right in the middle, you will be able to create that symmetry effect. Also at the same time, you also gets what's called repetition. It just looked like this bridge has no end. It just repeats itself over and over and over again. This is a great way to combine actually two techniques of photography into one, and make your photo looks more appealing. The fourth technique is called leading lines. Leading line is just a way for you to attract the eye of the viewer towards the subjects that you are taking in the photo. Here is an example of a shot that I took of Henry Street, which is one of the main shopping streets here in Dublin. In that case, I'm standing at a high vantage point and shooting down. As you can see on the left part of the photo, you'll see the iconic Spire, which is one of the main landmark here in Dublin. You'll see all the details of the building, and the main shops on this shopping street. But what you can see is that everything is leading towards the end of that street, to the main landmark that is the Spire. You'll see lines on the street and also on the roof line that leads towards the end of the street, to the main subject of this photo that is the Spire. You can also use it for portrait photography or even lifestyle photography. I tend to use it quite a lot when I'm traveling. Just by standing in the middle of the frame, and having some external elements that will just leads the eye of the viewer towards the subject, and in that case, that would be me. Fifth technique is called the rule of thirds. In order to use a rule of thirds, what you will need to do is to activate the grid on your camera up. If you're using an iPhone, you just have to go to settings, select camera, and activate grids. Once you activated it, just reopen your camera up, and you will see that the grid would be displayed on the screen. The rule of thirds is just here to help you better compose your shot. The principle is just to put the subject of your photo at one of the intersection of those lines in the grid, or just put your subject within one column of the grid. If I take the example of the photo that I previously showed you of the shopping street. As you can see here, the main subject of the photo was the Spire and the shopping streets, but everything was leading towards the end of that street. By positioning my subject, which was the Spire on the left column, you can see that everything is actually leading towards the end of that street, and toward that left column specifically. Here is another example of a photo that I took in Barcelona of this photographer with his old camera, taking a shot of the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona. Here, I just put my subject which was the photographer, in the foreground of my photo, but also at the intersection of the grid lines on the left column also. I left the the two other columns to be able to bring some elements in the mid ground, and also in the background. The mid ground will be the Arc de Triomf that you can see further away, and finally the backgrounds with old details. It is also another way to combine three different techniques into one. You put the layering, you put the rule of thirds, and also the symmetry, as you can see there was positioned right in the middle of the Arc de Triomf. Finally, the last technique is called layering. As you've heard previously, this is a technique that I'm actually applying quite a lot, because it brings some depth in your photo. It's just a way to position some elements in the foreground, mid ground, and background of your photo, just to create some depth, make the photo look more interesting rather than just taking a photo of the subject and without incorporating any other element. Your photo will just look flat that way. It can look good if that's your style that you want to go for. But as a travel photographer and also an urban photographer, I believe that it is more interesting to bring some elements in the foreground. At this way, you can create a story. In some ways, it makes up your feel like they were actually on the scene with you. Again, those techniques are just guidelines. Some photographers are actually picking one of those techniques and just do the same thing over and over again. It is really up to you to pick the one that you feel the most comfortable with. I tend to try to combine different techniques into one most of the time. It is more challenging obviously, but it makes your photo more interesting, and will make it more appealing to the eye of the viewer. It is really up to you. It is also a matter of practice. The more you're going to practice, the better you can get, obviously. 5. iPhone camera features: We are so lucky nowadays to have such powerful tools like smartphone, in order to get your photos on our daily life. But what's going to differentiate you from a poor photographer to a obvious photographer is really knowing your gear. When it comes to knowing your gear, it is in two parts. You need to know your hardware and you need to know the software. In this case, I'm going to give you the example of choosing an iPhone, and the phone that I use is an iPhone 7 Plus. In terms of hardware, you have two different lenses, if you're using an iPhone 7 Plus. One is for a wide angle lens, and the other one is a telephoto lens. The wide angle lens is just to capture a scene and the telephoto lens is there to zoom in, to get some details regarding the subject that you want to take in photo, that's the first part. Then you also have shortcuts that you can use. If you're using an iPhone, you just have to wake your phone up, and swipe your finger to the right in order to display the camera. If you do not have the settings, you just have to swipe up and press on the camera icon in order to open the camera. Once you have your camera open, there are different ways that you can actually trigger the shutter. You can either trigger it with a normal button that you see in the camera app, or you can also use the volume button on the side of the camera in order to trigger the photo. This can come in very handy if you are in a very awkward position, to use those buttons in order to take a photo. But what I really like about it, it allows you to really carry your phone, like it will be a proper camera. In the end smartphones can compete in term of prices with low-end cameras, so make sure to use it the right way when you're taking a photo. That's what it is about hardware. The second part is all about software, and features of your camera on your smartphone that you can use in order to replicate that mental shot that you took in step one, remember? The first thing that I will recommend anyone to do is to activate the grid on your camera. In order to do so, if you're on an iPhone, you just have to go to settings, camera and activate the grids. Once the grid is activated, just go back to your camera app, and you'll notice that the grid is now displayed on the screen. The grid is there to help you with photographic techniques that I mentioned earlier called the rule of Syriza. This way you will be able to compose your shot the right way by just putting your subject of your photo at one of the intersections of the lines on the grids, or putting it in one of the column of the grids. The second thing is you can use with your phone is called HDR. HDR is an acronym for high dynamic range. In photography you'll have what's called the highlights, which is a very bright part of the photo. You have the shadows, which is a very dark part of the photo, and you'll have a natural tones. Depending on the type of situation you are when it comes to the light, your camera won't be able to capture all the details. That's the reason why you're going to be using HDR. The principle of using HDR is really to capture three photos and merge them into one. Basically the camera will take the photo that is overexposed, another photo that is exposed correctly, and a third one that is underexposed and merges those three together in order to create the optimum exposure for your final photo. The other feature that you can use with your iPhone is called live photos. They really depend on the version of your iPhone, but I believe it starts from the iPhone 6S and moving forward. Basically you just have to activate this button right there and you'll notice that there is a live button that's displayed on the screen. Every time that you will take a photo, what the camera will do, it will actually take a three seconds video. Every time that you will take a photo, make sure to stay still until the live button goes away on the screen. What you will be able to do then is actually use some effects. Those effects are very handy, some are some gimmicks of already effects that you can find in other applications. One would just create a loop, so your photo will just go over and over and over again. You can also create a bounce. The bounce is a similar effect as the boomerang effect with the Instagram app. You will also get the long exposure. The long exposure is one technique that you can use in photography. The only difference here is that you can just do it in matter of seconds. All you have to do is activate the live feature of your camera, take the shot, stay still for three seconds, swipe up in order to add the effect of long exposure, as the long exposure shots can be used in different situations. Here for instance, you'll notice that in the background, you got this nice landmark here in Dublin, and you've got this nice clouds also passing over. So if the clouds will be moving very fast, it will be a nice way to bring that motion blur effects on your photo. If you're for instance, taking photos during the night or in low light conditions, and you have many cars passing by with their lights, you'll be able to capture the trail lights of those cars. If you're for instance at a waterfall, and you would like to get at motion blur effect on the water, and get the water as smooth as possible, this is something also that you can do, and all of this just with your smartphone. You won't need to have a tripod, you won't need to have a camera in order to put it on long exposure, everything is done through your smartphone in matter of seconds. Another feature that you can use with your smartphone is called panorama. Most of people would know panorama to use it just for landscape shot for instance, but you can also use it in portrait mode, meaning that you can take vertical panoramas. So in order to use a panorama mode, or you have to do is swipe to the right, frame your shot with this little square next to the arrow. Press the shutter once, turn your shot, stop it where you want it to stop. Press the shutter twice, and you'll see the results. So you have bigger photos right in front of you, that if you will have taken it normally with a normal photo modes, you might not have been able to take the full scene. But if you'll like also to take a big building for instance, or if I would be closer to this building right behind me, I would not have enough room in order to shield the building within the frame. I could also use a panorama mode in order to take it. All I will have to do is put my phone in landscape mode, you'll notice that the arrow is pointing to the top. All you have to do is do the same thing. Press the shutter ones, swap all the way to the top, press the shorter twice, and you'll get the results. But sometimes you'll notice that the sky is quite bright, and your photo might be overexposed in that case. All you have to do is go back to panorama. Again, put it in landscape mode, and tap on the arrow. Now you will see that the arrow is at the top of the screen. All you have to do is take the shot starting from the top. I'll just frame my shot as usual, focus on the sky. Tap your shutter once, go all the way down tap your shutter twice, and you'll notice a difference. This is the before, this is the after. The panorama mode is a very handy tool that you can use once you notice that your camera cannot feel the subjects that you're taking a photo. The other thing that you need to be aware of is to adjust the brightness after shots. Here in this case, you'll notice that the photo is quite dark. So what I'm going to do is actually focus on the sky always in order to keep the details of the shot. Hold my finger for two seconds on the screen and you'll notice that she'll get the letters, AE/AF LOCK. This is meant for auto focus, and the exposure. Now it is locked. Anywhere you will go the exposure will remain the same. If you would like to make your photo brighter, all you have to do is slide your finger to the top, or if you would like to make it darker all you have to do is slide your finger to the bottom. In that case I'll take it this way. Once you are happy, just press the shutter once. This is pretty much it when it comes to knowing your gear. Quick recap of what we've done so far. Step one is all about the location, what you like, what really stands out, have a look around. What could you actually incorporate into your photo to make your photo more interesting using the different techniques that I mentioned earlier? The second step is all about replicating that mental shot that you took, with your smartphone, knowing the different features that I showed you so far. 6. Editing your photos: Another two of them were step 1. Step 2, it is time to go to step 3, which is the editing part of photography. In my opinion, the editing part is the most interesting part for a photographer because this is where you'll be able to differentiate yourself from one photographer to another. Like I mentioned earlier, some photographer like to go in very bright colors and all those really like to go into very dark tones. I started with very very bright colors and lately tend to go towards more dark tone. Your editing style will improve over time and also change over time. It's really up to you really to stick with one way of editing, or you should just want to change it from time to time. I tend to change it from time to time, especially lately with my Instagram feed I try to keep a theme as much as possible. We'll use the colors on my photos, and it's thank to one application that I'm going to share with you today. In order to edit my photos I've use tool applications. The first one is free and it is called Snapseed. It is made by Google and it is a very powerful application that anyone can use. It is very user-friendly and you can play around with all the adjustments settings of the photo editor. It is a really good way to get familiar with all of those editing tools that you can use in order to transform your photo. The second application that I've been using now since early 2018 is called Lightroom CC. Lightroom was first a software that was used on a laptop or desktop. Since, I believe 2017, is released the mobile version. Now you can use an application called Lightroom CC, that stands for Creative Cloud. Basically you can take a photo on your mobile phone, start editing on your mobile phone using this application and sync to the great technology, you can just continue your old bit on your laptop once you get home. It is a very powerful tool, and you can do so many things with it. It is really incredible the amount of adjustment you can do to one photo. The only thing though that you use this application is that you'll need to shoot your photo in raw. Raw is just a format used in photography, basically what it means that you still taking the same photo but with a raw format, you get much more information than just with a JPEG. With a JPEG formats, what's going to happen is the software within your camera is just going to process the photo right away in order to make it look as you were on the same, contrary to using the raw format, which would bring more information to the photo. You'll be able to take what's called a very flat color picture photo that you would be able then to color grit and later on using the software. It is a more advanced way to take photos. But just for the sake of this training, I'm just going to introduce you to those two applications, synapsid and Lightroom, and show you how you want to be able to transform your photos by using one of those two applications. 7. Snapseed demo: When it comes to editing I use an application called Snap seed. That's the one right there and it's for free. You should just go on the App Store or the Google Play Store, you'll be able to find it. Once you open it, that is what you will see. You just have to tap anywhere in order to open the photo that you want to edit. Just open from device, I selected shoe favorite already. I'm just going to simulate. As you can see right there at the bottom, you have got several filters to get closer. If you don't want to spend your time adjusting all the settings manually, you can just tap on one of those filter and It will adjust the look of your photo. But in that case, I'm going not to do it. I'm going to show you how I edit my photos using the toolbox. By just tapping here at the bottom in the middle called tools. You will see that many settings are now displayed. Usually what I started doing when edit my photos is just to check the composition and see what can be improved. Here I can see that the photo is a little bit dark. What I'm going to do is just go to the settings in order to do it. I just have to hold my finger on the screen and slide up and down. By sliding up I can reach the shadows. I'm just going to increase the shadows by just binding my finger from the left to the right of the screen. You can see a slight difference. Just in to find the right balance. The shadows are done. The next thing I can do is decrease the highlights. The highlights are just a very bright part of the photo. As you can see here on the sky, it is not possible to see much detail. Let's see if we can bring back some clouds if there were any not in this case. In that case I'm just going to leave it as it was originally. The other thing that I can do is increase the color brightness. For that, I just have to go to ambient and slide to the right. The walls of orange brick wall is getting way brighter than I would go all the way to the left. It's another way to edit your photo in order to bring some brightness into your photo. I going to stand somewhere around 40. The next thing is the saturation. It's up to you. If you want to increase it or decrease it. I tend to decrease it lately because other type of things I like to do. But if you would like to increase it, it's absolutely up to you, you can absolutely do it. In my case, I'm just going to go low, I'm going to do minus ten. The last thing I'm going do is just increase the contrast just to be told to bring back some details and texture into the photo. Once you're happy with the result, we just have to tick icon in the bottom right. If you would like to see a before and after photo, you just have to hold your finger on the screen, here is a before and here is after, before, after. You can see that the photo is way much brighter than he used to be. Now that we've done this, as the first part, the second part is to apply some effects. Here's our shared figure that you can use. HDR scape stands for High Dynamic Range escape. It should take a photo and you see that your photo is very dark for instance, you can just apply this effect High Dynamic Range scape. You'll see that your photo will get brighter. All the darker area of your your photo will be brighter, but the photo doesn't look real anymore. For this effect, what I would recommend to do is to decrease the strength by sliding your finger to left somewhere around here. Then I'm just going to increase the brightness just a little somewhere around here. The next effect that I can apply is called Trauma. What I love about trauma it truly brings back all the details on the photo. It will bring some texture to the photo. You see all the brick walls, the Kegs on the left, or the cold street, all the details are coming up. But again, this [inaudible] is pretty strong. What I'm going to do is just decrease it a little and the other thing that this effect does is that it truly decrease the saturation. All you have to do is just slide your finger up and increase the saturation again, somewhere around here. Once you're happy just tap the tick icon on the bottom right. Here is a before and the after. There's a huge difference right there. As you can see. Now if I would like to, for instance, focus on one part of the photo I can use what's called a vignette. The vignette is just going to darken or brighten the area around this radial focus right there. if I decide to put the focus on the gigs right there and then just decreasing brightness, you'll see that all the focus of the product will be on those gigs. Don't make it too strong [inaudible] , just try to find the right balance to attract the eye of the viewer or to alter main subject of your photo or I could actually move it here to the right just to make it look until the end of the streets. You can also adjust the radius of the vignette by just pinching in or out on the photo. Let's say something like this will look good. Here is a before, here is the after, before, after. That's one way to do it. Once you are happy you have to export the photo and you can either save it on the original or save it as a copy so that you keep the original safe. In my case, I'm just going to save it over it. Then you have this notification popping up in yourself to say okay for modifying the original photo. I save successfully and it will be like in your gallery. The other thing that you can do that i like to use a lot lately is to create a preset. Here I've met all the adjustment for this photo. But if you're like me, you may have taken a few more photos on the same location. In that case, rather than trying to figure out the way you have already edited your previous photo, what you can do is create a preset. Once you have finished editing your first photo, just go to Looks, slide all the way to the right and click on this Plus button right there. It will ask you to save this looks so all you have to do is just name it. For here, I'm just going to name it Dublin and press Okay. So now it's a preset has been saved. If I decide to open an old photo of the same location, say this one, all I will have to do is just tap on my preset Dublin, and it will apply all the settings automatically. Once you are happy, just click Okay. Here is the before, here is the after. You can still readjust by just going into the toolbox, adjust the brightness if you want to, adjust the contrast, adjust the shadows, adjust the highlight also, adjust the shadows a little. But at least you won't have to start from scratch your editing process again. Here what we can do is that you see on this side, on the left side is pretty dark. What I'm going to do is use the brush tool. The brush tool is good for dodge and burn, exposure, temperature or saturation. In that case, I just want to brighten this area of the photo. So I'm just going to use the exposure part. The honest thing to be aware of is that you need to be using the right exposure right from the beginning. Just try it out on one part of the photo to see how it looks like, and once you're happy with strength of exposure, you just have to slide your finger over the dark areas of the photo. Something like this. Once you are happy, press Okay. Then here are the before, here is the after. Let's try to find another example quickly. I'm going to try to take, let's say this photo right there. Here it is a photo that I took just at the beginning of fall here in Dublin. I'll just use this leaf in the foreground just to bring some depths to the photo, again is about using the layering effect. Something with foreground midground and background in order to make your photo more interesting and bring some texture, otherwise your photo will look flat, and that's not what you want. You want to bring some texture into your photo and some depths into your photo. Here as you can see, there are some parts of the photo that I don't like. What I'm going to do is just crop this part and readjust the horizon on this photo also. In order to do that, what I'm going do is just tap on Tool again, go to crop tool, and then here you can either use a template or you can do it freely. You just have to put one finger on one corner of the photo and then slide where you want your photo to be. In that case, something like this. Once you're happy, just press Tick button, then go to tool, and all we're going to do is the horizon, just tap on Rotates, and just help to slide your finger just a little. Adjust to the left or to the right in order to straighten your photo. Something like this looks good. The next thing that I want to do now is go again back to Tune Image, and I'm going to increase the shadows because I want to have this part of the building in focus. I'm going to increase it a little. Next thing I'm going to do is increase the ambiance. So this way, I'm going to get all those colors, brown colors of the pub highlighted, and I can also increase a little bit the saturation and gradual as a contrast. I don't believe that my photo is straight, so I'm just going to go back to Rotate and try to make it straight. Something like this. Here is the before, here is the after, looks much better. But now, I would like to bring some details of those cobblestone in the foreground. What I'm going to do is tap on Tool and use the Drama effect. As you can see, it brings some more detail. All you have to do now is just adjust the strengths somewhere like this and re-increase the saturation by just lighting up and create the saturation brighter. Something like that, here's the before, here's the after. Now what I can do also is to use a vignette, as I mentioned earlier, and decrease brightness so that the corner of the photo gets a bit darker and we get to full focus on the front side of the pub, and also the leaf in the foreground. There we go. Here is a before the photo, what it look like at the beginning, and here is the after. Pretty happy result. Well, basically it's when it comes to editing with Snaps It, again it's just a matter of practice. I've been using it for the past 2-3 years, so I know exactly where to find all the tools and how I want to edit my photos. But what I showed you is just my way of doing it. It is not really your way. I'll say you'll have to find your own way by editing your photos yourself. But one thing that is really helpful is that if should tap here on the three dots on the top right of the screen, you'll see that there is a tutorial section available and by using this, you'll be able to find new ways of editing your photos. It is really depending on you, the way you want to edit your photos, and a better great way to practice different ways of editing a certain photo. Those tutorials are pretty short, so it's like 1-3 minutes maximum. It is very useful, very powerful tool. If you would like to see more ways of editing with Snap It, just let me know and I will create some tutorials that I will publish on my Instagram account. That's basically it, when it comes to Snap It. 8. Lightroom demo: The other application that I use in order to aid my photos since early 2018 now is called Lightroom CC. Lightroom CC is just a mobile version of the Lightroom classic that you can find on laptop. It's part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. In order to be using the full feature of this application, you need to have a subscription is Adobe Creative Cloud. It cost about, I think is about €12 per month. If you decide to step up your photography, this is the application that I recommend to everyone. Not only you'll have access to Lightroom, but you'll also have access to Photoshop and other application. If you're interested in using Lightroom, I'm just going to provide you with a link in the description of this online class. There are several things that I love about Lightroom. Here you'll notice that here at the bottom that you got all the settings that you can adjust if you want to, we talked somewhere of Snapseed. But you've got some more advance adjustments that you can do. When it comes to editing, I always adjust first the brightness so I just go into light, then play along with those adjustment right there. I'm just going to decrease high light in order to bring back those details of the clouds. I'm going to increase the shadows a little to brighten the dark areas of the photo. I'm going to bring back some blacks into the photo, and increase a little bit white, something like this, and increase the contrast a little. The next thing I'm going to do is go to color. Here you can adjust the white balance. The white balance is, if you want your photo to look colder. Go into the blue tones or quamer, if you want to go into the yellow tones. Just greatly re-adjusted, especially for sunset time outset. But for this photo, there's not much you can do unless you want to decrease it a little to make it look like this. If you're not sure about how to use the white balance, what you can do is just use this tool right there. By typing here on custom, you can select Auto if want the software to adjust the white balance just for yourself. So you're just using an artificial intelligence to adjust the setting, or you can just do it as shots, so keep it as you shot it if you have selected the proper white balance once you took the photo. The next thing you can do is increase vibrance. Vibrance again is just getting some more color into your photo, and the saturation to decrease it or increase it. We're not going to decrease it, because here is Lightroom, so the correct thing you can do is adjust the color saturation independently. If I would like, for instance here to adjusts the yellow parts only of this photo, it's something that I can do. In order to do that, all I have to do is, tap on Mix, select a yellow color. Here you'll see HSL, and HSL stands for hue, saturation and luminance Hue is just changing the color of the yellow, so you can go either to the orange tones or to the green tones. Here I'm just going to decrease it a little towards the orange. You can also increase the saturation. So if you want just to see the yellow part or decrease it. Whatsoever, you can actually remove the yellow color on photo, in fact here I'm just going to increase it to 90, 85 something like this. You can increase the luminance, because the luminance is the equivalent of the ambience on Snapseed so if you want yellow color to be brighter or if you want it to be darker. In that case, I think I'm just going to leave it somewhere around here. You can play around again with all the different colors available. If you don't feel comfortable using those sliders right there, what you can do is just tap on this toggle right there in the middle, go under Color, select if you want to use a hue saturation or luminance. Just tap on the color and slide up in order to increase the saturation of light going in in order to decrease it so that you don't have to use the slider anymore you can just do it on the screen right away so somewhere around like this. Look good. I can play around with the orange colors here because there are few here on the photo. I'm just going to use the slider to adjust this. Here I'm going to use this hue, I'm going to increase the saturation a little, and increase the luminance. You can also play with the blues. It's just a matter of looking at what the adjustment will do on your photo and see what you really like. The next thing that you can do is apply some effects. When it comes to effects, you can apply what's called clarity. Clarity is equivalent of trauma, it just bring some texture into your photo, more details into your photo. You can use a dehaze so your photo will be blurry. You could use dehaze in order to remove the blur on your photo. You can also apply a vignette like I showed you on Snapseed. But that's not all. What I really like about this tool, is that you can also apply, what's called geometry. You can use this if you believe that, for instance, this building doesn't look really straight onto photos, or if you have like some less distortions, for instance, you can re-adjust it right there using this tool. Here, for instance, you can do something like this. You'll see that now the building is straight. But what you need to do also is crop the parts of the photo that have been re-adjusted. For that, you can just tap on here, constraint crop, it's just going to crop the photo automatically. Something like this, looks good. Now, if you would like to adjust some areas of the photo. Let's say for instance, that I just want to adjust the sky part of the photo because it looks bright. What I can do is just tap here. I want to select it first, and then I want to tap the Plus button right there. I tap also on the Gradual Filter here on the right side. What you can do is just apply a mask on top of your photo. Here I just want to adjust the sky part of the photo. I'm just going to slide it up until the roof line. Then I'm just going to adjust the brightness of the sky. Here I can either decrease the exposure, so you see that the sky is getting darker. I can increase the contrast. I'm just going to start first with highlight, decrease them a little, decrease the shadows and decrease the exposure, so that it looks a bit moodier or it looks dark. Something like this. If you would like to bring back some colors into the photo, you can absolutely do it by playing with the temperature, for instance, right there, so you can see. You can make it look like it will be sunset time, re-adjust tint if you want to, something like that or you put on play is just a quarter at a podium right there. Let's put this, just only the concentrates. You could also notice that there are some parts that are affecting the rest of the photo. In order to just affect the sky part, what I can do is just use these areas right there. Then just slide my finger in the areas. I don't want to be affected by the filter, and just sprinkle it. This spot right there, I don't want it to be affected on the photo. I just want it to be perfect. I'll just tap this part right there that is affected. Once you're happy, just tap here. Now let's press Okay. The next thing that you can do is also create what's called a radius filter. It is the only way to enhance some part of the photo that you want. If for instance, I would like to bring some more detail in to this space right there. I can try to do so. I can just create this little circle all around, back on light maybe increase exposure to emphasize that diverse is right there, increase the contrast. I can also increase the color if I would like to, so saturation right there, and press Okay once you have it. Now what you can also do is create your own presets. Like I mentioned, with Snapseed, you can do it here also with Lightroom. All you have to do is tap here on the three dots right there, and tap on create preset. Then just name the presets as you want to and save all the adjustment that you've done. Once you're going do it, all the presets will be saved right there, in the presets section. Here I got all my presets. What I like about Lightroom creative cloud, is that I can create my own presets on the laptop, and import them on my mobile phone. If you're interested in getting some presets, and don't want to spend too much time editing your own photos, I will make them available in a description of this online class with a special discount, especially for you guys. But here for instance, let's say, if I would reset this photo, I'll just remove all the adjustments that we've done. I can just go into my presets, and I've got a few presets according to the type of moods that I would like to go for, for my photos. If I take this photo, for instance, it was taken at sunset, but it's a bit dark. What I can do is use this drop the night, and it will just brighten the photo like it will b taken during daylight. It's up to you to decrease it or increase it, then there's sliders in order to make it your own, but it really saved me a lot of time when it comes to editing my photos by just using those presets. The good thing is that if I use it on my laptop, I can apply the same preset to as many photos as I want and edit them in one go, in just one click. That's about it when it comes to Lightroom. Again, very powerful editing application, if you like to step up your game in photography. If you have any questions regarding how to edit those photos, just let me know and I will create some more tutorials on how to use all those settings at the bottom of the screen right there. It is, again, a matter of practice, and just need to play around with all those settings and see what really may look good to your eye. 9. Outro: That is basically it, when it comes to mobile photography. As I mentioned earlier, you just need to go through those three steps. The first step is, to take in, enjoy the moment, what really stands out, and take that mental shot. Once you've done that step 1 then go to step 2. What techniques? What photo-record techniques can you use and what camera features can you use in order to replicate that mental shot? The 3rd step is all about the editing process. How are you going to edit in order to improve the photo that you just took? If you would like to go even further, what I recommend to do is to reverse engineer it. Go from step 3 to step 1. I know that it is a tricky one. But it is actually better, because by reverse engineering it, you'll be able to have a better idea of the type of photo that you want, and then apply the different techniques and features at your camera in order to make that photo come true. Most photographers will actually have an idea of the photo that they wish to have, and they will try to find a way to make it happen. I believe that is the main challenge of photography and that's what makes it so interesting, in my opinion. Try to practice first in the right order, from step 1 to step 3, and then reverse engineer it from step 3 to step 1, in order to spice it up. I hope that you found this online class helpful and that you'll be able to use those couple of techniques that I share with you in order to improve your photography skills. If you believe that you need more support, I'm always there for you. Don't hesitate to reach out to me. Also created a Facebook group that you can absolutely join. It is meant for beginner and intermediate photographers. It is a place where you'll be able to share your photos and participate to weekly challenges in order to improve your photography skills. Don't hesitate to join guys. I'm looking forward to seeing you in there. Until the next one, don't hesitate to go out, explore, and be creative.