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Mobile Photography Tips and Tricks - The Device in Your Pocket

teacher avatar Frank Lin, Photographer

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6 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project

    • 3. Quick Tips and Tricks

    • 4. Composition

    • 5. Editing

    • 6. Closing

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About This Class

The best camera is the one that is with you. This is more often than not, your smartphone.

In this Skillshare class you will learn ways to compose your photos, and see some examples of editing photos using your smartphone.

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1. Introduction: There's a famous saying that the best camera is the one that's with you. And in the world of today, that would be your smartphone more often than not. So this little device is quite powerful to take photos with. So in the skill ship class, I'm gonna teach you how to take some amazing photos with this little device that you carry in your pocket every single debt. I'll give you some guidelines on how you can compose your photos, and you can take the shots just to improve. How your photos look and another thing will look at is the different APS we use to take the photos. How to edit, um, Andi. Then afterwards, you can post them to social media. So the conference I'm using is an iPhone, so I'll be teaching you by using this device. But the concept and the idea is behind all the way to take photos with your cell phone can be applied to any device where the IOS or android or Windows mobile or whatever you choose to use, I hope you enjoy the skill shape. Last on. Look forward to seeing your mobile phone 2. Project: the project for the skill ship close. I want you to go outside and explore your city, but taking only your smartphone using a smartphone. I want you to take a different photo for each type off. Composition incorporated in this class says That's include the rule of thirds patterns, leading lines and framing. For each of these photos on your project, I'd like you to explain how these rules are incorporated in your photo. 3. Quick Tips and Tricks: I often use the default camera app on my phone. This as I am able to sit, the different focus points off the photo, but just tapping on the screen by holding my finger down. At a certain point, I can adjust the exposure manually by dragging it up and down. Things can brighten and dark in your photo, depending on how you want it to look like. Thing extra you could use to improve the creativity of your mobile photography is to use a mini tripod. This helps you have stated photos. If your hands are shaking mud things, you can use our smartphones thes attached to the camera on your phone and give it a different perspective, such as a fish island, which won't give you for a much wider view and bring in the entire landscape. 4. Composition: So today we're here in the city of Cape Town, where we walk around and I'll show you the different rules off composition you can use for your mobile. Photography on your smartphone camera gives you the option of using grid lines. Thes. Divide your frame into thirds vertically and horizontally. When you place the focus of your photo along one of these lines, or where the lines intersect, you're applying the rule of thirds. This is just a general rule off what is appealing to the eye. So here we have a landscape photo of Cape Talk, and we've split it 2/3 vertically and horizontally, horizontally. We can see at the bottom third. We have the mountain that was standing on the middle, third being the city on the top, third being the mountain on the sky and then split vertically. We come across with the intersecting lines where the top right the focus point, is where the mountain is that leading lines and lines that form part of an image which draws the viewer's attention towards the main focus off the photo. Here we have a waterway with the edges converge air point right in front of us. What makes this image a lot more appealing to the eye is that the trees next towards way also follow the same form and converge towards the right. The end. We can see the main focus of images little monument, which reflects on the water. So by using the lines of the waterway and the trees way, get the viewers attention to follow these lines towards the center of the image. The next thing to incorporate into your photos are patent patterns can be repetitive geometric shapes or objects that occurred more than twice. So here in this photo, I used the patterns off the building across from me as the top third element off my photo. The windows creates a repetitive squid at across the frame and then also made use of leading lines with buildings off passes below. As this four drew attention towards the center, where the people are coming out and then just above there's a pattern that comes across the last guideline for composition of your photos is framing. This makes use of an object in your photo that frames the main focus of the image. In this photo, a made use off the beam and the pillars dead. Go across this plaza and use it to frame my subject, which are the two people walking in front of me. So these are guidelines you can use to compose your photos. Since their guidelines, you can alter them and deviated from them a little that, but they're more recommendations that you can follow to help creates appealing images. 5. Editing: So now back from taking photos. Andi, I usually edit my photos before posting. Want to something like Instagram. So one of my favorite app. So I like to use dated photos. Is Visco vsc this you can get on Android or IOS? I like he's in this app because it comes with different presets that make your photos look like full. I like shooting form. So to me, if I could get my photos, I take my phone to look like I shot them with full. That's a bonus. So this app it's quite cool because you cannot say that the properties of the photos like highlights in your shadows on add intern effects like your sharpness and clarity. So I'm gonna show you how I ended photos using this app. But you don't necessarily have to use this exact as also confined one that allows you to editor properties. But let's have a look at how I do this. So we're not in on the iPhone, so we'll open up the visco app on the top left, and then here will have your gallery of images and on the topics. But we're gonna import. The photos have taken today. So let's see, like this one. The water, um, a mountain lost in the frame. Right now we've imported the images and we'll start editing the very 1st 1 which would be the mountain because you just select image and then in the bottom you'll have fuel options to edit image. So look tap here to go here we have Table Mountain on. What I'd like to do is, let's see, is a different presets. So my favorite wanted usually the heart beast. So hb two. So this one and as your tablet and you can adjust how, How much off the priest said you want in effect. So let's see, always have full and then decrease a little bit just to see how about you like it. So about 10 quite happy with that. Did he swept up, but here will have the options to change properties of the image. So here, that's crop full. That's why it helps you. If he crawford into a certain aspect. Gracia, you'll see that it gives you your rule of thirds so often like copy it about five before this gives a nice wide are completely wide image. But then, when posting online. It's not too, Um, because phones are now well vertically or entered this way, Mawr of image actually shows up on your foot when you fool scream it. So with a little third, you can see if I move it across here for the city in a little grass in the bottom, the clouds in the sky on the top And then we're into six. It's right in the center point off the mountain. So we leave like that. I'm Jake. Okay, I see. Elect Increase contrast. A little bit by one, the council will change. Let's see. So this is highlight save, so you can see as you move it across, it brings down the skies. And then I like being a little bright, but bring down tiny. But we get some details of the clouds to call one time, So I was trying to use is if you're not sure what one of these things, that what what one of these options do? Just tap it and then moving to the one and then back. Lose the one and you'll see what it actually does. Been smoothed back if you don't like it. So I'm quite happy with that one. So that's the first image. Then the next one we're gonna get it is the tree. Let's open it up here so you can see composition is a little bit skew, but we'll get to that in a minute, So? Well, first check that filters out. You see all these? Yeah, I like a five most. So we'll leave that one on. And then, as we can see it, image, little bit skew. We're gonna go crook tap on this one. Here, exigency weaken straight from the image of the year. So you can see it's time. It's cute. So just to straighten it out of birds, There you go. And then you can see the leading lines don't go directly into the center. So get I'm gonna crop the image a bit just so I can move this. So you see No, uh, at this aspect ratio and then a little bit to the side. The vanishing point at the very end, where all the leading land go to is right in the center. There we go. So that's the one. But you see the clouds, I think the clouds, the trees there will be bright. So go to the highlights safe, which brings down the highlights a little bit so you can see that on a little bit of currency. So what happens? No. Don't like that sharpness? What? Be careful. Sharpness. Don't go overboard because as soon as you increase the sharpness way too much, it's noticeable. And that just doesn't look too great. So you want this sharp when shopping image. You want to be subtle, but then still, you want to sharpen image but still be subtle. So it's not really noticeable. But it's there, so the back one or two would be five. Don't you don't go past. For my opinion, I see exposure. So that's the brightness. CNC. It's if it's a dark area, increases or if it's Doc, but I'm pretty happy with hot. The exposure turned out. So that's it. Down with this one. The next one would be See this one? Let's open it up. Go through the filters again. No, Uh uh Oh, so I like this one because gives the lycan last little blue tempt in the shadows. Okay, so now that's it. Actual photo to see over the buildings on top. It's a little bit skew, uh, straighten that out of it. It's not straight. And what else can you do? Get? So the nice thing about does it one of these options court clarity, which this one, it's what it does. It brings contrasts to usually that something's very patterned. So if you look at the top where the building is increased charity, you see the windows like they pop out. So the main point off this image was for the patterns in the building on top. So I'm gonna increase the character a little bit. 12 was a bit too much, because then everything looks very, very fake, so increased, like 4 16 out the windows on top. They pop out, and then, as you can see, the roof off the car park of a here with passes on it's is very, very bright, so you can see any of the lines. I kind of like that because the contrast with shadows of the building, but I think a little bit too much. So you bring down the highlights. Highlights save, so it's just a subtle bit. So it's there. And then there we go on. Yeah, so that's That's this image. Yeah, the next one is frame. So this one again, I go through the presets and find which one I like. Okay, like this 185 That's when I think Does Does well. So here, with settings 1st 1 being exposure. I'm happy with that. I like the frame being a bit dark, so the image in the middle of kind of is very, very bright, so you can see that. So we moved aside. Let's see. But east, as you can see on the top above the beam, the rest of the foreground actually pops through. So I want the frame to be the main part of the photo. That's what I'll do is still give it to five by four Asia. But then, if you drag it from the corner downwards, it kind of decreases the size. It's a little bit of cropping, so if you just crop it a bit until they're just so the center framers in it, the top part is an ASP. Right now, the main focus is we look at the mention all you directly loads. The center at the top is not a lot of distracting. So another thing is If you've taken your photos, it would skew. So you get horizontal perspective just to fix that. This is quite useful. If you've after taking a photo, you realize you've angled your phone a bit too much of the one side or the other. This Kim help fix that. But since I'm pretty happy with how this images, I'm not gonna figure. Not gonna change that. I see. So that's it? Yeah. You can see the buildings of better come back a little bit. So decrease the highlights shadows, and I'm actually going to increase the contrast of the image. But just make sure that center, but pops out even more. Okay, cool. So, yeah, that's it done. So those of four images taken today and you can see how quickly it is to edit a photo using your phone. So now, after you've it, it's the photo. What you want to do is select it, and then the bottom, right? Tap that, and then you want to save it to your camera. Roll that when you save, too. Camera all savored at the largest size you can. Because whenever the uploads an image online, it always compresses it and then, if you have at least the best image you have on your phone, the compression doesn't, uh, won't. If it does affect it, it wouldn't be as bad, whereas view words upload a small image. It's gonna look terrible anyway, so you'll save us the actual size, said to phone. And then there were You have another general, it will be done. So that's how it'd photos using Visco with Martha. 6. Closing: thank you for taking my skill. Shit class. I hope you've learned to think like to you about taking photos with your smartphone and that composition and the subject in a photo is more important than what is The photo is taken with. You don't have to worry about not having a camera with you because more often than not, your smartphone in your pocket is more capable than you think.