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Lessons in This Class

25 Lessons (1h 41m)
    • 1. Intro

      2:36
    • 2. Why the Engagement "Love Story"/Lifestyle Portrait Session

      1:53
    • 3. Do This First

      1:35
    • 4. Turn The Engagement/Lifestyle Portrait Session Into a "Love Story"

      2:39
    • 5. Ingredients for a Successful Engagement/Lifestyle Portrait

      3:29
    • 6. Adding Variety - Part 1

      7:35
    • 7. More Variety - Part 2 - Enhance Your Images for Dramatic Effects

      6:33
    • 8. Adding More Variety - Part 3 - Isolating Your Subjects

      6:35
    • 9. The Presentation - Presenting Your Images

      7:23
    • 10. 009 Offer incentives

      1:37
    • 11. Slide Show Creators

      2:53
    • 12. Intermission

      5:09
    • 13. Additional Photo Gear - Tripod, Quick Release & Phone Case

      4:25
    • 14. Additional Photo Gear - Selfie Stick & Phone Holder

      1:12
    • 15. Additional Photo Gear - My Favorite Light Modifier, The Reflector

      3:20
    • 16. A Look at Phone Settings

      5:27
    • 17. Camera settings

      4:25
    • 18. Intro to Portrait Mode

      6:00
    • 19. Editing Portrait Mode Images on iPhone - Part 1 - Basics

      4:27
    • 20. Editing Portrait Mode Images on iPhone - Part 2 - From Beginning to Completion

      6:33
    • 21. Portrait Mode Problems & How To Correct Them

      4:56
    • 22. Image Editing For Serious Portrait Photographers

      1:05
    • 23. Advanced Photo Editing Software

      4:12
    • 24. Seeing The Light

      3:31
    • 25. In Closing

      1:08
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About This Class

Learning how to create beautiful outdoor "Romantic" portraits using your iPhone or Android phone is what this class is all about. It's primarily for beginner to intermediate level of students.

In addition to camera settings and apps, you'll learn about one of the most important elements in photography, "Lighting".

You'll learn to see light and modify light when needed to help you make your subjects look their best.

In this class you'll learn that it's not so much the gear that can help you create beautiful outdoor portraits. It starts with pre-planning, photographic technique in lighting and composition.

After the photographic session, you'll learn about ways you can use image editing to further enhance your portraits to professional levels.

Use the information in this class to help you evolve into your own photographic style and I hope you will enjoy photographing Romantic Portraits as much as I do.

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Photofonz Media Ferdy Neubauer

Sharing the Passion of Photography

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Ferdinand Neubauer (Ferdy), founder of “Photofonz” Media wanted to give photo enthusiasts an opportunity to further their knowledge and passion in photography through on-line education. He shares his knowledge and experience from the many phases of photography he has been involved in, from his part time start up when he booked wedding and portrait assignments from their dining room. He built a full time home studio, then moved into a commercial studio space. He operated his studio there for twenty more years before selling his studio.

He now spends his time doing occasional assignments and education in the field of photography. He also photographs jewelry & small product photography for his wife.

He enjoys pickleball, hiking, swimming, physical fitness and walk... See full profile

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1. Intro: Photographing two people in love and the great outdoors. What could be more exciting? In this class, I'm going to show you how you could do just that using your phone. It doesn't matter whether it's an engagement or a lifestyle portrait session. Hi, I'm 30, new bar. And thank you for taking this class. When we're looking at a reason outdoor engagement love story portrait session that I took using just my phone along with my favourite light modifier. And we'll also talk about lighting, will look at the many things that you can do to add variety and also a touch of romance to your portrait session. Then we'll look at camera settings and apps that I use on my phone. And I'll even show you one image editing techniques you can use to enhance, fine tune and complete your portraits. Then when the portraits are all complete and finish, we'll look at several ways you can present your portraits, lead a couple, you just photograph. By no means is your phone a substitute for a good mirrorless or DSLR camera along with a fine fast portrait lens. But I'm going to show you how you can use your phone to a great advantage. So you can create beautiful outdoor portraits. So I know you can't wait to get started. So let's go ahead and jump right in. And thank you very much. 2. Why the Engagement "Love Story"/Lifestyle Portrait Session: So why the engagement love story portrait session? Well, it doesn't really have to be an engagement portrait session. It could be two people that are, that may be have no plans on getting married just yet, or they may be already married. Tag might even have children, but they just want to show the love that they have for each other. So to me, photographing two people in love, my favorite portrait session. You don't have the time constraints that you might on a wedding where you're always late, you always have to be someplace else. And the person that's in charge of catering and maybe getting a little bit angry at you because you're running late and you have to be there at the reception, that food's getting cold. So whereas the engagement love story or lifestyle portrait, you can schedule it at the time of your choosing with a lighting can be the best. And you can also leave as much time as you need. We've had couples where we've done their engagement portrait session, different days, maybe two different days and different locations even and some faraway places. So once you have a certain style defined in your area and people like that style, that they are going to seek you out and then you're going to be a top photographer in your area. And if you're going to be doing this type of portrait for your family or your friends. You can still do an amazing job using your iPhone or your Android phone. You just have to know a little bit of limitations that you're stuck with. But you can still do a fantastic job. And that's what this lesson is all about. 3. Do This First: One of the most important things that you wanna do before you do the portrait session is to meet with them and go over several things. And one of them, and I think one of the most important things is their clothing consultation. You want to make sure that they choose clothing that compliment each other. It doesn't necessarily have to be the same colors, although a can be, but the same tones always work out nice, or you don't want one person to stand out or to distract what the other person is wearing. This is very, very important and I remember years ago before I even did clothing consultations. I had a couple of show up at the park, beautiful couple. And a lady had on a beautiful dress, strap dress black. And the guy came with a tank top on. And that's sort of sank my heart because I should've. In fact, shortly after that is when I always did a clothing consultation. Because many people might not realize, or sometimes one of the, usually it's the groom to be they may not take this session all too serious until they get started. I didn't even realize how important this is and how much fun it can be. So having a clothing consultation is going to be the first thing that you wanna do is going to put you in the right direction for a beautiful portrait. 4. Turn The Engagement/Lifestyle Portrait Session Into a "Love Story": Now I'd like to go over why you want to make the engagement or your lifestyle portrait more than just a quick portrait of say, one or two images and that's the end of it. You want to turn it into a whole story. While one of the key reasons is because this is a really special time in their lives where they're in love and they want you to capture the feelings that they have for each other. In fact, we've had several couples that definitely wanted more. As an example, here's a couple that had a two-day shoot. We've had quite a few like that where we ended up going to the beach and vitamin late afternoon. And we photographed them at a beach. And a short time later we went to a local park and we also got more photographs that way. And yes, we had a clothing consultation. In fact, talking about that. There was one couple that I spent with them for two days at the beach, late afternoon and into the night. And then we got up early for a sunrise after beach. And they took me before we started photographing into their apartment. And they wanted me to help them select their clothing and now is a really nice touch. So they had quite a few different outfits with them. And that really help make their porches session and such nice variety to it. And it just turned out so beautifully. And they also got an album of their images. So you'll want to make this type of a portrait into a special porches session. That's going to turn it into a whole story so they can end up with a beautiful album. Or they can have a nice selection if he wants something and make a nice wall poacher on Canvas. And also you can turn this into a beautiful slideshow set to music that many times they want to have displayed. Or it could be done even automatically. A lot of times people have that show running in another room where the gas can see it. And that's always a nice touch and that's something that you can add or you can put that into your higher package as an incentive. And of course, if you're doing this for family and friends, now would be something that day would truly treasure for a lifetime. 5. Ingredients for a Successful Engagement/Lifestyle Portrait: Now there are other things that you can add to make this a really interesting and complete story. Number 1 is you can show passion. Just had them leaning in, kissing, using the hands just just to make it more romantic shoulder romance that they have for each other. And this is a nice touch to add to the story. Another key element that you can add to the story would be adventure. Show them doing different things that they love to do. That's their hobby. If you live close to the beast, they might like to serve the dune buggy or Drag Race or ride motorcycle, all these different things. And of course everybody is there for. But if you get a really adventures couple, that could not only make it so much more fun, but at so much variety to the story. Another key ingredient that I like to do is do a few classic portraits. I know I've had couples many times saying, well we don't want, we don't like the post portraits, but they end up many times the poetry of that you'd polish them a certain way. And we don't make it too stiff and boring just to make it really natural, like you see in some of the samples. But make a classic. So maybe looking that to camera or towards each other. And many times this is one that they may want to use for their invitation or they may want to use this one to make up their prints for. And this is something they're always going to appreciate. And again, it never goes out of style doing a classic portrait. I also like to add a few special effects in post-production. So whether it's nine on your phone or you can do it on your desktop using different types of programs that we're going to go into shortly. But I always like to look at special effects in a way. Don't overdo it, but just like it's a little cherry on top just to add a little bit of spice to the session. Just so that when a sea of that picture they go, wow, look at that. But don't overdo it. Just a minimal amount of special effects just to get their attention and maybe to give it a wow factor. But let's keep it classy and not too corny. And I also like to show a variety in their portrait session. And this is also done at the time of a clothing consultation. I might tell them to bring along a hobby or blanket. Many times they're bringing along their pets. And because a pet these days is so important to the family, and by showing a variety, you can just add so much to that story. So let's look at a few images. So I'm going to go back to my archives. And these were taken before I started using the iPhone for portraiture. But it'll give you an idea of some of the variety that people that you can do and that people may request or that they appreciate you doing. So let's take a look at that. 6. Adding Variety - Part 1: So we're going to be going back through my archives and look at several different engagement portrait session so you can get an idea of some of the things that you can do to add variety to your portrait. And of course, you're not going to be able to do this on all your portraits. But if you can get maybe one or two good ideas on your next portrait session or for your future portrait sessions. I think that would help you a whole lot. And then also like to give you some professional pointers that can help make your photographs look more professional. So let's start with this image here where I have a couple on the bridge. And if you look, he's actually holding a guitar and he's a musician. And here he was singing into his fiance. And I love this picture because this was done in a fall and I love their clothing selection. It was so nice. It just matched a foliage beautifully. And I set them up in a nice kind of a triangle composition. And if you look, his head is angled slightly closer towards her. And then here's another couple where he brought along his guitar. So I just did a couple with a guitar just to break it, to add little bit of variety to the session. And many times I'll suggest that they bring along a blanket, sometimes a picnic basket, and a bottle of wine, and a couple of glasses. Three glances might be even better. But here you can see the Linda heads toward each other doing a toast and you can just do some fun stuff on that. And then you can also add a little bit of fashion style and make the portrait more romantic. And if they had dogs, I may suggest that they bring their dogs along. And that's a really nice touch. I love dogs. And you could set him up more formally looking at the camera, if you're doing a couple and they have dogs, just tell a couple that when you are setting them up to look at you or they're looking at each other, that's fine too. But not to look down at her dogs unless you want to do more of a natural photo journalistic type of look to it. But with a couple of looks at you, you can make a noise like a lot of times I'll whistle or I may take along a toy and I'll squeaky toy and a doggies always look at you and that's when you can take the picture. But just remember to tell a coupled to keep looking at you. If they're really into sports, I'll ask them to bring along some sports paraphernalia that you can do. One where they're looking at you may be, or you can do some natural ones that are plain or just horsing around. I also love when people bring along their motorcycles, especially if they're Holly's or custom bikes. You could do so much with that. Of course, we're not going to be doing a whole session with her bike unless they ask for that. But usually I may just add a couple in there just to give it that little spice. You can set them up all different ways. Here I put a motorcycle as a center of interest and then I had the couple and back slightly. Or you can do one that's kind of a fashion, more of a romantic typos also. And then here's one where the gentleman brought along his camera and his hobby was photography and her hobby was reading. So I had marked take a photograph of her as she was reading. And then on the next image you can see that I have one of just him alone. And then right next to it you can see the photograph that he took of her with his camera, marked by the way, was a fantastic photographer. He actually helped me out for a couple of years with weddings. He started out as an assistant and then quickly he became a second shooter and he was one of the best second shooters I've ever had. Great photographer. He was a kind of a perfectionist, really a hard worker. And here we did a little bit of horseplay. We got them all together. These were her sisters. They were helping her out and they also helped me hold the reflector and an off-camera light that sometimes I use. Now if you are going to be using an off-camera light with your phone, good choice may be an LED light and then you can solve from there, not by either putting that into a soft box or shooting through an umbrella to soften it up. Or you can use that sometimes for backlighting also. Here's a couple that I had a lot of fun with. In fact, this was the couple that asked me to come along to their apartment and help them choose some of the clothing that they were going to be taken along. This was actually a two-day shoot that was out at the beach and then we took a ferry over to ball Head Island in North Carolina. That's what a wedding was. And the also wanted to do some engagement portraits there. So here's, we're driving down a road. We saw this really interesting tree and they asked if I could take a photograph of them with the tree. So in order for me to get them in along with the whole tree, I put it on a wide angle lens here. I believe it was a 15 millimeter lens on a crop sensor Nikon camera. But the nice thing with the phone is like the phone I'm currently using has three lenses and all I have to do is just press a button and I could go from telephoto to extremely wide angle to get a similar look. So I wanted to give this picture a little bit more impact. So I use software called smart photo editor, which is my favorite software to use that you can enhance and modify your images. You can do all kinds of neat stuff. I really like using this. So I gave this kind of a almost like a black and white infrared look. And it looks almost like the trees snow covered and the grass is snow-covered. It's just a really nice look that you can get when you're using smart photo editor. And this area that we've ran also had a really nice road that if you follow it down, you can see the trees just kind of framing that road. So I just stood them in the middle and had them kiss. And then on this next one, average is walking in this path and I just had them turn around, look at me. And then he gave her a kiss. And then I made one where I kept the two of them more like a pastel color and I made the background into a black and white infrared type look. And I did this using Adobe Photoshop, just changing the channels. But you can get a similar effect using smart photo editor also. And then it was time that change clothing again. And then we went outside of the chapel that there were getting married and they wanted a couple just around that area. So we took that and then shortly later they changed again and then we just sat them down on this porch of this building that was near the beach. And just nothing fancy but just casual holding hands, looking at each other. 7. More Variety - Part 2 - Enhance Your Images for Dramatic Effects: And then we headed down to the beach because the sun was starting to set. And we had some pretty dramatic clouds right over us. So I took one in color and on the next one I use those set of filters that are called neck color effects Pro. And I believe you can still get these and they may be free, but they offer some really neat things that you can use to enhance your images. I don't use these all that much anymore because I've gotten so used to using smart photo editor. But as you want to look into it, there are some interesting filters in here. So we're still at the beach as the sun is going down. And I wanted to bring this picture up because I brought along a camera. It's a special camera. This was a Nikon that I had converted to do only black and white infrared. It was done by a company called Life pixel. And they modified my Nikon so I'd photographs only black and white infrared. And when you're doing black and white infrared photography, actually, the camera is actually picking up things that go beyond the visible spectrum, that goes beyond what the human eye sees. So that's why you get such a neat surreal effect. Where if you have a blue sky and those clouds in there, the clouds is really stand out so dramatically. Water sometimes turns almost black and folded, sometimes turns very, very bright. It looks almost like it's snow covered. It's just such a beautiful look. Now something else that I want to point out about this photograph, this was actually flipped because in our culture, we look, we read from left to right. It's more pleasing to the eye. Like in this case, you can see that the water comes in from the bottom left and it goes towards the middle right, and your eye just follows that. So that's more pleasing because it was actually taken the other way. And by flipping it in Adobe Photoshop, to me, it just made it more pleasing. So that's something else that you can do if you ever have to. And it works out. Sometimes it doesn't work out all the time if there's lettering or you see riding sometimes, that's going to be reverse too. But here it worked out really well. And since we're talking about black and white infrared photography, Remember I told you that smart photo editor can give you a similar look. And here's a couple of images that I used smart photo editor to give me a couple different looks. It's as though the tree is snow-covered and the grass is snow-covered. It's a very surreal look. And then going back to color again, we're back in the same area where the sun is going down and this is more of a pastel look. The sky is very soft and getting some pink tones in there. And then on the next one, I took this back into smart photo editor and gave it a kind of a black and white look to it. Very soft. So then we have to leave Bald Head Island and we take the ferry back and then we take a dinner break and then go back and they changed their clothing into something more formal. And then we go back onto the beach. I think this was either Wilmington or rights filled beach. But here, this is surely after midnight. And you can see that we have a moon out there. Well, to be honest with you, it wasn't quite a full moon. I had to fill it in. So it just gives it more of a look with more impact and more beauty of the silvery full moon. And here I used a light off camera just to put some light onto them. And of course you can see the moon casting the light over the water. And then I made a couple into a blue tone. And then you can see that same thing here. I used a light off camera and then I sat them down where the moon shone over the water. And I put their heads in that area. And then we got this one here. So now it's getting late. So we have to go back to the hotel and we have to get some sleep. So we got a few hours sleep and then we get up early the next morning for a sunrise. And we had a pretty nice sunrise except we didn't have any real nice dramatic clouds. It was just kind of soft and, and past stele looking, it was still a beautiful sunrise, so we just took several on the beach, also using a light that I had off camera. And then we did one that's kinda like a semi silhouette, kinda dark. And then I brighten this one, not made it more of a softer pastel effect to it. Then I did one in black and white, made this into a silhouette more because we're exposing more now for the light in the sky. So it's still morning and then we decide to go to a, another park before we call it a day. And we saw this nice tree that they like. So again, using my 15 millimeter lens, wide angle lens, and using the back light here because I love using light coming in from the back. And look how it cast no shadows on the tree, you get some very dramatic shadows. And then of course one in color, and then making one into a black and white. And then this is one of the last photograph that was taken of them that day. Kind of a classic photo, both looking at the camera. She's given him a little hug. And but look at their expressions though I liked this because of all a shooting that we went through. They were such great sports, never complained anything. I suggested it wasn't a problem. And I just like photographing people that liked to do extra things. So even towards the end, they still look so relaxed like they were ready to go for more. But we had a call it a day and they got a beautiful collection of beautiful images. 8. Adding More Variety - Part 3 - Isolating Your Subjects: And here's a, another couple of using the wide angle lens, 15 millimeter lens here, just to show the perspective that this lens give you. So this is just a fun shot. And then if you compare this one to the next one, which they're also hogging. Except here I have on a telephoto lens and I use an aperture to knock the background out of focus. So your attention goes more to them. And here I've sat in both onto a stone wall. And I liked this location because I saw there was a little bit of a clearing and that was a nice area where I can put their heads. And I also saw this neat branch that I used the frame them. So that was just a nice touch and it was just a nice natural pose. And she just puts her hand up towards his cheek. And this also shows the ring. And also notice how I placed our heads in that little clearing area behind them by using a telephoto lens, I was able to not the background nicely out of focus. And here's about a three-quarter view where she has her hand resting on his chest, showing the ring a little bit also. And on the next one is something really neat that I want to point out to you in case if you ever get in a situation where you want to make somebody look thinner, if you take like in this case here, I put her arm off to the side and I have a little bit of space between her arm and her body. And by bringing in that little space, it's going to make her look thinner. So this is a big plus, if you want to make somebody look thinner and who doesn't want to look thinner these days. And when you get the chance look for a backlighting. Here I saw a neat area that's backlighting the leaves. Eleni slid them here in this spot, I get a nice rim lighting and her hair is nicely highlighted. It's a really nice touch and you can even see a few birds flying around in the background. And then I had them kiss. And they made this one into a deep blue tone. So it looks like it was taken almost towards nighttime. And you can also take one of them individually because sometimes they may need a portrait of them alone for their social media or for the web. And here we're at another beach with another couple. This is in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. We drove their early that morning and I put them on top of the sand dune here, and I thought it'd be a nice touch and we get some seagulls in there. So sometimes you may want to bring along some crackers or some popcorn or whatever the birds like to eat in your area. Actually, he threw up his hand as though he was feeding the birds and they came around and we took several images. And I think it makes for a much interesting photograph. If there's birds in it. And here we were at this park area and down below there was a neat falls, but we had a climbed down. So it's a little bit tricky and we had a bit of a risk of getting dirty, but we took that risk. So sometimes you just have to do a little bit extra stuff to get the really neat things that are going to make your photograph stand out and add to the variety. And another couple that we drove down to the beach width and actually they have also a two-day shoot. And this is one that he requested. I think he proposed to her on this boat, and that's what he's doing here. So we've set this up and it was kind of a neat touch to remember their proposal. And then we just seal it with a kiss. And another couple at the beach. We drove down here again from Pennsylvania, we drove to Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and we got there before the sun rose. So we had a maybe close to her now or to kill. And we had a beautiful moon. So I sat them down and had them leaning in towards each other. And I placed them where you can see the moon highlighting to water, which was right behind them. And even though they're a kind of a silhouette, you still know it stem. And this is a nice addition to their album, more to the slideshow. Here's another opportunity that I had to do a nice silhouette portrait. So I just had them climb up to short wall here next to the pillars. And by exposing for the background here for the light, I put them into silhouette, which again, just add some variety to their portrait session. So I wanted to close by talking about this picture here. This was an engagement portrait that was done at Central Park in New York. That's where I believe he worked there and they wanted to walk around the park and do some interesting stuff. So as we're walking around, I noticed they had rowboats here and I asked if he wouldn't mind getting a rowboat and then rho out here and then he picked her up and then they both were on the boat. And this with a little bit tricky getting us because they had well, he had to row here and then they had to stand up. And the boat kept floating away. It just kept drifting out of the area. So we did a several times. The reason I like this quite a bit is because of what's called blight values. Tone values. If you look at them, notice that they're lit by the sun and the background here is dark, which makes them stand out. Where if we would've had a busy background that was really light, it wouldn't have worked. There, would have been lost and it just wouldn't have worked at all. But as it turned out, they were against this dark background. And it worked out really well by getting that interesting effect that we got by using black and white infrared film. 9. The Presentation - Presenting Your Images: In this segment, I like to go over a really powerful way that you can present your images. So this is mostly for those that want to do this as a business, either part-time or maybe you want to do this full time. And it's going to be a little bit different than just doing this as a favor for your friends or your close relatives. So you want to have a place that you can invite people in, sit down with them and present them a slide presentation, a beautiful slide presentation of your best images set to music. And you want to also offer them popcorn. Because this is going to please all of the senses. And it's going to create a really emotional feel that they're gone. One, book, the servers from you. So that's why it's so powerful. It works all the time. I've used this all the time in my commercial studios and even in my home studios. Where even if somebody comes in for a wedding, we would show them a wedding, complete wedding slideshow or so many comes in asking about any engagement poet should session or lifestyle portrait session. You can show them a complete shell set to music and with popcorn, of course. So let's go ahead and I'm going to present this presentation to you. And I'm going to leave it up to you to go get your own popcorn because we're a different location. So I'm going to start to show. So sit back, get your popcorn and enjoy the shell. Thank you. Hi. Hi. Yes. Okay. Okay. Okay. Hi. 10. 009 Offer incentives: So now that you've seen the slide presentation, imagine if that was you and then how, how much feeling and how much emotion you would have to that. So after you make your presentation, now would be a good time to offer other services. As an example, you can offer portraits, whether they're frame, that can be portraits on Canvas along with framing. And you can also offer albums. I, you still offer. I used to give actually this engagement session in our biggest wedding packages, the top two or three packages. So that would be an incentive for them to book two big package. You could do the same thing. You can offer their slideshow as an incentive. For instance, you can tell them, if you purchase a wall portrait, say 60 my 20 or larger, I'm going to give you the slide presentation that you've just seen. And so that's a great incentive for you to sell more wall portraits. You can also offer them as an incentive if there were the purchase and album of all their or their favorite images put into this album that you designed. You can offer that slide presentation at no additional charge. So not only are these great incentives that you can use, but it's really a great way to earn income. It's a great way to make a living. And doing something that you really enjoy doing. 11. Slide Show Creators: The program that I use to create the show that you've seen was made by a company called photo decks and it was called pro show producer. Unfortunately, as of 2020, they went out of business. However, some of their development team that created Pro show started their own company called photophobia and that is worth having a look at it somewhat similar to approach 0. And there's a lot of different effects that you can use in there. And of course, these are programs also that you cannot only use still images, but you can combine your video footage into the show. And now the program that I've heard about and did some research on is called PTE AV studio 10. This is supposed to be a really great program. I've never used it. I looked at some of their tutorials that they have. And then this also allows a lot of great possibilities for creating great shows. It's also used by many professionals. And now the program is called Animoto. I've used this one years ago. And I didn't stay with it because I was happy using Pro show producer. Animoto has a pretty good following. And of course you could try out these programs ahead of time and see which one you liked him best. Another program that I've used on occasion is one of my favorites, and it's called AC, DC. I used this way back in the early days as a viewer where you can view your images and through the years they remain in business and a kept improving the software. And it does so much instead of being just a viewer, it does a lot of image enhancements. And now you can even create some really nice slideshows with it. Years ago when I was booked back-to-back with appointments and I had to present a slideshow to some couples. I would use a CDC and at a time it was quite simple. Put your images into a folder, you open up the images and end more or less, you press a button and a slideshow would start automatically. Now at the time you didn't have all the fancy transitions and controls that you do with some of these other programs. But it works very, very well and admins very efficient and got the job done really quickly. And if time is of the essence when you're creating these shows, take a look at a CDC and see how simple that is to create your show is. Now there are many other programs, and I've also used my video editing software to create slideshows too. But these are some of the most popular ones that are used by professional photographers and creating their slide presentations. 12. Intermission: That's a surprise. Hello to you, gentlemen. Please try to be a little more quiet and the court, silently judging is locked, which you please step forward. No, No, No. Prepare yourself for the witness box. Take off your F. I'll raise your right hand. Place your left hand here. Like all of your head. Raise your right hand. Now, put your left hand here. Please take off your head. Raise your right hand. Now, put your left hand here. Will you please take off your hat? Raise your right hand. Now, put your left hand here. Take off your hat. Raise your right hand. We'd you'd get rid of that hatch. Raise your right hand. Raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear to tell it to someone who started it comes to giving a double-talk. Do we always have to come through at home to another but the truth, why don't you answer him? What he's saying is asking you if you swear, but I know what he's asking you. If you will swear to tell the truth. Truth is stranger than fiction. Kindly address this court has, Your Honor. Um, take the all you solemnly swear that tells you told me what you got to lose, like hostile. Now now take the stem. I've plenty storeroom stance. Ok. Save in the case where human a black bottom cafe on the night of February the 13th. Did you at that time see the defendant miss Gail tempest, in any way, shape, or form, commit or tried to commit bodily harm to the deceased Kirk Robin, I have texture on a house was trying to lead the witness. Mr. Howard, did you see mid-scale tempest in physical fight with Kirk Robin? If it pleases the court, may I suggest that Council be instructed to allow the witness to testify to what we saw. What comes after 75. 76 as this fair request granted. Proceed with the testimony. Mr. Howard, kindly jealous God, what you know about the murder of quick Raman? Well, it was like dismissed. The court addressed the judge as your honor, one of us like this, my Honor. Your Honor. Not my honor. Why don't you Micah and allow the witness to precede? The court understands him. Well, me and my paths when musicians, we would turn up some hot swing music and game over there. We're swinging a fans, a sweetie quick Robin, inhaler Butler who join a table. And a UFO by the name of Buck wing was getting ready The Shakers, Tutsis, kindly speaking English and drop the vernacular. Bei dropped the vernacular. Do no, not that talks to the jury can understand. 13. Additional Photo Gear - Tripod, Quick Release & Phone Case: Now we'll take a look at some of the additional gear that you might want to take along that could help make your photographs a lot more professional. Although you could do a pretty nice job using just your phone itself, just holding it with no other bits of care. As long as you know you have an idea of lighting, what to look for, how to arrange your people so they look pleasant. But let's just look at some gear that can help you. And first of all, I want to go over, I usually take along a tripod and this particular one, this is probably overkill for a camera or a phone because this is super heavy. And I use this a lot when I'm doing portraits using my Nikon gear because this is really sturdy. This is a tripod may by the union law company, which is, I believe they're in Great Britain. And of course this is super heavy. You may not need something like this. These are a little bit on the pricey side, but in the last you've probably at least one or two or maybe three lifetimes. And the other thing that I like to use is a, this is made by Manfrotto and sometimes I always call it a pistol grip, which allows you to be just squeezed a great pair and you're able to move around. You can just move your camera the way you want it. And of course, this is mostly, well, not mostly. It's all for still photography. You don't want to use a headlight this for video because it's very jerky. But it's simple because once you squeeze this, you can move and once you let it go and locks back into place. So this is really great to have. And if you're going to be using your tripod for more Movie action, then of course, you'll want to get a video ahead which is going to be quite fluid. It's going to help you follow you a couple of very, very smoothly. And without problem, I don't use a tripod all the time, but there are cases when you want to have a solid foundation and you want everything to remain the same except you're doing, say, several clusters of the couple. And you can have them maybe like running, jumping, kissing, doing all kinds of neat things. And then you can keep the camera on the tripod. And then everything is going to same. So you base is going to remain the same. You're scenery stays the same. It's very consistent. And he only thing that we're going to be moving all your subjects. And this could be a really nice for if you're doing a slideshow or you're doing a video clip that you want very, very steady. And also on top of my Manfrotto, this is a 32, 65 Manfrotto ahead by the way. But on top of here I have a quick release also made by Bogan Manfrotto, same company. This is a 30 to 70 quick release. This is the blood vessel and that I found anyway, it comes in two parts scores. One part goes under the bottom of your camera or your phone, and then the other one goes on top of your tripod or your head actually here. And so this, you can easily as very, very sturdy. This has really made very important, very, very solid locks into place and that set, so you're not going to lose this due to faulty equipment. And the other thing that I have, I have an odd case from my phone here. It's a little bit awkward. Fact limiters take it off. It's kind of awkward and thick, but I've already dropped it a couple of times and no worries. Everything still works good. And the reason I got this case is because I knew that I was going to be out in the field and this phone is going to take a beating. So why not? I don't know mine. I don't know. I really not mind carrying a little bit of extra gear or have a little bit of extra inconvenience in the size of the phone, but it's very well protected. 14. Additional Photo Gear - Selfie Stick & Phone Holder: So when you're going to be using yourself, who stick, of course, you're going to mount your camera, your phone on top of the selfie stick. And the Bluetooth remote actually is made to just slide over this. And this makes a quite easy. So if I'm doing, whether I'm doing movies or stills, I can just hold on to this. Have my thumb over the button here, and when it's time I can just hit my thumb. Just press the button using my thumb. Instead of having to take my hand off of here and hit the camera button each time. This actually this whole setup by check, but they don't make this particular one anymore. But it comes with a selfie stick, the Bluetooth, and also the phone holder on top because I needed a larger one because of my thick case. So cool gear makes your photo session a whole lot more fun too. 15. Additional Photo Gear - My Favorite Light Modifier, The Reflector: If I could bring along just one pace of camera gear besides my phone, it would have to be a reflector. It's just so important. I just get light into the eyes, brighten up the eyes. Maybe you can add some catch lights to the eyes. And it's especially useful when you're doing backlighting or you're shooting into the sun and you want to brighten up the face because it sounds coming in maybe a little behind you. So you need that additional light onto the face. And the one that I have accommodation of silver on one side. And this is Purdy use looking. And it's about time I get a new one. I guess it's got little pieces that are starting to wear off of it. But silver on one side, four, if I wanted to add more of a reflection on to the faces, and if I have strong light, it's too much. I use the other side which is white. So this is the ideal size reflector that I like using when I'm photographing two people. Now if you'd run into a situation where have a beautiful location that you want to use. However the couple or indirect sunlight, they're getting terrible shadows, maybe raccoon eyes underneath, and you need to diffuse them. So for something like that, Here's something else that you could use. This is actually a diffuser. It's a like a white. And if you hold this in front of any light, it's going to diffuse it, meaning it's gonna make it much softer. It's going to just soften that light so it's really nice. So if you're getting a harsh sunlight on the couple, you can have someone either if someone's come in along to help you, your assistant or sometimes they'll bring along a friend or maybe a parent. You can also have them hold this soft, the sun's coming in from overhead, of course, then you want to hold it right about here. And there is all different ways that you can work with diffusers, reflectors to help you get the best light. And these are called light modifiers because the light isn't always perfect all the time. And this is to me, this is one of the most important lighting accessories that you can get. And if you put all those together and it's very, very little that she had taken along. You can fit most this into a camera bag minus of course, your reflector and diffuser like this. This is just made by Sony assist the small little more like a cam quarter bag. You don't need all these major big bags that many times I'll take along a photoshoot when I'm using my single lens reflex cameras and lighting gear. So using a phone, you can slow good beautiful images with very, very simple and lightweight equipment. 16. A Look at Phone Settings: Let's take a look at the phone settings. So we're going to go into Settings. And then we're going to go down to where it says camera. And by the way, I'm using the iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you have a different brand or even the same brand but a different camera, your menu might be a little bit different, but we're in settings. And let's start. I just want to go over a few of these with you. And we're going to look at formats. And you'll notice that we have to, to choose from high efficiency and most compatible. I have most compatible set because high efficiency is going to reduce your file size. It may compress your files. And it's not going to give you as good of a quality as the most compatible setting. Well, however, if you're really short of space in your phone, you may have to use this, but I have mindset for most compatible. Now there are different settings where you may have to go into high efficiency and we're going to show you that in just a few seconds. And looking at record video. If we go into that, I have mindset to 10 ADP at 30 frames per second. And thus when I'm using for my YouTube videos, however, if you want to get a higher quality video, you can shoot at four K at 30 frames per second. Just keep in mind that the better quality video is going to take up more space on your drive, is going to give you a 130 megabyte file size, where fork at 30 frames per second is going to give you 350 megabytes. I'll file size, so quite a bit larger. But if you're going to be adding some video for your portrait session and it's going to be shown on a large screen module. Take advantage of the quality when you're shooting at four K. However, if you're going to be shooting at four K at 60 frames per second, it's going to be shooting in the high efficiency mode. And look and down a little bit further. You can see that I have my auto low light frames per second turn on, which means that it's going to reduce the frame rate from 30 to 24 frames per second if you're going to be shooting and extreme low light. So let's look at record slow motion. And you can see that I have mindset to 10 ADP at a 120 frames per second. And if you wanted to shoot 10 ADP at 240 frames per second, it's going to shoot in a high efficiency mode. Now, 240 frames per second is very, very slow. It's a really interesting look, but I've been shooting mind at 120 frames per second. And if I want to slow it down and I can do that in post-production. Also. Look at a couple other ones. And if you look under a composition, you can see that I have my grid turned off. You may want to turn that on because that'll help you get your subjects level. And you can use it for better composition and you can use it for the rule of thirds and centering your subjects view outside the frame I have that turned on because if I'm shooting, say it alive mode, it's going to capture a few frames before I press a button, and then a few frames after I press the button to stop. And I also have turned on prioritize faster shooting, which is going to adapt your image quality when you're rapidly pressing the shutter so it can keep up. It's going to give you a reduced file size, which may be okay if that's your priority. And right now I have smart HDR turned on. And HDR, of course, stands for high dynamic range, which means that your camera's going to take several images. I believe it's three images. And it's sort of like bracketing one. It's going to give you a proper exposure for the area that you want expose properly. And then it's going to give you another one where it may underexpose and one where it may overexpose a frame. And then it combines them altogether. And this is especially useful, say you're photographing the couple against a beautiful skyline. And if you're exposing for the couple, then your sky maybe all washed out. It may be very, very bright and you're going to be losing all the detail in the sky. So this is a good example where using a HDR is going to give you a proper exposure on the couple. And it's also going to add more detail into the sky so you're not losing that. So this is good to use for this type of photography. So smart HDR means it's going to automatically and intelligently use high dynamic range when it automatically deems necessary. Although I have smart HDR turned on, if I turn this off and I go into the camera settings, I could just tap HDR and I could turn it back on manually. It just means that smart HDR is not on, but you can still turn it on manually. 17. Camera settings: So, uh, going into the camera app, and by the way, this is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. We see that we can select from three different lenses right now we're on the telephoto. And one would be considered more of a normal lens. And the 0.5 would be the ultra wide. So you can see the difference. So let's go back to the telephoto. Now the settings and the modes that I use or my personal preference, you can make changes to suit your taste if you like. But I never used the on-camera flash here, so we're going to turn that off. And you can see it's turned off here on the top left. To set your focus and exposure point. You just tap on an area that you want to get in focus and exposed properly. And this will do it for you automatically. And it's a pretty good tool. A works great. However, even though it's automatic, you can still make changes. So by tapping on, as you'll see a little sun on the right side here. We can move this up or down. If we move it down, we can change our exposure, make it darker, and by raising it up a little higher, we can make it lighter. And this is something that you have to do if you're going to be doing a silhouette type portrait. And on top we can see HDR right now it's off. And if we tap this, we could turn it back on. As I went through the camera's settings, you could turn your smart HDR on or off. So if we have it off, that's okay because here we can turn it back on again just by pressing the a CTR mode. Now, HDR mode, I usually like to use this, especially when we're mixing or people with landscapes because I want to get the people expose properly. And then I also want to get a lot of detail into the landscape, into the sky area, which without HDR maybe washed out, you lose a lot of detail in the sky. And by using a STR, we're going to pick up some of the detail in the sky and also in the shadow area. So you can keep this on. I recommend most of the time. Unless if you're doing is silhouette, you may want to turn it off. And also, it's recommended that if you're photographing people in motion to not to use HDR. On the bottom we have our camera settings so you can see we're in photo mode. And normally when I'm doing stills, I'll shoot in a photo mode. Unless I want to photograph people up closer anywhere from two to eight feet, I'll switch to the portrait mode. And when you do shoot in portrait mode, you have to be between 28 feet away. Otherwise it's not going to work. You could tell that it's working by the natural light is highlighted here in yellow. We're further away from that. You'll notice that it goes out and it's going to tell you to either move closer or you have to move further back right next to it we have the panel mode, the panorama, which is a really nice effect to get when you're mixing landscapes with people. And you just tell you people to hotel. I wish I would have taken one in the last engagement session, but I didn't. But it's something to consider using kinda neat. And as we go into video, we talked about mixing some, some video clips into your stills. So when you put your slideshow together, you can do a combination of your still portrait images mixed with movies. And you can also set your video to do slow motion, which is kind of a neat touch. And you can also, occasionally I'll do a time-lapse that's kinda neat. You can do something like say people may be walking on a neat path or a new road, a winding road, and just had them walking naturally and just do a short time-lapse. That would be a nice effect to add to the slide presentation. 18. Intro to Portrait Mode: Okay, So I want to go into portrait mode, and I want to just run through a few things in portrait mode. So let me just set something on this background here and we'll do some photos in portrait mode to give you an idea of some of the modes or settings that you can use and what to look out for. So now we're in portrait mode and we'll set our focusing point on the bracelet here. And by moving that little sun on the right, we can move it down or change our exposure to darker by moving it up, it'll make it a little bit brighter. I'm going to make it right about a little bit brighter. And remember one, we're in portrait mode, we have to shoot between two feet to eight feet away. Otherwise, the natural light that you see highlighted here want beyond and you're not going to be able to shoot in portrait mode. A couple of things that I want to point out is that if you look at this wheel here, right now are set to natural light. And this is what I usually shoot in. And you can also adjust that his studio light and to contoured light. Sometimes I'll change it to contour light because it seems to give a nice dimension to the face. And we're going to look at that with actual photographs of people. So you'll have an idea, but normally I'm going to shoot in natural light. The neat thing about this is that you can make these changes not only as you're shooting, but you can change this afterwards. I'll give you a better idea how it's going to look when you're looking at the actual photograph and make your changes accordingly. But the best thing about shooting in portrait mode is depth control. And if you look on top as a little circle with an F in it, and if I touch that, it's going to bring up a scale. Since we're horizontal, it's on our right side. And as we slide this right now you could see it says f 4.5 and this is our aperture. This gives our image the appearance of shooting at a certain aperture. And what aperture or your f-stop is as your lens opening. The smaller the lens opening, the larger the number. As an example, let me slide this watch what happens as the sliders all the way over to f 16, which is going to be our smallest lattice opening or aperture, but it's got a higher number. So you'll notice that we have a bracelet now in focus, as well as the background is pretty much or a lot of it is in-focus. But watch what happens now as I slide this up and change our aperture right now we're at a very, very large aperture, which is f 1.4. And at 1.4 we have a very, very shallow depth of field, meaning that the area behind the person or object that you're photographing may be out of focus. And of course you can adjust this by just changing those slider here accordingly. So f 16 gives you a lot of background focus, Where F1 0.4 gives you a lot of background blur. And of course you can adjust it. Sometimes I may use F1 0.8 and F2 in our final portrait. Sometimes F1 0.4 gives a little bit too much distortion through certain areas because this can be one of your problems when shooting in portrait mode is your death control. You may get a little bit of distortion in the image and we're gonna go through that when we actually look at the actual portrait. And a couple of things that you can do to correct that. So now you have a basic idea of shooting in portrait mode. And I almost always use portrait mode when I'm photographing people within that distance about two to eight feet away. The other thing that I want to point out is let's go back to photo mode, is that you can shoot in rapid fire. You can take many different exposures. And this can be useful to make sure that you get the proper expression and you don't get any blanks, however, just use it cautiously because you can end up just having so many images that you have to go through and edit. Just do it as you feel the need to. And you're not going to be able to use your Bluetooth Remote when you shoot, so you'll have to touch the camera. And here's what you do. Course, we make our focus on the bracelet here. You're going to tap the shutter button here, and then you're going to slide it. In this case, we're going to be sliding it down. Where if your vertical, you're going to slide it towards the left. So watch what happens. So you can see several images being taken. And to edit those images, just tap on the image here. And then in the center you're going to see Select, tap that. And then it's going to bring up all the photos that you took in that burst. And then you can just choose your selection. You can just hit the circle and it's going to put a check mark in there. And those are the ones that it's going to save. And then you can just hit Done if you want to save those two or cancel. So those are some of the cool features that you can use when taking your portraits. And remember, in the portrait mode, I especially like using depth control and coming up shortly. And we're going to be looking at the portraits that we photographed, go into portrait mode even after photographs had been taken. 19. Editing Portrait Mode Images on iPhone - Part 1 - Basics: One of the neat things about taking images with your phone is that you don't necessarily have to use the image just as it was taken. You can do some enhancements. You could do some retouching to them. And in this particular case right now we're going to be looking at a handful of images. Then we're going to look at a few things that you can do just using your phone's app to enhance your images. So as we look at the handful of these images here, these were taken in camera mode. And this particular one, if you look on the top left here, it'll say portrait. So this was done in portrait mode and that's how you know. And when you're using portrait mode, you have a little bit more control over fine tuning and editing your image. So let's go back to this image here will give you an idea some of the things that you can do rather quickly. And if we tap on Edit, It's going to take us into the phones editing app. And on the bottom here we have a few different adjustments that we can make to your image. So let's just move this from auto to exposure. And here we could change the exposure of the image. And once what happens if I slide is scale all the way over here. And I change it from a dramatic sky to more of a clear or washed out sky. It's going to give us more of a high contrast silhouette. So this is kind of nice if you want to add something like this to your images. Let's take it back to the way it was. And the other thing I want to point out is if we take this and slide it over to saturation, we can do some enhancements here to weaken saturated colors a little bit more by sliding the slider way over here. And then we can keep that. We can also add to it vibrance, making it a little bit more vibrant. So let's do that too. Now you can see we have a little bit more of a dramatic color in the sky. And something else that you can do to this image. I'm not going to crop this particular one. I'm going to leave this one away it is. But let's tap on the three circles here in the center. And then we can get some filters that we can use this as the original what we have right now. And then you can look at some of the other filter choices. Vivid, vivid, warm, vivid, cool. This one's kind of nice. And on the bond on the slider, you can also adjust these. So let's go ahead down, continue dramatic. And if we go further down, we can see it'll say mono. And I guess that's short for monochrome, which is black and white. So now we change that image to black and white. And if we slide it over one more, we can see silver tone. That's kind of a different black and white effect. Slide it over one more. We have no r and 0 ir, I guess that's how it's pronounced. And now we have a more dramatic sky. This is the way it was in black and white, monochrome with NO are. It just makes the sky and low bit more dramatic. And the other adjustment that I use quite a bit. So let's go away from the filters and back to where we were. And we're going to slide this over all the way to the end where it says vignette. I use this one quite a bit. And here we can vignette or darken the edges of the image. That's kinda nice. They're sliding it that way. If we slide it the other way, we can make it brighter, which sometimes works good if you're doing a high key photo. But we're going to dark in it. And this way, by darkening the edges, your attention goes more to your subjects here. So right now we have this one edited into a black and white. And if you want to save this, you can just hit Done. And if you want to cancel it and just keep it the way it was, just hit Cancel, then discard changes and it's going to take it back to what you started with. 20. Editing Portrait Mode Images on iPhone - Part 2 - From Beginning to Completion: Let's look at another one. For this one, I'm going to pick one. Yeah, Let's look at this one here. This is a horizontal and of course this is taken in portrait mode, as you can see up on top it says portrait. So first thing I would do with this one, we're going to crop. So let's go to edit. Even before we crop, Let's look at this wheel here. There's a few adjustments that you can make just by using this wheel. This is the way that it was taken in natural light. If we slide this over studio light, I don't really use that one. Too much. Contour light. I use this one. Okay, zheli, because what this does is seemed to add a little bit more shape to the face. Watch as I bring it back. This is the way it was. Little bit flat looking as compared to the contour light. So let's just leave this one on contour light. And you could take it to a next step which is called stage light, which is going to make your background black. The next adjustment will be staged light mono, which is going to make it a black and white with a black background. And then next would be high key light mono. That's gonna make you a background light. So we're going to go ahead and let's keep it on contour light for right now. Next thing I want to do is crop it. So let's go ahead and we're going to hit the cropping tool here on the bottom. You can do all kinds of cropping here. You can actually straighten your images to if it's off quite a bit. But let's tap on that little square up on the top right here. And as we hit that, you can see on the bottom we have a choice of several different ways that we can crop. We can crop free form, meaning anything goes. There's the original. And we can also go down to all these other formats. 169108754353 and so on. But you get an idea, but the way this was taken was in a 43 format. And normally I'll shoot in this format because when I do, and we want to crop say to a five by seven, we lose very little or go for a four by 328 by ten, we lose very little here. And this is good because sometimes say you're shooting in 1609, which is very wise screen. And then you have to crop, you may lose some of the important detail. So I like to be safe and we'll shoot in 43. So let's go ahead and crop this, but we're going to stay in the 43 format. So no matter how we crop this, it's going to keep that format for us. So I'm going to crop it a little bit. So let's go right about there. I want to keep in some of the tree and just to give it a little bit of space around them. So next thing I'm gonna do is add a vignette. So we're going to tap the control here to go back to the vignette adjustment. So let's go all the way over. So again, you can see our scale and we're going to slide it over. Not fully, but right about here. Now you can see the dark and corners, which brings our attention more to the subjects. So right now we're pretty good shape. We have a little bit of cropping done, adding a little bit of vignette. So let's tap on that little cube began on the left. And that's going to bring up some more editing that we can do. If you look on the top left-hand side in or say f 4.5. So let's top that, that is your aperture. So as we tap that, you can see on the bottom scale here, it'll say f 4.5. And that is the default in my camera. What this setting here does is give you the effect as though it was taking at certain aperture. So if you have a large aperture or a large lens opening, it's going to give you a very shallow depth of field. So watch what happens now. It's not slide this all the way over from f 4.5 all the way over to F 1.4. That makes it kinda nice because if those a background out of focus and sometimes you do want this. This is especially something that I look for when doing close-ups, even sometimes half lens or three quarter lengths. So I can get the subjects in focus and I can just knock the background out of focus. So your attention goes more to the people. So we're looking at f 1.4, but watch what happens if I slide it the other way slowly. Right now we're at F 16, which is a small aperture. And that's going to give us more depth of field. Meaning more is going to be in focus from the subjects to the background and actually even to the foreground. But you can notice it here on the background. How it's relatively sharp, much more sharper anyway, than it is. If we change this all the way back again to F1 0.4. So we could have a few problems when we do this. Sometimes we get some distortion in the hair area. Like here we have a little bit and is also a, another problem which I'm going to address separately later on. But so this is something that you'll want to keep your eye open for. So let's go ahead and instead of 1.4, I can take it down to 1.8. Sometimes I'll use F2. Alright, let's keep it at F2 and that seems good. So now we have nice background blur and we have our vignette added, and then we also have our cropping done. So this is a pretty nice image the way it is right now. And we haven't even done any image editing to the skin tones or wrinkles or lines on the face, which is something that I'll do for just about all close up portraits. 21. Portrait Mode Problems & How To Correct Them: Let's look at in greater detail to problems that you may have when you're shooting in portrait mode and you're using depth control. And we'll also look at two things that you can do to eliminate or at the very least minimize those problems. Let's open up this image just as it is straight from the camera. And you can see that my default setting on here was f 4.5 as our aperture setting, which is our lens opening. As we pointed out earlier, one of the problems that you may get would be distortion in the hair area. Let's look at that closer and will also change our setting to a larger aperture. So let's go from 4.5. Let's open this up all the way to F1 0.4, which is considered a large aperture and a large lens opening, given you a greater background blur. But as we look here in our hair area, we may get distortion. You can see it on the gentleman's hair top. So that's one of the problems. The other major problem not, I really don't like is if you've posing to people and you have a space, like in this case, we have a slight space in between those people that doesn't get affected by our aperture control, that stays the same. So as we look at that, it looks kind of funny because everything around the couple here now is blurry except for that space in between. But if you can avoid that space in between that couple, that would be a good thing to do. But if not, let's look at two other things that you can do. First of all, let's bring this down just a little bit. So right now are set to F1 0.4, which is our largest lens opening aperture. And if we start where we started from that 4.5. Now you can see that that space in between the look between that space and the outside area isn't quite as noticeable. If you look closely, you can see it's a little bit sharper than the area that's around the couple. So what you can do is slide that wheel and you can close your lens down further yet. So right now we're set to f 16, which is our smallest aperture. However, notice the difference though in the background I really liked at it's relatively sharp. And in some cases, it could be distracting where if I want to do more of a close-up portrait of a couple or family here. I always like to isolate them and have our tension go more to them instead of the background. Unless it's something that you're trying to convey, maybe have a beautiful background. But normally on a close up, I want that background to be out of focus and not distracting. So as we take this up to f 1.4, notice we get a nice background blur all around the couple, except for that little space in between the couple. So I'm going to change my setting too. Let's go to F1 0.8. We still get nice background blur. So like I said earlier, you could change this to a setting that you can live with. And I really can't live with any other setting except a larger lens opening, 1.8. The other thing that you can do would be to transfer the images that you want to work on using a program like photo transfer app, which is the app that I use. You're able to send the images that you choose onto your desktop computer. And then this way you can use your larger monitor and you can make the corrections and programs like Adobe Photoshop, which is what I use. And once I take this into Adobe Photoshop, I would use the clone tool and I would find tune the hair. And then I would also select the area that's in between the couple. And I would either add blur to that area so it matches the other areas so it looks normal. Or you can use the clone tool and just drag as section from the outside area into that area. So it'll match that whole area that you want to be blurry. Doing that little bit of extra actually doesn't take all that much time, but it's going to be well-worth it because you only going to probably have, like I said, a handful of images to do. And it's going to make your images look way more professional and you're going to have happy clients. 22. Image Editing For Serious Portrait Photographers: After I took care of those problems that we came up with when shooting in portrait mode. I went a little bit further. There were some hair on her neck that bother me, so I got rid of that. And I also did some retouching on the skin tones, soften the lines under the eyes just a little bit using the cloning tool. And if you look at Teddy, his right eye looks like he has a partial Blakey minor start at the blink here. And so what I did was I cloned his left eye and I moved it over to the other side where he started to blank. But then I also reverse that and I also brought the image into a portrait Pro and fine tune it even more, just softening the skin tones and brightening up the eyes. And then you can see this is the final product with the retouching done, corrections made. And I also added a vignette to this portrait. And usually I'll add a vignette to most of my portraits. 23. Advanced Photo Editing Software: And along with the bill in camera and editing app that I use on my iPhone, there's a couple of different apps that I also use or occasion to number one app that I like a lot is called Snapseed and I use that sometimes for retouching. They have a nice healing tool in there that you can. It's almost like the Healing Brush in Photoshop. But of course you're working on your phone, which is kinda small screen. And I have a little problem though with getting it exactly right. That's why I prefer doing some of the serious retouching on my desktop so I can look at it through a larger monitor, but Snapseed has many things in there that you can use. The other one would be Camera Plus two. You can actually set this to shoot manually and you can even adjust your white balance on this. You can use a slower shutter speed. All different new things using Camera Plus to, not to mention, they have some good editing capabilities in there also. And a new app that I just got, but I haven't really used it that much. I just looked at it. It's called Focus F0 ceos. And if you add camera does not have a portrait mode, you can actually use this app. And then you can knock some of that background out of focus. As a matter of fact, I can even bring one of my images into focus and I can make the background even more blurry. So this is kind of a neat app to have and I can't wait to use it more often. And I also want to give you some important information for those that are more serious and to portrait photography, where you want to use image editing in just fine tuning and making your portraits even better. And I talked about using Adobe Photoshop, you can sign up for that Creative Cloud Program, which is little bit pricey if you're not going to use it all the time. Or you can purchase it on your own. You can even purchase a program that's called Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is gonna give you the capability of doing a lot of retouching that you may want to do without having to spend a lot of money on your software. And there's two of the programs that I think are really, really amazing and they're both made by anthropic. The first one is called portrait Pro. And when you bring your image into portrait pro a just so much you can adjust the eye, the eye color, the brightness of the eyes. You could thin that face down slightly, just saw off in the skin tones. You could do so much with this. This is well-worth it. And the other one is smart photo editor that's also made by anthropic. And with that, there's some neat effects that you can use. And some of the neat ones that I use quite a bit would be there vignetting choices. You have a lot of different choices and then you can even adjust those even further if you want to add the vignetting onto it and you can see how it's going to look as you go along. So this is actually very simple to do. And the other one would be to add soft focus to make it a little bit more romantic look in. So these are some of the things that you can do if you want to become more serious as a portrait photographer, It's going to make your work really stand out. And I think if you're gonna do a good portrait taken it is just 1.5 of it. The other part would be in doing the image editing, fine tuning it. So you want to keep your portrait natural-looking. But you want to get rid of some of the skin imperfections like blemishes, Maybe heavy lines on the face wrinkles. You can just tone those down. And that's going to make your work stand out and your clients are going to love it. 24. Seeing The Light: One of the important key elements in photography would be lighting. And I want to go through our lighting situation in this particular portrait session here. And as an example, we'll look at this particular portrait here and how I use the light to our advantage. First of all, we'll look at the location of where I placed on. As a matter of fact, I went down to this location yesterday so I can capture it even though it's not the same time in the air, but it's roughly around the same time when the portrait was taken in this particular portrait here I placed them in the shaded area next to and underneath the tree. And one thing that I looked for here was make sure we get enough lighting on the face. So the coupler here, I turned them so they're facing the open sky. So here we got enough light to hit their faces. And of course I brought in or reflector to brighten up those eyes a little bit. So that would be considered our main light. But I also looked for a light coming in from the back that we call our kicker or our accent light. So it gave us more dimension to their photograph. And we also have some nice highlighted colors coming in from the back, just highlighting the leaves behind them. So I use this location on several other portraits where we were able to get enough light into the face. Of course, adding our reflector, just bringing in some mice lights in the eyes so we don't get those raccoon eyes also. And then of course you can see we have light coming in from the back as our accent or a kicker light giving highlights to the side of the face lightly and to the top and to the side of the hair, which gives a portrait more dimension and more alive looking. And in this particular series of portraits, I move them out into the open area where we can see the sun adding a nice highlight around their bodies and around their hair, which really makes it stand out nice. So these portraits were actually taken late November. And we started photographing right before four o'clock and we finished a little after five. So at a whole session took about a little over an hour. And of course, this is one of the times that I like to photograph late afternoon or early evening. And sometimes I'll do portraits early in the morning. Usually if you're at a location like to beach, It's always nice to get a sunrise or sunset when you can. But in any case, it's good to plan so you get the best lighting for the portraits at the time of day that you're doing it. Even on a cloudy day, you can see the separation of light, even though it's not going to be quite as contrast the, but it'll still be there and you'll see it. So I urge you to continue your study of lighting. And once you learn to see light photography is going to be so much more fun for you. I do have a course on Skillshare. If you have an interest, It's called seeing the light as a photographer and artist. And it's going to cover all kinds of outdoor lighting situations and some of the light modifiers that you can use to make your portraits even better looking. 25. In Closing: So in closing, I'd like to thank you again and hope you enjoyed the class. And it turned out to be a little bit longer than I thought it was going to be, but I just had to I didn't want to keep anything back. So as much as I thought was necessary and there's probably a lot more. But this is enough to, to get you going and doing something that I hope you get to enjoy as much as I do. And just remember if you are serious, you might want to look at a good mirrorless or DSLR camera and get yourself a good portrait lens for a good fast poacher lens. So you can not that background out of focus when you need it and keep studying and looking for the light. So you can get to feel and know when a lighting is the bass and null what you can do to modify the light. But by just by studying light, you can do so much to your photography. So thank you so much again. And until we meet again.