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How to Take the Perfect Selfie | iPhone Portrait Photography

teacher avatar Dale McManus, Photography, Cinematography, Music

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction: What You Will Learn


    • 2.

      Let's Talk About the Selfie


    • 3.

      Best Portrait Photography Settings


    • 4.

      Posing for Portrait Photography: Introduction


    • 5.

      The Jaw Line


    • 6.

      Straight Lines Vs S Curves


    • 7.

      Posing For Women


    • 8.

      Posing For Men


    • 9.

      Portrait Photography Lighting 101


    • 10.

      Editing Your Portrait Photos: Introduction


    • 11.

      How to Edit using Lightroom Mobile


    • 12.

      How to Create Presets and Why You Need Them


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About This Class

“Do I always look like that? Why does my phone hate me? Do I need a fancy camera just to look good? Screw it, where’s the puppy dog filter..."

We all know how it goes when trying to take a decent picture of ourselves. But it doesn't have to be this way...

This iPhone self portrait photography course will teach you everything you need to take better pictures of yourself with nothing more than an iPhone or similar smartphone. No photography skills or fancy cameras needed! You'll learn all the basics of both professional modeling and portrait photography in this course. By the end, you'll be able to take selfies you're much happier with and show them off on social media!

This course is designed for:

  • Beginners that want to take amazing pictures of themselves as if you hired a professional photographer.
  • Anyone interested in getting into portrait photography.
  • Anyone that wants to boost their social media with stunning pictures of themselves.

Here's some of what you will learn:

  • How to take stunning self portrait pictures with just your iPhone.
  • How to pose like a professional model (Male & Female)
  • How to make anyone's face look 10x better with one simple trick.
  • Howto set up your iPhone camera app with the optimal settings.
  • How to edit your photos like a professional on your phone with Lightroom CC (Free).
  • Extra tips, tricks, and more!

So whenever you're ready to start taking better pictures of yourself, let's get started!

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Dale McManus

Photography, Cinematography, Music


Hey! I'm Dale. I'm a Professional Photographer/Videographer, Award Winning Youtuber, and Co-Creator of WANDR travel film company. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Film and 9 years experience in the field of photography/film. I've traveled to different parts of the world as a professional photographer/videographer and utilized my iPhone as my best tool. Now I share my knowledge with those looking to become better photographers and filmmakers.

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1. Introduction: What You Will Learn: What's up, guys? My name is Dale and I'm a professional photographer, award-winning YouTuber and I have over eight years of experience in the field of photography and film-making. So, you're probably wondering, why do I need an entire course to learn how to take a picture of myself? Well, I'm glad you asked. We live in a world where our online presence is becoming more and more important every day and thus, so is how we present ourselves online through pictures and posts. To me, a selfie is more than just a bathroom mirror pic or a cheesy Snapchat filter. A selfie should be a quality self-portrait, accurately representing you at your best. You don't need a fancy camera or a background in photography to take professional self portraits, all you need is your smartphone and the knowledge laid out for you in this course. In this course, we'll cover how to pose like a professional model for both women and men to highlight your best features. We'll cover how to make anyone's face look ten times better on camera with one simple trick. We'll also cover how to set up your iPhone camera with the best quality settings, how to edit your photos like a professional all on your phone, so you never have to touch a computer, how to find the best lighting and so much more. This course is designed for beginners who want to take pictures of themselves as if you hired a professional, no photography background required. It's also designed for anyone interested in getting into portrait photography, as well as anyone who wants to beef up their social media profiles, like Instagram or Facebook, with amazing photos of themselves. So with that said, let's get this course started and I will see you inside. 2. Let's Talk About the Selfie: Alright, so let's talk about the selfie. I don't know about you, but I believe a selfie comes in a couple different forms. The first being the classic arm's rip selfie with the front-facing camera. This was actually the basis for how the term selfie came about in the first place. It's a quick snap to send to friends or to show grandma where you've been on your vacation. There's nothing wrong with it and there's plenty of tips and tricks that apply to taking a better version of this in this course, but there's also a second form of selfie and it's a little less hands-on and I mean that literally. It involves placing your phone on a level surface, setting the 10 second timer or even hitting the record button for a video and then walking out into frame to get a picture of yourself. This is my favorite form of selfie because it mimics the look of having professional photos taken a view.This is the method that we're going to focus on the most in this course because it's far more interesting to your viewers that it appears as though people are taking pictures of you rather than you taking them of yourself. If anyone ever asked you why you care, what others think of you, don't listen to them. I believe everyone does and should care a little bit about what others think of them. It's healthy to care a little bit because not caring at all, makes you seem socially unaware to societal norms and caring way too much can make you come off needy or obsessive. A good friend once told me, "Extremes are never the truth." So with that little life lesson out of the way, let's jump right into the first section of the course and get this started. 3. Best Portrait Photography Settings: All right, so in this lesson, we're going to get set up with the perfect photo taking settings. These are part of the tools that you'll need to succeed. So jump on over to your iPhone and open up the camera app. All right, first things first, make sure that the flash is set to "Off". Flash is terrible. It just ruins photos. I've never seen a good photo taken with flash. If you really need that much light, it's best to just move into an area that has better lighting.So if it's too dark, find a better area because Flash is kind of the amateur way of trying to take a good photo and it never works out. Next, we're going to make sure that HDR is set to auto, which it is.And if you don't see HDR up here, you can go to your "Settings" and just go down to "Camera". And then go to auto HDR down here and just flip that "On". And that'll make sure that whenever you are taking a photo which has a lot of highlights and shadows, it'll switch to HDR. And HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Whenever you take a photo with HDR, it actually takes three photos. And one, the first photo is exposing for the highlights. It wants to make sure that the highlights are properly exposed and not to blown out, but this makes the shadows really dark. The second photo is a neutral photo. It does its best to get a photo in-between highlights and shadows that has a decent exposure. And the third photo is exposing for the shadows. So it'll make sure that the shadows are really brought out and highlighted correctly.But this also show that the highlights are also blown out, but it will combine all three of these into one properly exposed photo with nicely lit highlights and nicely lit shadows.So this is an awesome feature to turn on for your camera. All right, so let's go back and we're gonna go back to our camera app. And now you won't see HDR arcs. We turned it on in our settings. So next, we're going to turn off "Live photo". Live photo takes a 1.52 second video before and after you take a photo. So it ends up forming this kind of 3 second animation video photo hybrid thing. And it's not really conducive to taking good photos, it's just more or less distracting. So I turn it off. Next, make sure that your timer doesn't have anything set, and also do not ever touch the effects-button because that is what professional editing is for in Lightroom, which is also free, so don't touch the effects, we don't need them. Now next thing we're gonna do is turn off this "Grid". You may or may not have it on already, but we're actually going to turn that off because it's going to get in the way of looking at the jaw line on your face or your eyes or whatever you might be putting on camera, I actually recommend turning it on. And one of my other courses where you're mainly photographing the places around you. But for the sake of photographing people, we're going to turn it off. So let's go to our settings and go back to camera. And we're going to go to "Grid" and turn that "Off". And while we're here, we're also going to make sure that our record video settings are set to 4K at 60. Or if you don't have 4K, you could do 1080 at 60. But the reason I recommend setting your video settings for a photo course like this is because sometimes it is very useful to set your phone down, maybe in your shoe or against a rock, whatever you can use as a natural tripod. And you can actually turn the video on and start recording. And then you can walk out into frame and actually do some actions like jumping in the air or posing in whichever way that you want to pose. And then you can go back to the video later. And you can screenshot frames that you really like and want to use as photos. So the reason I recommend 4K, is because it's the highest quality video. So you'd be able to zoom in and crop your photos exactly like you would take them using the regular photo section of your camera app. This is by far one of my favorite things to do using the video tool because I travel a lot and a lot of the time, I just don't have somebody to take a photo of me. So it really comes in handy. 4. Posing for Portrait Photography: Introduction: Welcome to the posing section. So, when taking photos of yourself, you have to be both the photographer and the model at the same time. Posing is one of those things that is very hard to get down correctly if you've never done any modeling before. There are opposes for power, delicateness, desire, playfulness, and that's just to name a few. There are poses for masculinity and poses for femininity. There are even specific poses for your face. Body language is so important that there are full classes for just this topic alone. If you don't know what you're doing, you'll likely feel pretty awkward and unnatural trying to find that sweet spot. So I'm going to show you as many poses as I can and also show you why they work. I suggest that you try out a bunch of them against the same background and figure out what feels right for you. I'll show you poses for women, poses for men, and a few tips and tricks for posing your face to instantly look ten times better on camera. Let's get started. 5. The Jaw Line: Let's talk about posing your face. Your face actually needs its very own section, because I'm going to talk about two main techniques that are going to make a world of difference. Let's jump right into the first one. The first one is called the jaw line. I can sit here and try to explain the science of how the jaw line trick works but I would rather get right to showing you. This is Justin, and I told Justin to stand as tall, confident and proud as he can. This is what I got. I told him to be emotionless because I didn't want you to pay attention to anything other than his jaw line. Justin has great posture, and even standing completely up straight, keeping his neck straight, he still got a double chin here. Trust me, I know him personally. He is one of the fittest people that I know, and yet still he has this problem. Now I'm going to show you what to do with the jaw line. The idea is that you want to stick your forehead, nose, and chin forward by just a half-inch. The reason I say to do your entire face and not just your chin, for instance, which is where your jaw is, is because a lot of people stick their chin up whenever I tell them this, and the idea is to go forward. Here's Justin's before picture, and after. Look at the difference. I'm going to switch back and forth. That is crazy, it immediately makes his face look 10 times better. Now what you don't want to do is stick your face too far forward. If you go all the way up to an inch or two inches forward, it's going to look like you're an ostrich sticking its neck out and you don't want this. It's just a little bit. Now here's Sarah. Sarah already has a pretty pronounced jaw line, but she's going to do this trick, and I'll show you the difference. Here's the before, bang, here's the after. Look at what that does, that little move adds a little of shadow underneath her chin on her neck, which really accentuates her face more. It can make your neck appear smaller. Ready for another one? Here's Nick. I told the same thing with Nick. Here's his before picture, bang, and there's the after. Look at that difference from that to that. One of them looks like he's smiling for a school photo, and the other looks professional. Find a well-lit spot in your house and do some before and afters, see how far you need to go to get this trick to work for you. 6. Straight Lines Vs S Curves: Before I show you the different posing techniques to try, I want to talk about straight lines versus S-curves. These are just shapes that your body should be put in to get a desired feeling from your photos. What do I mean? Well, straight lines generally convey feelings of solidity, structure, and masculinity, while S-curves convey feelings of softness and fluidity and femininity. Knowing these poses will help you choose the right one for the feeling that you want to convey to the people that you want to see it. You get to control everything with a pose. You can position your arms, torso, and legs to form strong geometric shapes like a triangle in multiple places on your body, while you can also position them to be bent and curvy as if gravity is too strong to hold them up entirely. Two pictures with completely different feelings. 7. Posing For Women: Let's talk about posing for women. So if you're a woman, then you probably know that a simple pose can make or break your best features. The models and actresses that you see all over social media make it look so easy. The reason is because just posing by itself isn't enough to sell it. You have to play a little bit of pretend to get a real natural look. Here's what I mean. This is Sarah, and this is Sarah's regular stance. Now, I'm going to direct Sarah into several different poses and tell you exactly what I did and why it works. All right, are you ready? Let's do it. First, let's start with the Vulnerability Pose. For this pose, I told Sarah to simply use one hand to grab the opposite wrist behind her back, pop one of her hips out, whichever side she feels most comfortable leaning on, the whole point is to feel comfortable, and tilt her head to that same side as the hip. I also told her to pretend that she got in trouble and she's trying to act cute to get out of it. She instantly felt a little bit more natural and that small amount of imagination filled in the cracks with this pose. Especially this is your first pose, it will feel unnatural to try, any of them will. The point is to do this over and over until you start to feel a lot more natural behind camera. This is what I mean about posing and pretending. They need to work in unison to get a natural pose. The next pose is called The Delicate Pose. I call this The Delicate Pose because she's grabbing her neck as if to protect it. For this, I told Sarah to grab her left elbow with her right hand or vice versa, and pull it close to her stomach. I then told her to grab the side of her neck and turn her body just a few degrees so that her grabbing arm is dominant to the camera. I then told her to drop her hip on the same side and then stick her chin forward just a little bit. This helps accentuate her jaw line. Next is The Gypsy Pose. This pose is done by really highlighting that S curve by legitimately making an S-shape with your limbs and torso. I told Sarah to slowly sweep one arm over her head and let her forearm rest on top of her head. It's best to let your arms completely relax for this pose. You want your hand to drape over your head. I then told her to sweep her other arm across her waist and let her hand rests on her opposite hip. For this, I told her to pretend that she's about to perform a ballet, and this is her starting pose while she's waiting for the orchestra to kick in. Sarah loves to dance, so this one really worked out. Not that kind of dance. But I like that she's being goofy because when you're by yourself, this is really important. When you're by yourself, you have the ability to do really stupid things, but it helps you relax a lot and feel more natural when you're getting into these poses. Next up is The Sunglasses Pose. For this pose, I gave Sarah her favorite pair of sunglasses. I told her to raise her chin up, grab both sides of her shades with both hands, and tuck her elbows just a tiny bit. If you untuck them too much, they'll stick out too far and it'll look unnatural and your arms are going to look wider, it's going to make you appear wider. Typically girls don't want to appear wider. They want to go the opposite way. I then told her to let her lower jaw relaxed just enough so that her mouth opens just a little bit. You can get silly with this one by blowing kiss, or doing an open mouth wink even though we can't see your eyes. The goal is just to do some things with your hands that look and feel natural. Usually positioning the hands is the most frustrating thing for posing. If the hands don't have something to do, that's what causes the awkward feeling. Next up is The Forearm Pose. To get this pose, I told her to grab the inside of her left elbow with her right hand or vice versa, and to keep her elbow tucked closely to her side. This will keep the slimmest side of her bicep facing towards the camera and make your arms appear slimmer. Then just simply pop your hip out a little on the same side that your arm is hanging. In this case, it's your left side. You can take this picture by looking at the camera with your chin out just a little bit, or you can look down to the same side that your popped hip is on. Next up The Deodorant Commercial Pose. For this pose, I told her to imagine that she's posing for a Deodorant Commercial and the director wants her to smell her pits as sexy as she can possibly be. It sounds ridiculous, but it works. So first up, I told her to raise her arms above her head, grab one of her wrist and pop whichever hip feels most natural. I then asked her to simply turn her face to that same side that hip is popped on and bring her nose down towards her armpit just a little. Although your imagination isn't an awkward place doing this pose, the pose comes out pretty playful and sexy and displays a lot of confidence. Generally, the stomach and the neck are the most delicate parts of the body. So the more you open your arms and the chest to expose them, the more confidence that you show off. The psychology is that you're being brave and willing for these areas to get hurt, because in nature, in almost any animal, that is the most vulnerable part of the body. So exposing them shows that you're not afraid. Next time you think about it, pay attention of photos of people with their arms crossed versus people that are exposing their chest. One is much more approachable than the other. All right, so feel free to give some of these poses a try, or use the techniques that you've learned to invent some new ones that feel most natural for you. Next, we're going to talk about poses for men. 8. Posing For Men: Let's talk about posing for men. So posing for men can be a challenge. We can't just throw our arms over our head and get away with the same playful nature that women can. Generally, we have to perform justified actions like fixing our jacket or leaning against a wall to make the picture look more natural. But men can thrive off of straight lines a lot more than women, just as women can thrive off of S-curves. So, if you're a man then it's easier to think about starting all of your poses with four simple steps. Number one is your stance. Separate your feet to show width apart, and point your toes outwards just a ted. This will give you the strongest and most solid footing and it looks the most natural. Number two is chest and shoulders. Take a deep breath while also relaxing those shoulders. You want your chest to stick out, but without looking like you're holding in a big breath, just try to straighten your back and keep your neck straight as well. Number three, turns slightly. Turn your entire body 10 degrees to one side, so that your torso isn't perfectly square to the camera. What we really want is just to create a little bit of depth to your body. Number four, do something simple with the hands, like one hand in your pocket and the other hanging to the side. This is actually our first pose and it's just the standard portrait pose. I suggest starting with this pose so that you can nail down a good starting point. From here, we can go into a few more poses, like the adjustment pose. Start with the standard portrait pose that I just taught you. But turn your head slightly towards the side that is closest to the camera, preferably your good side, whichever one feels natural to you. Then bring your arms up to adjust your watch jacket or color. Or if you're wearing a t-shirt, you can simply reach out with one hand and grab the opposite shoulder. The point is that no matter what maneuver you choose, you're creating a triangle shape with your arms that will create a feeling of strength and structure. Don't forget to squint your eyes just a tiny bit for a more serious look. Next up is the flattered pose. This pose is done by simply raising your elbow into the air and grabbing the back of your neck as if you're flattered by what somebody just said to you. By placing your elbow high into the air, you give an extension to the triangle shape, that is your chest. Again, triangles convey strength and structure. So we want to show as many of them in your body language as possible. Leaving your chest open and unobstructed by any limbs will convey confidence because that is the most vulnerable part of your body that you're leaving out to be hurt, so to speak. Confidence comes from vulnerability. Next up is the bed head. So this pose is very simple to pull off, especially if you're already in the previous pose. So just drop your forehead forward and down just a little bit and then run your fingers up into your hair and just let your hand gently rest on the top of your head with some hair sticking out through the gaps and your fingers. This pose is perfect for those days when it's windy or you just don't have time to comb your hair in the morning. It's one of the more relaxed and playful poses for men without coming off whimsical or feminine. 9. Portrait Photography Lighting 101: Welcome to the lighting section. Lighting is everything when taking a good photo, it can make or break the quality of a photo instantly. It's often the first thing that our brains subconsciously judge to determine whether we're looking at a good photo or a bad photo. And since this course is all about taking photos of yourself, finding good lighting is incredibly important for flattering our best features. So in this lesson, I'm going to talk about a couple of great tips to help you find good lighting, both indoors and outdoors. So let's start with indoors. Finding good lighting indoors can be a bit of a challenge because the most common light bulb in any house is called a tungsten bulb. And tungsten bulbs emit a very warm orange color tone to them. There are ways to correct this with editing, which I'll talk about later, but it's not as effective as finding a more neutral white light source in your house. So where do we find this? Well, the most commonplace is standing in front of or near a window with natural sunlight coming through. It brightens and smooths up your skin and gives your eyes a very nice, healthy pop of color. And contrarily, standing with your back to the window with no light source on your face will cause you to blend into the background too much and your skin won't look very good at all. The difference between the window light versus no window light is uncanny. Do you see what I mean about the pop of color in the eyes and the glow on your skin, it makes a world of difference. Now if you're shooting outside, my number 1 tip is to avoid shooting at noon or midday when the sun is directly over your head, the harsh light will create shadows on your eyes, it'll cause you to squint too much and it'll often make your background extremely bright and blown out. Blown out, meaning that the highlights are just completely white. So the best time to shoot is at sunset or sunrise if you're an early riser, because the light on your face will be much softer and naturally warm or you can get epic silhouette selfies in front of the sunset if you choose. But no matter what, it's hard to take a bad photo with sunset lighting. After all, there's a reason people sit and watch the sunset. So try going out an hour before sunset and see what kind of photos you can get. The reason I say an hour is because it'll often take 30 minutes to find a good picture that you like, and then a few more minutes to get comfortable in front of camera. And then right when the sun is going down, you ought to get your perfect photo. 10. Editing Your Portrait Photos: Introduction: Okay, so let's talk about editing. Editing is like the cherry on top of a properly composed image. And you can edit your photos like a true professional right on your phone with an amazing app called Lightroom CC, and it's free. With Lightroom, you can make colors pop, soften or chisel your face, adjust the exposure, make your skin clear, or even change the color of your clothes. I definitely think that you can take editing too far and completely falsify your true image, which will work against you when trying to develop confidence in your own skin. But I do believe that a small amount of editing can really highlight your features and show you off at your best. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. So in the next sections, we're going to go through a Lightroom CC tutorial, we are going to talk about custom Presets and LUTs, which are your own unique filters, or really just some tricks and tips for styling your photos. So whenever you are ready, let's do this. 11. How to Edit using Lightroom Mobile: Welcome to the editing section. In this section we're going to be professionally editing our photos right on our phones using an app called Lightroom CC. Lightroom CC is fantastic. We can do everything right there on our phone and we never actually have to touch a computer, so it's a great on-the-go tool. So if you don't have Lightroom CC, just go on over to the app store and just type in Lightroom, and it'll just come up there at the top. So just push Lightroom and then go down and you'll see Adobe Lightroom CC. So if you haven't downloaded already, just go ahead and click "Get", and if not, if you do already have it, just click on "Open". So when you open Lightroom, you won't have anything in it. I have a bunch of photos of friends here that I've taken, but if yours is blank and you need to actually upload a photo to Lightroom, you can just click on this button in the bottom right hand corner and you can select it from your camera app. So once you have some photos in here, we're just going to select one and start editing and I'll show you around Lightroom. So let's just click on this one of Sarah maybe is the one that I'm going to do. You can pick any photo you want and follow along. This is a photo that Sarah took with her phone, setting it up on a desk kind of propped up against a couple of things. The room had some nice lighting in it. So I think it came out pretty good, but we're going to make it pop a lot more. So first on is crop. So we're going to make sure this is cropped correctly. We can drag and re-size anyway that we want on the sides. So I'm just going to pull this down and maybe crop it about like that. Then you can actually skip these other two buttons, the profiles button and the auto button, I don't ever use those, and just go right to this light button. So once you go to light, you can change the exposure here. If you need to undo anything, there's a button up here at the top, it's got this little back arrow. You can just click on that and undo what you just did. See you can play with the contrast, you can make it a lot flatter, or you can make it really punchy. You can play with just the highlights, so these are the lightest parts of the photo. So her shirt is pretty white, you can see I'm boosting that I'm bringing it way down. You can see it's affecting her skin tone as well as the shadows, these are the darker parts of the image. So the wall behind her, you can see, I'm bringing the shadows out so that there's almost no shadow, or I can make them very dark and it almost completely makes that background black if you can see that. So I'll undo that, go back to light. Whites and blacks are relatively the same thing, they just kind of can give you an extra punch here or there, so you can play around with those as well. So for her sake, I'm going to say, let's do a little bit of exposure pop maybe a plus nine, and maybe do more of a punchy contrast, we'll do a plus 21, and highlights, I actually like what it's doing to her skin when I bring it down, so I'll do like a negative 15. Shadows, I'm actually going to bring those darker, maybe a negative 20. I'm going to leave highlights and blacks alone. So now let's go over to the Color tab. So in the Color tab, you can change the temperature of the photo to be very warm or you can bring it to very cold. So obviously, less is more with this. You really only want to go maybe negative 15 to plus 15 in either direction, maybe not even that's still really warm there. So I'm going to go with a little bit cooler, maybe a negative 11 and tint, kind of the same thing. This are actually all temperature and tint are adjustments for lighting. So if you take a picture that's in a room that has very orange color lighting and it comes into your camera looking like that, you can actually give it more blue in order to counteract it. The result will look a little bit more neutral like that, more towards the zero. So in this case, I did like the lighting coming out of the camera, so I'm actually going to drag this to a negative 11, just because I like that cool color profile. Now we can go to Vibrance. Vibrance will kind of bring the saturation up in different areas. It's more of a smart saturation, so it'll bring up areas that need to be brought up and leave already boosted colors alone. So I mess with vibrance a lot more than saturation. Saturation, on the other hand, brings up all of the colors so you can see it really punches out a lot more. It'll bring up every color in the photo and make it much more saturated. So I'm actually going to give this a little bit of vibrance, let's say a plus 50. Now, moving on to the effects tab, we're just going to click on that. Now we've got clarity, dehaze, and vignett. So let's start with clarity. Clarity gives your a photo an extra punch, as you can see. It sharpens and increases the contrast at the same time, it gives it a really cool chiseled look. Or if you drag it the other way, it gives you more of a dream-like look. I'm not so much of a fan of this side, so I typically go this way with it. Again, less is more with this. You don't want to completely boost out the photo. It may look really cool here, but you can see there's a little bit going on with some noise here at the top. You can see lots of TV noise looking particles up there. So that happens when you use too much clarity. So I'm going to do about a 35. Dehaze, if you have a lot of fog in your photo, if you're shooting outdoors, you can mess with this. I typically don't touch it whenever I shoot indoors, and vignette will darken the edges of your photo or lighten them, if you so choose. So if you drag it to the left, it'll darken them. I like a little bit of vignette, especially when shooting indoors on a solid background. So I'm going to leave that at a negative 25. You can also adjust the Vignette settings. So the midpoint will bring those edges all the way out to the corners, or bring them all the way in. I actually am going to leave that at zero. I liked how it was feather is how sharp or faded that the vignette is going to be. So obviously you bring all over the left and it's very sharp. Or you bring it all the way to the right and it's completely faded. So I'm actually going to leave it again at zero, not going to mess with that. Same with the roundness. You can control how square or how round that vignette is. I don't really mess with any of these settings going down. Now that we've covered those main three sections, I'm actually going to hop back to the color tab and show you something really cool. So if you go to the color tab and you click on this mix button up here at the top right of that menu. Now what we can do is select individual colors and change either their hue, saturation or luminance. So I'll show you what I mean. I'm going to select her skin tone, which is an orange, and what I can do is make it a lot more red, which obviously looks ridiculous. Or a little bit more green, again, looks ridiculous. But the point is, if you want to change shirt colors, if you want to change the colors of trees in the background, you could, let's say select green and you can change the trees to more of a yellow or green. There's no trees in this photo obviously. But this is a really cool tool. You can literally change colors. So if she was wearing a yellow shirt, I could make that shirt more red or more green if I wanted to. I can also change the saturation. So again, I'll show you with her skin tone. I can change the saturation of just her skin tone. I can make her skin completely black and white if I want. Luminance changes the light so I can make just her skin tone really light or I can make it a lot darker. So you can mess with that as well. You can do this with every color, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple, whatever you want. Just to show you, I will go to another photo I have here of Nick and I'm going to change Nick's red shirt. I'll go to color, go to mix, I'm already on red. So I can make it a purplish pink color or I can make it more yellow. So you can see it's affecting his skin a little bit, but I'm mainly just hitting that one color. All right, so we'll go back over to Sarah's photo. So that was the mixed tab in color, which is really cool detail. You can mess with how sharp your photo is. I typically don't touch that. As long as you've got your focus right, then you won't even need that. You really want to have to mess with any of these other settings like geometry or Optics. The next thing we're going to go over is creating user presets, which is literally my favorite tool in Lightroom. So I'm really excited to teach you about that. So before we go, I will show you if you hold your finger down on the picture, you can see that's what it looked like before, and that's what it looks like after, really adds a nice punch. It's crazy with the difference. 12. How to Create Presets and Why You Need Them: All right, so in this lesson we're going to go over creating User Presets.So if you're in Light-room already and you've edited your photo to the way that you want it, you can just click on this Presets button at the bottom. And if you can't find it, it is all the way to the right. So in this menu, just go all the way to the right and you'll see it there. So click on Presets and you'll see User Presets. Or you might be looking at something like this. And user Presets are just created by you. So you alter the color and the light and all these things. You can create a preset that you can just slap on there anytime you want. So I can select that one. That was one that I created a while ago. It's a lot warmer and I just slapped it right on and I can undo.So it just immediately edits your photo right away with all of these effects and settings that you already put on there.So in order to create one, all you do is just hit this X and go up to the three dots at the top. Once you've edited your photo the way that you want, then click on Create Preset.Now, it'll ask you what do you want to call it?So we'll just call this Test Preset, done. And you can select everything that you want to effect.So I have tools, optics in geometry unchecked, that is kind of the baseline that it'll give you. You're probably looking at the exact same menu.So yes, I want it to affect color, light, and detail.So once that's done, I can just hit the check mark, and that is now done. If we have another photo for instance, so let's go back to our library, and we'll just select any photo. Let's say this one. Now we'll crop it the way that we want.Now go all the way over to Presets, and now we can put on that test preset. And boom, just automatically edited our photo. It looks beautiful. You can see that's before, and that's after. Clicking that button literally took three seconds.So I highly recommend creating two to three Presets that you really like, because I used these for my Instagram for instance. So right now I'll go over to a tool that I use for Instagram called Preview. Preview lets me see what my Instagram is going to look like based on post that I want to put up. And this is what my Instagram looks like. So before it used to look like this, colorful jumbled mess. Once I started applying Presets that all have the same general color profile, I now have this really nice teal and orange theme going to my Instagram. So if you wanted to have more of a black and white theme, or maybe you wanted your greens, and your blues to really pop. Or maybe you've more of a red theme. You can create Presets on Light-room that really highlight these colors. And then just edit any photo you take with that preset. By the way, this Preview app is great. So any photo with this little Instagram symbol on it, is what's actually posted on my Instagram currently. And then any one that does not have that symbol, are posts that I would like to put up and that I want to see how they're going to look. And you can actually schedule posts with this app, which is fantastic. So that one's another freebie.Nobody pays me to say this. I'm not endorsing them for any reason other than the fact that I just really liked these apps.All right guys, so that is it for the selfie course. I really hope you enjoyed it. From here I advise to go out, work on one step at a time and take as many photos as you can.It will take some time to adjust and get comfortable on camera, no matter how many tips and tricks you use. Before you go, it would mean the world to me,if you would rate and review this course, if you enjoyed it. Ratings and reviews help me so much more than you think, and I would greatly appreciate it.All right, with that said, I will see you on the next course.