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Mobile Photography: Creating Consistent Look and Feel

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      Approach to Photography


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      Favorite Instagram Shots


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      Shooting at Columbia River Gorge


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Photographer Joe Greer (@ioegreer) is known for capturing stunning landscape and portrait photography with movement, authenticity, and warm and inviting colors. How does he achieve that consistent look and feel?

In this 35-minute class, you'll join Joe in Portland, Oregon as he shares his approach to photography, goes shooting in the Columbia River Gorge, and shares invaluable, tactical tips for post-production mobile editing with apps like VSCO.

Inspired by Joe's process and passion for photography, you'll leave this class ready to capture your own incredible group of images. Share them with the class, share them on Instagram, and be proud of crafting a consistent look and feel that you can call your own.

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Joe Greer



Joe Greer is a freelance photographer who found his creative journey beginning in Eastern Washington two years ago while attending Bible College. He now lives in nyc loves to just documenting life as he sees it.

Joe has a sincere passion for cultivating community, making adventurous memories, and capturing moments that normally go unseen. His journey into photography started as a casual unexpected hobby and quickly became a passionate pursuit. For Joe, it became a way to communicate a message, to tell a story, and to capture beautiful moments.

Living in the Pacific Northwest has helped refine his eye for photography, while gaining experience and knowledge from a professional work environment at Visual Supply Company. Prepared to embrace community, culture, and any creativ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: How's it going everybody? My name is Joe Greer. I'm 26 years old. I'm a freelance photographer based out of Portland, Oregon. This class is mobile photography, creating consistent look and feel to your photographs. I started photography about two and half years ago, and I had the incredible blessing and wonderful opportunity to work for a Visual Supply Company, VSCO, and my time there was one of the most transformative times in my entire life, especially because it was so focused on art and creativity and photography. So, what's ahead is that we're going to walk through some of my approaches to photography, but then we're also going to take a look at some of my favorite photographs that I've taken over the last year or so. From that, we're going to go to the Columbia River Gorge where we're going to gather some photos and find some beautiful moments to share. Some skills that I hope the students end up walking away from this class is trying to figure out and to develop a consistent style and feel to your photographs both in shooting but also in post-production. We're also going to take a look at some key elements to photography for me that I have found very helpful, unique lighting, movement, and strong composition. From there, we're going to take a look at just the editing process and try to develop and find that consistent feel in flow to your work. So, who I think should take this class? I think anybody who honestly has a love for photography, those who were just very passionate about the art form and want to push themselves a little bit, but also anybody who desires to discover their brand or to find out a way to make their photo stand out a little bit to break the mold of art and photography culture right now. I don't think there's any prior knowledge that you're going to need in order to succeed while watching this video. If anything, you just need an iPhone. If you have a DSLR that's all you have, use that, that works too. I think there are things that overlap and apply for the most part this is for the people geared towards mobile, photography, and the opportunities that lie with having a mobile camera. I think one thing that I have found to be the most consistent and successful parts of my photography journey is developing and creating and finding my own style. So, I want to help us share some tools and some tricks in some insight into what has helped me to do that over the last few and half years. So, what does this student project going to be about today? Today honestly, it's for us being able to find and to create three photos that have a consistent feel and look. So, how much time should students take on this project? Honestly, not that much time unless you need to go out and gather some photos, that might take a little bit more time. But if you have the photos already there and in your camera roll, then that might not take too much time if you're just going to be focusing on the editing aspect of this project. So, what makes a project okay, versus great? Honestly, I think a few things. One, having continuity with how you shoot but also how you edit. Then finally, for me I think what makes a project really great is going to be telling a great story, but also been able to showcase raw and genuine emotion. So, how you can use the project gallery on Skillshare, honestly just be able to, for you guys, to share your photos on the class project gallery and be able to connect with others to be able to cultivate community, ask questions, be able to give advice if need be. I think one of the most beneficial and helpful ways that I've been able to learn the last two and half years of my photography journey is making sure that I have a teachable spirit. I don't ever want to be in a position to where I've got it or I think that I have finally arrived. I think for me, I always want to be learning, I always want to be growing, I always want to be asking questions to learn. So, I think that if you guys are able to do these kinds of things within your community there, I think honestly, I think it will take you guys along way. 2. Approach to Photography: What materials or gear do I use? Honestly, the majority of my content I would say about 80 percent of all the photos that I ever take come from this iPhone right here. I don't use any other external lenses. I've tried them but that's just not my cup of tea. But if you use them, if you have them, that's great. Keep doing that. But for me, I just use the native camera within the iPhone. So, how do I approach photography? Man, that is a really good question that I'm super passionate about. For me, I'm realizing how much my story and the things that I've been through, good or bad, is affecting what I create that there's so much power and there's so much emotion and there's so much beauty in such a huge story to be told and to be shown through photography. I literally believe that a photograph is worth a thousand words, if not more. It's very hard for me to leave my personal life, the emotion stuff I'm going through at home, when I'm out on a shoot when I'm taking photos when I try to create something because I can see moments of joy in tragedy, in emotion and how that connects to things that I've been through. So, Instagram has played a huge role for me and just growing my brand or being discovered as an artist or just moving forward with what is that I create. Starting on Instagram, it's still a big platform, it's modern, it's hip, it's still going strong in culture today. It's all over the world what I love. But for me, two things that has really helped me with my photography and growing as an artist, the two Cs I call them, that I've honestly lived by since the beginning. One is consistency. So, for me, I always want to be shooting. I always want to be posting and sharing content that challenges me to always look at what I've done but also look ahead at what I'm going to do and where I want to be. The second one is community or connectivity. One of the biggest things that I have benefited from with my brand or just me growing as an artist is meeting people and connecting with people and collaborating with people on Instagram. For example, some of my best friends I've met through Instagram. I was in my best buddy's wedding. He shot my wedding. I met my wife on Instagram. So, for me, community and connectivity are two aspects of of Instagram that has allowed me to grow and to be refined and to build a stronger foundation as an artist moving forward. There's a lot of trends within photography and social media and Instagram and whatnot, and I've totally been in those shoes and still trying to almost get out of them. I think there are a lot of popular things to photograph. For me, what has helped to develop my brand and my identity as a photographer through Instagram is just trying to honestly shoot things differently. I find so much beauty in landscape photography. That's where I started, and that's my first love, but I also love portrait photography. I find so much beauty in the mundane, the unlikely things that usually go missed or passed by. So, for me, I want to always challenge myself as I'm going to these really popular locations to maybe see it through a different lens, pun intended, to see it through a different lens and kind of take a step back, be aware of my surroundings. How can I compose this photograph a little bit differently than I've seen normally all over the place? So if I go to a new location that just that what I love the most honestly is going to new locations that I haven't seen yet and because for me that gives me a fresh palette of inspiration that I get to work with. Even working through kind of like a creative rut, I just try to see things differently. I tried to push myself and I just want my work to stand out. Musicians videographers, poets, dancers, painters, long feature films, those have the power to communicate emotion and to communicate story. All of us on some level relate to some content creation art form. So, for me, if I can communicate in my photographs and create photographs that share the story of just movements and emotion and passion, I want to be able to do that. I feel like I've done something well. So for you guys, I challenge you and I encourage you to take a step back and focus on who is shooting. Take a look on the other side of the camera because once I was able to do that, that just literally shattered all the walls that I had been throwing up and allowed me to just get a little crazy with what I'm creating in a good way. So, if you guys are able to do that, I think that might unlock a lot of beautiful potential. 3. Favorite Instagram Shots: All right. So, here about 10 of my favorite photos, thrown with this one here. I took this one actually a few weeks ago. We looked outside and it was incredibly foggy. So, we decided to just get in our car and just go and try to find something. I think like a big part of photography for me is not only being able to capture the moment, but also being able to be aware of beautiful locations. Whether the element is fog or wind or sun or cloudy. I just always want to have these beautiful locations hidden in my back pocket. So that, when the conditions are right, I can just go and hopefully capture something beautiful, this is an example. One things I love photographing is these roads with leading lines. I think for me that those are things that just naturally draw our eyes. Like our eyes are automatically go down with those lines. That disappear so for me composition advice I guess with this photo, the main things just making sure that composition is straight. Don't go too heavy North with photographing too much of the trees and a little bit a road, or too much road, not enough trees. If you want to get a good road shot, make sure you have a good balance of both the foreground and the background. Try not to bleed out or overcompensate for one of them. So that's what's helped me to get photographs like this with long leading line type photographs. This is one of my recent favorites. This next one is a portrait of just a lovely gentleman that my recent trip last month to Israel. This is in Jerusalem in the old city. I saw this guy selling bread after his right. Had my iPhone, this is an iPhone shot and I just got right in the moment and I was able to capture him right as he looked at me. So, for me this is just a really beautiful scene, the brick, and the trash around him, even what he's wearing, it's a little bit worn down, and to me just, this photograph to me just communicates just a story. There's a story here within this guy, but for me like part of storytelling is just sitting and dwelling in the mystery of the story, if that makes sense. So, for me, this guy has a story. He has his past. He has a job. He has a life, might have a family. Both, I think so beautiful about street photography is sitting in the unknown, in sitting in the mystery with those people that I'm photographing. I think there are some photographs, and there are some people that I meet on the streets, that I just want to talk to, and then I want to get their name. I want to hear their story, but majority of the time I liked them mysterious element to street photography is I have no idea how you're going to interpret this photo, how you're going interpret this individual. But, to me this is how I felt in this moment. I just got lucky with him looking right at the camera. The next was a beautiful candid moment. Probably my all-time favorite photograph that I've taken so far. I was able to sneak this candid portrait of my wife. I was actually trying to get her to look out the window and somehow in the exchange of her maybe moving her hair or looking at me because maybe I said something, I was able to capture this beautiful portrait. She's still one of my favorite things to photograph. This one also is on that same exact trip actually where we went to this tree farm. I had seen photos of it and I knew that it was really beautiful. We wanted to try to capture some of the fall conditions before they're all gone. But, for me, movement is something that I'm really drawn to. I have been able to capture movement in still photography, so for me, it was just as simple as asking Madison to run through the forest and you might have to take 10, 15, 20 photos, maybe even 30 or 40 in order to get the right one. So, don't just stop after one go if you need to try to do it multiple times. I just love the mysterious background with the trees in there. The fog how it disappears. To me that just gets me thinking about a lot which is good. Next, this photo is great in so many ways. What I love so much about this photograph is the different layers that we have in this photograph. So, in the foreground we have my wife Madison walking through there. Moving more towards the background, we have the cabin. Beyond that, we have the ocean and the river streams. Then, beyond that we have the mountains and beyond that we have the skies. So, one thing that I love shooting within landscapes is trying to find natural elements of layers and I love to do a lot of photographs and to create a lot of photographs around that type of elements. So, for me out of that element of thrown in my wife and thrown in Madison to give some sense of scale, some sense of depth, but also positioning the camera. So, this was one that I really enjoyed. Next, this summer in Canada was able to just really capture a sense of movement and emotion and feeling and passion to me personally that's what this photo communicates to me. I really love it. Even just the color and the vibrance. The color within Madison's hair. What's awesome is that with this, there's not too much editing that I need to do with Madison or her hair. Her hair is not just naturally that vibrant. It was just like a moment that I was able to see and wanted to take advantage of. Next, I did a hike a little small cabin trip. It my first time visiting Glacier National Park and actually where I'm at in this photograph right now, I'm actually sitting on massive pieces of driftwood in the middle of this lake. Somehow there is this trail of drift word from the shore about 100 yards into the middle of the lake and I knew that it was different. I knew that anybody could have gone to this lake and taken a photo on the sand, on the beach, whatever, of the lake with reflection. But, I knew that it would've been different. I could have potentially gotten a different perspective. I was able to get there and get a comfortable position to where I was able to get this, all this deadwood floating at the bottom of this lake and had that random stranger off in the distance walking perfectly into this composition. So, this was a favorite one that I've had when it comes to some of the landscape photos that I've taken. Next, this is another one that I took that summer when I was in Canada. Just a beautiful moment with these canoes and reflection, very warm, and one thing I'd like to highlight in my photos is just to zoom in on, and sit in a warm tones for whatever reason I really enjoy it. I think there's a lot to do, a lot to play with in the post-editing process with warm tones. So, this to me is just the epitome of summer. I just want to get in that canoe and I want to write down this creek and this river. Yeah, so, there's about 10 photographs that I've really enjoyed. There have been some of my highlights of the last year or so. 4. Shooting at Columbia River Gorge: Already. So, we're here at Latourell Falls right there behind me here in the Columbia Gorge about 30 minutes outside of Portland. So, right now, we're going to work on our photo project. We're going to go out and try to gather three photos that have that consistent feel, and look, and style. So, we're going to be out here shooting for the next hour or so, hopefully I've gotten some good content and some beautiful photos. I guess one of the skill hats that I want to share with you guys real quick. When you're photographing subjects with a lot of movement, you want to make sure that you turn HDR off so that it reduces a lot of blur. We see it here, but if you go into your settings, turn on grid for your native camera roll that helps me with composition, and rule of thirds, and mapping things up with landscapes, and horizon line, and that helps me to make sure that my compositions and my photograph are really strong. So, that's a little tip that I use. So, right now, I just had Madison walk up this trail, I was on the opposite side of his little river here to get some depth, some layers to the photograph, that's one thing that I really love doing is adding layers from my photograph, is really easy when you're out in nature shooting landscape photography because there's so much natural layers already there for you ready to photograph. Keep an eye out when you're out in nature and your shooting landscape photography to just add some depth and some layer and a different perspective to your photograph. So, you just finish up that Latourell Falls. Now, we're heading a few miles North to Crown Point. Looks out to the Columbia Gorge, super-beautiful. So, we just finished up at a Crown Point, overlooking the Columbia Gorge and all of its glory, was very, very windy. I love it when it's windy out, that's for me I love to be able to capture a portraits in that type of weather. For me, I think being able to photograph and capture emotion in still photography and movement. Two of my favorite things and I think we're able to do that today on the photo shoot. My both at the Latourell Falls and Crown Point, the top of that lookout. I think yeah. I think I was able to get some really good stuff showcasing story and movements, and in depths and layers, I think is really good. So, right now, we're heading back to Portland. 5. Editing: All right. So, right now we just got back from the Columbia Ghost, taking some photos, trying to find those three photos that have just in style, a continuity but also in post-production, I'm going to talk a little bit about how I edit photos, how I've developed and found my own style with editing. Know that this is things that I like, that I enjoy, what my eye is drawn to. Know that, as I talked about earlier, I encourage you guys. Through this process, try to find out what it is that you guys love, because some of the way that I edit my photos might not be the way that you like to edit your photos. That's okay. Be bold, step outside your comfort zone a little bit and try to create and develop and find what it is that you like most in your editing style. So, for me, there's three apps that I use for my editing, post-production, for my mobile photos. First one is VSCO. I mentioned earlier, I used to work for VSCO. But VSCO is a very key editing app for my style and what it is that I create. Then I go next into Snapseed, where I adjust some things there. Then from there, I go to Photoshop Express, where there's a few things in there that I like, that I can't really get from VSCO. Then from that, I go back into VSCO where I apply a second preset, maybe the same exact one or most of the time a different preset. Right now, as I open up in VSCO, I've selected my three photos that I want to edit through today. So, I'm going to go ahead and get started. This first one at the waterfall. So, this photo, I`m going to go ahead here. I have my favorite presets, as you can see here, there's about 12 of them, right here, that I usually shuffle through the most. Then I've got so much at the end, I don't even go through. But I have found my 10-12 presets that I stick to, to have continuity within my style. My favorite is M5. Those of you who know me know that that is a very popular, consistent preset that I use in my works. So, right now honestly, I just go through and I see what pops. So, I think right now what I'm going to go with, is I'm going to with C5 or C8, right now, excuse me, and I'm going to drop it about to 10. I'm going to mess with the temperature a little bit, because it's already naturally cold. But I want to just go plus one on temperature. Then I'm going to go to the skin tone, and maybe kind of confused if I'm going to the skin tone because it's the icons of someone's face. This is a little skill hack for you guys. I use skin tone in the VSCO app on every single photo always. Even if there's a person in it, if it's a portrait, if it's not a portrait, if it's of a landscape, if it's whatever. For me, I realize that this affects so much more than just the skin tone of a portrait. So, check right now. Look in the top right corner of this portrait, or this photo of this waterfall. You're going to see those really vibrant yellow in the top right, right next to the waterfall. Watch what I do. Watch what happens whenever I use skin tone on this. So, going negative is going to make it a little bit more pink and going positive is going to bring out some more greens into it. So, I usually don't go that vibrant or that crazy with it. I don't usually go plus four or plus five. Rarely do I do that. But I'll go negative one, negative two, maybe plus one or plus two. So, for this particular photo, I'm probably going to go negative two a little bit for me. For me, I just like the way that this looks, feels natural to me from what it was in person. So, I'm going to do that. I usually go tint on these ones as well. I think I'm going to go negative. Because there's already a pink tint on the rock, as you can see a little bit there, a little purple-pink tint, I'm going to go down and make it bring out some more green tones in that. Then, I do play with exposure, but I think exposure for me on this photo is correct. It looks right. I don't need to do it or do anything else. There's this new feature called clarity that I use. I used to use clarity in Photoshop, but I don't do it anymore because I really love VSCO's approach to the clarity too. I think it really dials it in really nicely. So, there's that. Now, that's before, that's after. This next one here is another landscape photo that I took. If you can see on the rule of third on the left third line, you see Madison. I'll zoom in right there for you. You see her off on that trail right there. So, what I'm actually going to do, which is a unique feature on VSCO, I'm going to copy this edit and I'm going to paste it to this photo. I'm going to see what happens. I like this. I like this a lot. So, I have all of the same editing that I did on that first photo but I just pasted it to this photo, but there are a few things that I'm going to change. So, I'm going to go into tools here and I'm going to look at the skin tone and see if I can do anything different, if there's anything that I like. You know what guys? Actually, that's exactly how I want it. I didn't even do any editing for this photo. So, I just copied the edit from this photo and I pasted it to the second one. Same location. We had very identical light, because these photos were probably taken within 10 minutes of each other. So, that's another thing. Another little trick you can do on VSCO, if you're editing a batch of photos from the same location with very identical or similar light, I would just copy and paste those on a batch of photos, if you like, and you can go and personally adjust some of the details. Honestly, in the long run, that's just going to save you a lot of time. Finally, on our second location we went to. We went to this lookout point, Crown Point. It's my final photo of my 3 set photos. The wind was absolutely berserk, which I like to highlight movement as I mentioned earlier. So, for me, this was just literally, had all the right pieces at the right time. I didn't use burst mode. I usually don't use burst mode for whatever reason. I found it to be not a sharp or the quality maybe it's not all there. So, I just literally tap on the camera button. So, actually, this photo, I took probably close to 70 photos to get this right one, just to make sure that I got it, because the wind was going. It was changing directions for a while. So, I was able to get this one. So, right now, again, I want to try to have continuity for this project. I want to try to have a consistent feel to what I just edited those landscape, waterfall photos. I'm liking right now. So, I did C8 on the last one. Here's what that looks like. It's a little too much for me with those colors and with that landscape backdrop. But I really love M5 and I really love what's going on here. So, I'm to go down to 10. I'm going to bump up the brightness one of the exposure. Love what that`s doing. So, again, we have a portrait. I went to skin tone, here again. For Madison's, specifically for this model, I always go negative. I love what it does to her hair. Brings out a little bit more depth in those reds to her instead of blowing it out to more of a 10 as you can see right here going positive. I like to stick more negative. So, this just comes down to you knowing your subject. Just honestly developing and creating what it is that you like. So, I'm going to do that tint. It's already naturally a little bit green. So, I usually balance that out. I try to keep my eye out. If I got a photo that's predominantly green, I usually go positive with tint, if it's predominantly green or if it's predominantly purple and pink, I usually go negative with green. So, I'm going to go positive here just plus one. I'm going to do my clarity and I'm probably, actually, right now I'm going to crop this, because here's where the photos are, it's a little right off of center. So, I like to keep things centered. So, I'm going to go to five four cropping and I'm just going to bring in Madison. Let me see if that works well a little bit. I might actually, drag this in a tad bit just to make this centered right here. So, right now, I'm going to crop this. To me, personally, there's nothing more distracting than something right off centered or not aligned with the rule of third. So, I'm going to crop this in just a little bit. We're just a little bit centered. So, there's before, there's after. Finish those three. I'm going to do these really quickly. I'm going to save the camera roll at full size. All right. So now, I am going into Snapseed where I go next for this. So, I'm going to open from device. I'm going to put the last photo. It's right here. I go to Tune Image, where there's about seven different options that are usually here, that I can work here on this photo. So for me, I always mess with the ambiance of this. For this scene, in this moment right now. I'm going to go to negative, which makes it a little bit more, I guess cloudy or misty, crushes a little bit of the color in it. I don't want my photos to have too much vibrance, so I usually go negative with my ambiance but there are some times where I go positive. But for me, I'm going to go about a negative 10. I usually don't go past negative 20, or positive 20 with ambiance. Things start to look a little unrealistic. So, this is where I do my contrast. As you noticed, I didn't do that in VSCO. I love having more control with contrasts. VSCO, you got zero to 10. We only have 10 options. Here, I can go to zero to 100 so I have more of a tuned-in control here. I messed my shadows a little bit. It's already a little bit dark. So, I'm just going to bump shadows to about a 15 for highlights, you just see the waterfalls a little bit blown out. So, I'm going to go negative on my highlights. It brings some of the detail back into that water stream, and then that's all I'm going to do here. Then, the final thing that I do is I go structure, I always go positive 15. You guys are going to develop little rhythms in things that you do often on every photo. This is another one that I do. Then, this is where I'm at. So, I save that. Then, I wish there was a copy feature, so I'm going to edit that waterfall next. I'm going to do pretty much almost identical things. So, I'm going to go to negative here on ambiance, do some contrasts, bump up my shadows a tad, not too much. I want to go down on highlights there. Yeah, I'm going to go down a little bit more actually, about a 30 there, perfect. Then, I'm going to go with plus 15 structure, and bring out some more detail in this photo. Now the portrait of Madison, all right. So this one's going to be fun to edit because I'm trying to have a consistent theme here, and this is a totally different location, with different lighting, with a different subject, a more of it because I zoomed in tight portrait perspective and composition. So, this one's going to be a little bit different to edit. But hopefully, we can have some continuity with the story that I'm trying to tell here. So for this one, I'm going to go positive. Positive in the ambiance category, I'm going to bump the contrast a little bit, shadows I'm going to mess with these, I'm going to go a little bit positive. Actually, yeah, I do just a little bit highlights. I'm not going to go crazy with my highlights, and exaggerate them a little bit. I think I'm actually going to go positive with my highlights this time. Structure, there's another feature in Snapseed that I really love, and I don't use it on every photo but there are certain photos like this one. I'm about to show you selective adjust. It's got the little blue plus sign at the bottom, so you just tap on what it is that you want to focus on them. By pinching in, I can select specifically one aspect or one feature in my photo, that I can adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation too, which is really unique. You just slide your finger up and down, until you find those right ones. So, I'm going to add a little bit of brightness to Madison's face here, not too much. I'm not going to go crazy. As you can see, it's just a little too much. But I want to go down probably about 30 or 25. I'm going to just see, there's before and after. I'm going to go down a little bit more. I don't want to exaggerate a little bit. I want to try and look natural. I'm actually going to add another one. So, if you add the plus button at the bottom, you can add another one. But I'm going to focus more right under her neck area. It's a little dark. I'm going to bump it up a little bit as well. Here we go. Actually, I'm going to go down just a tad, about 15. I like that. All right, before and after, all right. Next, I go into Photoshop Express, where I don't use too many tools in this one. It's a free app to download, but there's one feature in here that costs five dollars just for this feature, and that's the reduce noise. Especially, for using mobile photography, that's a very key piece to my photos, and my editing process is to reduce noise because I'm able to save a lot of the photos. If it's too grainy, if its blown out. So, that's my secret weapon. So I don't use clarity or sharpen, I'm going to go to reduce noise. I usually don't like to go above 20, because then it just, for me personally, it begins to start to look a little too creamy, a little too smooth, than what's normal, what's natural. Sometimes, I mess with the exposure, not every time. Again, I think this is correctly exposed. I might go plus two average in contrasts. I mess with the highlights again. So if I go positive in Snapseed, I might go negative in Photoshop. For me, that just creates a different kind of tone, a different overall vibe to my photo that I can't get just from using highlights ones. So, I like to play with it just to see what looks good. For me, I'm going to go positive again. Actually, a little bit. Shadows, I think I'm good. Let me just see if there's anything that sticks out, anything that feels natural. Again, another part of this whole editing process is just what feels natural to you. What looks good to you. Obviously, I don't want to blow it out or I don't want to dump the shadows too much. People do that, that's fine. But for me, I want to try to make my photographs look slightly better than reality than what I saw. I don't want to make it too exaggerated. I don't want to blow out the highlights. I don't want to over saturate everything. For me, I want to try to make it just a slightly better version of reality. But I think the shadows are fine. Then I might bump up the vibrance just a tad, and I'm good on temperature in 10. Say now, I'm going to do that, to do the other few photos. All right. I'm going to do here, exposures are good I believe. I'm going to go up a few, might go down a little bit on highlights, maybe not too much. I'm going to bump shadows just a tad, okay. My tint's a little- might be a little green, so I might go up there, and vibrance, save to camera roll. The last one in Photoshop, then we move back to VSCO for the final process. We go up a little bit in Shadows, a bit vibrance, my highlights, let me see here, turn a little positive, plus 10 on the highlights here. Final one now, I'm going to import all three photos that I have edited in VSCO, Snapseed, and Photoshop back into VSCO to apply a different pre-set or maybe the same one, but most likely a different pre-set to give it just a different feel on a different set of tones that I can't just get from one edit in VSCO. I start with M5, here's a double M5 applied. I think it's just a little too much. I really like what J5 is doing. So, C8 is what we use in the waterfalls. But again, that's just a little too much. I do like C9 but back to J5. So, I got under about a three or four, sometimes two if it's just too much, just to get a little bit extra spice. I think I'm going to stick with that. I'm going to go plus three on that. That one's good. All right. So, the last photo, the landscape photo, I just edited that with a C7. So, let's see what that looks like. I like it, it's a little much. I might use it, but let me just see what else we got here. If there's anything else that sticks out. Yeah. So, I'm digging in M5 right now. What's happening here? So, I'm going to use M5 as my second preset on there, did plus four. Yeah. So, I like the overall feel and look to what's happening here. I think those are my final. Here are my three final photos from this afternoon's little adventure. I went out and gathered three photos that have a very similar look, and feel. Here's the first one, the second one with the different layers, with Madison on the left, adding the trail on the waterfall on the background. Then finally, here is that portrait capturing and communicating emotion to me personally, when I view this photo. Also, wind and just shares that unique story. Here are my three photos, and I cannot wait to see your guys. Again, make sure to add this to the project gallery, and I can't wait to see what you guys come up with 6. Conclusion: Hi guys. So, thank you so much for joining me. That wraps up this project, this video. I really appreciate you guys tuning in and hopefully you were able to get something of value, that you're able to go out and try and test and learn some new things, some new techniques, and some of the tricks that I do to to capture the type of moments that I capture and that I enjoy shooting. Yeah. Thank you so much Skillshare for giving me this opportunity to do this with you guys. It's been a real treat. One last reminder, make sure you guys go and you share your photos and you share your projects on the project gallery. I want to see the photos. I can't wait to see what you guys came up with. Finally, just one last little piece of advice is just to continue to shoot. Keep doing it. It may be hard, you might run through seasons of just kind of creative drought or lack of inspiration, and I've been there. I really have. But I encourage you guys to be consistent and to push through that, just to keep shooting and just to train your eye to always kind of look through things through a frame. That's one thing that's been super helpful for me, but also to have a balance of knowing when to pull out your camera and when not to. When to just sit in the moment and to enjoy it with friends and family. I think there are times where it's appropriate and it's good to capture that moment. So, hopefully, like I said you guys got some stuff that you can use and it was encouraging to you guys, but so thankful for this opportunity and who knows, maybe I'll see you guys again. 7. Explore Photo Classes on Skillshare: