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Part 1: The basics of iPhotography

Whether you’re taking pictures to capture a moment, make a statement, or share a story, taking photos with intention will quickly improve the quality of your images. Today we’re talking about some hidden features you might not know about that will help you become a better iPhone photographer. 

1. Don’t Miss It!Trying to capture those impromptu moments? Sometimes scrambling for your phone, unlocking it, and pulling up the camera app takes too long. Fortunately, iPhones have a remarkable feature allowing access to the camera in a split second. Pick up your phone, touch the home button, and just swipe left to directly open up your camera! 

2.Find Your Focus. With your camera on and open, it’s time to start taking control of your photo. Your iPhone will have two functions that it will try to automate: focus and exposure. Have you noticed that yellow square that shows up when you tap on the screen? That’s the focus feature. Notice how the picture, and its tone, changes as you tap different areas of the photo? Focusing on the right subject can make a huge difference in the story you tell. 

3. Manipulate Photo Exposure. As you click around, you may notice the photo will change its brightness, otherwise known as exposure. The iPhone’s exposure feature takes into account brightness, shadows, highlights, contrast, and coloring. We always say it’s better to “underexpose” rather than “overexpose”, meaning it’s better to let your picture be taken a little darker rather than too bright. An underexposed photo can be properly edited to create the look you want. This will be much more difficult with an overexposed photo. To change the exposure on your camera, tap once to get that focus square over your target subject, then tap again. Hold down your finger and swipe up or down. Swiping down will lower your exposure while swiping up with increase your exposure. 

4. Lock It In! You’re not done yet! You want to make sure you’re getting the exact frame, composition, and angle that you want. Unfortunately, as soon as you move your camera, it will automatically change the settings you just worked so hard to perfect. But luckily, the settings can be locked! Just hold down your finger on the focus box until you see the AE/AF Lock in yellow on top of your screen. 

5. Photo Composition.Composition means “putting together”, and in photography we think of it as the placement or arrangement of the visual elements in a photo. A well-known rule for a successful composition is “the rule of thirds”. Imagine there’s a 3X3 grid over your photo. The idea is that if you place the important subjects either at the grid points of intersection or along the grid lines, it will appear the most attractive for a viewer to look at. The iPhone has a “grid lines” feature, to help you visually see the placement of your photo. To turn it on, just go into settings, camera, and then turn on the “grid” section. 

6. Use Your Headphones! You know those Apple headphones we all lose? (oops!) They can be incredibly helpful! When plugged in, you can easily snap a picture with the volume buttons. This is great for street photography, where you may want your photo taking to be subtle. The headphones are also a lifesaver when you’re using a tripod. iPhones, even more-so than a normal camera, can be extremely sensitive to movement. The click of a button can create enough movement to blur up your photo. When your camera is on a tripod, and you’re able to take the shoot with the headphone buttons, any unwanted movement is eliminated, keeping your photo still and focused. 

 

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#womeninspiringwomen

So I’m totally cheating on this by re-posting my profile pic, but hey, I’m going to claim that counts as “Challenge Accepted.” I’m usually not on the challenges bandwagon, but when @elisabethleach31 DM’d me, the beautiful B&W photos of all different women on the hashtags were inspiring. So, woman to women, you’ve all been challenged by me to do the same. Tag me when you do. 😉 Or not. Or whatever. 🤣 #womensupportingwomen #womeninspiringwomen ...

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Instagram post 17872250749819093 Our women entrepreneurs.  Whether an international corporation, or a micro company, I love working with these professionals.  But yeah I’m partial. (Just kidding. Of course I’m here for the guys too.)It was a pleasure working with you Kim @themodernsteward#womenentrepreneurs  #Smallbusiness
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #pittsburghhealth #microbusinesses #womenowned

Our women entrepreneurs. Whether an international corporation, or a micro company, I love working with these professionals. But yeah I’m partial. (Just kidding. Of course I’m here for the guys too.) It was a pleasure working with you Kim @themodernsteward #womenentrepreneurs #Smallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #pittsburghhealth #microbusinesses #womenowned ...

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Instagram post 17871232843853349 Adaptability.  My second of seven pillars of happiness.We can’t think that the fallout from Covid won’t alter many aspects of our life for years to come.So if you can’t change that fact, what can you do?  One cannot fight the wind.  We must adapt to stride confidently forward.You can’t change people who judge you on your appearance.  As a woman, I have learned to adapt.  And adapting doesn’t mean “giving in”, or resigning yourself to people’s perceptions of you.  It means learning how to use seemingly unfavorable situations thrust upon you to your benefit.  And thriving.#pillarsofhappiness #corporateleader
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #adaptable #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #identity #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #entrepreneur #corporate #executive #execs

Adaptability. My second of seven pillars of happiness. We can’t think that the fallout from Covid won’t alter many aspects of our life for years to come. So if you can’t change that fact, what can you do? One cannot fight the wind. We must adapt to stride confidently forward. You can’t change people who judge you on your appearance. As a woman, I have learned to adapt. And adapting doesn’t mean “giving in”, or resigning yourself to people’s perceptions of you. It means learning how to use seemingly unfavorable situations thrust upon you to your benefit. And thriving. #pillarsofhappiness #corporateleader #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #adaptable #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #identity #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #entrepreneur #corporate #executive #execs ...

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Instagram post 17919016327426597 What a team!  I love taking group photos, and the challenge that comes from working within parameters, and especially during the time of Covid.But mostly, my goal is to make each individual shine as unique in the group.  And to make the whole look like the capable, confident and cool people that they truly are.I appreciate working with Myah and her team on this, especially with them being patient with my months of shutdown, and as we figured out how we could take a socially-distanced cool group photo. Which meant keeping all them distanced, even though they needed a photo all together. Mission accomplished.#Finance  #wealth
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #pittsburghhealth #corporate #executives

What a team! I love taking group photos, and the challenge that comes from working within parameters, and especially during the time of Covid. But mostly, my goal is to make each individual shine as unique in the group. And to make the whole look like the capable, confident and cool people that they truly are. I appreciate working with Myah and her team on this, especially with them being patient with my months of shutdown, and as we figured out how we could take a socially-distanced cool group photo. Which meant keeping all them distanced, even though they needed a photo all together. Mission accomplished. #Finance #wealth #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #pittsburghhealth #corporate #executives ...

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Instagram post 17880727147678441 Being comfortable with who you are is one of the seven pillars of happiness.You caught me:  I have no idea what the seven pillars of happinesses are.  Sorry if it looked like I was headed somewhere profound. Was that something that the Lawrence of Arabia guy wrote?  Buddhist maybe?  I could Google it, but think I’d rather come up with my own 7.So maybe I’ll do this thing then.  Jen’s 7 Pillars of Happiness.  Pillar #1, in no particular order:  Be Comfortable with Who you Are.#pillarsofhappiness #corporateleader
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #comfortable #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #identity #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs

Being comfortable with who you are is one of the seven pillars of happiness. You caught me: I have no idea what the seven pillars of happinesses are. Sorry if it looked like I was headed somewhere profound. Was that something that the Lawrence of Arabia guy wrote? Buddhist maybe? I could Google it, but think I’d rather come up with my own 7. So maybe I’ll do this thing then. Jen’s 7 Pillars of Happiness. Pillar #1, in no particular order: Be Comfortable with Who you Are. #pillarsofhappiness #corporateleader #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #comfortable #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #identity #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs ...

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Instagram post 17868793474864110 Many people still need a traditional suit and tie photo.  It’s a classic look!  And a well fitting suit is always sharp.I find it more interesting to do these in more of a portrait format, that gives the appearance of movement, even if it’s a simple lean-in.#suits #corporateleader
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghportraits #portraits
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs

Many people still need a traditional suit and tie photo. It’s a classic look! And a well fitting suit is always sharp. I find it more interesting to do these in more of a portrait format, that gives the appearance of movement, even if it’s a simple lean-in. #suits #corporateleader #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghportraits #portraits #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs ...

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Instagram post 17843282042267132 I love execs who aren’t afraid of color and a little creativity.
Yes, many executives still need your traditional suit-and-tie photo (see that one in our following post tomorrow), but the fact is, most corporate leaders aren’t wearing traditional corporate garb on a day to day basis.
There are so many great choices out there when it comes to blazers, sports coats, or whatever you want to call the suit jacket alternative.  Don’t be afraid of a cool color and striking texture.  You don’t need to go full-pattern to stand out.
#Sportsjacket #blazer
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs

I love execs who aren’t afraid of color and a little creativity. Yes, many executives still need your traditional suit-and-tie photo (see that one in our following post tomorrow), but the fact is, most corporate leaders aren’t wearing traditional corporate garb on a day to day basis. There are so many great choices out there when it comes to blazers, sports coats, or whatever you want to call the suit jacket alternative. Don’t be afraid of a cool color and striking texture. You don’t need to go full-pattern to stand out. #Sportsjacket #blazer #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs ...

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Instagram post 18149583697043817 Composure. Discernment. Competence.  Dignity.  When I think of those who choose the legal profession, those are the adjectives that come to my mind.  And this photo represents that to me.
Perhaps it’s because I was drawn to that profession when I was in high school... although let’s be honest, if you went to an upper-suburbia school in the northeast in the 90s and had good grades, that’s what your were gently influenced to become. Well, that or a doctor.
Needless to say, I chose neither.  Although it was important for me to choose a direction in life that involved helping others.  Through the years I have seen how much lawyers accomplish in helping people, in so many different situations of life.
So give your lawyer a hug today, because they spend a lot of time buried in a ton of papers looking at rambling words to help you get the best deal you can from life.
Ok, I was kidding a little bit about the “hug your lawyer” thing.... but hey, all of us need a little appreciation.  Maybe just text them a 😃👍 instead. 😉#pittsburgh
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #lawyers #superlawyer #legal

Composure. Discernment. Competence. Dignity. When I think of those who choose the legal profession, those are the adjectives that come to my mind. And this photo represents that to me. Perhaps it’s because I was drawn to that profession when I was in high school... although let’s be honest, if you went to an upper-suburbia school in the northeast in the 90s and had good grades, that’s what your were gently influenced to become. Well, that or a doctor. Needless to say, I chose neither. Although it was important for me to choose a direction in life that involved helping others. Through the years I have seen how much lawyers accomplish in helping people, in so many different situations of life. So give your lawyer a hug today, because they spend a lot of time buried in a ton of papers looking at rambling words to help you get the best deal you can from life. Ok, I was kidding a little bit about the “hug your lawyer” thing.... but hey, all of us need a little appreciation. Maybe just text them a 😃👍 instead. 😉 #pittsburgh #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #lawyers #superlawyer #legal ...

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Instagram post 17871755107750711 So you saw the other photo like this that I took of Dan, that was pretty much straight out of camera... other than the fact that I took the @cubcadet_usa logo off his hat. 😂So what makes this photo different?  4 levels of @infinitecolorpanel grading, gradient shadow to make the subject stand out more, freq sep on face, curves adjustment, @joelgrimesworkshops cloud kit brushes on sky.  All that work done by my postproduction dude, @dan_jenworleyphotography
#colorado #pghcreeative #bestinpgh #headshotcrew #headshotcrew364 #pittsburghphotographer

So you saw the other photo like this that I took of Dan, that was pretty much straight out of camera... other than the fact that I took the @cubcadet_usa logo off his hat. 😂 So what makes this photo different? 4 levels of @infinitecolorpanel grading, gradient shadow to make the subject stand out more, freq sep on face, curves adjustment, @joelgrimesworkshops cloud kit brushes on sky. All that work done by my postproduction dude, @dan_jenworleyphotography #colorado #pghcreeative #bestinpgh #headshotcrew #headshotcrew364 #pittsburghphotographer ...

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Instagram post 17886966172594799 From our social-distancing-wilderness trip to Colorado a few weeks ago.  Awesome trip.  Definitely see why everyone wants to live there.  #colorado #portraitphotographer #headshotcrew #socialdistancing

From our social-distancing-wilderness trip to Colorado a few weeks ago. Awesome trip. Definitely see why everyone wants to live there. #colorado #portraitphotographer #headshotcrew #socialdistancing ...

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Instagram post 17899234828489970 Wanted to add one more photo from my first week back last week!  Loved Jackie’s new photo. I really appreciate everyone last week, this week, and forever into the future for remembering us and coming in after restrictions were lifted.  And we are committed to keeping your experience safe from germs and that pesky Corona. 😉#shopsmallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer #williampenn #

Wanted to add one more photo from my first week back last week! Loved Jackie’s new photo. I really appreciate everyone last week, this week, and forever into the future for remembering us and coming in after restrictions were lifted. And we are committed to keeping your experience safe from germs and that pesky Corona. 😉#shopsmallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer #williampenn # ...

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Instagram post 17904825595475752 Another favorite from my first week back, last week. And my fav from Jessica’s session. Thanks for supporting #smallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer  #headshotphotographer #smile

Another favorite from my first week back, last week. And my fav from Jessica’s session. Thanks for supporting #smallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer #headshotphotographer #smile ...

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Instagram post 17910759208449414 It’s been a good first week back to work:  Thanks, Louis, for coming in on my first day back!  I’m really appreciative that many of my clients whose appointments were cancelled back in March/April, didn’t forget about me. 😁#smallbusiness #openforbusiness
It’s probably going to be a slower month for photographers, since many clients need to get their long-overdue hair appointment completed first.
My good friend @georgeoushairatcapretti I know is working ridiculously hard, while observing all the new protocols, to get everyone in. #pittsburghhairstylist #pittsburghphotographer

It’s been a good first week back to work: Thanks, Louis, for coming in on my first day back! I’m really appreciative that many of my clients whose appointments were cancelled back in March/April, didn’t forget about me. 😁#smallbusiness #openforbusiness It’s probably going to be a slower month for photographers, since many clients need to get their long-overdue hair appointment completed first. My good friend @georgeoushairatcapretti I know is working ridiculously hard, while observing all the new protocols, to get everyone in. #pittsburghhairstylist #pittsburghphotographer ...

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Instagram post 17917979152412271 First day back to work!  Modified, of course.  Looking forward to it! #startingback #goinggreen #pa #pittsburghphotographer

First day back to work! Modified, of course. Looking forward to it! #startingback #goinggreen #pa #pittsburghphotographer ...

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Instagram post 17926669024382490 Green Day for Pittsburgh is finally here. Not the band.  So glad people are able to get back to work!  I’ll be returning to work Monday after everyone has time to get a haircut today and over the weekend!  @caprettriandco  And I feel for small businesses who won’t be reopening, like I just saw a headline about @union_standard Right across the street and I never got there!  And the wood always smelled amazing! 😢 #reopening #pittsburghgoinggreen #photography

Green Day for Pittsburgh is finally here. Not the band. So glad people are able to get back to work! I’ll be returning to work Monday after everyone has time to get a haircut today and over the weekend! @caprettriandco And I feel for small businesses who won’t be reopening, like I just saw a headline about @union_standard Right across the street and I never got there! And the wood always smelled amazing! 😢 #reopening #pittsburghgoinggreen #photography ...

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Instagram post 18089981536172423 We’re going green, my friends!  As our county goes into “green phase”, we’ll be back to work to take your Headshot and Portrait photos starting June 8th!  Thank you to @breakofda_wn for my four awesome masks!  And thanks to @peter_hurley for this great gif idea! #headshotcrew #pittsburghphotographer #headshotphotos #goinggreen #coronacantkeepmedown

We’re going green, my friends! As our county goes into “green phase”, we’ll be back to work to take your Headshot and Portrait photos starting June 8th! Thank you to @breakofda_wn for my four awesome masks! And thanks to @peter_hurley for this great gif idea! #headshotcrew #pittsburghphotographer #headshotphotos #goinggreen #coronacantkeepmedown ...

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Instagram post 17878420399649670 “Worry-Sadness-Gratitude-Hope”  Completes my #Rainbow Trilogy and sums up where I am. Worry, as many are, about forging ahead.  Sadness, for those we have lost in death.  Gratitude, for all those who have worked to keep us safe and sane. And Hope, for what the future holds. #chasetherainbow #healthcare #headshotcrew #gratitude #hope

“Worry-Sadness-Gratitude-Hope” Completes my #Rainbow Trilogy and sums up where I am. Worry, as many are, about forging ahead. Sadness, for those we have lost in death. Gratitude, for all those who have worked to keep us safe and sane. And Hope, for what the future holds. #chasetherainbow #healthcare #headshotcrew #gratitude #hope ...

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Instagram post 18116975743107630 The waterfall of hope springs eternal.  Thanks to you all, once again, who are putting your life on the line every day, to help our families and friends. #gratitude #chasetherainbow #rainbow #healthcareheros #rainbowsofhope @yumi #godoxhomestudio #godoxad200 @godox_photo_equipment #pghcreative

The waterfall of hope springs eternal. Thanks to you all, once again, who are putting your life on the line every day, to help our families and friends. #gratitude #chasetherainbow #rainbow #healthcareheros #rainbowsofhope @yumi #godoxhomestudio #godoxad200 @godox_photo_equipment #pghcreative ...

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Instagram post 18102303298193265 Serenity. #6  Not ready to go back to work yet (although I’m still not sure when that will happen anyway) - I like playing!  Although money would be nice.  Enjoyed doing this project with @dan_jenworleyphotography  #blackandwhite #pittsburghphotographer #peterhapak #stayhome

Serenity. #6 Not ready to go back to work yet (although I’m still not sure when that will happen anyway) - I like playing! Although money would be nice. Enjoyed doing this project with @dan_jenworleyphotography #blackandwhite #pittsburghphotographer #peterhapak #stayhome ...

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Instagram post 17853950083955023 “Not too sure about that.” #5, on to the right side (of the face). @dan_jenworleyphotography #blackandwhite #headshotcrew #pittsburghpa

“Not too sure about that.” #5, on to the right side (of the face). @dan_jenworleyphotography #blackandwhite #headshotcrew #pittsburghpa ...

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