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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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Some people like the whole “before and after” thing. (And of course I would never do this with a client photo.). But I don’t mind sharing mine, cause “this is me.” I own my age (45). My vision for whoever I use as retoucher is to keep things real but “enhanced.” Every image of every person we see in Vogue, GQ, has had extensive skin retouching done. Beautiful pores. Even texture. We see it so much that we think that all these people have flawless skin… they don’t. That’s where the amazing retoucher’s come in. They get paid good money to do this well and fast. Personally, I like my photo to be a little more gritty realism. But when your Retoucher is your husband, you kinda lose that battle. After he does his skin magic, there’s something I need to do to every single photo of mine. A flaw that is getting more pronounced with age. My left eye (on the right of the photo) has a heavy lid. Which then makes that eye look dead, because the catchlight doesn’t show. I have a super simple fix to bump that eyelid back up a bit and fix that catchlight. And I figured, let’s enhance the Mickey face on the Watch. Because why not. #pittsburghheadshots #retouching @dan_jenworleyphotography ...

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Instagram post 17979563497402204 Working on making gifs for my IG feed, instead of multiple stills.  You know, because IG says they are all about videos now.Looking for easy ways to make gifs, convert for IG, and then schedule.  Should I make these as reels?  Can I post these as reels if I’m importing from GIPHY?  Anyone have any input, I’m all ears.  There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors.#reels @giphy

Working on making gifs for my IG feed, instead of multiple stills. You know, because IG says they are all about videos now. Looking for easy ways to make gifs, convert for IG, and then schedule. Should I make these as reels? Can I post these as reels if I’m importing from GIPHY? Anyone have any input, I’m all ears. There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. #reels @giphy ...

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Marisa Corona, Pittsburgh Business Times' 30 Under 30 honoree, is a social media and digital marketer who has managed and built award-winning digital marketing content strategies for over 30 brands and organizations — from local businesses to nonprofits to health care to B2B and the world’s largest consumer packaged goods brands. ...

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Instagram post 17998829323337729 Had the privilege of taking Mr. Carnegie’s photo this week.  But he was a bit difficult.Old heavy ornate frame. He was under glass. In the corner of two small hallways. And I couldn’t control the lighting in the office- some stay on permanently.I thought I came prepared. Brought a large felt backdrop to block the light and the reflections it cast.  But it wasn’t solid enough.  Couldn’t completely block the light from the doorway on the same plain as the artwork, which then illuminated my tripod and me, as you can see in the glass.So I started playing around with cardboard that was laying around, which served the dual purpose of further blocking the diffused light behind the camera, and stopping the camera, tripod, and me reflecting off the glass.But it wasn’t big enough. And it took forever, as my shutter speed was at 25 seconds.  So Abby, who was the project leader doubling as my assistant (thank you Abby!) found a roll of Kraft paper, which we unfurled, both holding an end to cover a larger area… it was barely long enough to cover the width, so perfect!My psd file comprised of five images all layers then masked out to get me what I needed, and then I had to clone out my lens which was still to the left of Andy’s chin.Took about an hour on location, and then maybe 20-30 minutes in post.  But still less work (and risk!) than taking it off the wall, and taking it out of glass.#carnegie #carnegieheros
#pittsburgh #carnegieherofund

Had the privilege of taking Mr. Carnegie’s photo this week. But he was a bit difficult. Old heavy ornate frame. He was under glass. In the corner of two small hallways. And I couldn’t control the lighting in the office- some stay on permanently. I thought I came prepared. Brought a large felt backdrop to block the light and the reflections it cast. But it wasn’t solid enough. Couldn’t completely block the light from the doorway on the same plain as the artwork, which then illuminated my tripod and me, as you can see in the glass. So I started playing around with cardboard that was laying around, which served the dual purpose of further blocking the diffused light behind the camera, and stopping the camera, tripod, and me reflecting off the glass. But it wasn’t big enough. And it took forever, as my shutter speed was at 25 seconds. So Abby, who was the project leader doubling as my assistant (thank you Abby!) found a roll of Kraft paper, which we unfurled, both holding an end to cover a larger area… it was barely long enough to cover the width, so perfect! My psd file comprised of five images all layers then masked out to get me what I needed, and then I had to clone out my lens which was still to the left of Andy’s chin. Took about an hour on location, and then maybe 20-30 minutes in post. But still less work (and risk!) than taking it off the wall, and taking it out of glass. #carnegie #carnegieheros #pittsburgh #carnegieherofund ...

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