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5 ways to take better photos with your cell phone

iPhone Photography – Let’s Get More Advanced.  In a previous blog article, we talked about the basics of shooting a great photo with your iPhone. Today, let’s experiment with some more fun modes the iPhone offers.

  1. Time It Right. Have you ever tried the self-timer on your iPhone? You might think it’s only for those group selfies (well, yes sometimes) but it actually has many useful functions. For one, it can help you capture any shot when you’re by yourself. Set your iPhone up for your desired shot, pick the number of seconds you need, and go for it! Play around with some action shots! Using the timer function also gives the camera the ability to take the photo without being touched – therefor avoiding any opportunity of blur or shakiness in the picture.

     

  2. (Portrait) Picture Perfect. Our iPhones come with a variety of different modes. One of our favorites is the portrait mode, obviously not perfect for true portrait photography but you can still get some nice photos. The mode automatically focus’ in on your main subject while simultaneously blurring out the background for you. You’ll notice the photo will look much more zoomed in than normal, forcing you to move back a little bit farther than you expected, but what you’re going to be able to capture. We find it’s the perfect function for candid photography as well!

  3. Burst! While we’re on the topic of the different modes, of course we have to talk about the iPhones burst feature. This mode continuously takes ten photos each second. Particularly helpful when taking photos with movement, this feature allows you to capture precise movement. We know from experience trying to capture exactly the right moment gets stressful, but not anymore! All you need to do in order to activate burst mode is to hold down the shutter button.

     

  4. Time-Lapse. One of our favorites is the time lapse, because it’s just purely an awesome feature. One of the modes at the bottom of the camera app, simply open it, set your camera where you want it and let it run. Time-lapse is a style where the pictures are taken at a much slower frequency. You are then given the option to “play it back” at a normal speed – making the video look as if time were moving quickly.

     

  5. Take it Live! Have you ever tried using the camera in live photo mode? It looks and feels as if you are simply capturing one moment, in reality the camera is recording not only the shot but the 1.5 seconds before the shot. It is capturing both the video and the audio.  This is perfect as you can chooes the frame you want for the perfect shot.

iPhotography: Let’s Get Candid

Have you ever tried taking a Portrait shot on your iPhone? Headshots and business shots are incredible tools.  But sometimes for a simple facebook post or family shot it would be nice to be able to take the best photo possible with cell phone..

Find Aesthetic. In today’s world, almost everywhere you go will provide an artsy background for the perfect candid portrait shot. Whether it’s a restaurant, a cute street, or even that cozy nook of your favorite coffee shop, our guess – it’ll make a great backdrop. The point of your candid is to capture a true moment in your life. Unlike a professional headshot, don’t spend time scouting the perfect background – make wherever you are work!

 Change the Perspective. When I say this, I don’t mean overwhelm your subject with a million shots. Getting a good candid is all about showing the best of your subject.  Of course matching the quality of a professional photoshoot is not the goal or even possible with a cell phone.  That perfect look and expression comes from having a professional expression coach during a professional headshot photoshoot.   But you usually don’t have a professional photographer with you 24/7 or when you take the kids to Kennywood.   Candid’s are a great place to show different perspectives. Rather than having your subject straight in front of the camera as you might usually do, experiment with different angles. The photo you capture should show perspective – either theirs on the world, or how the world views them. 

 Get Comfortable. Being the subject in a photo can be hard! Particularly if you’re not used to it. Candid’s are a great way to help a subject get not only comfortably but confident. Oftentimes photographers will start a shoot – particularly a more serious business shoot – with some candids to help loosen up a bit. Your job behind the Iphone is to not miss any of those beautiful impromptu moments.

 Make It a Portrait. We found that using the portrait mode on your iPhone gets a great candid. It has a beautiful dramatic feature where it blurs out the background. This mode will also force you to back up a little bit, because of how intensely it focuses up close. Backing up for the photo will not only make you think a little extra about your composition, but it will also put some distance between you and your subject. This may just help your family member or friends feel more natural and comfortable.

 

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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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