E-COURSE

HOW TO LIGHT LIKE A PRO TIPS AT NIGHT?

A night out with your dearest friends and you just want to a few photos to remember the fun evening together. I am known in my circle to make everyone stop what they are doing to let me take a few shots. The thing is, if you don’t do the photos at the beginning of the evening, it is literally over before you know it. After a few drinks, you might have no photos at all. Plus, don’t we all look fresher at the beginning of the night?

Here are a few tips for you:

- Do the photos at the beginning of the night, preferably when there is still sunlight out.
- Use a mini selfie stick tripod like this one, set the timer and get it there.
- Flash looks terrible, so turn off the flash use the camera app’s exposure slider to brighten the photo.

If there’s no available light, you may have no choice but to use flash and that’s ok! A flashy photo is better than no photo at all!

SHOP THIS POST:

This post contain Amazon affiliate links.
If you choose to purchase something through one of my links,
I might earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

HOW TO LIGHT LIKE A PRO TIPS FOR OUTDOOR PHOTOS

You are on holiday and want to capture yourself, your family having fun. It is sunny and beautiful out but why your photos don’t turn out the way you want?

First of all, if you’re shooting a portrait, avoid sunny and direct light on faces. This kind of light causes harsh shadows and squinting.

Here are some tips for you when shooting in full sun outdoor:

-look for open shade along the side of a building or under a tree, an umbrella
-put the sun behind your subject to play with sun flare and create backlit images.
 
-tell your subject to turn their back towards you or look away from the camera

Know what’s even more important than good light? Being in your family photos! And no, a family selfie doesn’t count! Capturing the relationship that parents have with their children is one of the best parts of my job. Isn’t it time for you to get in the picture?

HOW TO LIGHT LIKE A PRO TIPS FOR INDOOR PHOTOS

Good light makes all the difference between a mediocre and a great photo. I would go as far as to say that good light is more important than an interesting background or subject. 

It’s difficult to take a sharp picture of a baby crawling in a dim living room but if you move outside during the day, you’ll get a nice sharp image. If you want sharper, less blurry pictures go somewhere with good, natural (from the sun, not a lamp or overhead light) light. You don’t necessarily even have to go outside.

Here are 3 tips for you to try when shooting indoor
- Move close to a window or an open door
- Take the photo facing towards the light, step closer or further away from the light
- Turn 360 degree to see which light is most flattering, you will see the difference

Know what’s even more important than good light? Being in your family photos! And no, a family selfie doesn’t count! Capturing the relationship that parents have with their children is one of the best parts of my job. Isn’t it time for you to get in the picture?

WHY MY PHOTOS ARE SO DARK/SO BRIGHT?

mantas-hesthaven-318385-unsplash.jpg

Sometimes our smartphone cameras want to make our images too dark (underexposed) and sometimes they’re too bright (overexposed). 

When this happens, you can fix it before taking the picture by adjusting the yellow exposure slider next to the focus square. Just tap the spot on the phone screen where you want to change the exposure and then use the sun icon to increase (slide up) or decrease (slide down) the exposure.

Try This: Take a photo at Sunset and increase the exposure by tapping on the screen.

Video source: Phototipscorner

Proper exposure will make a huge difference in your smartphone photography! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anytime.

HOW TO NAIL YOUR FOCUS EVERY TIME?

nigel-tadyanehondo-230499-unsplash.jpg

Super easy! Simply Tap and hold on the spot you want the camera to focus until you see the yellow AE/AF Lock alert. Once that pops up, the automatic exposure metering and automatic focus metering have been locked on your subject and will not change.

Try This: Take one image without locking focus - then try pressing your screen to lock focus.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email.

HOW TO TAKE SHARPER PHOTOS?

alice-donovan-rouse-194653-unsplash.jpg

People often ask me if I bring my “big camera” everywhere I go. While I probably should, I don’t. Like most of you, I’ve come to rely on my smartphone camera.

While my DSLR and pro lenses can do a lot of things that my smartphone can’t, my phone’s camera is just so convenient. It’s always in my pocket or bag and I don’t have to think about keeping an eye on expensive equipment when I’m out and about with my friends and family. 

Plus, a smartphone does a pretty darn good job of capturing the everyday moments of my life. I’ve put together some of my favorite tips and tricks for making the most out of your smartphone camera. I hope you enjoy them!

Let’s get started!

TIP #1
USE BOTH OF YOUR HANDS

If you feel like your smartphone pictures lack sharpness, the solution could be as simple as holding your camera with two hands and standing still.

We’ve all held our phone out in front of us with one hand to take a picture. Sometimes we even do it while walking. 

Stop! Whether you’re shooting in portrait or landscape mode, holding the phone in two hands and resting your elbows against your torso for stability will give you the best chance of taking a sharp picture.

The camera shutter isn’t released until you take your thumb off the shutter button on the touchscreen. Try pressing the shutter button before you frame your shot and then gently release the button. This is especially helpful when shooting indoors in low light because it eliminates the impact of your finger pressing the button and potentially making the camera shake.

Try This: The volume + button on the side of the phone can also be used to release the shutter and greatly decrease camera shake.

I hope that you find this tip helpful! Please feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions. And stay tuned, our next tip will help you get rid of dark, blurry photos.