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How to Take Better Photos with a Smartphone — 7 Quick Tips


– So if you want your brand to stand out in a crowded market place it's more important than ever to be taking good photography whether that's for social media, YouTube Thumbnails or anything So I'm super excited to be collaborating with Chelsea Nicole in this video and we're gonna be talking about seven tips of how to take better photos whether with a fancy DSLR or with a simple smartphone, comin' up

(upbeat music) Hey what's up Sean here with Think Media bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence with online video and on this channel we do a lot of tech gear reviews as well as tip videos just like this one So if you're new here consider subscribing But I'm super excited to be here with Chelsea Nicole, how's it going? – Oh, hey, thanks for having me, I'm so pumped – I'm super pumped to have you on the channel sharing these tips but for those who are just meeting you what's kind of your background in photography? – Sure, I've been doing photography for over a decade and I've built a (mumbles) wedding photography business doing it and I'm passion about helping other photographers build their brand and take better photos – I love that

And so let's dive into, the tips – So mistake number one is probably one of the bigger mistakes, it might be something you already know, it's dingy lighting So lighting will be the most important aspect of your image And by dingy lighting I mean mixed and/or like dark shadowy lighting So to illustrate mixed lighting the easiest way would be here you have a tungsten light that's letting off really warm light and then here we have a window that has that soft natural light coming in which is gonna be a cooler or bluer light source

So when the two mix together, while this by itself is actually pretty light, it will, when mixing with that natural daylight, create kind of a yellow dingy sort of look when photographing a subject So a quick fix for this is to just come up and turn off the light and then you want to move as close as possible to your natural light source So mistake number two is shooting from a standing perspective And to illustrate this I'll ask if Sean can take a seat for us Sean will you be my model? – Let's do it

(chuckling) – And we're just gonna try to make this photo as bad as possible, hit all the mistakes in one So to do that let's go ahead and turn back on that dingy light (laughing) And that looks fantastic– (shutter clicking) Perfect, thank you Sean we got our photo Alright so let's just kind of work through some of the mistakes in this photo Here we have our dingy light, that tungsten light casting the orange cast against Sean here

We have, we're shooting from that standing perspective so it's not necessarily the most dynamic image or the most flattering angle And then we also have, our image is a little bit crooked, unintentionally– – And I also notice that cactus is like coming right out of my head (laughing) – Yes, and that's the last tip which is distracting background elements You definitely wanna keep an eye out for those So now that we've talked about some of our mistakes let's fix these

So Sean you can sit down again Our first mistake is this ugly dingy lighting, so just, let's go ahead and kill that Already 10 times better And then now I am shooting from a standing perspective so I'm just gonna kind of switch it up a little bit and usually you wanna either get above your shot, you can do like a top down which is great if you wanna shoot lay flats For this photo I'm gonna get low and I think that low angel will work awesomer Sean

We still have some distracting background elements We have that cactus coming out of Sean's arm now and the guitar is kind of not placed right So if we kind of move like this it makes for a much better image And then we'll even out, as you can see there's strong vertical lines in this image so we'll place our lines just like that to create nice leading lines straight to Sean in the middle (shutter clicking) – Alright so when we look at this first photo all of the mistakes you mentioned are there

We've got that dingy light hitting my face from the one side, I got a cactus– (laughing) coming out of my back– – Yeah – I look kinda like a small miniaturized person– (laughing) Because you're standing and then also the, the vertical lines they're kind of just unintentional lines there as well So then talk about the better photo because it looks totally different (shutter clicking) – So looking at this we fixed our big mistakes in this image We got rid of that dingy color cast that was hitting Sean from the side, we shifted our perspective by coming low in a much more flattering angle for him, and then we also fixed those strong vertical lines coming through the image we, and it kinda of creates these converging lines with the other lines in the image that leads everything straight to him

And then last we got rid of that distracting cactus coming out of his head that was making the background kinda of distraction so that it's all focused right on him – And I love that 'cause you just hid the cactus behind me So by shifting your perspective as a photographer you didn't actually change anything in the environment So that's something people can do– – Yes, totally – By just thinking about moving and changing to get a better image and that looks great

It actually looks kinda like something that could be professional like you could use it on LinkedIn or like a business profile 'cause it's really well shot – Totally, and you know you can get this with just your phone If you have a DSLR that will uplevel it even more but little things like this can be used across whatever camera you have – I love that Well let's jump in to the next three tips

– So this next mistake is using flash in your images and a lot of times unintentionally with the auto-flash So you wanna turn off the auto-flash on your phone or on your DSL camera if that's popping up – So what kind of context would we be doing this in the most though where flash would be hurting the photos? – So sometimes it's outdoors, that flash will pop up as like kind of a fill-flash, or indoors we're gonna be doing kind of a lay flat where we're photographing down on our image and this will be kinda stuff that you might use for your social media feed, it could be Thumbnails, usually like lifestyle content where you want to share a little bit more about your brand – Let's do it – Yes

So here's kind of a quick example of something we might put together really quickly for our feed So this is a, a book I'm reading 'cause I'm getting married and then also for my wedding photography audience this kind of relates And so I might throw some of these little things in here to kind of style it, kind of cute really quickly Kind of quick tip, adding greenery to your lay flat always livens it up a lot So if you add flowers or some sort of greenery that always helps me get a little bit more dynamic

Alright so I'll go ahead and take this photo So the flash is already on, usually the flash will be on auto We'll take that before– (shutter clicking) and let's turn this bad boy off (shutter clicking) and our after – Alright, let's check these out Okay, so this is the first photo, what do you see? – So this photo, you know, a lot of times people will use a flash to fill in shadows and it does that a little bit but really what it's doing is creating this really flashy look to the photo

It's a really small light source that is creating really a harsh look to our image and if we move to– (shutter clicking) this it's just much more flattering for our subject – That is, it's subtle but it, with just all that natural light it looks beautiful and also on that first photo there was the introduction of two different color temperatures– – Yes – Kinda like you talked about with dingy lighting So when you go to the other one we're using just that ambient lighting from kind of daylight– – Yes – Coming through the windows– – One light source

– And it looks a lot better – So for this next tip there are times when you wanna fill in those shadows but without using flash So we're gonna use natural light to do it and we're gonna do it by using this board right here And this can be picked up really cheaply at pretty much any store and it's just a couple boards taped together to create a little makeshift softbox – That is super cool

– So we're gonna put that right around our things And what this is doing is it's bouncing that natural light from the window back there right around up into our image Alright so we're gonna take this photo now and see the difference it makes Prefect, and now we have just this nice glowy quality of light– (shutter clicking) And a quick bonus tip if you frame it so that it cuts into the plant a little bit it makes for a more dynamic more interesting image – Okay, so that photo though you took without the softbox was really good when you turned the flash off

So talk about some of the differences now from adding this – So adding this, obviously like just turning off that flash made a huge difference but we still have that shadow that we wanted to get rid of So by adding this nice softbox we're now filling in the shadow portion of the image The light is coming from that window back there and bouncing off of the white card and filling in those shadows – And then you also do some shot composition change right there as well

What were you thinking? – So for lay flats it actually helps if you crop in a little bit and crop out like kind of the outer elements of your frame So the plant if you cut it off just a little bit it makes for a stronger more dynamic image – I love that Okay so we took the photo in there and we learned some tips and now we've learned even more tips about lay flats but of course the final step before we publish any photo with the world is editing the photo That brings us to tip number seven, and what is the tip? – Don't over edit your photos

And so for this really it's, like if you're putting those Instagram filters maybe just dial that filter down a notch For your brand to build that beautiful brand and build your business you wanna have beautiful clean images And it's okay if you kinda wanna add your own flavor into them, I just don't wanna overdo it – Well Chelsea thank you so much for those tips Those are amazing whether you're just using a smartphone or a better camera like a DSLR, or mirrorless camera, and actually if you want more photography tips Chelsea's channel is awesome

She's got all kinds of content over there that I suggest you check out But for people watching what's your channel all about and how are you helping people? – Thanks Sean I have a newer photography channel for photographers and creative entrepreneurs where I share photo tips, tutorials and business and marketing strategies to help build brand doing what you love – So yes, definitely check out the content over on Chelsea's channel It'll help you take better photos and we also did a collab together over there where I was sharing some online video tips as well as other tips for how to use video to grow your brand, reach more people, get more views and subscribers, so we'll link to that, but, question of the day

– I'd love to hear what camera you're using? Are you using a smartphone are you using a DSLR, share it in the comments below, let us know – So thanks for checking out this video Subscribe and ring the bell if you haven't yet and if you wanna check out the video that Chelsea and I did together over on her channel just click or tap the screen right there For another video from Think Media, click or tap the screen right there Until next time, this channels all about bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence with online video

Keep crushing it and we will, talk soon

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