April 12, 2021

5 tips to INSTANTLY up your PHOTO GAME

(upbeat electronic music) – What's going on guys? Five things to instantlystep up your photo game.

Here we go, let's get rolling, let's get right into it.

Number one, angles.

No more hip shots or blind fire, we're gonna think about this.

Angles are huge, instead ofjust pulling out your phone or your camera and snapping the subject, be it an object or a person atwhatever's the easiest angle, just take 10 extra seconds and think about where could this look cool from? Objects typically look really, really good or way better when they're taken from a waist level so you're at the sameperspective of the object.

Or just put a little thought into it.

Maybe just move around to theleft or move to the right, move to the back, justtake 10 extra seconds and think to yourself howcan I make this look better than just snapping it forthe sake of just snapping it? 'Cause we all know, we get home, people compare photos and they always say, wow, yours looks a lot betterthan mine, why is that? 'Cause we thought about thoseangles, that's number one.

Tip number two, shoot through something.

Instead of just taking a shot, maybe dangle something infront of the lens a little bit.

Maybe if you're outside taking a portrait, instead of shooting thepeople in the forest, maybe back into the tree a little bit so you can see thosebranches and the leaves hanging down in front of the lens, it gives you bokeh, it givesyou nice out of focus elements, and it adds that extra(growling) to the photo that is otherwise missingif you didn't do it.

Maybe shoot through the handle of the mug, take two playing cards, hold them up to thelens, shoot through that.

Essentially, shoot through anything, put an object in frontof the lens and just finagle your way throughso you can see the subject through whatever it isthat's blocking the lens.

That adds a huge dynamic.

It frames your shots in a really creative and interesting way, give that one a shot.

Pun intended.

Number three, think opposite.

Let's say we're gonnago do a landscape shot, we are in front of Lake Louise.

Everyone is taking the same photo.

If there are a hundred people there, your photo might be better, it might be better lit, but for the most part thecomposition of Lake Louise from those hundred peopleisn't gonna differ very much.

And this doesn't just haveto do with landscape photos, it can do with let's sayyou're taking a picture of a deck of cards or maybeyou're shooting a smartphone, maybe a book, maybe a pair of boots, it doesn't matter, itcould be a living room.

Try to think what the most common, typical place the photowill be taken from.

So everyone stands infront of the mountain here, everyone places the deck here.

Get that in your head andthen completely it off.

Think okay, I'm gonna shootit from the back forward.

I'm gonna shoot it upsidedown, I'm gonna shoot it from the left, from the right, from above.

It's these little things, it's these little tips that end up producing huge results.

So just by taking 10 secondsahead of time and saying to yourself, this is whateverybody does right here, what is completely oppositefrom what everybody does? And I'm gonna do that.

You might surprise yourself.

Hell, it could be shit too.

Talk about lighting, lighting is huge.

If your stuff isn't litwell, A, no one can see it, B, it just looks likeit, C, there's no reason it has to look bad, lightingscares a lot of people.

People are thinking, oh Idon't know how to set up lights or I don't own lights, the solution's very easy.

I'm probably gonna do an entire video on this subject itself, just move to a window.

That's it, just standin front of a window.

If you're shooting an object, just move to a window, find the light, essentially, if it's dark outside, maybe don't take the photo unless you're trying to go for night photography.

If you're trying to takea picture of something in a restaurant and thelighting is poor, just wait.

Just do it tomorrow.

If it's grainy and it looksbad and you can't figure out the light, there's probably a reason, you shouldn't be takingthe photo right now, unless that's your job andthat's a whole other story.

We're just talking aboutregular people taking photos on a regular basis andwe wanna up that quality.

You're not gonna die, there'sno fire, wait til tomorrow.

Wait for golden hour, and if you don't know when golden hour is you can google it, there's apps to show it, you can ask Siri, hey Siri, when's golden hour? Window light is naturally diffused, especially if you're on a cloudy day, that cloud cover provides a biggiant soft box, if you will.

So your photo's probablygonna end up looking a hundred times better andyou're gonna say to yourself, damn, this actually looks incredible.

You're welcome.

Number five, placingobjects into the frame that help tell thestory, maybe it's people, maybe it's something, maybeit's different objects.

Let's say we're gonna take apicture of a deck of cards.

We're putting it on a table.

It's kinda boring by itself.

So maybe we add a laptop, nowwe're gonna add a cell phone, maybe we'll throw asweater in there and a mug.

Those things are justcreeping into the corners but that provides an atmosphere now.

The picture's much more interesting.

It's not focused on just the laptop, it's not focused on the sweater, and we've made that veryclear by keeping those things to the edges, they'renot the focus points, the deck of cards is the focus point.

But we've added these extra elements to just create more ofa mood, more feeling, more of a story in thisphotograph and it took an extra 10 seconds tojust drop these things in.

You'll notice that a lot of these tips, all these things are very, very basic tips but will elevate yourphotography be it with an iPhone, be it with a DSLR, be itwith an Instax camera, whatever, they'll make your photos better.

Try them out, I think you're gonna get some mileage out of it.

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