We are very excited to announce a new two-day, two-training-track, all online conference November 2, 2021 with an incredible team of instructors and it’s all to help you create your best portraits yet. We just announced the conference and hundreds of photographers have already signed up, and you can can too (it’s open to everyone), and if you sign up now, you’ll save a ton with our Early Bird special ticking pricing.
Best of all – the entire conference is archived for a full year so you can catch any sessions you missed or rewatch any sessions, any time – all streamed on demand for a year That is sweet! :)
Dave Williams here again, just like every #TravelTuesday on ScottKelby.com, and this week I want to touch on some iPhone photography tips that might be useful. Today, the iPhone Photography Conference kicks off, with the pre-con having been held yesterday with Scott and Larry Becker. iPhone photography is huge—we all have a camera in our pocket and learning to use it properly will bring out a whole range of new skills and creative ideas. So, in preparation for these big moves, let’s take a look at some top iPhone photography tips:
The absolute top-of-the-list iPhone photography tip is something we often overlook, or perhaps we wait until it presents a problem rather than preventing the problem in the first place. It’s something we do with our main camera all the time, yet we forget to do it with our iPhone camera.
1. Clean Your Lens
Our iPhone camera’s lens gets dirty from being in our hands, our pockets, our purses, and cleaning the lens with a lens wipe, microfiber cloth, or even just using our clothing will make our photos much sharper.
2. Use the Grid
We can activate the gridlines overlay on our image preview from within our camera settings. Use these lines to their full advantage to help create better iPhone photos, particularly for better composition and a level horizon.
3. Level Your Flat Lays
When we take shots straight down, such as flat lay shots, two plus signs appear on our screen: one white and one yellow. We can use these two plus signs to ensure our image is taken straight down by aligning them for a level image.
4. Zoom with Your Feet
Just like we would with a prime lens, zooming with our feet when shooting on iPhone helps preserve image quality. When we are shooting at the native focal length we use the entire capacity of the sensor, however, when we zoom we’re actually performing a digital zoom and just cropping on pixels, thus degrading the image quality.
5. Use Portrait Mode for Depth
Portrait Mode is a great feature of the iPhone camera and it takes the view of two lenses to create a quasi-bokeh effect. By utilising bokeh, like we would normally in our photography, we afford more focus to the subject of our photos.
6. Live Mode
Live Mode gives us a lot more creative flexibility with our iPhone shots, including the ability to create a long exposure or a Boomerang. It also helps us to save a moment if it’s missed, but still happened just either side of us pressing the shutter button, because we can select the best frame from a series of images. To make sure Live Mode is enabled, open the camera app and tap the circles in the top right-hand corner, ensuring they are yellow.
7. Shoot Wide
The 0.5 lens is an amazing wide-angle lens built right into the iPhone. Having an adapter mounted to shoot wide-angle is a thing of the past and we can now pack a lot more into the frame with no extra hardware to buy.
8. Vertical Panoramas Are a Thing
Sometimes it can be in our interest to shoot a vertical pano in order to squeeze a lot more into the shot. Simply activate Pano Mode as normal, then turn your iPhone sideways, tilting up or down rather than from side to side.
These eight iPhone photography tips will immediately set you on your path to taking better iPhone photos, but there’s a whole load more to learn if you want to.
But it’s not too late to join us and get in on two incredible days of education and fun. There is a first-timer orientation today followed by a pre-conference session with the one and only Rick Sammon on “What makes a great Outdoor Photo.” Please watch official trailer below (it’s short) and see if it’s right for you.
Hope you can join us — we’ve got an incredible team of instructors, and I’ve got some really cool post-processing techniques to share, too! Here’s the link for tickets, along with the full conference schedule.
“The Grid” is on Hiatus This Week
The conference will still be in full swing on Wednesday, so we’ll have to skip this week’s episode of “The Grid” but we’ll be back again next week, so thanks for hangin’ in there with us while we’re on break this week.
Get on The Love Train!
Want to start your Monday off right? Take just a couple of minutes and watch this video below. It’s the O’Jays appearing live on the TV show “Good Morning America” doing their awesome 70s hit “Love Train” “and the theme for the show is the 70s, and the crowd is all dressed in 70s outfits and doing 70s dancing, including a Soul Train line, and it’s just a blast. Also — check this out — these guys are around 80-years old, but they’re dancing and singing and living their best life. Give it a quick watch — it’s just the best way to start the day. :)
I wish you all good health, happiness, and good health. A big welcome to everybody joining us for the conference, and we’ll see you online. :)
This is a quick one, from KelbyOne Instructor, Larry Becker, and it’s a great tip about setting your camera’s diopter, and it’s handier than you might think. It’s only 60-seconds – totally worth checking out.
Next week is the B&H Photo Depth of Field 2021 Conference
My session, on “Just one light” is on Monday at 2:00 PM ET, and then I’m doing a live Q&A at 3:00 PM ET, so I hope you can attend. Here’s the link to register.
Have a great weekend, everybody. Hope to catch you next week at the conference!
It’s just a little over a month from now, and it’s two days, all online, and everyone’s invited to spend a few days with learning, laughing, and making new connections.
The conference itself is Tuesday, and Wednesday, but we kick the conference off a day early on Monday with a special pre-conference session from non other than Moose Peterson himself, called “What makes a great wildlife photo?” This is such an important, and eye-opening topic to kick things off, and we can’t wait to share it, and 20-more classes in two simultaneous tracks, with you next month.
Plus, you get access to the entire event to stream live on-demand for an entire year!
We’ve put together an absolutely top-notch team of instructors — some of the most passionate, gifted communicators, that are there for one reason — to help you take your wildlife photography up a big notch. I’m teaching post processing and Lightroom organizational techniques at the conference, and I’ve got some super helpful techniques to share.
Photographers from all over the world have already signed up for the conference, and you can save big time by signing up right now. It’s just $149 for the entire event, and access to the full year of on-demand re-streaming of the classes (so you can watch any you missed, or rewatch any you want), and here’s the link to sign up.
Also, thanks in advance for sharing this news with any photographers you know that are interested in wildlife photographer. We’re putting together something really special, and they’ll thank you for it.
Here’s wishing you a great, happy, healthy week, and don’t forget to drop back by tomorrow for “Travel Tuesdays with Dave.” :)
The conference itself is Wednesday and Thursday of next week, but it kicks off a day early on Tuesday with a special pre-conference session I’m teaching called “What makes a great travel photo?” I’ve got such a great session put together for this pre-con — I can’t wait to share it with the folks who’ve signed up.
Give the trailer above a quick look (it’s only like 2 minutes or so), and then go sign up right now — it’s going to be an amazing few days with an incredible team of instructors from all over, and you’ll learn a ton (there are a number of sessions on Lightroom and Photoshop for travel photography, including a session I’m doing on “Travel Photography Special Effects.”