Phone Photography Tips & Tricks To Best Present Your Brand
Learn about the apps & tips to take better phone photos
1:00-2:00-Why this topic & poll results
2:00-4:00 What phone to use
5:15-Tips on Camera
6:15-Rule of Thirds & Grids
7:15-National Camera Exchange
8:15-Timelapse & other tips
9:15 Editing Photos Apps
13:45-Online Course Instagram
15:45 Batch Pics
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Hey, whats up guys, it's Jenna coming to you again. This week, I am doing another solo episode this week we had some people unfortunately cancel. But I have a
really good idea today it was to ask you guys what you wanted to hear on the podcast, I put up a poll. And the Facebook group and I put about five or six different topics around branding. And the one that got the most votes was talking about taking photos on your iPhone, and using them for your social media and for Instagram. And I've never really talked about photography on the podcast, and I technically am a photographer. I don't like to call myself a photographer because I'm not like classically trained as a photographer. But I do sell stock photos. And that's a huge part of how I got into entrepreneurship. So I i lately have been mostly using my camera or my phone camera to take pictures, I don't use my DSL ours often. Just because it's very, very awkward to travel with. It is not something that I use on a regular basis when I'm out and about. But obviously a DSR is going to get you a lot better pictures just in general, it's it's obviously worth the money. If you're a professional, especially like a wedding photographer, any type of photographer out there. But for those of you who are not a photographer who need consistent photos, a lot of you I know use your cell phones. Whether or not you use an iPhone or an Android, I think a lot of the tips I'll give will be able to be used for both I use an iPhone. So that's just my experience. I'll be talking a little bit more about that. But a lot of the things I'm going to be talking about are available for both. So I basically wanted to start with what kind of phone should you use, at least with the iPhones, I prefer to get the plus phone which allows you to have portrait mode. I'm not sure I think that I have the seven plus. And I've had it for probably over a year now at least. And what I love about the iPhone seven plus camera is that it has portrait mode, which I I always say if you want to get better pictures on your iPhone, use portrait mode, even if it's not a portrait because it allows you to add up the field to your images. Unfortunately, it's kind of annoying because you have to be within a certain range in order for it to work. So you really have to pay attention to where you are. And what you're going to get. Because what you're going to do is you're actually going to click on your phones screen in order to focus and allow that portrait mode to actually jump in. So that's something that I recommend doing is getting a better iPhone, if possible. If it's in your budget, and you don't have a budget for our desire is to maybe upgrade your phone. I know a lot of the like at&t and all them are allowing people to upgrade every year. So I mean, if you want to look at your plans and see if that's something I recommend getting one of the newer phones if you're really wanting to invest in photography for yourself. So I actually looked up a few tips and they were really good. But I also want to talk about some of the things I use personally, because I am taking photos and videos a lot. So one of the main things I wanted to talk about is like lighting, a lot of people struggle with lighting their pictures, and I highly recommend buying lighting. If you're doing a lot of product photos, lighting is the most important part. Now obviously, you can change the exposure on your camera on your phone. But I recommend first allowing yourself to have the lighting work so that it doesn't add any green or like those little specs on your phone. If you expose the image a lot, sometimes it makes a little bit grainy, I actually use two very, very bright. They're just big lights that I got an Amazon I can put the link to what I use there about $30 each, and I use two of them, I use them for all my videos on my stock photos, I use them for everything. So lighting is super important. And then actually somebody asked in the group about tripods. And there are so many tripods out there. But what I recommend getting is an iPhone converter. So I use one that can switch to be either vertical or horizontal, and you can attach your phone to it. This is great for me when I'm doing like selfies, and I don't have a photographer, I actually do this quite a bit in my backyard, I actually just set my phone up on a tripod with the iPhone converter. And I recently got an Apple Watch. And it allows you to take photos remotely, I just click the three second timer and it takes the photo. One thing that I learned and I knew this already, but I kind of looked it up to make sure it was right, is that the back camera on your phone to the one that's not facing you. The one that's facing the back is actually a better camera than the selfie camera. So try to take your photos as much as possible with the back of your phone, you can see the picture as well, a lot easier. And it's just a better camera. Also, while you're taking pictures, keep in mind that your phone doesn't actually snap the photo until you take your finger off of the shutter. Now there's like burst mode and everything but so if you're like moving a bunch, while you're taking it, make sure you know that it doesn't take a photo until after you've taken your finger off. I thought that was really interesting. I didn't know that. Another thing I didn't know is that you can actually if you're focused on something which how you do that is you actually just click on your camera, you go straight to the photo, while you're taking it, click on what you want to focus on, you can actually lift your finger up and adjust the brightness, which I had no idea and then the exposure. So if you're like in a darker space, and you want to get a little bit brighter, you can actually scroll up. So that's pretty cool that you can do that. Another thing that I recommend doing is thinking about the rule of thirds. So basically, this is a type of thing in photography, where what you look at a picture, it's split into nine squares of equal size. So the rule of thirds states that the important compositional elements or subjects should reside along the lines or at the intersections of the lines. And the rule also states that the horizontal line of your photo should line up with the bottom or top horizontal line of the grid. So basically, you're going to want to make it so that it makes sense as a photo, you can actually add the grids onto your camera on your phone, so that you can actually make sure you're thinking about the rule of thirds before you even take the picture. So it actually shows your grids on your screen while you're taking the photos. So I recommend if you're interested in learning more about photography, to actually go and take a class, when I first got my first SLR I actually took free classes at national camera exchange, you can pay I think, like 20 bucks or something for a class. Otherwise, if you bought anything there, you can get free classes. And it's really helpful, especially if you have a DSR to learn all about exposure and aperture and all of the things that photographers need to know. But it also is very helpful if you just end up using an iPhone, which again, I use both, but I use my iPhone more. And I can actually get better photos that way. There's a few other tips. I'll talk about editing at the very end. But one of the thing that I recommend doing is turning on HDR, which is a setting on the top. Apparently it helps the photos turn out a lot better. The other thing is, if you're doing a bunch of action sequences, you can actually turn on burst mode. If you're just trying to get a really good shot of something that's happening, like say, like a soccer game or something you could turn that on. There's also a lot of just other features in the camera app. I actually just told my friend this weekend I was at a party. And I told her I'm going to be doing a time lapse. And she's like what I didn't know you could do that on the phone. So you can do that. Within the camera app on the iPhone, there's a bunch of different options like panorama, portrait, square photo video, slo mo and time lapse. And what I love about time lapse is it makes the most cool videos. And you can actually just hold it down and try to stay in the same spot. And it just makes things go like super fast. But it's over a long period. So you want to do it for at least three to five minutes. Just even get anything that's something that I recommend. Another thing I recommend not doing is zooming. Because usually when you zoom, it turns out really Greenie. So make sure to take a picture from where you're at and then crop it later. If you want to focus on something. I think that's really important, especially because the iPhone again is not as high quality as a de SLR, it'll get very, very grainy and pixelated if you zoom. So I try not to zoom if possible. Unless it's for like a funny video or something. I always edit my photos on my phone, you can also have it on your computer. But there's just way more it's easier on the go to Edit. And so that I want to talk to you guys about some of the apps that I used to edit my photos. The main one that I use is disco, which I'm sure a lot of the younger people have heard of. It's definitely really popular amongst I would say college students. But basically, it's a app that allows you to add filters similar to how Instagram works with filters. And what I do is I add my photo, first I edit it and make sure that the exposure is up because sometimes the photos can be somewhat dark, you can kind of go over you can do exposure, contrast, adjust sharpen, clarity, session, tone, white balance, skin tone vignette, green fade, split tone, borders, and HSL. There's a bunch of options, then once you kind of set your image the way you want, then you can go over to the actual filters and pick which one you want. My favorite one is KE one, that's the one I use probably the most often. And there's probably I pay for that I think it's like 20 bucks a year to get all of the filters. I say try to stick with one filter, if possible. I always talk about this at the Instagram growth workshop is to be as consistent as possible with your images. Unfortunately, not every image looks the same. And sometimes they're darker or lighter. So the way that the filter it looks on it can change. So sometimes I do end up not using the same filter, but I try to get the same effect or the same kind of look. So I recommend doing that, if possible to try to stay consistent, because if you're changing up your filters every single day, people are not gonna be happy because they're like, wait, you have such a weird, like look like now is very consistent people like consistency on Instagram, because they know what to expect. And they're not surprised all the time, which people don't like. Another thing I use is light room. This is an app that most photographers use, especially ones that use DSL ours. And again, I talked about this at the workshop. And it's something I recommend doing. for iPhone users, you can actually shoot the photos in light room and then edit them on your phone. There's a lot of tutorials on how to add presets and lots to light room. But that's just something I recommend doing. A lot of another thing I used to make images and not so much for, I guess photos. Sometimes I add photos. And if I want to add text on top, I use Canada which is an app, I use mostly the desktop version. But if I'm in a rush, and for some reason I want to add text on a photo which I don't do very often I use Kamba. Finally snaps eat is another one I use that is a Google app that allows me to add like vignettes and a lot of things to that few other apps I use, I'm just looking at my phone right now. One is layout, which allows me to do a multiple shot layout of a bunch of photos, I use color story, which allows me to do even more filters as well as after light. Those are just my backups for Cisco. A few other ones, I actually love taking pictures of old photos that I have had printed. And if it's from like older than like 2000, I don't have a digital version of it, I use the Google photo scan app that allows me to scan my photos onto my phone. It's great for like Throwback Thursday and things like on Instagram. So if you're trying to get actual printed photos onto your phone, photo scan is a much better app than just using your camera. I also save all of my photos, backup into Google Photos, it's my favorite backup system. Basically, when I open the app, it automatically syncs and uploads all the photos that are on my phone. And then if you click one of the buttons, you can click free up space, which allows you to delete all the photos that are on your phone that already backed up into the cloud. This way my phone gets so filled super fast with photos. So by using Google Photos, I actually allow myself to delete them and get rid of them. And I don't have to worry about them getting lost. You know, like in cyberspace, I guess. There's a lot more apps I use for like videos and stuff, which I'm not going to get into because I talk a lot about all this stuff at our workshop, I'm not going to really get into any of the stories stuff, because again, that's more stuff I'm going to be talking about. So I did also want to talk about a few other things besides photos for your iPhone, I want to talk about our online course that I just announced last week. So I got a huge response feedback, I got like probably 25 people commenting on our Instagram post about it, that we're super excited about the fact that we're coming out with an online course. And this has been something I've wanted to do for probably two years, I'm not even joking, I've wanted to do an online course. Because I know that it's a really great way to learn. And a lot of people around here, I don't think I've take there's not a lot of online courses that are offered by local people that I know of, I know of a few but not too many. And the reason I'm doing it is because a lot of people really want to come to our workshops, but either they can't, or they, you know, they can't find a sitter or they are busy that night. And they're like, oh, every time we have a workshop, I can't make it. So basically, what we're going to do is we're going to offer our Instagram growth workshop in an online course version, which is going to be an amazing option for people, we have gotten such good feedback, and I really updated the presentation every single time. And so I'm excited to actually record it and actually make it like a video workshop online, do it from your home, you can do it anywhere you want. This is going to be a huge launch. For us, it's gonna be our first ever workshop. And if it does, well, we will continue to make them. Because I think that online workshops and online courses gonna be a great way to move forward with Wednesday's collective, we are also going to obviously launch our membership this summer, which I will be discussing very soon. And that if you become a member, you can get a lot of discounts on our courses. So that's going to be really exciting. So we're all excited over here, here at times is collective about the stuff that's coming up, I hope that you guys have enjoyed learning a little bit more about how to really take some better photos on your phone, I really recommend just spending some time going out and shooting especially now that it's summer, you can get such good shots. And you know, people might look at you weird, it's like why are taking so many photos. But you know, if you really want to get that good Instagram going. One thing I talked about the workshop is to batch all of your photos, like take them all in one day, for the next month. So you kind of have the look that you want. And you also have a bunch of content, I then upload it to you know, Google Photos to save it or you know, there's ways you can do it from your SLR as well. Some DSL, ours allow you to take it and then send it straight to your phone. My camera actually does allow that as long as you're in Wi Fi. And I was like oh my gosh, I can actually take pictures on my phone, or on my cameras and to my phone to edit while I'm actually taking them. So if you don't have a diesel, or there's options for you, and I think that a lot of people more than you think. Just use an iPhone further, amazing Instagram photos. I know I take mine for my personal Instagram, I don't really use my DSR very much. So I think it's possible. So if you guys have any other questions about branding, it's our topic this month next week, we have an awesome interview. And then July, I haven't decided yet what our topic is. So I will let you guys know what that is as soon as possible. I think it might be something around the lines of doing video or other social media stuff, because that is pretty popular right now. Also, I love video and I just love talking about it. So let me know if you have any, any suggestions because I am very open. I'm trying not to plan six months out in advance like I used to, because things change so rapidly. So I think what I'm going to do is do a three months or 90 days in advance, so that I know exactly what's happening. I announced this a little bit on my my personal Instagram and my personal Facebook. But I'm actually going to be taking some time off of work in terms of I'm going to be lessening my hours so I can actually work more on today's collective stuff. And I'm really excited because I can actually take the time to create the courses that I wanted to and to launch the membership and not have to work on the weekends, which is what I usually do. And usually I struggle because I want to just have a weekend free. So I'm really excited. This will be starting very soon. And that way, hopefully I will be able to launch both of these this summer. July is when the membership will be launching and I'm hoping either end of July or early August is when the chorus will come out. So I'm really, really excited about that. It's all happening very fast. But they're the two biggest things that I've wanted to launch since the beginning. And I finally feel like there's a time for them. So this has been a really quick podcast, but I really wanted you guys to get a podcast for this week. I don't like to miss Tuesdays. I know you guys probably listen every week. I know we have some very consistent people that listen. So thank you guys so much. For those of you who are listening, new things happening. Let me know if you have any questions always send me a DM on on Instagram. That's the best way to find me. I hope you guys are enjoying the new website.
It's going to be awesome moving forward. So thanks guys so much for listening. And I hope you have a great week. Thanks for listening to the Twin Cities collective podcast with Jenna Redfield. Make sure to click subscribe if you haven't already. And make sure to leave us a review on iTunes. Thanks again for Ian at Studio Americana for producing this episode as well as Melanie Lee for designing the podcast art and thanks to Nick lightheadedness for the use of the song in the intro intro. Thanks so much again and I'll see you next time.