Do you struggle with frustration and feelings of inadequacy surrounding your photography skills or Instagram feed? Have you bought into the lie that you need a fancy DSLR camera in order to take good photos? Do you have a dream of sharing a story, service, or product with the world, but you lack confidence in your photography or Instagram skills? I’m here to help!
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hey guys my name is Kailyn Julianna Nichol I'm at kale and Juliana on Instagram I'm a photographer from central California and I've been working in the industry since early 2012 I'm super passionate about people and stories and I want to help you learn how to tell your story well whether this is just a hobby or whether this is your dream career I want to help you notice the way you see the world cultivate that vision and harness it to create tangible memories you can cherish always so people always ask me how do you shoot the pictures that you share on Instagram do you use a professional camera for those and my response often surprises them because while I do share some of my professional DSLR work on Instagram most of my feed is shot only on my iPhone so the truth is and you might have heard this before but the best camera is the one that you have with you there have been so many moments where something is happening and I want to capture it but I won't have my professional camera with me I can just whip out my phone and capture the moment just as well and that is a huge huge benefit of the age we live in of mobile photography because we all have a camera in our back pocket and I want to help you utilize this untapped potential to be able to capture and share moments of daily life all around you in an artistic and aesthetically pleasing way so there's a lot more to the game of Instagram than meets the eye but today we're going to dive into the heart of it visual beauty and how you can create content that you love and that others are drawn to ok so let's dive right in so let's talk about vision vision is how you see what you see your voice is unique and your perspective is your own and everyone has a different way of telling a story no one has the same vision just as no one has the same fingerprint you and I could shoot the same thing and end up with totally different results because we have different ways of telling stories so this is what creates such fascinating diversity for thinking and growth in a community of creative the merging of different perspectives visions and voices this is what it all boils down to who are you what do you love and what do you see we want to see that in your work so now moving on to the more technical side of things second division would be light light is the most important thing in photograph a photograph by definition is a record of light to be in love with the art of photography is to be in love with light personally I am obsessed with light and I think you have to be to be a photographer of any kind I think ultimately it's about wonder and it's about seeing the world around you in a new and fascinating way quality of light matters and natural light is the purest quality now natural light reaches its peak moments during sunrise and sunset this is also known as Golden Hour this is a great time to be shooting because the light and the shadows are both very soft and can get great detail and lens flare in your photographs it just automatically makes everything look better if you're not shooting during Golden Hour it's good to look for open shade with a lot of even lighting or you can be experimental and play with harsh light and shadows it all depends on your style check out a few examples of some photos I shot with my iPhone during the last few hours of the day in this photograph I was looking for an interplay between the light and the shadows I wanted to get something that had a lot of contrast and I wanted the light to hit on her face so I was looking at the way that the Sun was coming across the buildings and the way that the shadow fell in that door and I positioned her in the middle so that the sunlight could fall in her face and the shadows could fall behind her moving on to another technical aspect of photography let's talk a little bit about something called composition composition is basically just paying attention to what's in your frame it's about being intentional with what place in the photo and where you place it what do you want people to see what do you want them to notice what do you want people to be drawn to and when I first look at your image that's what you want to be thinking about when you're creating a photograph so something practical you can do is use the space around you to create natural framing whether that's shooting through a fence or shooting through leaves or even using a wall for example these are things that you can add to your photo to create a more interesting composition another thing you want to consider is called the rule of thirds if you imagine drawing two vertical and two horizontal lines clear image placing the subject where those lines intersect creates movement focus and interest in your images now this doesn't mean that you can never frame a subject front and center but it's just another tool that allows you to create diversified compositions this includes horizon so consider placing the horizon line along the top half or the bottom half of your photograph rather than straight through the middle negative space is another tool you can utilize powerfully to draw attention to your subject and to free up the space around it for your brain to focus on what's really important in this photograph I wanted to use the lines of the stairway to draw the eye upwards so I had her in the middle of the frame and I wanted her to look up and as the light fell in her face it automatically draws your eye upwards and creates a curiosity to know what's above her and what she's looking at I loved the texture of the wall beside her and the interesting architecture around her and I wanted to utilize that space let's move on to the actual shooting part of the photography process so when you're shooting still-life this isn't a huge factor but when you're shooting portraits the social and relational aspect of photography is huge because your subject has to get to know like and trust you to feel comfortable in front of the camera let them know that it's okay to feel awkward everyone feels awkward in front of a camera and just be natural around them create conversation make them laugh tell jokes ask them about themselves do whatever you can to just make them feel at ease and comfortable as a issue with them something that I do that works really well is I tell people the fake laugh they do it and then they laugh at themselves because it's just funny and awkward so what you want to do is tell them the fake laugh then wait for that laugh until afterwards when the real laugh comes and then it turns into a really awesome candid moment and you can really capture that person caught off guard do everything that you can to really create a connection and a friendship there so when you're shooting you want to be observant you want to be a student of the world around you always be thinking like an artist be thinking about what you're seeing and how that will portray in your images you want to get up close you want to get far away you move to the side utilize the space around you to get creative angles we make composition and beautiful lighting those are some practical tips when it comes to shooting now let's move on to the editing process after you're done how do you really bring out the beauty of the photograph the colors the contrast how do you really shape the story that you're trying to tell and set the mood of the photo so let's look at some popular iPhone apps that I use to edit my photos and that you can use as well to really make your work stand out alright so let's take a look at some of the photos that we captured on this shoot usually when I do a shoot with my iPhone I'll go through and I'll favorite the ones that I like the best and then all it from there and pick which ones I want to edit so I like these I think these portray a good use of light and shadow so I think I want to edit this one so what I'm going to do is go to my editing apps and I'm going to open Snapseed this is an awesome app that I love to use it's basically like Photoshop for your iPhone I'm going to go and import that photo and then hit the pencil and all of my options pop-up so I'm going to do selective edit this selects a certain portion of the photo that it effects so as you can see this affects the yellows up here and I'm going to desaturate them a little bit I'm going to bring it down even a little more I'm going to brighten up her face a little bit increase the contrast a little bit and desaturate it a little bit I'm going to increase the contrast of the shadows a little bit and go over here decrease the saturation of this section I'm gonna brighten up the door a little bit decrease the saturation and as you can see it's already starting to just make it pop a little bit more so before and after that looks pretty good for now I'm going to check mark and then I'm going to go to tune image I'm going to bring the ambiance down a little bit b25 see how that just increases the contrast a little bit I'm gonna bring the brightness down and that looks good I'm going to increase the details the structure plus five that just brings a little bit of sharpness and clarity to it and then I'm going to go back in one more time and brighten her face again so this is really really up to you the way that you want to do it it's all about playing with it seeing what you like and figuring out your style but as you can see this is before and after it just makes it pop a little bit and it's not super over-the-top but it does the job well and then I'm gonna go over to Fisk oh I use this app all the time to do my editing I'm gonna show you how I like to do it so I usually have a few favorites that I like to edit with but I like to go through and see an experiment with different presets and different tones so for this one I think a black and white would look good it really brings out the contrast in her face so I'm going to go with B 1 I'm going to sharpen it a little bit I'll bring up the structure plus 1 and honestly that's pretty much all I have to do with this photo it's all about playing with it it's about experimenting and seeing what you like there are other apps that are great I like to touch retouch mmm faded lens distortions after light these are all great apps but Snapseed in visco or my most common ones and those are the ones that I'll be using the most often so that's an example of how I would normally edit a photo you can see the original version here and here is the edited photo alright guys that's it for today and it is my sincerest hope that this video has helped you learn and grow in mobile photography and in your knowledge and understanding of the art of image making it's a constant learning and growing process and there's no replacement for simply creating so my encouragement to you would be to take these tools now and get out there and start shooting so like I said at the beginning of this video there's much more to mobile photography and to Instagram than meets the eye and you still might have a lot of questions how do I effectively share my photographs that I've now captured with the world once I take a photo what am I supposed to write in the caption water hashtags and how do I use them how can I discover more like-minded users how can I grow my following and connect with more people through social media now all of these are great questions and I've asked them myself so make sure to connect with me here and ask those questions I love to talk about those with you and I'll be releasing more educational content very soon I'd love to hear what you thought about this video so make sure to leave feedback in the comments below and subscribe or follow me to be updated on the newest content that I'll be rolling out in the near future alright guys thanks for watching have a great day and go create something awesome this is Kayla Julianna and I'll see you next time bye you