Eye of the Beholder

It’s absolutely no secret that I love to take photos.
Whether they’re of myself, my friends, my cats, or whatever catches my eye… I love taking photos.

I get questions from time to time about what I’m using, how I’m editing, and what my overall vision is when taking photos. So I’ve created a breakdown of how I go about getting my photos.

Gear
I am not that into gear, but I am also not NOT into gear. I have a lot of cameras. They’re not super high-end cameras, as photography is my hobby and not my profession. But I do like to have options when taking photos.

I currently only own those 4 cameras.
The one I use the most is 100% my smart phone. Camera technology on smartphones have come an incredibly long way in a short amount of time. Everytime I upgrade, I heavily research the cameras on potential phones.

Composition
Everyone or almost everyone, knows about the Rule of Thirds.
If you don’t know, you’ve probably seen the 9-rectangle grid that pops up when you upload a photo to Instagram and resize it.

The original photo above has me centered, albeit above the first line (which is great). However because of my placement it makes me compete with the flower in front.
The second image is cropped so my eyes are directly on the upper-left point of interest, and this changes the focus to me. The negative space in the second photo is also less overwhelming and helps balance the photo.

The basic idea is that you want your subject somewhere at or near the 4 intersection points in the 9-rectangles. The rule of thirds is the basic concept of composition. It helps create a more dynamic photo. But like everything, all rules can be broken. There are plenty of better photography blogs that elaborate on this idea.

Editing & Post Processing
Sometimes I go heavy, sometimes I go light on the editing. I think editing and toning photos really creates a quality to the image that best conveys what the artist is trying to get across.

That being said, I do a lot of my editing in various apps these days. Since many of my photos live specifically on the web or social media only, I don’t really need a giant file.

My current favourite editing apps are these:

Lightroom is my first choice because I can use my existing presets on my phone. Being able to sync these with my laptop, and import them properly into Photoshop is a.mega plus.

Meitu, Camera360, Snapspeed, and A Color Story all have very good editing controls. Each of them also have built in filters, beauty editing (with good controls), and some of them also have fun video filters. They’re great apps for editing on the phone.

The other apps are more gimmicky but serve as a way for me to do fun video or graphic edits to my existing finished photos. I always try to demo different types of apps to see if they’re useful to me, and I highly recommend it.

Pixaloop (below) is an app that allows me to create moving photos (cinemagraphs).

These are useful tips and tricks I have learned over the years. Many of these tips I have learned either through a lot of strong-googling and following professional photography websites, or from my own friends who are professional photographers.

I hope they helped and now you can up your photo game.

*All opinions on this post are my own. I am not sponsored or paid by any of these apps or their creators.

Til tomorrow Midgard,

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