The Daily Camera

 

This series is dedicated towards inspiring and educating people on how to approach photography differently.

 

PART 04

Shot on iPhone 7 with ProCam4
Processed with Lightroom Mobile
Edited with VSCO Cam

Union Square, New York City

Union Square, New York City

c6 PRESET

I wanted to utilise the atmosphere by composing the image from a stark angle. I added a bit of sharpness on the coat with Lightroom's local adjustments to draw its texture out.

Kips Bay, New York City

Kips Bay, New York City

c8 PRESET

The analogous colours from the subjects shoes, briefcase, and pavement drew me to take the image.

Eileen; Chinatown, New York City

Eileen; Chinatown, New York City

b3 PRESET

I wanted to apply a black and white preset so I could draw attention to individual textures through the high contrast you get from black and white images. From the street to the building, I was able to give every object its own distinct character.

Harlem, New York City

e1 PRESET

Movement not only can give your image energy, but also juxtaposition between subjects. Objects—such as the basketball court lines—aid the viewer to focus on one subject at a time.

Harlem, New York City

Harlem, New York City

b3 Preset

Be patient for the scene to reveal a fleeting moment. And if you have to, hide your camera as discretely as you can to capture that moment.

Madison Square Garden, New York City

Madison Square Garden, New York City

e1 PRESET

Find various angles to capture the scene in an intimate, engaging manner.

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

NO PRESET

Explore the relationship between light and colours or in this case, the lack of colours. Harsh lighting usually compliments textures and tones in black and white images. I used ProCam 4 for manually adjusting the shutter speed while determining the right ISO value so I could have a sharp, clean image. I then handled all the post processing on Lightroom so I could adjust the desired tonality.

Olivia Bee; Brooklyn, New York City

Olivia Bee; Brooklyn, New York City

e4 PRESET

Prominent lines can subconsciously lead your view towards the subject. Using both negative and positive space can give your images subject a stark precense.

Ada; Central Park, New York City

Ada; Central Park, New York City

e1 PRESET

Use movement to create energy in an image, which can either compliment or contrast the environments mood.

I used ProCam 4 to manually focus on Ada's face because I wanted to naturally capture her expression once she turned around. I set a specific shutter speed value while complimenting it with an appropriate ISO value so I would have a well-exposed image.

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

c9 Preset

I usually bring the hues in greens down to a yellower tint so that anything green in the image—usually grass—doesn't distract the viewer from the subject.

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

E2 PRESET

The E1-E8 presets favour creamy highlights and deep shadows that compliment any image with warm tones. 

Kips Bay, New York City

Kips Bay, New York City

C7 Preset

The subjects hair complimented her coats colour and texture, which helped me frame an image that focused on them while capturing the atmosphere.

Upper East Side, New York City

Upper East Side, New York City

e1 PRESET

Loud colours allow the viewer to separate objects from one another. You can use this to your advantage when you want the subject to be noticeable among a cluttered environment.

Upper East Side, New York City

Upper East Side, New York City

C8 PRESET

Pay attention to subjects that can compliment each other. I followed the subject on the right for a few feet, aware that there was another subject wearing a similar outfit.

Upper West Side, New York City

Upper West Side, New York City

e4 PRESET

I often use local adjustments on Lightroom to draw attention to certain areas of the photo with sharpness.

New Jersey

New Jersey

b3 PRESET

You can add grain along with a black and white preset to give your image a timeless mood. 

Upper East Side, New York City

Upper East Side, New York City

E1 PRESET

Shooting RAW let's me significantly fix and enhance different elements in the photo. From the skies highlights—which were brought down here—to bringing up the shadows, I'm able to make enough changes that'll let me achieve desired results that I wouldn't if I shot JPEG images.

Livonia, Michigan

Livonia, Michigan

NO PRESET

Using Lightroom let me bring out the deep shadows while retaining the midtones and highlights.

New York City

New York City

C8 PRESET

Just your casual #windowseat photo.

Upper East Side, New York City

Upper East Side, New York City

e4 Preset

The contrast between the taxis and the subjects outfit provides a distinct juxtaposition.

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL

B3 PRESET

Create mystery in an image by shooting the subject at an unconventional angle. You can then use black and white to heighten an images mystique.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

c6 PRESET

Vivid colours can change the images mood if you pay attention to how they compliment the subject, environment, or tones.

Livonia, Michigan

Livonia, Michigan

e1 PRESET

Entertain the idea of using shadows to bring out bright areas of an image.

Upper West Side, New York City

Upper West Side, New York City

e4 PRESET

I used the light from a nearby billboard to illuminate the texture from the rain in order to light the subject. The ad placed on the bust stop gave the rain colour which complimented the scenes mood. Be aware of the ways your environments lighting can pronounce the images mood.

Harlem, New York City

Harlem, New York City

b3 PRESET

Play with possible angles to give your subjects scale. This'll present the viewer with an obvious hierarchy if distinct colours aren't present.

PART 03

Shot on iPhone 6S

Cody Cloud; Lincoln Heights

Cody Cloud; Lincoln Heights

c5 PRESET

One of the main attributes towards a producing a great photograph is being aware of your environment. If I wasn't aware of this poster in JUCO's studio, I wouldn't have thought to place Cody within the posters frame to give the comedic illusion that he's on the beach.

Viviana; The Getty Museum

Viviana; The Getty Museum

c7 PRESET

Although the subject, Viviana, wasn't looking at the camera, this became a suitable scene to capture because of the atmosphere. It helped that she was wearing an outfit that contrasted with the faded tones of the sky. 

Sara; Runyon Canyon

Sara; Runyon Canyon

c7 PRESET

Apps like VSCO Cam allow you to emulate the aesthetic of 35mm film within certain boundaries. I've found that the best way to emulate a film aesthetic on the iPhone 6S is by taking low exposed images in dark scenes with the camera's two-tone flash enabled. After that, I process my image on VSCO Cam with the following steps:

  • Apply a suitable preset that compliments the tones in the image.
  • Add a contrast value between +3 and +6.
  • Add an exposure value between +2 and +5.
  • Apply a contrasting shadow & highlight tint to your shadows with a value no larger than +2
  • Add a sharpness value of +6 or more.
  • Add a grain value of +3 or more.
  • ???
  • Profit.
Calvin; Runyon Canyon

Calvin; Runyon Canyon

c8 Preset

Compared to the C7 preset, the C8 preset has a cooler tint towards shadows and skin tones.

Dakota; Fairfax District

Dakota; Fairfax District

j6 PRESET

Dakota's shirt provided a great contrast to the wall. I thought about placing him away from the plant found on the bottom right, but decided that it would create too much negative space, which would remind the viewer of the plant.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

c8 PRESET

Use different objects for juxtaposition, and take into account how your images shadows draw out contrast.

LACMA; Downtown LA

LACMA; Downtown LA

a6 PRESET

The railings leading line allows you to focus on the dominant subjects in this image, while still retaining a balanced frame on the scene. Always factor in any object as a subject and how they can be intuitively framed in a photograph.

Bryan & Alden; Silverlake

Bryan & Alden; Silverlake

C6 PRESET

It's hard to take a bad picture that involves silhouettes and sunsets.

Cadillac; Fairfax District

Cadillac; Fairfax District

m5 PRESET

Be aware of how nature can be contrasted with opposing objects, which can result in an unconventional scene.

Jimmy Marble; Silverlake

Jimmy Marble; Silverlake

c7 Preset

Because of the vibrancy LA's atmosphere provides, I primarily use the C5 and C7 preset which emphasises the contrast in warm tones.

Runyon Canyon, Hollywood

Runyon Canyon, Hollywood

no EDITS

Who doesn't love a good skyline picture?

Sara; Runyon Canyon

Sara; Runyon Canyon

C5 Preset

Although the subject isn't completely in focus, this out-of-focus effect became a happy accident. I used it to my advantage by doing my best to emulate a film aesthetic. 

The Broad; Downtown LA

The Broad; Downtown LA

B4 PRESET

If you can heavily add contrast while keeping a balanced exposure, you can create an unprecedented scene such as the one found in this photograph due to the textures.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

C1 PRESET

The grounds texture and lack of colour allowed me to put a heavy emphasis on not only the cups but the colour of the cups.

LACMA; Downtown LA

LACMA; Downtown LA

b4 PRESET

Since I knew that I was eventually going to make this image black and white, I felt comfortable with disregarding colours and paid attention to the contrasting shapes.

Venice Beach; Venice

Venice Beach; Venice

c8 PRESET

I added a bit of sharpness and grain to give it a film look because of the sense of timelessness that usually brings. The moon in the far left provides a sense of scale to the image.

Visual Supply Co. HQ; Oakland, California

Visual Supply Co. HQ; Oakland, California

c7 PRESET

Light is arguably the most important factor in a photograph. Use it to your advantage because it affects every factor in an image: composition, texture, colour, scale, etc.

Brooks; Santa Monica

Brooks; Santa Monica

C6 PRESET

Golden hour is when the sun is at its most softest and richest. Keeping this in mind allowed me to be comfortable with photographing the subject in front of the sun without any blown out highlights. This also enabled me to pronounce the environments vivid colours with an appropiate preset.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

k3 PRESET

Composition is an integral component of a well-developed photograph. Consider every angle before you press the shutter.

Jaira; Pacific Palisades

Jaira; Pacific Palisades

c7 PRESET

Jaira's hair provided a great contrast in colour and texture with the bushes in the background. Colour helps with an image that has contrasting elements, yes, but be mindful about putting texture into that equation. Play with textures. Smell the textures. Love the textures. Be #one with the textures.

Silverlake, California

Silverlake, California

C7 PRESET

I wanted to emphasise the contrast of the skies hue with the remaining half of the image by adding a blue tint towards my highlights. To compliment that colour, I added a subtle green tint on my shadows and applied an temperature value of +1 to make the image warmer.

Culver City, California

Culver City, California

c8 Preset

The iPhone 6S's two-tone flash can lead towards an interesting photograph, but only if you consider how it'll react towards the elements in the scene.

The Broad; Downtown LA

The Broad; Downtown LA

c8 PRESET

Patterns can benefit the composition of an image. Once you're aware that your scene has patterns, try to challenge your composition.

Beverly Hills, California

Beverly Hills, California

c8 PRESET

Even the most "mundane" subject can be framed with a dynamic perspective if you use elements such as composition, texture, colour, and lighting to your full advantage. There's a picture in every scene. It's your duty to capture that with your vision. You might come out with a good image or a bad image. Nonetheless, you'll come out with an image that you can learn from.

Griffith Park Trails; Silverlake

Griffith Park Trails; Silverlake

c8 PRESET

The sense of scale in an image allows the viewer to quickly focus on a subject if the subject has a dominant element in the image. 

Crooks store; Fairfax District

Crooks store; Fairfax District

c7 PRESET

The reason why I placed the subject in the centre in the image is because the clothing in the background and the Porsche in the foreground allowed him to be emphasised. Sometimes your environment can have complimentary elements that balance the subject's position.

LACMA; Downtown LA

LACMA; Downtown LA

c5 Preset

Adding a "fade" in the shadows allowed me to bring out small details in an area that would otherwise be ignored.

PART 02

Shot on iPhone 6

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KK1 PRESET

The KK1 preset beautifully handles photographs with a warm colour cast without placing a heavy contrast on the overall image.

Q2 PRESET

The Q2 preset retains the images high contrast. It's a great preset if you're already satisfied with an images temperature. But in terms of the photograph itself, it's always worth considering how you can capture a subject at a higher angle, which can yield a sense of scale.

B4 PRESET

The contrast between highlights and shadows can be emphasised with a subject that has sharp angles such as buildings.

KK1 PRESET

Be aware of how you can contrast textures in an image while retaining a non disruptive colour cast.

K3 PRESET

Keep in mind how light affects the images saturated colour cast.

A6 PRESET

Large objects with a dominant, vibrant colour can emphasise low-contrast onjects and colours.

KK2 PRESET

The gates leading line allow you to focus on the subjects in this image, while giving the horse compositional space. Always factor in any object as a subject and how they can be subconsiouly framed in a photograph.

M5 Preset

I'm guilty of using the M5 preset on most of my photographs because of its warm tint and how it mutes highlights.

M5 PRESET

Left: Non-cropped Right: Cropped

Although the iPhone 6 has 8-megapixels, don't be afraid to crop an image in order to emphasise a scene within the environment.

HB2 PRESET

The subjects striking colour offered a complimentary colour cast. The HB2 preset is great for obtaining this effect with a warm (yellow) and cool (blue) colour balance.

B3 PRESET

When there's a singular light source, such as the one found in this image, I generally bring down the exposure and add more contrast to obtain a sharp, dynamic effect. Having the image in black and white allows me to force viewer to focus on the light and textures.

B4 PRESET

If you can heavily add contrast while keeping a balanced exposure, you can create an unprecedented scene such as the one found in this photograph.

M5 PRESET

The fence served as a juxtaposed element to allow the viewer to notice the subject easier.

B3 PRESET

Black and white image can rely on textures and composition to provide the viewer with a moody photograph.

B4 PRESET

Surrounding elements can entertain symmetrical compositions, regardless how mundane they may be.

A9 PRESET

The DeLorean DMC-12 is known for its gull-wing doors. With this in mind, I wanted to approach its notable feature in a nonconventional manner since the floor provided me with a clean background.

M5 PRESET

The buildings wall juxtaposes the tree's textures.

KK1 PRESET

My friends hair seemed to compliment the texture found in the background, so I wanted to emphasise that while allowing his neck to disrupt the rough texture found in the image.

Lv1 PRESET

This particular preset in the Levi's Commuter VSCO Cam Preset Pack allows heavy vibrancy on photographs with a cool colour cast.

M5 PRESET

Subtle, vintage hues are the framework of VSCO Cam's M Series, which is why its so desirable for images with warm tones.

M5 PRESET

Because the M5 preset mutes highlights, it's important to have a high subject so they can be noticable.

PART 01

Shot on iPhone 6

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B3 PRESET

The B presets in VSCO Cam allow for rich, high contrasts, which extract shadows and blow out highlights.

b4 PRESET

Black and white stimulates creativity by permitting us to create contrast and interest in a subject without colour.

m5 PRESET

The faded texture on the wall compliments the harsh texture of the tree and grass.

B4 PRESET

The high contrast invites the viewer to focus on how the light plays with the cars shape.

B3 PRESET

Varying on how powerful the light source is, you can emphasise your scenes textures.

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A6 PRESET

The green and orange colours found in this image give the subject and background contrast without needed to bring the subject closer to the camera.

03 Preset

The iPhone consistently captures fine details thanks to its phase-detection autofocus.

M5 PRESET

M5's subtle hues make it my go-to preset for any coloured photograph.

B3 Preset

Contrast plays an integral part in fabricating a unique perspective. Adding that with overhead lighting allowed me to sharply define the top structure of the subject.

J5 PRESET

Since the street light was incredibly bright, I used that to eliminate the shadows in the image while illuminated the texture in the tree.

A6 PRESET

The red LED creates a lustrous reflection on the engine while being disrupted with the glaring, white light.

B4 PRESET

A unique angle on an ordinary object ignites a dynamic perspective.

M5 PRESET

A simple, candid photo like this can be quickly, and accurately, captured because of the iPhone's intuitive, powerful dynamic range.

iPhone FILTer

With the right editing, the provided filters in the camera app can achieve the same desired look in VSCO Cam.

J5 preset

The lines in this image gave the scene a sense of distance

M5 Preset

While I was shooting behind-the-scenes coverage of an Adidas Originals & Big Sean collaboration, made possible by Kamp Grizzly and Samuel Trotter, I wanted to emphasise the contrast between the bright skyline and Sean's dark outfit.

G3 PRESET

The leading lines from the cars door allow the viewer to intuively  focus on the doorstep.

kk1 PRESET

Virtually eliminating shadows allows the viewer to solely focus on visible content in the image.

A6 PRESET

Repetition can create visual stimulation in a photograph.

B4 PRESET

Light and contrast allow you to define the amount of emphasis textures have. Applying a black and white effect lets you create a different mood in your image.

M5 PRESET

Eliminating the most distinctive attribute of a subject, such as the 'stop' in the stop sign, can inject a contemporary perspective. 

B3 PRESET

Showcase the spatial depth an environment has by photographing your subject from above or below eye level.

Snapchat filter / c1 preset

Sometimes the first app I access is Snapchat. With the iPhone, I can still save images from Snapchat and retain enough detail in an image to process it with VSCO Cam.

M5 PRESET

Equipped with a ƒ/2.2 aperture, the iPhone can produce some remarkable depth of field when the subject is inches away from the camera.