The Daily Camera
This series is dedicated towards inspiring and educating people on how to approach photography differently.
This series is dedicated towards inspiring and educating people on how to approach photography differently.
Shot on iPhone 7 with ProCam4
Processed with Lightroom Mobile
Edited with VSCO Cam
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.
The analogous colours from the subjects shoes, briefcase, and pavement drew me to take the image.
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.
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.
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.
Find various angles to capture the scene in an intimate, engaging manner.
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.
Prominent lines can subconsciously lead your view towards the subject. Using both negative and positive space can give your images subject a stark precense.
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.
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.
The E1-E8 presets favour creamy highlights and deep shadows that compliment any image with warm tones.
The subjects hair complimented her coats colour and texture, which helped me frame an image that focused on them while capturing the atmosphere.
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.
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.
I often use local adjustments on Lightroom to draw attention to certain areas of the photo with sharpness.
You can add grain along with a black and white preset to give your image a timeless mood.
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.
Using Lightroom let me bring out the deep shadows while retaining the midtones and highlights.
Just your casual #windowseat photo.
The contrast between the taxis and the subjects outfit provides a distinct juxtaposition.
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.
Vivid colours can change the images mood if you pay attention to how they compliment the subject, environment, or tones.
Entertain the idea of using shadows to bring out bright areas of an image.
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.
Play with possible angles to give your subjects scale. This'll present the viewer with an obvious hierarchy if distinct colours aren't present.
Shot on iPhone 6S
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.
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.
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:
Compared to the C7 preset, the C8 preset has a cooler tint towards shadows and skin tones.
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.
Use different objects for juxtaposition, and take into account how your images shadows draw out contrast.
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.
It's hard to take a bad picture that involves silhouettes and sunsets.
Be aware of how nature can be contrasted with opposing objects, which can result in an unconventional scene.
Because of the vibrancy LA's atmosphere provides, I primarily use the C5 and C7 preset which emphasises the contrast in warm tones.
Who doesn't love a good skyline picture?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Composition is an integral component of a well-developed photograph. Consider every angle before you press the shutter.
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.
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.
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.
Patterns can benefit the composition of an image. Once you're aware that your scene has patterns, try to challenge your composition.
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.
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.
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.
Adding a "fade" in the shadows allowed me to bring out small details in an area that would otherwise be ignored.
Shot on iPhone 6
The KK1 preset beautifully handles photographs with a warm colour cast without placing a heavy contrast on the overall image.
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.
The contrast between highlights and shadows can be emphasised with a subject that has sharp angles such as buildings.
Be aware of how you can contrast textures in an image while retaining a non disruptive colour cast.
Keep in mind how light affects the images saturated colour cast.
Large objects with a dominant, vibrant colour can emphasise low-contrast onjects and colours.
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.
I'm guilty of using the M5 preset on most of my photographs because of its warm tint and how it mutes highlights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fence served as a juxtaposed element to allow the viewer to notice the subject easier.
Black and white image can rely on textures and composition to provide the viewer with a moody photograph.
Surrounding elements can entertain symmetrical compositions, regardless how mundane they may be.
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.
The buildings wall juxtaposes the tree's textures.
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.
This particular preset in the Levi's Commuter VSCO Cam Preset Pack allows heavy vibrancy on photographs with a cool colour cast.
Subtle, vintage hues are the framework of VSCO Cam's M Series, which is why its so desirable for images with warm tones.
Because the M5 preset mutes highlights, it's important to have a high subject so they can be noticable.
Shot on iPhone 6
The B presets in VSCO Cam allow for rich, high contrasts, which extract shadows and blow out highlights.
Black and white stimulates creativity by permitting us to create contrast and interest in a subject without colour.
The faded texture on the wall compliments the harsh texture of the tree and grass.
The high contrast invites the viewer to focus on how the light plays with the cars shape.
Varying on how powerful the light source is, you can emphasise your scenes textures.
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.
The iPhone consistently captures fine details thanks to its phase-detection autofocus.
M5's subtle hues make it my go-to preset for any coloured photograph.
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.
Since the street light was incredibly bright, I used that to eliminate the shadows in the image while illuminated the texture in the tree.
The red LED creates a lustrous reflection on the engine while being disrupted with the glaring, white light.
A unique angle on an ordinary object ignites a dynamic perspective.
A simple, candid photo like this can be quickly, and accurately, captured because of the iPhone's intuitive, powerful dynamic range.
With the right editing, the provided filters in the camera app can achieve the same desired look in VSCO Cam.
The lines in this image gave the scene a sense of distance
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.
The leading lines from the cars door allow the viewer to intuively focus on the doorstep.
Virtually eliminating shadows allows the viewer to solely focus on visible content in the image.
Repetition can create visual stimulation in a photograph.
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.
Eliminating the most distinctive attribute of a subject, such as the 'stop' in the stop sign, can inject a contemporary perspective.
Showcase the spatial depth an environment has by photographing your subject from above or below eye level.
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.
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.