MY BREAK DOWN ON HOW TO TAKE BOMB A%& PHOTOS WITH THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE.
- FIRST THINGS FIRST. I thought I would start by saying that I am not a professional photographer and/or editor. It’s just something I really enjoy doing. So what I am going to be breaking down for you are just things I had to teach myself. Now, I was not able to take the photos by myself like I usually do but all the editing was done by me… But I did teach the photographer how to use the phone with all the settings and so on. …… Just had to get that out of my system. Now lets break everything down.
Introduce yourself to the Pro settings….
- Keeping the phone camera setting in the automatic setting will keep you from doing the phone’s camera quality any justice. For me, taking amazing photos you will need to get yourself acquainted with the pro camera settings. If you are super new to this it may seem scary but its not. You just need to understand what the settings do.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what I think are the more important parts to learn.
- Filters: I’m sure you already know what that does.
- The “Selective Focus” is perfect when shooting macro close-ups. And can be amazing when you are trying to take a photo with some “Depth of Field” or DoF. Incase you don’t know what depth of field is…its the zone of acceptable sharpness within a photo that will appear in focus.. Basically it’s the part of the image in front of, and behind the subject that will appear in focus….in other words, it makes a photo sharp AF.
- UNDER THE PRO SETTINGS
- White balance adjusts color to look more natural…pretty self explanatory
- ISO dictates the level of sensitivity to available light. The lower the ISO number the less sensitive the camera is to the light. The higher the ISO number the more sensitive it is to light… so if the area where the photo is being taken has great lighting the lower the ISO will need to be… resulting in crisper, cleaner looking photos. If the room is darker, the higher the ISO will need to be but it may result in grainer photos.
- Shutter speed determines how fast or how long the sensor takes in light. Simply put, the shutter is the curtain in front of the camera sensor. The curtain or shutter only opens when the camera is “firing”. So the shutter speed is the exposure time…how long the curtain stays open to let light in while it fires. Now a low shutter speed means less light comes in but objects in motion can be shot easier and without a blur where as if the shutter speed is slow you need to be a lot more careful. Photos can end up being blurry. But because more light is being let in, then you can use the slow speed in dimmer or darker areas….but the more you practice the more you will learn how to mess with the settings to work with what you want to achieve.. you can also play with the shutter speed to get some objects in motion while everything else in the photo stays still…. Example a car ad. When the car looks to be in blurred motion but it’s back grown is crisp clean and is still.
- Exposure adjusts the brightness and contrast….
- So basically learning these setting and playing with them will help get you some effing amazing photos…
NOW FOR EDITING
- A great photo can always be made better with the help of Photoshop. Yes I know many photographers who use different programs like Light-room or apps but I learned my techniques through Photoshop and refuse to try anything new. My brain will explode if I have to use anything else…The program I’m currently using is Photoshop CS6
- With Photoshop, the first things you want to learn are the basics… I learned how to use Photoshop at the University of YouTube. There are so many tutorials online all you have to do is look for them, try them out and keep practicing. Here’s a link of one of the favorite Photoshop tutorials pages. LINK HERE …. It’s long but it will help you a lot.
DEPTH OF FIELD WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
- Now if you don’t know what the depth of field in a photo is, here’s a quick definition. Depth of field or DoF is the zone of acceptable sharpness within a photo that will appear in focus.. Basically it’s the part of the image in front of, and behind the subject that will appear in focus.
- Now with photoshop you can create DoF, taking your photos to the next level.
- Here a couple of tutorials I used that taught me what I know…LINK1 & LINK 2
REMOVE THE BLUR AND SHARPEN THE PHOTO
- Another way to take your photos up the next level is to learn how to sharpen what’s already been taken. This is something I am so happy I learned to do cause lets faces it, sometime you will take a photo, think it was great until it’s time to edit it. That’s when you see the ohh so awful blur. Here a link on how I learned to sharpen my photos LINK….
YOUR PHOTO STYLE.
- When editing your photo you will need to know what your style is. And by style I mean your aesthetic. Every photographer has a style. some love their photos to have a vintage style or feel, other like it crisp and clean or dark and moody. It’s all about what tickles your fancy. Once you figure that out, research how to achieve that particular look and try it out. The most important thing you need to realize is it’s all about practice and realizing that each photo is different and with that need a different touch. You can’t make the same setting for every photo. You need to adjust everything by the lighting in the photo, the coloring, hell even skin completions. You can’t have the same Photoshop settings on a photo of with some one who has the same skin complexion as Taylor swift as you would on a photo of a person with a same complexion as Ajuma Nasenyana.
CROPPING IS YOUR HOMIE
- When I took the photos above I shot them in RAW. Raw is literally the raw data from the sensor in the phone camera. Raw Data is extremely large which for me mean that I can crop the hell out of it and get what I need. Some times a photo isn’t that amazing until you crop out the best part of it and just use that.
- For example, a lot of the time I will take a full picture of myself a but will hate everything about that particular photo except for a small portion and specific part of my face. If I crop out everything else out I’m basically left with the best part, leaving me with a usable photo.
- WELL THATS ALL FOLKS…. I hope I made sense lol and I also hope it helped you guys. if you guys have any question please write below in the comment section and I will answer them for ya.
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