Photography tips

Remember to use the white balance brush in Lightroom 4.

We've all probably been there, editing images after a seminar event with the people talking placed infront of a video projector screen. Most likely you've had the problem of the powerpoint slides being displayed having black text on white background; and that your subjects are lit with either halogen or fluorescent lights.Enter the resulting photo:, background stealing all the attention, cold. Generally looks horrible.Well how do you fix this? Use the brush tool in Lightroom 4 and brush the background. Apply temperature and tint corrections, crop out that ugly black border to the left, make some final tweaks to the photos overall whitebalance and you end up with this: less distracting, no longer cold and the viewers focus is on the subject again. Phew, talk about avoiding a bad situation!

Refine Edge still exists in newer versions of Photoshop. Hold shift and click Select > Select & Mask in the Menu Bar.

Adobe hasn't removed refine edge completely, they've just hidden it. Hold shift when you click this to pop up the old Refine Edge dialog box.

Leave the door open when you remove the battery or memory card from your camera and don't close it until they're back inside.

That way you don't accidentally walk out of the house with an unloaded camera.EDIT: In case the previous sentence didn't make it clear, I'm referring to when you're at home and can set the camera down somewhere safe until the battery is done charging / the card is done offloading. Don't do this in the field.EDIT 2: I don't know how y'all behave at home, but when I put down my open-door camera it's on a nice, remote table where I'm not likely to bump into it. Granted, it helps that I have neither kids, pets, nor roommates (other than my girlfriend, who has cameras of her own) so that reduces the risk considerably.EDIT 3: Note to self: Choose your words carefully. People apparently take the term "Pro Tip" very seriously. Next time just use "Tip" or "Suggestion"

If you need to practice real estate photography and live in a suburban area, look for model homes. Usually they’ll let you go in and take photos.

Great practice, and it helps you with already having something to show your skill, raising your chances of being hired.

Find the right photo 10x faster

After taking in all these great iPhone photography tips, I’m sure you’ll be shooting more pictures than ever! The downside of this, is that your iPhone will likely be full of photos. Finding the one you want in the Photos app can be a bit of a chore, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Not many people know that the Photos app was given a huge A.I. update in iOS 11. Now you can use the search bar to type in a noun, such as ‘bike’, and the iPhone will find all the images of a bike that you’ve taken! With iOS 12, this has become even better – you can now search for several people, or you can combine search terms like ‘Red, car, 2018’. To do this, simply type in a search term into the search box in Photos. Then tap one of the suggested search terms that’ll appear, and it’ll turn into a ‘token’ inside the search box. Then you can keep adding more terms until you’ve narrowed down your search to find the exact photo you want. Pro Tip: You can even search by peoples’ faces – open the Photos app, then tap Albums, and the People album. Then tap a face you want to name, and ‘Add Name’ at the top of the screen. The iPhone will then try and associate the other photos on your phone with that face, to keep everything better organised.

Adjust the exposure for a perfect shot

If you’ve seen the yellow focus square, you’ve probably paid attention the icon right on its right-hand-side. This little icon along with the slider will help you adjust the exposure of your image. If you need it to be darker and underexposed, simply drag your finger down on the screen. If you want it to be brighter and overexposed, then you just drag it up. There are a number of reasons why you would want to sacrifice a perfectly exposed image for a darker or for a brighter one – it all depends on what mood you want to convey. Often when shooting a backlit subject, for example, the smartphone will underexpose the subject, due to all the light in the photo. This is when overexposing would be useful.

Keep it simple

Nowadays it’s so easy to get distracted by everything and it’s such a challenge to stay focused. The same goes for the photos: keep in mind that the more subjects you have the more confusing it might get. Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple and minimalistic by eliminating all the distractions on your iPhone screen when composing your photo. If you include only one main subject in your shot on a plain, or un-distracting background, that could make a powerful impression on the viewer. It could also ensure that your image is easily remembered which is something very valuable in our disposable era.