Capture Artful Moments With Your iPhone | Day 5 of 10


One of the things I love about the iPhone is its capacity to capture color flare. I also love using the camera as a photo journal of collections, one of my favorite images to collect are colors. You can look for single colors in an image or mix colors (primary, secondary, tertiary—geek out on a brief reminder of color theory basics below).  

Start your color collection by looking for single color subjects. You can even set up albums in your photo app for individual colors: rainbow, white, black, yellow/gold, blue, green, red, orange, pink, violet, etc. This is a fun way to share your photos on social media: color grid collections. Show twelve to fifteen colors in a grid.

Color affects the mood, emotion, and atmosphere in your photos. Color can play a principle or supporting role in a photograph. Understanding the basic rules of color theory will help you create distinct images. 

The Color Wheel is designed to help you understand the relationships between colors. The wheel is composed of three overlapping color layers: primary colors (red, blue, yellow) make up the base layer. 

When the primary colors mix together, they create secondary colors (violet, green, orange). Tertiary or complementary colors (red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and violet) are on opposite sides of the wheel and help create strong color contrasts in your photographs. 

Go capture color today and share it with the world!

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Composition—know what’s inside your frame. To make a strong photograph, everything in the frame should be there for a reason. Pick up your camera and look through the viewfinder. What do you see inside the frame? If you were to photograph the scene in front of you, what would you include in the frame and what would you crop out?

Two quick compositional tools to put into practice are the rule of thirds and the rule of odds.

The rule of thirds divides the frame into three equal parts vertically and horizontally in a grid format. Imagine there is an overlying grid on top dividing the screen into thirds on both horizontally and vertically. You want to line up key areas of visual interest at the intersecting points.

The rule of odds includes an odd numbered grouping of objects offers more visual appeal than an even numbered one. Try capturing people, cups and plates, or houses grouped in threes, fives, sevens, etc.

A cool feature of the iPhone is that you can turn on the grid feature in camera view to practice the rule of thirds/odds on the regular. To turn on the grid, go to settings—camera—grid, and slide the grid toggle on. Done.

Once you learn both the rules and know how to use them, break the rules. Just know what’s inside your frame and why. 

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Photography is all about light. It’s the essence of an image. To make beautiful artful images, you need to learn to see and understand how to use and capture light. Notice where the light falls on your subject. For example, is the main light source coming from the front, side, or back of the scene? What type of light is it?

Three main categories of light include: natural light (from the sun, moon, and stars), artificial light (including household bulbs, studio lights, fluorescent office lights, street lights, neon signs, LED, and flash), and a combination of the two. Is the light hard (unfiltered, high contrast, midday light) or soft (filtered, low contrast, shaded light)?

Before you photograph a scene, study the light. Walk around your subject. How does the scene change with the angle of light? 

For these two exercises, make sure your flash is turned off. Remember to tap on your subject to lock in exposure.

For outdoor portraits, position your subject at the edge of shaded areas so they have a nice soft light falling on their face.

For indoor scenes with darker areas, move your subject as close to the light source as possible (such as a lamp or window).

Capture your subject using different types and directions of light. Keep practicing this and see how using light this way changes your photographs. 

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