How To Get The Perfect Shot

Not all photos are created equal. Here’s how to look your best on camera.
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Not all photos are created equal. Here’s how to look your best on camera.

 

USE VIDEO TO EXPAND YOUR OPTIONS

Next time you’re trying to secure that effortlessly candid shot, consider shooting a video rather than a still photo. Once you’re finished shooting, use the playback controls to scroll through your video in slow-motion, screenshotting your favorite stills as you go.

EDIT BEFORE YOU SHOOT

iPhone users are probably aware of the edit button in the top right corner of every photo. But did you know you can make those changes before you take the shot? Adjust exposure, apply a filter, or even switch up your aspect ratio, all before you hit the shutter.

USE THE GRID

The rule of thirds is one of the first principles you learn in any photography class. Split the screen into thirds, placing the subject in the middle. Make it easy on yourself: On iPhone and Android, visit your camera’s composition settings, switch on the grid, and thank us later.

LOOK TO THE SUN

No, really. When you’re taking outdoor photos, avoid the biggest rookie mistake of all: taking a backlit picture by standing in front of the sun (or any light source, really). Instead, consider the time of day, adjust your exposure, and use the sun as your own personal spotlight.

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