Photography: It’s More Than Just... by Sydney Joseph

There was a combination of dust and rust on every surface in sight. When we arrived that morning we also came across the “tenant” of the building who thankfully left us to our work. My model, professional as ever, lay down on this rust, rickety bench and I perched precariously on top of the rusted out bench rails.

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Let Things Go by Sydney Joseph

Dear Sydney,

Sometimes you need to learn to let things go. Too often you put aside your happiness to meet other people’s goals and it has never worked in your favour. It’s about time you place your needs and interests above everything else. Sit down and listen to yourself. Take your happiness out of the dark corners of your mind, dust it off and follow it wherever it goes. You might lose things along the way but what you eventually gain will make up the difference.




“Follow your happy wherever it leads you.”

iPhone-ography Tips and Tricks by Sydney Joseph

Before we start: Can you tell a difference in the image quality between the two images below?

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The image on the left was taken by my phone, an iPhone 6, and the photo on the right was taken my my DSLR camera, a Canon T3i. Technology has gotten to a point where it doesn’t matter what tool you’re using to shoot with. What matters is what your shooting and your basic skill. So here are a couple of tips and tricks that will help you take better pictures with your iPhone.

1: Grids

In the camera settings on your iPhone you can turn on the grids. I love the grids because it allows me to position the photo subject in a way that looks creative. If you’re interested in learning more about creative positioning or turning on your grid settings, click here.

2: Auto Focus

No-one like blurry photos, so learning how to use the auto-focusing feature of your phone is important. When you have the image subject in the frame, just tap once on the location that you want to be the photo’s focus and snap your photo. If you’re going to be taking multiple photos of the same subject then it’s best to choose your focus point and instead of tapping on the screen, you hold it down until you see AE/AF LOCK. This means that your focus point is locked in and will remain in focus until you’re done.



3: Top Down Shots

When you’re taking photos from a top-down angle, you’re phone’s gyroscope will automatically sense this and place two crosses on the screen. Lining up the two crosses means that your phone is perfectly horizontal and therefore all of your flat-lay images will be perfect.