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Feature Friday // Camera Warfare

Ever feel like this when “shooting” people?

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Exposure Control for iPhone

I agree with Chase Jarvis, that the best camera is the one I have with me. However, there are a lot of times when I wish my “best” camera were just a little bit better. When Visual Supply Co ( released their new camera app for the iPhone it came with a fantastic new tool for tweaking your exposure just a little bit more.

Tapping the screen to focus is par for the course for Apple’s built in app and pretty much any other camera app out there. You simply touch the screen where you want it to focus and the app does the rest. The downside is that your exposure is also set based on that area. This can work out well, or tweak your whole image into the realm of the unacceptable.

Better Exposure Control for iPhone

This is where the brilliance happens. With VSCO’s new app I still tap the screen to set focus and exposure, but when I add a second finger to the tap, I get two separate control points – one for focus and another for exposure.

Better Exposure Control for iPhone

Now I can set the focus point to the area I want to be sharp and add another control point that I can drag around the screen until the brightness in my image is exactly what I need.

Better Exposure Control for iPhoneBetter Exposure Control for iPhone

Before/After – The image on the left is a single point for both focus and exposure, the one on the right focuses on the sun face but sets the exposure elsewhere to maintain the integrity of my shadows.

Let me know below what other ways you trick your phone into doing what you really want!


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Sports Photography Overview

Our next SHARPEN event is coming up so fast that we’ve decided to swing the doors wide open and invite everyone to come for free! Join me on June 25th at 9am Pacific time as I interview Stephen Mally on the topic of sports photography. Stephen is one of that rare breed of professional photographer who makes his living entirely freelance.

This is your opportunity to learn what goes on behind those big white lenses on the sidelines!

Don’t miss your chance to join us for FREE to hear Stephen’s insights. Head on over to our GoToWebinar registration page:

Date: June 25, 2013
Time: 9am Pacific
Cost: FREE!

I hope to see you there!



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Feature Friday // Psychology for Photographers

Wondering about pricing and packaging? This site has GREAT ideas on how to price things and the psychology behind what you put on your website.

Check it out!

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Lightroom 5 is Here!

You may have noticed that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 has recently been released. This upgrade to Adobe’s fantastic Lightroom product will be incorporated into the IPS curriculum over the next few months.

Students participating in online classes over the summer may use either Lightroom 4 or Lightroom 5 and the instructional videos they watch may feature either version of the software.

Students participating in our live classes in Manitou Springs this September (2013) should purchase or upgrade their software to Lightroom 5.

Students participating in online learning from September 2013 and onward should also purchase or upgrade to Lightroom 5.



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