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Learn How To Take Better Smart Phone Photos From This Photography Pro

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This is Brad Mangin, and he's a genius behind a camera. Aside from using his DSLR to shoot professionally for Sports Illustrated and the MLB, Brad is also an avid Instagram user and loves taking photos on his iPhone 6.

Tip 1: Take your photos to another level by using apps such as Snapseed and VSCOcam. Also, don't be afraid to utilize all of the creative tools Instagram provides.


"EarlyBird and Lo-Fi are two of my favorite filters that I've been using a lot lately. I also like the Dynamic Light app which gives my photos a vibrant HDR look to compliment the built-in HDR in my iPhone."

Tip 2: Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal with your subject.


"With an iPhone, you can get much closer to people than you think compared to when using a DSLR, which can feel more obtrusive. Don’t be afraid to do it. Some of my best portraits are candid moments because I was at the ready with my iPhone 6 Plus like the fun photo of Buster Posey or iconic moment with Travis Ishikawa. I only had seconds to capture this quick shot taken in the locker room — Travis had just gotten the winning ball back and I was prepped with my iPhone 6 Plus."

Tip 3: Not everything looks best in color, try black & white!


"I shoot all my iPhone photos in color, but sometimes it's amazing how much better an image looks in black and white. Many times if I'm shooting in low-light settings, I like converting my photos to black and white because I find that it captures a more timeless photo. Also my iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization which really helps improve the quality of low-light still photos. For example, the photo of Pablo Sandoval smoking a cigar was taken in a dark clubhouse in low light with iPhone 6 Plus - doesn’t get better than that. The photo of the Willie Mays statue was taken at dusk on the eve of Game 3 of the NLCS with iPhone 6 Plus."

Tip 4: Look for great clouds, and shoot them.


"People often ask how I get such great stadium shots. One great tip is to shoot with clouds in the sky, and look for the right light. Late afternoon/early evening is usually a great time to capture this effect. The new HDR sensor in iPhone 6 Plus picks the clouds up for just the right contrast."

Tip 5: Its all in the details.


"The iPhone camera captures amazing detail with the new Focus Pixels. I like to take advantage of this by shooting different objects to give added color to the game that my followers might not be able to see when I take photos with my DSLR camera or major broadcast networks."

Tip 6: Have fun and shoot what you love!


"Sports/Baseball is fun. I do this because I love it. I love photographing baseball season and capturing fun fan moments, or players goofing off in the locker room or dugout, sharing the joy of the game with fans and capturing behind-the-scenes moments that with my iPhone. I like to show up early and shoot little things that capture the spirit of the game - see the photo below of the head groundskeeper and crew watering the infield. "

Tip 7: Find the perfect mix of material for the ideal shot.


"I look for great light, great backgrounds, great faces, great moments. You can have a great moment but a terrible background or bad light. It’s rare that you can get everything where it all comes together, but try to get at least two of these elements to capture a memorable moment."

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