Shooting Quality Photo & Video on Your Phone

When it comes to editing photos and videos, you don’t always need an expensive DSLR camera, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Lightroom. Granted those things are great and I use all three of them for different things, but I also use free or less expensive options to create content and you can too.

Below you will find links to four videos I shot and edited on my iPhone! It takes anywhere from 5-30 minutes to shoot and edit these, depending on how many takes, cuts and the complexity of the video you’re making. Take a look at the videos! You might even laugh a little. Hilton Hospitality | When Your Friend Needs a Little Extra Motivation | Date Night Decision MakingThe Sad Reality of Closet Space

Using iMovie is a free software that comes on apple devices which you can use to edits videos. iMovie has tons of great features and is very user friendly! For the first few years I made videos, iMovie was the only thing I used. When I wanted to start editing color and exposure of the clips, that’s when I switched to Final Cut Pro. iMovie is good for basic videos.

Here is a screenshot from inside iMovie. As you can see, it doesn’t have a whole lot going on! You simply touch the plus (+) symbol to add a video or music and then it’s all there ready for you to edit!

Once you’ve trimmed the clips and added your music, you export the video to your camera roll and you’re ready to go. That’s it!

My #1 favorite photo editing app for the phone is VSCO (pronounced “visco”).  Its filters keep the color and tones very crisp and while you do have to buy some of the filter packs, they are inexpensive. Below is a screenshot of several photos I have posted to Instagram, edited in VSCO.

Here is a photo I took on my phone AND edited in VSCO! Notice the background is blurred and I am sharp? This was shot about an hour before sunset in Portrait Mode on my iPhone 7 plus. The portrait mode feature does a wonderful job as you can see and is a fantastic alternative to a DSLR with a lens that has a low aperture (the feature that blurs out the background in a photo).

There you have it folks. Simple, easy things you can do to make great content without having to buy a fancy camera and lens. If I can do this, YOU can do this!

The Key to Social Success: Confidence

Oprah Winfrey. Michael Jordan. Logan Paul. Barack Obama. Justin Bieber.

What do you think of when you see these names? Success? Perfection? Losers? Depending on who you ask, you’ll get varying answers. All of these people have mastered what they do. We look to them as people who have “made it”. Did you ever think that maybe they have doubted themselves at some point? Were they created and given a shot of confidence that only successful people are allowed to have?

When I think of all of these names, I think of one thing:  CONFIDENCE. They all have it and yet I can guarantee you they have all been scared at some point. Afraid to fail or fear of not being accepted for who they are. It happens to them, it happens to me, and it happens to you. But what’s the difference between someone who is successful and someone who sits back and watches everyone else “make it”?

There are three types of people in the world:

  1. Those who make it happen
  2. Those who watch people make it happen
  3. Those who wonder how it happened.

Which one are you?

Tell me if this has ever happened to you: You watch a TED talk, listen to a good podcast or view a motivational speaker that says, “you can do it guys!” and you feel SUPER energized after! You are ready to take on the world and nobody and nothing is going to stand in your way. Then something weird happens. You start forgetting the feeling you had when you felt fired up. You leave the conference or close the computer and go back to feeling stuck and unsure of what your purpose is. The boost of energy doesn’t stick. You feel like you’re back to square one. Except now you’re even more frustrated because time has gone by and you still haven’t made progress.

If I could tell you one thing today, right now, it’s this: Do things to keep your confidence level high.

This is done in a variety of ways, but the number one way is to just start DOING. After you read this, GO! DO! Don’t get distracted by social media or hunger or anything else. Because the moments you get where you feel excited to move out of your comfort zone and try hard things don’t come often and they don’t stay long if you don’t let them. When you start to just DO, your confidence will increase. You will begin to realize that you are so capable of accomplishing hard things that have been weighing you down for weeks/months.

If you ever feel like you’re alone, don’t. I believe in you. I believe that you can do this and you are an extraordinary person. Be the type of person that makes it happen. Now GO AND DO!