5 tips to INSTANTLY up your PHOTO GAME

(upbeat electronic music) – What’s going on guys? Five things to instantly
step up your photo game. Here we go, let’s get rolling,
let’s get right into it. Number one, angles. No more hip shots or blind fire, we’re gonna think about this. Angles are huge, instead of
just pulling out your phone or your camera and snapping the subject, be it an object or a person at
whatever’s the easiest angle, just take 10 extra seconds and think about where could this look cool from? Objects typically look really,
really good or way better when they’re taken from a waist level so you’re at the same
perspective of the object. Or just put a little thought into it. Maybe just move around to the
left or move to the right, move to the back, just
take 10 extra seconds and think to yourself how
can I make this look better than just snapping it for
the sake of just snapping it? ‘Cause we all know, we get home, people compare photos and they always say, wow, yours looks a lot better
than mine, why is that? ‘Cause we thought about those
angles, that’s number one. Tip number two, shoot through something. Instead of just taking a shot, maybe dangle something in
front of the lens a little bit. Maybe if you’re outside taking a portrait, instead of shooting the
people in the forest, maybe back into the tree a little bit so you can see those
branches and the leaves hanging down in front of the lens, it gives you bokeh, it gives
you nice out of focus elements, and it adds that extra
(growling) to the photo that is otherwise missing
if you didn’t do it. Maybe shoot through the handle of the mug, take two playing cards, hold them up to the
lens, shoot through that. Essentially, shoot through anything, put an object in front
of the lens and just finagle your way through
so you can see the subject through whatever it is
that’s blocking the lens. That adds a huge dynamic. It frames your shots in a really creative and interesting way, give that one a shot. Pun intended. Number three, think opposite. Let’s say we’re gonna
go do a landscape shot, we are in front of Lake Louise. Everyone is taking the same photo. If there are a hundred people there, your photo might be better,
it might be better lit, but for the most part the
composition of Lake Louise from those hundred people
isn’t gonna differ very much. And this doesn’t just have
to do with landscape photos, it can do with let’s say
you’re taking a picture of a deck of cards or maybe
you’re shooting a smartphone, maybe a book, maybe a pair of boots, it doesn’t matter, it
could be a living room. Try to think what the most common, typical place the photo
will be taken from. So everyone stands in
front of the mountain here, everyone places the deck here. Get that in your head and
then completely it off. Think okay, I’m gonna shoot
it from the back forward. I’m gonna shoot it upside
down, I’m gonna shoot it from the left, from the right, from above. It’s these little things,
it’s these little tips that end up producing huge results. So just by taking 10 seconds
ahead of time and saying to yourself, this is what
everybody does right here, what is completely opposite
from what everybody does? And I’m gonna do that. You might surprise yourself. Hell, it could be shit too. Talk about lighting, lighting is huge. If your stuff isn’t lit
well, A, no one can see it, B, it just looks like
it, C, there’s no reason it has to look bad, lighting
scares a lot of people. People are thinking, oh I
don’t know how to set up lights or I don’t own lights,
the solution’s very easy. I’m probably gonna do an entire video on this subject itself,
just move to a window. That’s it, just stand
in front of a window. If you’re shooting an object,
just move to a window, find the light, essentially,
if it’s dark outside, maybe don’t take the photo unless you’re trying to go for night photography. If you’re trying to take
a picture of something in a restaurant and the
lighting is poor, just wait. Just do it tomorrow. If it’s grainy and it looks
bad and you can’t figure out the light, there’s probably a reason, you shouldn’t be taking
the photo right now, unless that’s your job and
that’s a whole other story. We’re just talking about
regular people taking photos on a regular basis and
we wanna up that quality. You’re not gonna die, there’s
no fire, wait til tomorrow. Wait for golden hour,
and if you don’t know when golden hour is you can google it, there’s apps to show it, you can ask Siri, hey Siri, when’s golden hour? Window light is naturally diffused, especially if you’re on a cloudy day, that cloud cover provides a big
giant soft box, if you will. So your photo’s probably
gonna end up looking a hundred times better and
you’re gonna say to yourself, damn, this actually looks incredible. You’re welcome. Number five, placing
objects into the frame that help tell the
story, maybe it’s people, maybe it’s something, maybe
it’s different objects. Let’s say we’re gonna take a
picture of a deck of cards. We’re putting it on a table. It’s kinda boring by itself. So maybe we add a laptop, now
we’re gonna add a cell phone, maybe we’ll throw a
sweater in there and a mug. Those things are just
creeping into the corners but that provides an atmosphere now. The picture’s much more interesting. It’s not focused on just the laptop, it’s not focused on the sweater, and we’ve made that very
clear by keeping those things to the edges, they’re
not the focus points, the deck of cards is the focus point. But we’ve added these extra elements to just create more of
a mood, more feeling, more of a story in this
photograph and it took an extra 10 seconds to
just drop these things in. You’ll notice that a lot of these tips, all these things are very, very basic tips but will elevate your
photography be it with an iPhone, be it with a DSLR, be it
with an Instax camera, whatever, they’ll make your photos better. Try them out, I think you’re gonna get some mileage out of it. (upbeat electronic music)


  1. Anna Petrenko January 31, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for just jumpin into it, without a 3 minute intro. I really appreciate it. And the tips are super useful, too!

  2. Kid From Clarkston February 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    You enabled my siri😂

  3. Scott Michael February 3, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I’m great at technical aspects but I have literally zero creative composition skills

  4. Morit Lh February 4, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Just wanted to say one thing!
    Not all smartphones are iPhones 😊
    You are welcome too

  5. dimondcrafts1 February 6, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Awesome to know that I’m doing something right
    )) Thanks man!

  6. Tech Sighting February 7, 2019 at 4:22 am

    1:25…thnk me later

  7. DJ Kinney February 7, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    I don't think I trust a sub millennial with a finger tattoo. Yeah. I'm out.

  8. Spooky Boo's Scary Story Time February 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I shoot through my cell phone and it sucks. lol but I try.

  9. Nelish gaming February 10, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Very bad I need emotes to take photoes

  10. Kermit February 11, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Good tips, thx.

  11. Saketh Kadali February 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    You are awesome sir

  12. Global Health and Wellness/Nancy Valenzuela February 15, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Hola Peter🤗 im Nancy Valenzuela and Im an international healthcare advisor (fancy title huh? Lol Ive helped international patients coordinate medical care services in all over the globe for the past 20 yrs) I discovered you this week while researching video development on YouTube in preparation for development of my very first video. Of course, I have no clue wtf im doing but I hope my passion will compensate for that on my videos. I just wanted to tell you…..I FRKN love your videos, your energy, your articulation. You rock!!!! Thank you for giving me the extra nudge I needed to do this so I can help more patients around the world. Gracias!😘 Nancy

  13. Duncan Glover February 16, 2019 at 1:59 am

    In other words be creative???

  14. Seacoast Flash February 19, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    thanks for sharing!

  15. Jay Hike's North February 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Hey thanks for this video man, really useful information and I’ve subscribed to your channel.

  16. Drakon Duy February 20, 2019 at 12:42 pm


  17. Maria Laura Gonzalez Canosa February 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm


  18. Rayd 101 February 21, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Do you do personal tips too? like if someone showed you some of their photography, could you give them tips? like me?

  19. Yitzchal Levi February 25, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Great tips; excellent presentation; good energy! THANK YOU.

  20. Hair Extensions by Denise March 3, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Angles. Shoot thru something to give vingette. Opposite Composition of what you normally think. Lighting & golden hour. Place objects that help tell the story best in corners & edges.

  21. alisha combs March 6, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the tips, all work great.

  22. Harvey Prestegui March 7, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Theirs never any limits she it comes to lighting, we can always hAve variety of lights and equipment or it just depends on what kind of pic you wanna take

  23. Libolt Adventures March 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Great stuff.

  24. Angelisms March 10, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Excited to use these skills in 2019!

  25. jstmeknz87 March 10, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Your not gonna die, wait till tomorrow!

  26. Blake Hamilton March 11, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Eh I’ve heard of better tips… the most important one I’d give is… COMPOSITION

  27. Bosse Corneliussen March 16, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    «Just take those extra 10 sec…»
    10+10+10+10+10+10= 1 min extra

  28. Tinh Do March 17, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Great tips but there is only one con i don't like about the video is the text, I could barely read it. White text on white background makes it hard to read

  29. syn March 19, 2019 at 10:35 am

    You look like Doctor Strange, except you're Canadian.

    So a Canadian Doctor Strange?


  30. Stacyann J March 20, 2019 at 3:12 am

    I love your energy!

  31. Stacyann J March 20, 2019 at 3:12 am

    New subbie!

  32. Naphat Eungthong March 21, 2019 at 10:32 am

    My brother keep teasing because I can’t take good pictures… I sub.

  33. marcus kelly March 21, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    damn pete, just giving away the shoot through lol. thats always been my go to

  34. RAV HD March 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm


  35. Abdulrheman Qureshi March 21, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    3:41 WTH??

  36. Max [WolfGaming] March 21, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Can you give me a starting camera cause I wanna start as a photographer but Idk which camera is the best for starring before I get confused over the buttons and stuff

  37. Rudy Reimer March 22, 2019 at 12:05 am


  38. with. muses March 26, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    i’m not a minute man i only need 10 seconds

  39. Fiona Baldwin March 29, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I do all of this without noticing

  40. Alejandro Penner March 29, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Hey Pete 👋 – 013

  41. Shams Iqbal Rhone March 30, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Sweet sweet sweet…want to know what ?everything of yours…

  42. BNBROCHA March 31, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Your lens while taking this video, is effin insane.

  43. Gamingwith Queen_Bailey April 3, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Man thank you so much for helping me win the photography contest

  44. BROKEN ARROWS April 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

    2:23 I thought he said a pair of boobs 😂😂😂

  45. ProxyFoxy April 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    listen ma dude – take a hint from 9gag and use a black outline on white text to have that contrast going so we can read what you're typing. cheers.

  46. Poli Popo April 7, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Thank you

  47. diymom2 April 8, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Loved your instruction. Time to put them all into action for me!

  48. David Morehead April 9, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Great tips. Thank you.

  49. SafariWian April 10, 2019 at 9:57 am

    HAHA! Don't know if you're going to read this… But my iPhone sprang to life then you said "hey Siri" in your video!! HAHA!

    Thanks for these tips bro! Absolutely loving your content!!

  50. Lucas Hossi April 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Awesome video

  51. Yatsua April 15, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you so much ! Since we kinda have the same body and proportions, I relate to it so much and I can see a "realistic" difference between the before and after 🙂 It is super helpful, thank you ! 😀 (I love your outfits btw !)

  52. Nodal Ninja Panoramic Gear April 15, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    more great tips – thx

  53. Oxxygen April 16, 2019 at 1:51 am

    "Wait till tomorrow, There is no fire" – Then Notre Dame burns…

  54. Sara Mukadam April 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Amazing guy, thanks for this straightforward helpful video ❤️

  55. aviva christophe April 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Will ask my husband to try and post @ing you on Insta (from naturkosmetikchef). Thank you!

  56. Ed Niño Villanueva April 20, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Photography is just a hobby of mine but these tips are awesome. Worth subscribing

  57. Felicia April 22, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you!!

  58. Adolfo Usier April 23, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    love the channel 📸

  59. Desiree Shelton April 28, 2019 at 1:39 am

    I wanna become a photographer and this helped me so thank you smile😊💕✨

  60. Charlie's Karts April 28, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    1:11 😂 instead of maybe shooting the people in the forest

  61. Rick Harold May 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome !

  62. Mikes 🔥 stuff May 10, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Angles are huge, you ever see that 359 degree angle it’s huge

  63. Nodal Ninja Panoramic Gear May 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I like the "shoot through something" tip – something I often overlook.

  64. Ash The Duke May 14, 2019 at 1:24 am

    I hate editing

  65. BananaBot May 16, 2019 at 2:42 am

    3:05 OOF HE CURSED?

    (and my Christian minecraft server)

  66. Team Taboo May 17, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Great tips thanks 🙏🏾

  67. natchnieni0 May 18, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Monopod that lake shot. If you have a Bluetooth connection with your camera and you can snap it from there, get a monopod and lift your camera over the area.

  68. Ris Ronwood May 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    great tips, fast ang really good

  69. deepshotone May 19, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Great tips! #2 &#5

  70. stela ejova May 24, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Subscribed! I nearly fell asleep watching other photography videos. You, sir, woke me up and grabbed my attention. Your energy is motivating. "Hey it could be shit too" lol

  71. Otto JK May 25, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Angels are huge! That's what the celts said!

  72. Jasimshadeej Jasim May 29, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Great tips. Really liked the bgm

  73. Dutchess Carniege Gordon June 2, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you

  74. knightpeanut June 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Follow these tips and your photos might turn out great or be shit

  75. All What's Trendy June 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    nobody says your photo looks better then mine. 🙂

  76. Loolul June 9, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Sorry what did you say? i got lost in ur good looks

  77. Taylor gauthier June 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    He's telling Everyone what is the complete OPPOSITE of what Everyone does? Now what? Is everyone going to do the complete opposite?

  78. Shots by Gabe June 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    This is common sense to me , can’t wait to shoot more the weekend

  79. Kevin McDaniel June 14, 2019 at 9:40 pm


  80. RGMG June 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Today's just a day I wanted to go back to the beginning and see some of your earlier videos. You've come so far since Dec. 2016!

  81. Vince Evans June 18, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Awesome I’m doing most of these already. My confidence just went up a few more notches. Thx man

  82. Pockett Lens June 21, 2019 at 12:54 am


  83. Muhammath Maushook June 22, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Golden Hour
    – the first hour after a traumatic injury, when emergency treatment is most likely to be successful.
    Google is Killing 😂😂

  84. A S photography June 27, 2019 at 7:18 am

  85. Amy Konecny June 28, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    This was so helpful. I watched a bunch of videos on how to take better photos of my product and this was the only one that was TRULY helpful. Helpful in the I can do these things right now to help as apposed to helpful in the really long run.

  86. AndrewDeLeonDesign June 29, 2019 at 8:58 pm


  87. Veronika Croft July 6, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I opened the YouTube app to look for photography tips to better my hobby, and lo and behold Peter shows up on my suggested videos.

  88. haniff nani July 7, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you so much for this tips

  89. Gabberockstar1 July 17, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    You’re so much to watch 👏🏻

  90. Izzy LèWeirdò July 19, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I'm here because my older sister wants me to take pictures of her. And she says I suck at it so I have to look at tutorials ರ╭╮ರ

  91. putu suamerta July 20, 2019 at 1:11 am

    I turn into A clone of Genius Respected Peter McKinnon .love you Pete 💖💞🍻🍹💗💕💝❤️❤️

  92. Dylan Lepore July 21, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

  93. DH Photo Concepts July 23, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Amazing tricks! Thanks for sharing!

  94. Carla Garcia July 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    He has cholesterol😕

  95. Rashad Wooten July 26, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    1:25 was funny idk why

  96. damian Garrett July 29, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Love your advice thank you 😊

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  98. Austin Saya July 31, 2019 at 9:11 am

    This is the most straight forward video you’ve ever uploaded lol

  99. JOy Hammer August 4, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I like these ideas! I’ll use them! Thanks.

  100. Boxwine August 7, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Great input here!
    You da man!

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