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6 Creative ways to exploit reflections for better images

Reflections are all around us and in this article I’ll show you how to creatively exploit them to achieve different goals regardless of what camera, smart phone or tablet you use to take pictures.

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Reflections can provide an alternative perspective adding interest.

The most straight forward use of reflections is to use puddles to capture a scene from a different perspective. Once you’ve spotted a puddle within or near an interesting location, you’ll need to walk around it to frame the scene. You’ll find that ducking, weaving, getting high or most probably low down will get you the most interesting results.


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Reflections can provide graphic or abstract images.

Puddles also provide an opportunity to create more graphic or abstract images like this one in London’s Trafalgar Square. I shot this on an iPhone 5 using my favourite black and white app Hueless.  The same rules as above apply to finding the best perspective.


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Reflections in buildings can provide opportunity.

Reflective buildings or other surfaces provide a wide range of opportunities in much the same way as a puddle. Here we have an old building reflected in the glass of a new one which has created a pleasing abstract pattern. Keep a look out for scenes, people or the sky reflected in buildings.


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Reflections in mirrors add depth.

I love people watching and reflections in car mirrors, trains, buses or car windows on your journey can provide great opportunities to capture people, self portraits and interesting scenes.
The picture above is on a London bus and I love the grey blue tones of the man and the bus which contrast with the green. The green combined with the smart dress of the man makes you assume a smart suburban location.

Mirrors especially old ones have a wonderful effect on people’s reflection and simply be placing your model looking into a mirror you have a plenty of opportunity to get a great shot.


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Reflections can provide a sense of atmosphere

Shooting people from behind glass can add a sense of place and / or atmosphere.

I love this shot, for me it has a peaceful, quite sense of escapism in what is a very busy and noisy environment. The girl is simply lit by natural daylight, but she pops out of the darker cafe giving her impact.  You can achieve this regardless of camera or device by telling the camera what element of the picture is important to you. It’s called spot metering and it’s really simple, especially on a smart phone or tablet. Click here to learn more.


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Reflections can provide a sense of environment

In this shot the reflections not only reinforce the sense of cool urban environment, but they hold your eye for longer, add colour to a slightly bleached scene and help define the curves of the car.

Also notice how much impact the car has, it almost punches you in the face. This is achieved by getting low and getting close. Click here to learn more about perspective.


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Reflections can be use to tie two separate things together and develop a narrative.

In this shot called ‘reflected glory’ I was experimenting with tying two brands together to create an aspirational life style. The narrative for the picture is that your chauffeur is waiting outside in your Audi whilst you shop at Dolce & Gabbana. The sub text is that you’re rich, stylish and attractive which is reinforced by the two woman (actually mannequins) are looking at you and trying to attract your attention in the top right corner.


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If God was a photographer – Advanced composition:

There is a mathematical code which some say proves the existence of God, it describes beauty, is repeatedly found nature, art, even DNA, and can be traced back to the beginning of time…all I know is it can help you take better photographs…regardless of what camera, smart phone or tablet you use.

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So, if you’ve read anything about photography you will no doubt have come across the rule of thirds as demonstrated by the picture Cheesy Mouse below and if not, here is a free lesson here on the subject.

For a series of complex reasons, areas of importance in a picture are best placed where the lines intersect and most cameras and apps can provide you with an on screen grid to help your composition. It’s a great starting place to help you take better pictures, but it’s really only a dumbed down version of composition for photographers.


The golden ratio can be seen in artwork as early as 300 b.c, and in the 16th century it was dubbed the divine proportion. It is a mathematical formula called PHI and crops up in an extraordinarily diverse range of nature, artwork and design (from the Mona Lisa to the Great Pyramids) and has fascinated some of the greatest thinkers of our time. If you want to discover more, then The Golden Ratio: The story of PHI, the World’s most Astonishing Number is a fascinating read, or if you’ve only got 3 minutes and are a visual learner, then watch this.

Essentially, scientists have proven that when you read a picture (yes read…more on that in my forthcoming book and advanced lessons) your brain is looking for the presence of the Golden ration as it defines beauty.

For our purposes and to keep it simple, we are going to look at the Golden Spiral, as it is about placement and flow; helping guide the viewer’s eye and deliver satisfaction.

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The Spiral is the natural path your follows as your brain tries to make sense of what it is viewing (like listening to a joke) and by placing the focal point at the end of the spiral you are delivering the punch line.

So, by understanding this, your compositions can deliver more impact and you’ll produce more successful pictures.

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Look for the spiral when composing:
Anyone who has a smart phone or tablet can download a camera app which has a composition grid showing the spiral. DSLR users can use this to train their eye or in the short term in addition to their cameras.

Although several apps have the ability to use a golden spiral overlay, so far, only the two listed below allow you to change the orientation of the spiral, without which it’s pretty useless really.

IOS – Sense Cam
Android – Camera Sensor


Look for the spiral in your existing work or when cropping new images.
Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom users can select the golden spiral view in the crop tool and can change the orientation of it with [shift] + O.  You will need to click on the images before you can change the orientation.


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LED Flashlight photography: How to make an Ice Light

LED technology is currently developing at a rapid rate and in this article we look at how you can utilize the latest LED technology to light your images until the photographic lighting industry catches up. See how for under £20 you can make a portable, rechargeable light that can produce results like this in a totally dark room:

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LED’s are light emitting diodes and they are very efficient at converting power into light. Sure, they’ve been around for a while and are now utilized in a range of Photographic lights and torches.
However, manufacturer CREE are currently leading the LED lighting revolution and their distinctive yellow XM-L LED is now widely available in a range of budget flashlights on Amazon and they’re brightness is game changing!

I recently purchased a Ultrafire torch from Amazon with two rechargeable batteries and charger for about £17.
Sure, one of the batteries is poor and it doesn’t pump out the claimed 900 lumen, but this thing is brutally bright and has real potential.

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Let’s be clear…from a photography perspective, it’s too bright and harsh to shine directly at anything or anybody. So, you need to use a lighting modifier to defuse it or use it in conjunction with a reflector.

If you’re a regular Lightism subscriber, you’ll recall I recently made a light from plumbers pipe and glowsticks for another article. Well, if you constructed one yourself what you’ve already made is an exact fit for the LED Flashlight, so you need to do, well, nothing!

For new readers:  you’ll need:

1 x Ultrafire flashlight or torch (as we call them in England.)
1 x 32” length of 1.5” white plumbing pipe: £2
1 x white pluming pipe end cap: £1
1 x tie wraps (ideally clear): £1

A saw, a drill, tinfoil, small sheet of sand paper (to smooth any rough edges) and a pair of scissors.

Tip:  Test the pipe with the torch before you buy it as some varieties are rather pink once lit!

Step 1:
Measure 11” from either end of the 32” length of pipe and cut halfway through the pipe with a saw.

Step 2:

Now cut the pipe down its width from the end nearest your cut, effectively removing a slice of pipe.

Step 3:
Pop the flashlight snugly into the new opening. You can either simply hold it in place to use it now or fix it into place with the tie wraps.

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Step 4:
The end cap is the same diameter as the pipe, so if you cut four small slices out if cap be forced into the pipe. (see picture below)

Before fitting it to the pipe, screw up a ball of tinfoil and place it in the end far of pipe to act as a reflector (I tried various things including mirrors) and force on end cap.


Step 5:
You can also fit a length of thick black tape to the rear of the pipe to reflect the light forward.

That’s it, now you’ve made  a £20 version of Westcott’s £500 Ice Light!… Either that or some may say a  light saber.

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Usage Tips:

Use it close to the subject and experiment with the angles; I like it above the model.

The sweet spot as usual is on the very edge of the light, so small adjustments make all the difference. Here’s the wider shot of the picture above in which you can see the model is holding the light and acting as a voice controlled lighting stand.

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The second option is to use it in conjunction with a silver or white reflector.  This requires much more experimentation with distances and angles to get anything meaningful. To save you the effort, I will show you a couple of fool proof setups in my forth coming 30 second portraits series, so subscribe below or like Lightism on Facebook to keep up to date.

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Foot Note:

Here’s a quick summery of answers to various comments made here and on various blogs where this has kindly been re-posted.

The light really is quite bright. The photo of the girl was shot in total darkness except this light to give you a feel for the actually quality of the light; normally it would be used as a fill with some ambient light. The light is some 10” away from her face (looks much closer in the photo) & its position was a creative choice.

I forgot to mention that I stuck a strip of tinfoil under the black gaffer tape on the rear to help reflect light.  I used plumber’s pipe from UK chain Wickes, some pipes from B&Q had a nasty pink glow.

Many people commented on the color temperature issue and in previous articles where I’ve used LED lights I have recommended downloading a free color temperature app and measuring it. However, the Cree LED is a new generation of LED which doesn’t suffer from the same color issues, so try one because whatever you thought you knew about LED may well have changed!


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Revealed...the best camera in the world!

This week I’ve been writing for SLR Lounge; a brilliant photographers resource that is well worth checking out:


So, without further a do, here’s an extract:

As a professional photographer I’m frequently asked “what is the best camera in the world?”  Drawing on my extensive experience and research, I’ll reveal the surprising answer…

But first, some myth busting on how many people measure how good a camera is:  Since my photography educational site LIGHTISM’s motto is “Buying a better camera won’t make you a better photographer” let me educate you about a very popular myth: that the more mega pixels a camera has the better the camera.

Think of it this way: megapixels are coffee and your computer’s screen is a coffee mug, there is only so much coffee you can fit into your mug no matter how many gallons of coffee you have!

The reality is that the number of megapixels relates to the size of the image the camera produces not the actual quality of the image….so, the question is how many mega pixels do you need?

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Finalist in Professional Photographer of The Year.

I’m delighted to share with you that I’ve made it to the finalist stage of this year’s Professional Photographer of The Year.

Simon Ellingworth - Finalist in Profesional Photographer of The

Last year I was runner up in two categories (Landscape and Still Life) and although this year don’t expect to do even that well, it’s nice to know I have diverse skills and I clearly hate to specialize.

The image selected this year is in the Street Photography category and was shot in London, England. I think it has a Banksy quality about it.

Kate Hopewell-Smith; category judge; says “This was a strong category – so I looked for considered compositions and camera technique in this group”

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 The winners are announced this Thursday…so, fingers crossed.



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How to realize your images full potential...

As a Professional photographer, taking the picture is only half of the process…to realize an images potential you need to add your own brand of magic. In this article we’ll look at a couple of options, one of which will blow your socks off.

For some time now, I’ve wanted to write an article and share with you some thoughts on post processing, something simple that would be meaningful whether you use a smart phone, tablet, Gopro or a full DLSR camera.

This wasn’t going well, as personally I use several high end image processing solutions which are expensive and in truth rather complex to get to grips with. So, I started on a journey to find you a solution which is simple, but equally amazing.

I also wanted to enter a couple of images into this year’s ‘iPhone Photography Awards’ and the rules state that you cannot edit the image on a desktop computer, so I started with iPad and smartphone apps to see what they could really do.

Love it or hate it, but rapid developments in smart phone (and Gopro) photography are forcing traditional camera manufacturers to innovate and step up their game…this is great news for photographers.

So, with high hopes I took this iPhone image from this:

 Buying a better camera won't make you a better photographer.  Li

To this:

Buying a better camera won't make you a better photographer.  Li

Now, I’m very pleased with the results and did do the entire process with Apps, but it took nearly half a day and would have taken 8 minutes on my PC.

Still, it is amazing that you can do this on a smart phone or tablet with apps, none of which even existed a couple of years ago, but at this stage in their development it took several apps and even more patience.

I decided what I needed was a desktop solution which utilized software that some of my readers may already have or could purchase cheaply and that I could simplify for you or find a bolt on solution which did just that.

If you already have Adode’s Lightroom 4, you’ll know it’s aimed squarely at photographers and if not you can pick it up for as little as £92 ($109) on Amazon and even cheaper on Ebay.

It’s very cheap for such a very powerful tool, but the downside is its not super simple and there is a reasonable learning curve to get it to sing. I spent a day trying to simplify it for you and gave up!

Enter SLR Lounge’s Presets, which costs a mere £66 ($99), it bolts on to utilize Lightroom’s powerful engine, but makes the driving experience super simple. As a Professional Photographer it’s depressingly good and gives everyone the ability to produce amazing images without having to invest in many years of learning.

SLR Lounge’s philosophy was to produce a system where you could take an image from any device or camera and within a few clicks could transform it into something spectacular.

So, let’s start with a smart phone and a GoPro image and see what we can do:


This is shot in Rome with an old HTC Desire HD phone using the standard camera.

One click later it’s a very strong black and white image.

The devil is in the detail and in the background it does a lot more that remove the color, so the result is a much stronger image than if you’d used an app or the standard Lightroom convert to B&W.


I love my GoPro Hero 3 and often use it for stills, but the forums are full of people wanting to take its unique, but rather underexposed images and make something special.  Well, here’s the solution for all of them.

Here’s the original image straight out of the camera:


7 clicks later, this:

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Where the SLR Lounge’s Presets really shines is when the image is shot in RAW format which is mainly found on traditional cameras and basically captures more information than a jpeg file can hold. The extra information gives the software more latitude to make adjustments.

Here is an image I shot recently at a wedding, maybe I should have been concentrating on the bride, but I just love this guy and his direct gaze. This is straight out of the camera:


I want to enter this into the highly coveted ‘Taylor Wessing Prize’ at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery this year where image quality is obviously critical.  Three click’s later, it’s ready:

Photoality.co.uk - Award Winning Wedding Photography

It’s unbelievable.
This system applies a basic set of adjustments on every image imported as a start point. You then start with a base adjustment, choose a tone curve and then add color correction or effect.

There are several presets called ‘mixologys’ already built and I used the ‘Portrait soft color’ as a basis and made several other simple adjustments to the image above using this system.

You can very quickly save your own ‘mixologys’ for your favorite look. This is great with getting constancy when you develop your own signature look.

It comes with a ton of videos tutorials and you should invest the time to watch them all and resist the temptation to go off and play with bits of new found knowledge. Other than the video’s being a touch verbose and installation could be more automated, this system rocks!

What I like is that each adjustment effectively forms a layer (like Photoshop) which can be undone or built upon. This next image is from an article I wrote on Lighting up objects from the inside. I applied a blue adjustment and then amber on top to make the eggs really pop:

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I’ve recently stopped using my ‘high end’ expensive solutions and use this to simply whiz though my images, because who doesn’t a simple way to get amazing results?


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Simple blueprint to enable anyone to master iPhonography

To celebrate being guest blogger on Life In Lofi; the world most established iPhoneography web site; here’s the iPhone article everyone’s been asking me to write…


This is a simple blueprint will enable anyone to master iPhonography and start producing amazing images. This blueprint is inspired by my friends always asking me why my iPhone pictures are so much better than theirs, so having given this some considerable thought here’s an article sharing my secrets and philosophy.

Mobile Photography Awards 2013 - Shot using LED lighting & Camer

As a Professional Photographer and recent runner up of the Mobile Photography Awards, I view photographic equipment as tools, all with different purposes and strengths….this philosophy extends to my iPhone and the apps I use. Did I mention that I also love simplicity?

I have one folder on my phone which I’ve called ‘Camera Bag’ and in it I have only 4 camera apps all with a different purpose.
(now I’ve jail broken my phone there is only three and I can load my camera much quicker too)

Firstly and most importantly, I assess the whatever has caught my eye…it may be the graphical shape of something or the way the light is catching it (for some photographers its colour)

Buying a better camera won't make you a better photographer.  Li

I tend to be that oddball photographer off on his own photographing something that apparently no one else can see if that makes you feel any better?!

I think which tool (app) would capture that best and I start with that one, but if I can’t capture or better still emphasize what originally caught my eye quite quickly, I’ll move on and try another app. (never be afraid to experiment,  never be afraid to fail)


Black & White (mono):

For black and white images, I use Hueless it’s wonderfully simple app and has the ability to slide the brightness (exposure) up and down so you can instantly see the results. When I do this I’m looking for that sweet spot, the one you’ll find just before the point of way too much!

I love, love, love it!

A simple blue print will enable anyone to master iPhonography -

It works really well with strong light and produces images that remind me of my Leica M9.


Low Light and Night time:


Nitecap is a great tool to capture pictures without flash and produces strong results long after other Iphoneographers have given up and put their phones away. To gather up the extra light takes a few moments longer than a normal shot, so you do need to try to keep your phone still with this one.


80% of everything else:

First, a quick pain free technical bit:
If you look at something and squint (half close your eyes) then the mid tones disappear and you will be left with only the brightest (the highlights) and darkest (the low lights)

When you take a picture your camera will expose for the overall average and often the results are just that; average.

With Camera Awesome you can simply tap the screen on those highlights or lowlights (squint if you need to) and it will base the exposure on that spot (spot metering)…this will dramatically change the picture in front of your very eyes.  Sometimes it’s worth experimenting on or around an area again to find that sweet spot.

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This alone will change your photography and is the thrust of a recent article called:  One simple trick to dramatically improve your photography.


The final 20%:

Finally there are some scenes where the difference between the highlights and lowlights (the dynamic range) is just too much for the iPhone (or any camera) to capture.

This is where HDR (High Dynamic Range) comes in; it involves taking multiple pictures of varying brightness and blends them automatically to give a single image.

Professionals do this manually like this:



You can simple turn on HDR in the native camera options and it will blend two images very well indeed and save them both in the camera roll. To illustrate a point; below is the normal exposure and then the HDR version:



Notice it manages to recover the details in both the highlights and low lights.

Although you’ll get some really quick and easy benefits from the standard camera app with HDR turned on, you can get much more from a dedicated HDR app such as HDR Pro quite simply, as shown below

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And that’s it really…do try my 10 FREE simple lessons, experiment and let me know how you get on!


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A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices

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If you want super quick access to your iPhone camera, to add amazing spot metering to the generic camera or to take pictures without anyone knowing, as well as some cool non photographic tweaks  then ‘Jail Breaking’ your iPhone or other device may be for you.

I use my iPhone 5 heavily as a camera and when I’m out shooting with it I’m constantly unlocking it then loading camera awesome because I love the simple spot metering feature…so much so it had become my app of choice when I need exposure control.  This may only take a few moments each time, but life is too short.

A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

So, i jail braked (should that be jail broke?) my phone to solve this and see what other benefits I could find for photographers out there. As dramatic as Jail braking sounds it involves downloading some software and then you get access to a non-apple regulated app store.  It voids your warranty apparently, but based on the non helpful response from Apple when I found rust on my 4 month old iPad, I’m not too worried. I obviously backed up my device first, so could easily restore it if I encounter problems requiring the warranty.


Here’s the best few so far:

Camera Tweak – $0.99
This gives the standard camera a host of new features including: Timer, Time lapse  Spot metering, improved composition overlays and a host of video tweaks too.

If you’ve read my recent article One simple trick to dramatically improve your photography then you’ll agree it’s worth it for the spot metering alone.

A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

(The blue square is the focus point and the yellow circle is the exposure spot)

In terms of composition you can overlay various composition rules including square (pictured above – for all you instagram users out there) and the golden mean….more on that in another article coming soon.

For me it makes the generic camera app the app of choice and Apple should defiantly incorporate these changes into the next version.


CamFast – Free
This little beauty allows you to access the camera from ANY screen with a gesture of your choice.
I selected double tap the clock and it loads instantly.  My iPhone just got way better!


Spy Photo – $1.50
This allows you to secretly take photos without making any sound or flash again using the gesture of your choice from any screen…a single tap on the clock.
The best of all, you also don’t even have to load an app, making it great for street photography.


So, overall it took me around an hour to jailbreak, load and customise the apps and was very straight forward. Personally it made my iPhone photography experience richer and whilst I was there I introduced Siri to Spotify & app aliases, totally improved multi-tasking and made the lock screen cool….watch the video below:

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Jail breaks don’t last forever, once Apple introduce IOS 6.2 the games up I believe, but 6.2 needs to blow my socks off for me (and 4 million other jail breakers) to upgrade and loose all this!


So here’s a how to:

Step 1: Make Sure You Have Everything You Need A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

Luckily, the evad3rs team launched a jailbreak for Windows, OSX, and Linux users. This jailbreak is compatible with every iOS device that runs iOS 6:

  • iPhone, including iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch
  • iPad 2, 3, & 4
  • iPad Mini

You will need Windows XP or higher, OSX 10.5 or higher, or an x86 Linux machine.


Step 2: Backup Your Phone In Case Something Goes Wrong

Jailbreaking with evasi0n is very quick and painless, but in the rare case something might go wrong, make sure to backup your phone using iTunes or ICloud. Evad3rs also recommends to remove the pass code lock from your phone to avoid any complications during the jailbreak.


Step 3: Download The Jailbreak Application

You can download the jailbreak directly from evasi0n’s site. The jailbreak application is also available on the following sites:

  • Google Code
  • Rapidshare

If any of the sites above are unavailable due to exceeding bandwidth, keep checking the evasi0n site for updates.


Step 4: Plug Your Phone Into Your Computer And Launch The Jailbreak Application A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

Launch the evasi0n application you just downloaded. If you are using OSX, you may need to allow unauthorized applications to launch. To do this, launch Settings > Security & Privacy. Click on the General tab and select “Allow Applications From Anywhere.”

A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

Once evasi0n is launched, it will instruct you to plug in your iOS device to your computer using a USB cable if you haven’t already done so.


Step 5: Click Jailbreak A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

Click the Jailbreak button in evasi0n, sit back, and watch the magic happen. Your device may reboot a few times during this process. If you didn’t remove the passcode unlock setting on your device, you may need to unlock the device manually once has rebooted.


Step 6: Click The New Jailbreak Icon On Your Device A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

Evasi0n will install a new Jailbreak icon on your device. Once it’s installed, evasi0n will instruct you to tap it only once. A few moments after you tap the Jailbreak icon, the jailbreak process will be complete! The device may reboot one more time before you can use it.


Step 7: Launch Cydia A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.

Congratulations! You now have a brand new jail broken device! As you can see, you now have a Cydia icon awaiting you on your home screen  Tap the icon to launch Cydia. Cydia may need to organize its file system  which will reboot, or “respring” your device. If this happens, launch Cydia again.


Step 8: Choose Your Cydia Mode A photographer’s view of Jail braking IOS6 devices - Lightism.


Once Cydia is launched successfully, you will be asked what kind of user you are. The differences between the three selections depends on how much access you want underneath the hood. Most likely, you are a casual user, so choose “User.” Select the other two at your discretion.


Step 9: Have Fun Downloading!
Depending on how much tweaking you’d like to do with your device, you may spend hours and hours browsing Cydia and installing apps. Enjoy being a new jailbreaker!


 NOTE:   This article is sharing one persons experience & Lightism’s not recommending that we all simply go out and Jailbreak our iPhones. Jailbreaking your iPhone still voids the device’s warranty. Lightism accepts no responsibility for any problems, issues, loss or damages.


If you like the simple way this tip taught you a complex subject, you’ll love my Lightism blog’s 10 free simple lessons to take your photography to the next level or many of the other great blog articles which are updated weekly



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One simple trick to dramatically improve your photography:

As an award winning professional photographer, I’m a control freak and by teaching you to control one simple factor your photography is going to improve dramatically. It doesn’t matter if you shoot on a smart phone, tablet, compact or DSLR camera….in fact, let me demonstrate with an iPhone and a free app!

When you ask your camera to take a picture it assesses the scene to find the average level of brightness (the exposure) because it does not know which part of the picture is important to you.

So, look at the picture below taken with the iPhone on auto:
The camera tries its best, but the cat is dark because the light from the window is very bright


Now if I simply tap the iPhone screen over the cat to tell the camera that the cat is important, the camera compensates for this back light and allows you to see the subject; as you can see it makes a huge difference.

One simple trick to dramatically improve your photography @ Ligh

Well done, you’ve just mastered the complex subject of spot metering and this function is available on most cameras, tablets, smart phones, etc.  I used an iPhone 5 and a free app called ‘Camera Awesome’ which actually is awesome for the particularly simple way you can do this.

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So, if you have an IOS device download Camera Awesome, for android try FV-5 (you can slide the exposure up and down which is not as good but does help)…and for all cameras check the spot metering section in your manual.

If you like the simple way this tip taught you a complex subject, you’ll love my Lightism blog’s 10 free simple lessons to take your photography to the next level or many of the other great blog articles which are updated weekly.

Oh, and sorry about the bad pictures of cats, but they did prove a point!

Subscribe below and in the forth coming weeks I’ll show you how to develop this further:  My new ’30 second portrait sessions’ will teach you quick and simple setups to capture professional looking portraits.


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