10 Tips For BETTER Tiny Planet Photos!

10 Tips For BETTER Tiny Planet Photos!


I’m excited! This is my very first video
against the tiny planet backdrop and I thought what could be more fitting
than making a video about tiny planets? Two days ago I put a call out on Instagram Stories
to email me your tiny planets for critique and I got around 100 entries total.
Holy moly! So I had to cull it down to 10 and I thought it would be the perfect
opportunity to use this critique video to show you guys 10 ways you can
instantly up your tiny planet game. The first photo is from @atx_360 and he sent me
this tiny planet of him at a water bubbler. And this is a really unique idea,
I’ve got to hand it to him straight away. This looks really, really cool. It’s the perfect blend of simplicity,
uniqueness and it’s pretty funny. Where I think he could improve
would be camera placement. When you find such a
unique idea like this you need to take a
whole bunch of photos. Not just one – you need
to take five, six or seven to make sure you have the
absolute best camera placement. At the moment, the planet is a little bit lopsided
and this can be helped tremendously by exactly where you put the camera. If you had have put it right at the bottom
in the middle of the bubbler then it would mean both his body
and the bubbler show up against the sky instead of competing with
the trees on the side. He could have even placed the camera on the drinking fountain, just to make sure it’s right exactly in the middle. When I approach a situation like this and I know
I’ve got an amazing idea for a photo I’ll normally take at least six photos
with the camera in six different spots. So later on I’ve got the option to choose. Does it look better in my hand closer to me? Does it look better rested on the drinking fountain? Does it look better up high?
Does it look better down low? You need to give yourself as many options
as possible, because more often than not there’s just one photo that stands out
head and shoulders above the others as being the best composition. On top of that, in the edit,
I would rotate the planet so it’s more in the middle. At the moment, it’s touching the
right-hand side of the frame and you don’t want that,
you want space around the planet. Symmetry can be achieved
both when you’re shooting and when you’re editing so do your best to try and get it
as good as you can in both places. The next photo is from @mathieu_360
and the first thing that comes to my mind is this photo is upside-down. The flags are no question the
most interesting part of this photo which is why they need
to be on the top. You always want to put your most interesting details
on top of the planet, not the bottom. Things are just harder
to look at upside-down. If you think about upside-down text
compared to the right way up which one’s easier to read? I think he’s actually got a
really cool composition here so with a simple 180-degree flip it goes from a 7/10 to a 9/10. Next photo is from @sa360tours
and first up I got to say this exposure is excellent, you’ve done
a really good job at exposing your image. With that cat butt-o-nator,
I’m just gonna pretend I never saw that… Otherwise, while I feel this
photo is technically excellent I feel like it’s missing
a personal touch This is something I didn’t realise until I was
talking to one of my friends in Japan recently and he said, “Ben, your images are so unique
because they always feature you in them. “You’re always there in every shot
doing something funny, doing something silly “but they’re not just tiny planets,
they’re tiny planets with you in them “and with a story in them.” And with this image, while there is
an interesting landscape if you look at this without a caption,
there isn’t really a story there. Stories have characters, they have faces
and people relate to people it’s as simple as that. And while library enthusiasts
or anyone connected to the John Igo Branch Library
might find this interesting other people on Instagram won’t because
they can’t see what the story of this library is. So the thing I would most change about this
is I’d put a person in there. I’m not saying that every single tiny planet
has to have a story because it doesn’t but even just a face or someone doing something,
say reading a book creates something that
the audience can connect to. I would say there’s an exception to that rule:
if it’s a drone tiny planet sometimes they’re just so stunning,
they don’t need people in them and it would be really hard
to get a person up that high. But if the location is a common,
everyday thing like a library try your best to add life
and faces to it. Next photo is from @nachex28 and this is absolutely brilliant,
well done, what a unique idea. This inverted planet is really funny it’s simple and it’s extremely unique. You’ve done an excellent job. The only small suggestion I’d make is trying it
as a tiny planet as opposed to an inverted planet. With the idea you have here, I feel like
the comedy would work even better if it was a dude’s head
buried in a massive sand ball. And look, that’s not to say it doesn’t work, as it does now, because it absolutely does work but every time you edit a tiny planet,
you need to try out a few different positions to see exactly which the best one is. Next photo is from @edeggbound
and ooh… that’s creepy… and cool… but creepy. I do think this is a really unique photo and
will almost certainly grab peoples’ attention What I think could be improved
is his expression because it’s such a serious subject matter
with all those skulls there on the shelves. It’s really important that the expression
on his face complements that. At the moment, he’s a little bit too serious. This could actually be a really funny photo
if his expression was like… But at the moment, he’s kind of like… Which makes me think, is he the undertaker
looking for his next victim? Expressions are a much underrated
element of tiny planets. Every single time I go out
and take a photo I always think through what’s my
expression going to be like and how’s it going to enhance
the overall photo. Because again, you’re a character in the story
and the more you can tell without the viewer having to
go down to the caption underneath the better the photo will be. Next photo is from @acby11 and this one was shot in New Zealand. Shout out to my brothers in New Zealand. New Zealand is such an
epic place for photography with vast landscapes, rivers,
it has it all. With this photo, I think the water
and the boat look excellent but the mountains are cut off. I can see why he might have done that,
because it looks like it was a hazy day and maybe some of the details
might have been lost in the haze but there’s a charm to that. If he had have zoomed out about 50%, so we see
the mountain tops and even the sky around it would look so cool seeing the mountain tops
lost in the fog on the tiny planet. With every tiny planet I shoot outdoors, I always make sure the sky acts
as a border around the tiny planet and in this example,
there’s no sky. It just has a cut-off feel like
we’re missing a lot of the landscape and you would never see that if you saw
a conventional photo of this landscape. You’re not gonna see the
mountains cut-off half way. You’ll see the entire landscape, so you need
to try and do that with your tiny planets. Show the entire landscape. And always remember that the sky acts as
really good negative space around the planet which actually, in turn,
draws attention in to the middle. Kinda like a painting on the wall they need white walls around them
so people look that way… not that way… Next photo is from @nieo_27 and I think he’s really nailed it
with this location. This looks amazing as a tiny planet. Excellent job! It’s the right blend of simplicity,
colours and patterns and the yellow,
it really pops. How I’d say he could improve this image
would be focusing on contrast. When he shot this, it was an overcast day
and as a result the skies were grey and
the photo is a little bit grey. So the first thing I’d do is replace
the entire background with white. Just white. That’s it. White. That’s going to give it the contrast it needs
to make it pop even more and draw more attention to the yellow
and the two people in the scene. Also, I’d bring up the brightness
on both peoples’ faces. You can do this quite easily in Snapseed. All you do is use the selective function,
choose your area and up that brightness. Going back to what I was talking about before
with the need to have a face in your photos what you need even more than a face
is a visible face. And this is something I do with
every single one of my tiny planet photos. If I feel like my face is
too much in shadow it’s too dark compared to
the rest of the landscape, I’ll isolate it in Snapsneed
and bring up that brightness. It’s essentially like adding lighting later on
and makes you look even better. You’re welcome. Next photo is from @justkevytp a fellow Aussie and he’s got an awesome photo right here that he told me is doing really well
on Instagram already but he wants to know
how he can improve it. Firstly I got to say I love this composition it’s always really funny when
you can get your body to look all weird and mutated and disformed. And again this is such a simple idea
that turned into such an epic photo. This is what I love about
tiny planet photography is it’s actually relatively easy to create
extremely unique photos like this one. So while I don’t have anything
to add about composition what I would say is he needs to make it
a little bit more square-friendly. And that’s not to say that he couldn’t
keep it as a rectangle but what he would need to do is
zoom out a little bit more so on an Instagram grid, it still shows up
perfectly as a square then when people tap on it,
they get the rectangle. Having a good-looking Instagram grid
is really important because when people discover
your profile for the first time they’re going to go through your account they’re going to look at
every photo you’ve ever taken and the ones that look
really good in the thumbnail they’ll probably view in full-screen which is why you need to give every photo
the best chance possible because every viewer is different and
different things will pop out to them so you need to give them all
the best chance you can. I just had a quick look at his account
and it’s not actually as bad as I thought. However I did notice that basically
all of his photos are rectangular and while with a lot of them
it’s not an issue there are quite a few here that are
getting cut off by the Instagram grid. So it’s just something
to be mindful of. Next photo is from @_stefish_ and while I think she’s found
a good location here I think she hasn’t found the
exact best angle of this location. Whenever I find a cool new
location to shoot I will look around carefully and I’ll make sure
I find the absolute best angle of it. And if I’m not sure, I will take photos in
every spot that I think there could be a cool shot. With this photo, I feel like
there was a missed opportunity because there’s so many
amazingly colourful flowers there. I think the money shot would have been
incorporating those flowers more so maybe putting your tripod or selfie stick
into the flower bush or holding your camera against it and
inverting it into an inverted flower planet. I’ve done this before and they’ve always
done crazy good on Instagram so it always pays to look around and find
the absolute best angle of your location because sometimes you just
get the money shot and it’s going to end up as a photo
that you’re proud of forever. This is a feeling you also develop with time
once you’ve taken enough photos and taken enough bad photos you kind of know where
the money shot’s gonna be. So it’s something you’ll just need to practice and eventually you’ll just have a sixth sense for it you’ll just be able to say, “bam, there it is,
there’s the money shot right there” before you even take out your camera. The final shot’s from @starboy.512 and this is excellent, what a
good location for 360 he’s found. This electrical tower looks absolutely stunning,
so well done on finding such a good location and thinking to put your camera
where you put it. While I think your symmetry is good where you need to improve is getting
absolute perfect symmetry. Once you have a really good
feeling for symmetry you need to take your symmetry
game to the next level. I can tell straight away that you’re not
exactly in-between the two feet of that tower you just need to take
one step to your left and your symmetry would be
that much better. By the way, I can see your phone,
so next time use the soft timer. The next thing to do to get perfect symmetry is
you need to measure left, right, top and bottom and see how far the sky is from the bottom of frame
on each side. It needs to be exact. I’m not even talking to the millimetre I’m talking to the 1,000th of a millimetre. I will always do that. I’ll zoom in as close as I can
with every photo and make sure the symmetry of the ground
around the inverted planet is exact on each side. At the moment, there’s way more
ground at the bottom and slightly more ground on the right-hand side
than the left-hand side. Not everyone is as obsessive as me but if you’re really,
if you’re at that level where you’re already feeling good and you know
you can take excellent photos with your 360 camera You need to become
obsessive with symmetry because that’s what’s going to take your game
from a 9/10 to a 10/10. Especially with a shot like this this could easily be a 10/10
but at the moment I feel like it’s a nine
because of that reason. Alright, well that’s a wrap on my
very first tiny planet critique video. Hope you learned something. Thanks everyone so much
for sending in your photos And for the people that sent in
and didn’t get featured it’s probably because your photo
was too good to be featured. I needed to find photos where
there were things to improve and these were the best 10 to teach
the things that I wanted to teach. In case you didn’t know, I have an eBook
about tiny planet photography that teaches basically everything I know and you can read it in a few hours
and get everything that’s in here into your brain. I also have a killer discount on my website if you want
to buy that alongside my 360 video course so click the link in the description
to find out more. As usual, you can find me on Instagram
@benclaremont and in case you didn’t know,
I have a @lifein360 Instagram as well which is dedicated to sharing the best tiny planets
across the whole of Instagram. So all you need to do is #lifein360 on Instagram and you have
the chance to be featured. So that was the first video against
the tiny planet background. I think it went pretty well. Don’t forget to hit our subscribe button
if you want to see future videos against the tiny planet background and I will see you next time!

34 thoughts on “10 Tips For BETTER Tiny Planet Photos!

  • September 22, 2018 at 12:15 am
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    First comment!

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  • September 22, 2018 at 12:50 am
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    4th comment!

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  • September 22, 2018 at 2:35 am
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    Great feedback and tips Ben.

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  • September 22, 2018 at 4:21 am
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    Thx for again a great video Ben! Unfortunately my photo wasn't in it but I take that as a compliment 😃

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  • September 22, 2018 at 4:55 am
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    Ben, what are your PC specs?

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  • September 22, 2018 at 5:40 am
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    Hi Ben. Thanks for this fantastic video. I follow you and continue to take pictures, despite having little time, on my Instagram channel "mondorotondo360.Your desire to share, tips and tricks, it is praiseworthy! Thank you PS. After this video I came back to look at how many mistakes I made .. . 😁

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  • September 22, 2018 at 7:24 am
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    Thanks again for a great video Ben 💪🏼

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  • September 22, 2018 at 8:25 am
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    Great video and tips! Please repeat it from time to time.

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  • September 22, 2018 at 11:01 am
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    What an honour! Thanks for the feedback bud

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  • September 22, 2018 at 11:57 am
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    Well done some great ones here well done stay safe

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  • September 22, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    Can u buy jolt 360 duo camera

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  • September 22, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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    Great tips Ben!

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  • September 22, 2018 at 1:56 pm
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    o problem o spot in allmost all of those photos and all my 360 is that those cameras always have a lot of chromatic aberrations. you should make a video on this and how to reduce them. for example one tip i have for when shooting in the forest you will get less aberations with the camera with one lens facing the sky

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  • September 22, 2018 at 2:25 pm
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    Hi #edeggbound here, Thanks for choosing my photo to critique @benclaremont . I will have to brush up on my acting. Am-dram here I come lol. Thanks again 😉

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  • September 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    I'm sad I missed the opportunity to send in.
    Thanks for the face highlight tip. I've had quite a few shots where everything popped except my face was dark (https://www.instagram.com/p/BkDXGOsA3ho/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet). I've also had shots (https://www.instagram.com/p/BlK8fs3AjDs/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet) that would have been sooo much better if I had big puffy clouds against a blue sky. I hadn't considered changing the background.
    I'm also going to give some thought to adding a little more personality. I tend to be deadpan.
    Thanks for the tips!

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  • September 23, 2018 at 9:30 am
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    One of the best videos i have ever seèn on your channel. Keep it up buddy.

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  • September 23, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    It is such an honor to be included in this. I can't wait to reshoot the "bubbler" and implement the suggestions given. I would love it if all ten of us could redo our pictures with Ben's feedback and share the results.

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  • September 23, 2018 at 9:34 am
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    Please make this a recurring event. It's great to get personal feedback, but the information from each applies universally as well. Also, the backdrop looks amazing!

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  • September 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm
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    I’m always learning so much from your videos. Great job again and thank you.

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  • September 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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    Great video 🙂

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  • September 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm
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    Great tips for taking better Tiny Planet photo's.

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  • September 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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    I sent you a tiny planet of some dinosaur skeletons in a museum, but it was after you posted this video. I like it, and indoor tiny planet seemed to work with it. Hope to hear your thoughts. As a 360 image it was one of my best prrforming on Facebook.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    Hey Ben this is probably a lame question but do you edit mostly on the computer? anything from the phone? What's your computer specs at these days to make your great pics and vids? cheers

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  • September 30, 2018 at 3:39 pm
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    what is the apps/software do you use?

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  • October 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    I was trying to install apk to my android phone for samsung 360 2017. It's not connecting. Device was found, bot not connecting. Using laptop version, but it's not really useful

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  • October 2, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    hello, one question, according to you which camera have the best workflow ? thankxx

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  • October 2, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    Thank Ben, this was a great video, I enjoyed it immensely

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  • October 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm
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    Thank you teacher. <3

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  • January 18, 2019 at 8:37 am
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    Nice!! Please tell me, is Samsung Gear 360 (2017) is good choice to start with 360 video?

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  • January 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    You are good perfectionist… I just got my 360 one x. I be doing soon in my Instagram

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  • March 7, 2019 at 7:37 am
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    I can't seem to zoom my tiny planets out far enough so that building's tops aren't chopped off. How do you manage to do this?

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  • May 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    The best tutorials ever! 😍👍👍👏

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