How To MAKE PHOTO’S POP!

How To MAKE PHOTO’S POP!


– Just got this new light from Aputure. It’s super bright, tiny and
apparently it’s waterproof. Pretty crazy. It’s call the Aputure Amaran AL-MW. It’s really nice. It also has all these effects like TV, lightning, fireworks, paparazzi. It’s kinda cool. I’m not gonna use those right
now, but I’ll put it back. (upbeat electronic music) Okay, so have you ever taken a photo and then you’ve gone to edit
it and it just doesn’t pop? There’s something off,
it’s just not popping, your subject is just kinda
blending in with the background. Well I kinda had one
of those moments today. We were outside in the
freezing, freezing cold. Literally it took like five, 10 minutes and my hands were completely numb. And we were taking a thumbnail for the How to Film Slow Motion B-roll, and then when I went to edit it, maybe it was because of
all the cold and all that, it just didn’t look that great. It kinda looked flat. I was kinda being blended
into the background. It turned out okay, it’s not too bad, it’s not good, it’s kinda mediocre. But can we actually make
this photo a lot better than it is right now? Alright, so I add on my favorite precept which is this sweet teal precept
that I’ve been working on. I pretty much use it for everything. And then I go and adjust
things a little bit, but it still doesn’t pop. It’s still a little bit off. Especially for thumbnails, I
really want them to pop hard so they really stick out
in the crowd of thumbnails. I want your eyes to be
drawn to my thumbnails every single time. So I need this to pop a lot more. And just as a little bit of a warning, for my thumbnails I do
go a little bit harder, a little bit more stylized than I would for something
like an Instagram photo. The problem with this photo is that the camera, me, everything’s kind of blending
in to the background. There’s a bunch of things in this photo that are fighting for your attention which is usually a bad thing. But is there anything we
can do in post to fix this, to make it a little bit more punchy, a little bit more poppy? Now there’s a bunch of ways
that you could do this, but I’m gonna give you five
ways that I usually like to make the subject pop out a little bit more from the background. And first off, we’ve just got
to make a brush selection, a mask around our subject. And then we want to do the exact same thing for the background. So you’re gonna have one for your subject, and one for your background. Now we have the ability to
control things on the subject and the background separately
and this is really important. So first up, we can change the contrast. We can add more contrast to the
subject to make it pop more, to make your eyes be
more attracted to that. Or we can take away contrast
from the background, again drawing our eyes to the subject because it’s the most
contrasty thing in the image. And we can even do both. We can take away from the background and we can add to the
subject, me in this case, and that right away makes
it a lot more punchy, makes the subject really stand out. And with contrast, you can
even just change the exposure. So in this case, I actually
brightened up the background a little bit more because I was wearing
this really dark jacket. So it’s just bringing a lot of contrast between me and the background. Number two, we can add sharpness. So we can add sharpness to the subject or again, we can take away
sharpness from the background. And remember you can do both. Now this isn’t gonna be as nice as having really nice,
shallow depth of field for the background, but it is gonna help quite a bit if you keep it subtle to really
make your subject stand out. Number three, clarity. It’s kind of one of those obvious ones. We can add clarity to the subject, or again, we can take away a
little bit from the background. But don’t go overboard with this and make sure to keep
an eye on their exposure and your saturation because the more clarity you add, the less saturation you’ll have, and then also the contrast, the exposure starts to go a little bit wacky. But again, be subtle, don’t go overboard, don’t add a ton of clarity
to a face for example, and don’t take away too much
clarity from the background or else it kinda gets
this 80’s dream-like vibe. Unless you’re going for
that look, then have at it. And number four, saturation. Your eyes are always going to be drawn to the most saturated things in the image. So why not add some
saturation to your subject, or take away from the background? In most cases, I like
to take away saturation from the background. Adding saturation can
be a really tricky thing and next thing you know you
look like an oompa loompa and nobody really wants that. The number five, this one’s
probably the least obvious one, but it’s to add color contrast. So this is kind of in the realm of the whole teal and orange thing. But basically we can
choose opposite colors to really make something pop. And what you want to do with this is have your subject and the background be opposite or complementary colors. So you want to add a
little bit of one color to the background, and then add the opposite to your subject. Now most of the time
we’re working with people as our subjects, so you’re gonna want to keep the person, your subject, a neutral
or a little bit warm just to highlight the skin tones. And then we’re gonna add the opposite or complementary color, which
is teal, to the background. Now you could really
choose any colors you want. The key here is just to choose opposite or complementary colors, that way your subject
is gonna really pop out from the background. And if you don’t know what opposite or complementary colors are, just look at a color
wheel, choose a color, and then go to the exact
opposite spot on that color wheel and that’s your complementary
or opposite color. Also Adobe Color can
be a really great tool for working with different colors or trying to find complementary colors. Now look at the difference between the before and the after images using these five techniques
to really make your subject pop out from the image. It really makes your subject stand out. And remember, I was
going pretty hard at this because it is for a thumbnail. If this was, for example, for Instagram, I would not go this hard. A subtle look is almost always better than going really hard and
like crazy, punchy on this. Okay, so problem solved, your
photos are now more poppy. And I’d love to see what you
guys do with this technique. So if you have a photo that you edited using these techniques, post it on Twitter or Instagram, tag me in it and yeah, I look forward to seeing some of these. Just have fun with it and
I’ll see you guys later, bye. (upbeat electronic music)

100 thoughts on “How To MAKE PHOTO’S POP!

  • February 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    I realized I pretty much never do photography tutorials! Should we do some more?

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  • February 4, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    I forgot I was subscribed … after watching, I remember why.
    Very compact and straight to the point. And actually very useful.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    Nice light. help a lot when you are at cafe and take pictures for sale on stoks

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  • February 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Great tips, thank you Matti

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    This is awesome! I gotta start upgrading my thumbnail game

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    Yep, I find my snow filled photos a bit dull as well. Great tips, and thanks for suggesting not to overdo it lol. The editor in me really wants to straighten those lines though lol.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    In India you can get those lights for the cheapest price and if they get damaged you can buy hundreds of those for the same price of that aperture light

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    Awesome. Already been doing the first few things, but to add the complementary color to your backrgound is really cool! Thank you Matti, great job!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    Your right shoulder is bigger than the other. Vlogging 🏋️‍♀️

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    hey matti whats are some good full frame cameras that can shoot 1080p 60 fps for under $1200?? would love for an answer! you're the best!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    Super informative

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Short, helpful and to the point. Amazing tutorial Matti!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Thank you so much man! I think this will especially help a lot of SONY users, that are struggling with the in-camera color science (me included).

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    Great advice and practical tips, definitely do more videos on photography!!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    You could stop wearing black!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    nice shoes
    and great video

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    How to do that on LR mobile?

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm
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    Damn this is dope matti! Gonna rock gear tips on my thumbnails! 🙌🏽👍🏽

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    Awesome tips and video Matti!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    what kinda boots are those mattih? i think i need those. ten points for being the most stylish youtuber.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    This is very good work and adds another important/worthwhile dimension to your videos.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    Why did i read the title as Photoshop instead of Photos PoP?

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    Super dope! Nice tips 📸

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    Cool video Matti, really interesting technic. Yes, more tutorials, its always interesting to look who and how edit photos)

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    This will definitely help with my thumbnails! I’ve been getting comments on mine lately so thanks for this 👍🏼

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    flat lighting is what hurt the photo in the first place…….just my two cents.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Hey man, love the vids. But I think ur over doin on the color grade

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    i want your teal and orange presets bro!! hahah so cool!!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    Very helpful, thanks!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Awesome video! I just focused on these things for my work. Hope to get more content soon 🙂

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    Excellent video, Matti! Thanks so much 🙂

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    Before looks better than after lul

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Thanks, Matti! Great, concise, boom! Wow, the opposite colors 🔶🔷 (04:40) is genius! I'm bookmarking🔖 this one! 👍👏

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    killing it, gonna try these!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Are you editing I’m Photo Shop or Light Room???

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Great video Matti!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    Thanks

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  • February 4, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    Love this one Matti! 🙌🏼

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  • February 4, 2019 at 9:16 pm
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    thats awesome, thank you for that bit of advice, most defiantly do more photography tutorials you and Peter rock !

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  • February 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    Wow! Very useful tutorial. Thank you, Matti. 👌🏼

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  • February 4, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    you're looking in good shape man.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    Great look and transformation! I’m normally go straight to Photoshop for everything but this made me want to dabble a little on the Lightroom side. Great video to break the monotonous Monday mood here.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    Great!✌️

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    This is SO SO useful. Had never thought of using multiple adjustment brushes. Thanks Matt – love your channel and all the knowledge that you share. I have been a subscriber way back since the Travel Feels days. Keep it up and thanks again!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Great video! Working with complimentary colours helps soo much!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    I use the Calvin Hollywood technique to explode my details, help a lot !!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    I don't understand why YouTubers worry so much about the thumbnail. I decide whether or not I wanna watch a video based on the title, I couldn't care less about the thumbnails 😂

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  • February 4, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    Loved this matti keep up the great work

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  • February 4, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    0:05 Can you give us the name of this wonderful light

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    Your mask overlay over the bright window is visible through the transition and your motion in frame at the 25 sec mark. 😋

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    These tips are spot on bro

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    Very much appreciated that you answer nearly every comment, although you have so many subs and views… that's just a reason alone I'll watch you on 🙂

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    0:25 I thought you change you name back to travel feels

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    You won't probably read this Matti, but this was my favorite video you've posted to date. I NEVER like videos, this one got one!!

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    Anyone else notice the opening about the light then it was hidden the whole video because of the composition

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    Another day learning from Prof. Matti. Epic!

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    Another day learning from Prof. Matti. Epic!

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    this helpful video to edit pictures and make video thumbnail.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    Cool, will definitely use this technique, Thanks 😊

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    can somebody repeat what the name of that light is at the start? I can't catch it

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  • February 5, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    One of the best videos ever! 🔥

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  • February 5, 2019 at 5:08 am
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    Ur Peter McKinnon rip-off

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  • February 5, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    cool =) THX man

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  • February 5, 2019 at 6:07 am
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    Can you please stop complaing about the cold

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  • February 5, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Thanks Matti! These tips are really useful! 👌

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  • February 5, 2019 at 7:20 am
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    I feel like the title sequence on these is throwing off the flow. Probably just me.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    GREAT!
    Audio wack

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  • February 5, 2019 at 11:01 am
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    Thanks
    Matti, great tips as always.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    Another other video with excellent tips man! Do these feats roll in the mobile version as well?

    Matti, I wish I could make a video talking about microphone. I really like the sound quality of your videos, even when away from the camera. If you have already made this video, can you send me the link? =)

    Big hug from a Youtuber do Brazil o/

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  • February 5, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    Nice … I understand where you’re going … yet it’s still very turquoise in the background … 😊

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Hi Matti! Lovin your work as well with PM.. can you pls do a tutorial video on how to color grade in Iightroom?

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  • February 5, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    This is fantastic and I've never tried something like this before as I'm fairly new to using Lightroom. Will be trying this evening 👌

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  • February 5, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Thanks Matti! I never put much though into thumbs, now I will

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  • February 5, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    I am not a hater but why you copy peter style.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    Good watch👍🏽

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  • February 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    Changing the background colour and fading it really helped!

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  • February 5, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Yeah, you should do more tutorials like these. Like how to edit colors from scratch

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  • February 5, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    This was really helpful, thank you Matti!

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  • February 5, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    Top video Matti 👍 Thanks! Liked and saved for easy reference!

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  • February 6, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    Do this in lightroom or photoshop?
    Honestly can't tell what software you're using and you never said

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  • February 6, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    Please make a comparison video for dji ronin s vs zhiyun crane 3 lab…

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  • February 6, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    I am so sick of this obsession with adding a blue colour cast to everything. I can no longer watch sorelle amore's videos because she cranks it up so much that her eye balls and teeth are nearly always blue 😣

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  • February 6, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    Great Vid Matti!

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  • February 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    This was helpful… More photography tutorials!

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  • February 7, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Essa foi uma foto difícil!

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  • February 7, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    Hey Matt any chance you will ever make motion graphics package for Davinci? Thanks love the channel

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  • February 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm
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    Hey Matti,
    Can you Test the Apature Light a Bit? I woud like to buy one, but in Germany it is first avalibile in March. So i have to wait, is it worth?

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  • February 9, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    Awesome tutorial sir! if there's a subtitle on your videos that'd be very great

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  • February 10, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    You look confused throughout the whole video with the squinty eyes lol

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  • February 10, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    Thank Matti for this video, very helpful

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  • February 12, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    I’d love to know how your intro is made

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  • February 12, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Nice short tutorial, very handy and applicable. If it gets too long you can forget what's going on lol. Think I preferred edit 1 but agree more pop in the final.
    Thanks dude

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  • February 21, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    You seriously skipped some steps.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    NICE DUDE! Keep doing ⚡️ I did a Cinematic & Creative Video!
    CHECK IT OUT NOW!

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  • February 22, 2019 at 9:24 am
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    You just wasted you’re battery on your light
    Lol you’re head covered the area where you lit up

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  • February 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Now our photos gonna be a Banger! Thank you, Matti

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  • March 7, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    I never comment on videos, but this one is great! Niiiiice tips, please keep making tutorials

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  • April 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Brilliant thanks… very useful, especially the complementary colours. What would be also useful if you haven't already is how the various adjustments like hue and luminance make a difference to give variety of looks. Saturation I get it and feels obvious but hue and saturation not so.

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