Take Better Shots with Your iPhone | Peter McKinnon shares a few of his favorite tips

“I love that Light Hits don’t necessarily scream ‘presets!’ but feel more natural in that you would never know they were added in post.”

Peter McKinnon is a Photographer & Filmmaker based out of Toronto Ontario, Canada. His Youtube channel has exploded since he posted his first video in December and one of his recent videos shares some of his go-to tools for great mobile images, which includes the FREE Lens Distortions mobile app. He was kind enough to give us a glimpse into his experience as a Youtuber.

You went from 0 to over 300,000 followers on Youtube in just 3 months. Tell us about your journey so far.
In December, I was off to a wedding in Santa Barbara with two friends for a buddy of ours (Patrick Adams – the guy who plays Mike Ross in the show Suits.) I posted my Camera hacks video before we left and by the time I got home it had just exploded. From there I started trying to be more consistent with uploads and things are continuing to grow at an incredibly fast rate to this day. I am so grateful. Seeing such a positive response to my contributions on that platform as a creator brings an incredible sense of pride and fulfillment.

What’s the driving idea behind all the content you’re creating?
I have all this knowledge from grinding it out in this industry over the past decade and I remember the days when I was working the lousy jobs wondering if I would ever get to do what I loved for a living and, if so, how would that ever come to be? I love filming, shooting and being in front of the camera so I try to mix up VLOGS with education.

I want to inspire my audience and fill them with a sense of hope and drive. I have been exactly where they are and know exactly how they feel. I want to use this platform, this gift I’ve been blessed with to empower those who need it.

What lead to start using Lens Distortions?
I stumbled across it on a Facebook Ad of all places! The one time I actually thought, “Hey, maybe I’ll check that out.” You guys got me! I started with downloading the Photoshop effects from your website and then moved to the app just in case I was ever on the go and needed to drop some sort of light source in on my phone. It quickly became one of my favourite things to use.

Some of the Light Hits are so subtle but add such a massive improvement to photos. I love that they don’t necessarily scream “Presets!” but feel more natural in that you would never know it was added in post.

I use them for reflections in people’s glasses, I use them to enhance window lit portraits – they really are extremely versatile and when I start thinking of ways to use them that are not traditional, is when I feel the most excited about them.

See more of Peter’s work on his Youtube channel.

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Light Hits

Made from actual sunlight - Light Hits features stunning lens flares and soft glows, perfect for intensifying the natural light in your shots.


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