Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting your best with metering and focus, part of Enhancing iPhone Photos with Lightroom and Photoshop.
As of today, the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. It's pretty amazing, you've got this eight megapixel camera right there in your pocket. You can take pictures and share them with anyone, just about wherever you are. But there are a few tricks for capturing images that I want to share with you so that you get the most out of it. And, the very first thing I think you want to think about as the camera comes out is, clean the lens. Right? It's coming out of your pocket. It's got lint and dirt on it, probably fingerprints as well. If you've got a microfiber cloth, dust it off with that. If not, use the edge of a shirt or sweater.
If you're using a case, remember that the little area that the camera sees through is often a repository for gunk and grime and dirt, so either take the case off or carefully clean around that. Same thought when you're using the flash. You want to make sure that the light's not defracting off of that. So, if you're really into iPhone photography, or iPhonography, consider that the case might have an impact on the shots that you're taking. The next thing that you want to think about is metering and light. So as we turn this around, let's remember that the yellow area, where you touch, is the area that is in focus but it's also the area where the camera is exposing.
It's metering the image, so if you touch in a dark area, the whole image is just going to get brighter because it's exposing for that dark area. If you touch in a bright area, whole image is going to get darker, because it's exposing for that bright area. So, consider your subject and the areas that you want to be lit. Just like traditional photogrpahy, lighting is everything. Now, if you touch and hold the camera application, we'll hold on to the exposure and focus information. You'll actually lock it, so that you can recompose and get just the shot that you want.
Couple of other tips for you. If I were you, if you need to zoom, walk forward. If you need to pull back, walk backward. Using the digital zoom in the camera is going to hurt the resolution of your files. And, sort of thinking in the same vein, using that outward facing camera, the higher resolution camera, it's on this side, is the better way to go. The camera that faces you has gotten a lot better, and it's certainly convenient for taking self portraits or taking pictures of you and someone else, but the quality isn't as good.
So whenever you're able to, use the better capture device. One last thing that I'll say is, just like hardware, and the hardware has gotten better and better, the cameras have gotten better and better, the software is pretty important too. And I think the software is more important with the iPhone than just about anything. Because it means a more performant camera, it means a more reliable camera, and often, Apple will add features in there as well. So, you want to make sure that you keep up-to-date on your software with your camera.
Next, Bryan explores Lightroom and Photoshop techniques aimed at working around the iPhone camera's limitations and making mobile photos look their best: enhancing dynamic range, correcting lens distortion, reducing noise and enhancing sharpness, and much more. Plus, learn how to create HDR images and panoramas, and even lift still images from video.
- Shooting your best with metering and focus
- Importing iPhone photos into Lightroom
- Correcting lens distortion
- Adding grain to hide artifacts
- Creating a collage from multiple images
- Employing selective focus and sharpening
- Generating still images from iPhone video clips