Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the iPhone's HDR and panorama features, part of Enhancing iPhone Photos with Lightroom and Photoshop.
The camera application that ships with the iPhone is actually pretty amazing. There's even some image processing built into it, so you can do three different things that I think are really cool. You can do HDR, you can generate panoramas, and you can even do some tonal adjustments. So I want to give you some tips and tricks for those, and then talk about a couple of gotchas as well. So with HDR, or high dynamic range, what it allows you to do is see the highlights and the shadows of an image. So you're actually combining multiple images, three images, and it's all being done behind the scenes.
Now HDR is great when you're taking shots of landscapes. Does a really good job with those. It will just give you an image that looks more like what your eye saw. One of the problems with it is moving imagery will come about as ghosts and artifacts, so try it out and see what you get. My other tip for using HDR on the camera, is play around with metering. Sometimes it wants you to meter on the highlights. Sometimes it wants you to meter on the shadows. Think about the subject. Think about the shot that you want to get. Later on we'll talk about some things you can do in the software to get around that.
With panorama, there's a really remarkable feature in the camera application where you can just click and pan, and it will essentially go from video, from what you see live, into a still panorama. Really neat feature, fantastic for landscapes. Does a really great job. And if you want to just get a wide perspective and text it to someone or share it. I can't think of a faster or easier way to do that. A couple of problems with it. If you pass over someone's face and it's moving it'll get garbled in the image.
If you move too fast, the results won't be too hot. If anything's moving, if a car drove by in the middle of a pano that's not going to work out very well. So again, we'll talk about that on the desktop and where that can come in handy. And the last part is with the tonal adjustments, with the things that you're able to do the filters, the live filters. Those are great, they give you a nice result. Part of the problem is, that look gets baked into your image and you might choose a different look down the line. So, just like with traditional photography, I don't recommend doing a lot of that sort of image processing in the camera.
I wouldn't do black and white or sharpening or anything like that, because down the line, you might choose that you don't want that look. The other problem with the camera application It's really easy to leave those live filters on, especially when you just do a, a slight difference. Cross processing, or a slightly different take on the image. You leave that on and suddenly all your photos just look a little strange. So, all great features, they certainly have their uses. But later in this course we'll talk about how to take that a lot further using desktop software.
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