You’ve probably heard it before: “lighting is everything”, and while that may be true – there are multiple ways to use the lighting, weather conditions, and the scenery around you to create beautiful imagery. Fall is arguably the most colorful season of the year, with hues of green, orange, yellow, and red everywhere you look. These colors make almost any scene come to life, but capturing vibrant and colorful photos isn’t always easy.
We recently launched version 2.6 of the Moment App with several brand new tools and features to take your mobile photography game to the next level. Make sure to download the latest version of the Moment App to get access to our RAW shooting mode, 3D Shutter Button, and Customizable Toolbar. Now let’s get to it! Here are our 3 tips to help you better capture color in the Moment App.
Shooting in RAW
RAW is an image format that has been become standard in big camera photography. Considered a “digital negative”, this file format captures what the camera sees without the same post processing that happens with a standard JPG. The biggest benefit is that RAW allows you to better correct exposure, color, white balance, and shadows/highlights after you take the shot.
I like to use the RAW shooting mode because it really lets my tweak the colors when editing. My style is to capture the best image possible with minor fixes in post, giving the photo the most natural look, and then I like to make the colors really pop off when editing. Shooting in RAW gives me the freedom to enhance and fine tune everything, exactly how I want it, without blotchy shadows or noisy color spots.
Next time you’re out shooting, try using the RAW shooting mode in the Moment App. You’ll notice right away that your RAW images look really flat initially in the camera roll preview – that is 100% normal because it’s not applying heavy contrast and specific color profiles like in a JPEG image. Once you bring the photo into your favorite editing app, you’ll be able to see just how much you control over the image you have.
Here are a few of my favorite editing apps for taking advantage of RAW:
- Lightroom – Gives you incredible control over every detail in your image. Professional.
- VSCO – Fast and easy. Quickly add a filter. Ideal for the shooter on the go.
- Snapseed – Professional features with an easy to use interface. The selective tool is a game changer.
Temperature is a simple way to adjust the color richness of your photos. By using it you are adjusting what the camera thinks is “white” and therefore the camera colors are based on being more or less white. For example candles and golden hour give off a “warm” temperature while blue skies on white snow give off a “cool” look. The more natural your “white” is in the photo the more life-like your shots will be.
In the Moment App we provided a simple temperature slider so you can add or subtract a little bit of color before shooting. Some photographers favor a warmer or colder look in their images, which makes certain colors stand out and makes others more subtle.
I like to shoot a lot of landscapes so being able to adjust how blue the water looks or how green or orange trees look is key. Yes you can tweak the temperature while editing, but I always try to capture the natural colors as I see them.
Next time you’re out shooting, try using the temperature slider to make subtle enhancements to give your images a different look and make certain colors pop out a bit more. And if you’re shooting in RAW, you can always change the white balance in post if you decide you don’t like how it turned out.
Exposure is another basic element of photography that determines how light or bright your images will appear. On mobile your true control of exposure is limited because you can’t change all the dials you can on a traditional camera. Therefore think of exposure on a mobile phone as a great way to adjust light, adding mood or bringing out richer highlights.
There are multiple techniques and methods when locking exposure and it really just takes some experimenting to find the look that’s right for you. Personally I use exposure to blend my shadows (dark spots) and highlights (bright spots). I like to have bold contrast, while making sure there is still good details in the shadows. There is nothing worse than when my photos are blown out, so I try to error on the slightly underexposed side. Especially with RAW mode enabled, you’ll have a lot of flexibility when editing to create crisp contrast and enhance the colors.
A trick to try is reducing the exposure slightly so that the colored portions are just a hair darker. This will allow you to increase the brightness on those darker portions when editing while still having control over the colors, making them stand out. It will make your photos look way more dynamic.