Whether you’re a longtime Moment user or you’re brand new to our gear, getting the most out of your case and lenses is the key to taking better photos.
That’s why we’ve consulted some of our favorite photographers and videographers and compiled a simple but insightful guide for using the Moment case. With these pro tips, getting amazing mobile photos and video has never been easier or more rewarding!
Shooting Moving Subjects
Having a physical shutter button on the Moment case makes action-shooting way easier. Instead of worrying about touching your phone screen in an exact spot, I can focus on the scene and make sure I nail the shot. When shooting, I half-press the shutter button to lock focus as the subject comes towards me. When they are in the desired spot, or in the middle of a trick, I fire off a shot by fully pressing the button. I love having the physical button on the top of the phone so I can keep my hands in a comfortable position when shooting low angles. Also, being able to attach the wrist strap to the case is more convenient for shooting while I’m on my motorcycle or skateboard. Without it, I’m worried about dropping my phone. Overall, the Moment case let me be more flexible when shooting, which allows me to get better action shots.
Shooting Moving Scenes
I can’t see into the future, but when I’m taking pictures of talented people doing tubular action backed by radical landscapes, I try to. If they’re skiing, I try to predict where they will make the apex of their ski turn, or the arc of their jump, or where their cliff drop will be. This way, I can figure out how to contrast their body against fluffy clouds (and not camouflage them in trees). From there, you need to make sure your subject is sharp. If you keep your camera pointed at the location you want to shoot, and wait for your subject to enter the frame, they will likely be blurry if moving faster than a jog. On the contrary, if you track the subject with your camera and take the picture when he or she is in the position you seek, you may be able to achieve a blurry background with a sharp subject. This is very hard though. If you’re struggling, try shooting a runner as she slows down around a turn, a driver as she’s shifting gears, or a wingsuit pilot as she opens her canopy.
Shooting Motion, In Motion
Between biking, snowboarding, and hanging out in the mountains, I end up shooting a lot on the move. If you are moving, and your subject is also moving, I’ve found that it helps to try and go the same speed. For example, if I want to get a shot where my friend is in sharp focus but the surroundings are blurry, I want to be riding the same speed, and be super close to them when I take the picture. This is a cool way to make the viewer feel like they are part of the action. It can also require some tricky one handed shooting and trying not to drop your phone, which is why I love having the Moment Case and neck strap for extra security. This style of photography is spontaneous, challenging, and can take a lot of trial and error — so don’t expect to get it right on the first try. Even when you’re in motion and it’s inconvenient to take your phone out, keep your eyes open for interesting shots. You never know what you’ll get.
Shooting Quick Videos
Being a frequent traveler means I’m on the move a lot. When traveling, you always need to be prepared to capture something unique because those moments can come without warning. I love the Moment Case because it helps me never miss the opportunity to shoot quick, short videos. Being able to use the shutter button to capture a video clip means I just have to raise my phone and shoot, just like a real camera. Press, hold, and capture something cool; it really is as easy as it’s sounds. It’s the small scenes I love to look back on after a trip to relive how I felt in that exact moment.
Shooting One Handed
The best thing about using my case is having the ability to use it exactly how I would use my big camera. The familiarity of the devices makes me never miss a shot and is even easier for one to get accustomed to when moving from one camera to the other. Having the case connected, I can quickly open the Moment app, focus by half pressing the shutter, and shoot right away. I don’t have to think so much about all the settings, which makes it really easy and fast to capture what I want.
Bonus tip: You can also use the Moment Case with the iPhone’s native camera app now! Simply swipe into the camera app from the lock screen and you can start shooting right away.
Shooting for Perfect Composition
Once upon a time, I used my phone for quick photos of faces or food, but now I use it for much more. I care about the creative composition of my phone images, just like I do with my DSLR, and I don’t always want my subject in the center of the frame. I love having the half-press function in the case shutter button so I can focus on my subject and recompose the frame so the subject is on the side of the screen, without having to touch the screen and tap to refocus. If I do need to make minor adjustments to exposure or white balance, I can tap and use the slider adjustments in the Moment App while I keep the focus locked in with the half press of the shutter button.
Shooting Video and Pulling Focus
Just as important as good exposure, proper focus is key. The Moment Case and app make it very easy to make sure you are focusing on what’s important to your image. I love the half press focus lock with the Moment Case’s shutter button. It enables my phone to feel more like my DLSR. With video, it’s even more awesome! You can pull focus (smoothly) with the Moment app. Just slide your finger left to right to have a smooth focus change from near to far, or far to near. It’s a great way to move the viewer’s attention from one subject to another.
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