Zebra Stripes in Photography | A Lesson on Exposure

The “zebra pattern” is a photography feature that overlays a set of thin stripes onto the image that indicates improper exposure levels.

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What are Zebra Stripes in Photography?

A Lesson on Exposure

It’s an exciting time for both iOS and Android users of the Moment Capture App. Today, we’re adding a Zebra Stripes Feature to our diverse collection of manual controls made to enhance your mobile photography and videography. Learn more about what the zebra function is and how it can deeply impact the way you shoot your photos and videos.

The “zebra pattern” is a photography and video feature that overlays a set of thin stripes onto the image that indicates improper exposure levels. It acts as an aid to exposure levels by showing an ugly striped patterned over areas that are blown out or even somewhat close to a slight overexposure. This is also true for the shadows, it detects where and how black your shadows are. If the maximum brightness levels shown in the shooting viewfinder are defined as 100, the Zebra function is an excellent tool to remedy the harsh brightness exposed.

Important to note: The Zebra Pattern is a highlight warning indicator that is most common in digital video cameras; it does NOT control exposure; it only warns you which highlights are problem areas. These stripes will not record onto the resulting image.

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Skin tones on point.

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Skin tones on point.

Perfect Skin Tones

Utilizing the Zebra Pattern is a fantastic way to propagate clear and correct skin tones. Using a lower threshold like 70 to 80% can help correctly expose many skin tones, while higher numbers, like 100%, help ensure correct overall scene exposure. However, our app does not enable the photographer to choose the levels. It will be shown at a rather "high" or intense level on your screen for maximum use.

Zebra Stripes in Photography | A Lesson on Exposure

An image without Zebra Strip correction.

Zebra Stripes in Photography | A Lesson on Exposure

An image with Zebra Strip correction in the sky in our app.

The Sure Fire Trick to Correct Exposure…

Correctly exposing an image is tight, we know. One of the best ways to tell if you do have a correctly exposed photograph is to take a look at the details of your image. If you can see the vibrant colors and features within the trees, the skin, the shadows, and highlights, then your vision is good to go. Tinker with the holy trinity (ISO, shutter speed, and aperture) until you find those minuscule details come to life. You can do so in our app by pressing each of the manual functions above the shutter button.

Zebra Stripes in Photography | A Lesson on Exposure

Zebra Strip correction in the highlights.

Zebra Stripes in Photography | A Lesson on Exposure

Zebra Stripe Correction in the shadows.

How It Works In The App

Head to the settings menu in the App click "Highlight Clipping" and "Shadow Clipping" to on.

There is a slight difference in how the zebra striping works on Android vs iOS. On iOS, you will notice we have options for "highlight clipping" and "shadow clipping" (you can control each zebra color individually since having both on at the same time can be a bit much). On Android, there is currently just one option "Zebra stripes”. Don’t worry — we’re working on getting these setting to match each other soon.

Zebra Stripes in Photography | A Lesson on Exposure

Click the Highlight and Shadow clippings to "on" under the settings menu.

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