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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Photography on iPhone for dummies (III): light



We continue our series of photography articles on the iPhone with which we intend to make an approach to this art, because there are many things that can help us to get better snapshots .

Today's article is dedicated to the great ally (or enemy) of fans of this art, yes, mobile photography is an art, and is none other than light. We will see some brushstrokes of how we can do to get on our side when we need it most .

First of all we will repeat the usual mantra, I do photography with an iPhone and not with a reflex camera . Once we have it clear, we will see some key concepts. The result of taking a photograph, whatever the device, is that the sensors capture the light , resulting in a snapshot.

The sensors of the camera of an iPhone have for reasons of pure space many limitations when capturing light, especially when it is scarce . Although if we think about it, an excess of light depending on the areas results in photographs with overexposed parts, as a result of not properly balancing it and having the mania to shoot always automatically.


Therefore, and as far as possible, it is always interesting to use some of the existing applications in the App Store that allow us to shoot in Manual Mode and not in the default, especially if we want to look for something more in our snapshots. Personally I opted for ProCam 5 , which is very complete and allows you to shoot by making the ISO settings you want. Most of the time the automatic mode works well, although it is interesting to know that you can take the camera a point further, which is what it is about.

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In addition to this, this application allows you to make your photos in RAW mode, which at the time of editing you can do real wonders . Although we are average or amateur users, it is not necessary to enter that world even if it is to experiment. The consideration of working in RAW is the weight of the files.

Go towards the light

Well yes, nothing better than taking advantage of sunlight to get the best colors and colors . Without a doubt it is a great companion, since it has the peculiarity of making the photos shine. Although of course, it is not always possible to have good lighting conditions, or simply the day is cloudy. Or you are a night owl and you opt for the photos with little light, that's where you have to be careful.


The photo you just saw up here is a self-portrait in low light conditions made with an iPhone 7 Plus, except the one that entered from the top , inside an abandoned tunnel. The original photo sins of excess noise, something I could nuance later with an editing app and passing it to black and white, we will talk about it at the end.

Night is not the great companion of mobile cameras. The sensors of the same do what they can and it is very common to find photos at night with a lot of noise, the grain becomes very evident and that does not pull. What to do in these cases? The first thing that comes to mind is the use of flash. Mmmmm, tricky subject. The results are usually unsettling, and if we join that have the dirty lens and a case that can cause a halo effect , disaster assured.

Although that does not mean that we can not use it if we put it as a flashlight, that is, instead of activating the flash you put it as a focus, the results are much better . And since it's about playing with light, we'll look for it. Windows, light coming from one side to enhance the shadows instead of striking the front. Anyone can have a positive effect when shooting.


A cool trick

And if you want an effective trick to take pictures of portraits that give a great result, you can use something that reflects the light and we usually have a metallic car parasol very close at hand. You can buy it for very little money, and the effects are spectacular. Of course, it is not about being charged with it at any time, but to take it into account to make some more artistic photos, or make your own homemade book .


Epilogue

In short, these tips can be reduced in two, always look for natural sources of light and greatly limit the use of flash as we have become accustomed. And an extra plus, if a photo you think is worth it, but has that I do not know why you do not finish convincing, you always have at your disposal many photo editing applications with which you can correct certain failures, or give it another air My recommendation is right here below. And remember, whoever writes this has a lot to learn.
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