Getting Started: Photography in Moment Pro Camera App
Photography in Moment Pro Camera App
When we’re documenting our life’s greatest adventures with our smartphone in hand, it’s easy to simply point and tap. A majority of the camera’s parameters are automatically set by our phone’s sensor, making manual functions nearly impossible by the photographer. Luckily, with third party applications, such as the Moment - Pro Camera App, you’re now able to independently control each setting. Adjust the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and more...all in the palm on your hand to really get the most of your mobile work. Pffft, who needs a DSLR?
Below is everything you need to know for getting the most out of your photography with manual settings on your mobile device.
In the very top right hand corner, you’ll find a circle icon. Click that and a table of different lens options will pop up. If you have a Moment Lens, click which lens you’re willing to attach to your Moment Case to select. This way, the app is cognitively aware of which lens you’re using and will intuitively work the lens with your fresh layer of glass. Click the circle icon again to go back to the Camera screen.
In order to switch between Rear and Front Selfie cameras, simply click the infinity-looking sign in the camera square. If you’d like to switch between your smartphone’s native Wide and Tele lens, click the icon directly below that says “1x”.
Lens profiling refers to the correction made with pictures or video used with an Anamorphic lens. In order to effectively utilize footage or photographs from either of these lenses, it’s best you know how to correct any distortion or unwanted effects.
Lucky for you, we couldn’t have made this process easier. To do this, simple press the Settings button on the lower left hand side of your bottom screen. Scroll down to where you’ll see “Apply Desqueeze to Saved File” and click the toggle. When the toggle is blue, this means you’ll be able to desqueeze any visual clips once you save them to your Camera Roll.
Devices these days are advancing allowing for more image file formats just like a pro camera has.
JPEG - the standard compressed file format you're used to shooting on
TIFF - a lossless file format that retains all the image details in various layers
RAW - a lossless, high-quality file format loved by the pros
RAW is a particular image file, available on most newer mobile devices, that captures all image data recorded by the camera’s sensor when the image is taken. Alternatively, when shooting in a format like JPEG, the image information is compressed and lost, often resulting in lower quality imagery. Because no information is being compressed under RAW format, you’re able to create higher quality photographs, as well as correct problem areas that would be otherwise unrecoverable if shot in JPEG.
Shoot your photos in RAW to capture greater detail and have a better base image to edit.
ISO is the level of your camera’s sensitivity to available light in the scene. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. The level of ISO will greatly depend on when and where you are taking your photographs.
When you're shooting outdoors in the daylight, use a lower ISO – we recommend starting at ISO 32 in the Moment - Pro Camera App. For shooting indoors or darker conditions you'll want to bump your ISO higher but be cautious to not go too high as the higher the sensitivity becomes, the more grain or "noise: will be added to the image.
Defined at its most basic level, the “shutter speed” refers to the amount of time the camera’s shutter is open. Think of it as the length of time that your image sensor ‘sees’ the scene you’re attempting to capture.
The lower the denominator, the slower the shutter is to take a picture allowing more light in. A slower shutter speed is great for low-light conditions and capturing motion blur. When you’re using shutter speed of anything lower than 1/60, you’ll most likely need a tripod to reduce the blur in your photo.
Not all light is created equal and that's where White Balance comes in. Adjusting your White Balance will help you get more true colors in your images.
Artificial light sources often create overly warm tones so adjust your white balance to cool it down some. Shooting in shady conditions will be cooler so you can use white balance to warm them back up.
Attaining a relatively sharp image first comes with proper focal range. Most DSLR shooters capture with autofocus because it’s simple, effective, and reliable. However, having the option to manually focus on a particular subject, or part of a subject, is crucial to finalizing the perfect picture. Manual focus especially comes in handy when the camera can’t quite fix on what part of the frame you need.
A focus slider, like in the Moment - Pro Camera App, allows you to manually focus by sliding focal point from near to far. This comes particularly useful when shooting portraits or other subjects in the foreground.
This is a big tip.
Let’s chat about the 2x built in lens on the latest iPhone 11 Pro, for example. This particular lens received a lovely upgrade with a wider f/2.0 aperture, meaning that if you stack the Tele 58mm lens, this will give you a near 4x optical zoom — a complete 114mm lens comparison WITHOUT the loss of extreme quality. You’ll want to use the Moment Pro Camera App to hard select the 2x lens if you are choosing to stack the Tele lens due to the iPhone’s native camera not allowing users to shoot with our setup configuration, as the lens blocks the light sensor. Using our Pro Camera App means you, as the photographer, have complete control over your preferred settings and iteration.
However, when using our Tele Lens on the iPhone 11 (not the the Pro), there is no optical zoom lens. Thus, when adding the Tele 58mm lens over your main camera, you’ll receive a nice buttery zoom. It’s like you have the Pro, but it’s a bit cheaper. Winks.
Lucky for you, there are multiple effects on the docket for fun play and weathered practice. You can create stunning light trails, motion blur, bursts mode, and more. Read below to find what each case uses it for and how to apply them within the app itself.
The best part about the whole thing is there is a FREE 7 DAY TRIAL, which means you get to check out all of our pro features within the app for free for a week. So, if you haven’t downloaded the app yet, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this free trial.
You’ll be blown away with just how much control you can get with these features when shooting mobile photos and video.
Some of the pro features include:
- Manual controls over things like shutter speed, iso, white balance
- Shooting photos in various formats like RAW or TIFF
- Shooting video in different frame rates and resolutions
Light Trails & Motion Blur
One of the most beloved tools is the shutter speed adjustment for any and all motion blur / long exposure tactics — a resource responsible for changing the brightness of your photos and creating exciting, dramatic effects with movement. Understanding the basic fundamentals of shutter speed is crucial for any beginner photographer, especially for the topic we chose to discuss in this article.
However, in addition to manually controlling shutter speed to create long exposure light trails, we’ve added a brand new feature: “Slow Shutter”. What is slow shutter? It’s how you add the illusion of motion to your photography. Set your tripod, open the shutter, and stop when you have the shot. The end result is a new kind of Live Photo, that you can review on your phone and then export as a beautiful image or short video. You can manually change the setting to “Slow Shutter” in the right-hand corner of the app.
Like everything we do with Pro Camera, we give you the manual control to pick your type of blur and then select how long you expose the shot. We have two kinds of image blur.
- Motion blur adds a smooth motion blur effect, it can be used to emphasize the path of moving subjects or to smooth running water.
- Light trails, on the other hand, draw streams of light coming from moving subjects in the scene; it can be used to capture trails of cars on a night highway or the chaotic path of exploding fireworks.
When you’re done, we save your images to your camera library as a Live Photo. Press and hold to see what you shot or export it in the final format you want.
How To Make a Custom Preset
Presets within the app are not fun colorized filters, but rather — a set of already programmed manual settings, set by you, to use again and again during particular shooting scenarios. For instance, you’re able to create a preset by toggling the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings t your liking.
In order to to this:
- Click the “Preset” button right next to the shutter button on the bottom of your screen.
- By clicking, “Cinematic Video”, set up the desired resolution, frames per second (FPS), flash, white balance, etc. and hit “Save”.
- By clicking, “RAW Burst”, you can set up the desired EV, focus, shutter speed, and more and click, “Save”.
- By clicking, “Slow Mo”, you can set up the desired settings and click “Save”.
- And again, by clicking, “Bulb Light Trails”, you can set up the desired settings and click “Save”.
- If you’d like, you’re also able to save an entirely new preset for say, indoor photography or outdoor videography, by adjusting the toggle settings to your own discretion and hitting “Save”. This can be done by clicking the large blue button at the bottom of the Presets page.
Presets are a fantastic way to set up an existing mode of operation when you open up your app. Work smarter, not harder.
The general settings can be accessed by tapping the lower left hand corner next to your camera gallery, where you’ll see a list of Location, Grid, etc. Let's roll over what thes are and mean.
- Location - Tapple the toggle on/off means the app either will or won’t permit access to your current location.
- Grid - Tap either None, Square, Thirds, or Golden ratio to control the composition of your picture, whether that by Photo or Video.
- Add Siri Shortcut - Integrates siri into the app.
- Bluetooth Devices - Allows you to connect your bluetooth to devices like the Osmo 3.
- App Icon - This is a cool one! Tap which icon you’d like to represent the Moment Pro Camera app on your iPhone.
Each of these settings are typically seen as an overview and can be adjusted at any time you’d like. They’re made for ultimate customization at your leisure!
We know this page is long, but we appreciate you sticking with us and reading important aspects of the Moment Pro Camera App for additional knowledge and information. Hope you found this helpful, please reach out with any questions or concerns!