One easy and primary rule to comply with, if you wish to make good images : fake it’s a shopper project. If you happen to’ve by no means photographed for a shopper, I perceive this is likely to be more durable for you than it’s for me. Let’s begin with : What’s the purpose of this shopper project?

The rationale that so many people find yourself with lots of and hundreds of ununsed, unshared pictures on our telephones and digital camera reminiscence playing cards is as a result of we didn’t have an finish purpose in thoughts.

As soon as now we have an finish purpose in thoughts, the following step is to resolve what “gear” to make use of. This may be within the type of the model of smartphone, the lighting and / or the enhancing apps / software program to make use of.

Personally, I’m all the time wanting to hold all of the lenses, all of the DSLRs, all of the telephones, and many others. with me as a result of, “What if I miss a possibility?” This, by the best way, is one other signal that I don’t know what my purpose is or that I’ve a number of objectives.

Even when I’m not on a shopper images project, earlier than I depart for the day ( out of my residence workplace ) or for the holiday, I would like to determine my priorities if I wish to keep away from frustration and overflowing reminiscence playing cards.

Do I wish to {photograph} portraits or am I going to be photographing landscapes?

For instance, for the newest trip to Ranikhet, I had no shopper work. My days have been going to be occupied with watching a mountain vary or I might be spending time with the dad and mom, them assembly their pals, and many others. Outside and indoors.

So, I wanted one vast angle lens and one “people-friendly” machine.

I made a decision to hold one DSLR ( I solely have full-frame DSLRs ) with my 85mm f 1.4 lens and I the one different images machine I made a decision to hold was my smartphone ( the Pixel 1 XL ).

The 85mm f 1.4 lens is nice for number of use-cases : for the folks portraits you see on my EyesForPeople sequence and for the EyesForStreetStyle sequence, particularly, India On The Street. When I’ve area to maneuver, which I WOULD in Ranikhet, it may well additionally take good full-length portraits of individuals in pairs on the very least. As a result of it permits in a lot gentle, I wouldn’t want an extra speedlight. If I actually did discover an incredible panorama view that might be worthy of a large-scale, I might all the time shoot a a number of set of pictures and sew them in Photoshop to make a panorama.

On the Pixel 1 ( and even the two, which I’m now utilizing, thanks Google! ), with the related apps for enhancing, I might {photograph} a variety of topics. Landscapes, panoramas, the brand new Portrait mode for folks portraits, and many others. ( Not a shopper project so don’t want every thing to be excellent. )

Night time images? May be dealt with by the DSLR – Ranikhet can have superbly clear evening skies with the Milky Means, so that is all the time a consideration for me. Though, on this explicit trip climate forecast, there was a misplaced of rain predicted.

There are apps for android smartphones too, that permit 3-4 second lengthy exposures however you need to click on manually on a bluetooth distant if you wish to get by with out utilizing further gear. The Pixel’s native digital camera app doesn’t have guide / professional images choices, so there’s no long-exposure accessible except you get an app. And the Android apps aren’t half pretty much as good as iOS apps.

Selfies and group photographs might be managed on the smartphone – an honest fill-flash when utilizing the back-camera and the selfie-camera. I desire utilizing the flash after which enhancing the picture to deliver out the shadows versus not utilizing the flash and getting a grainy picture. Grainy, noisy pictures produced on a smartphone will normally be made worse by enhancing, not higher.

For post-production / enhancing work, for those who’re not planning to shoot, edit and share identical day, you don’t want the laptop computer. I used to be carrying my laptop computer to the Ranikhet trip however didn’t carry it to Vietnam. I wasn’t planning on enhancing something that was on the DSLR in each circumstances however Ranikhet additionally doesn’t have any web companies. At finest, I might edit pictures on the telephone after which publish them on Instagram after we went for a stroll within the night and crossed this explicit spot the place cell web was accessible.

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Right here’s a quick on how I take advantage of my telephone and a bit bit about my enhancing workflow.

The telephone ( presently the Pixel 2 XL ), is all the time with me. So, I’m all the time able to take a photograph. In Ranikhet, my purpose was to take photographs of the weather that signify the place. Winter flowers, pine timber, mountain ranges, the view, and many others. PErsonally, I like excessive distinction, saturated, colourful pictures and I shoot and edit accordingly.

If I level the telephone digital camera at one thing, the very first thing I repair is publicity. If the auto publicity makes the picture on the display look too brilliant, I contact part of the body that’s the brightest and the publicity adjusts after which you possibly can lock it. ( Native digital camera app on the Pixel 2 has this. ) There may be much less leeway to extend shadow publicity in post-production on the telephone ( as in comparison with what you are able to do with a RAW file on a DSLR ) however recovering highlights is ever extra unbelievable on a smartphone picture. Until your purpose is washed out, tremendous brilliant pictures, maintain it barely darker. The auto-HDR in-app perform on the Pixel 2 tends to seize quite a lot of element in shadows and highlights, so I all the time depart it on.

You probably have an additional 30 seconds, shoot further frames of the identical topic. ( Not in burst-mode as a result of burst mode photographs on a smartphone are typically of a lot decrease high quality ). If you happen to’re in a position to take just one shot of a fleeting second, that’s in any other case normally troublesome to come-by, the framing / composition don’t matter a lot. However whether it is an often-photographed topic / situation / setup, the least you possibly can try is a distinct angle. To make it barely extra fascinating. You’re additionally extra prone to even have a picture price sharing. When you might have just a few choices to select from, you’re extra prone to discover ways to see after which choose one thing higher than for those who had only one picture. Digital has made this a low-effort high-reward endeavor.

As soon as I’ve a sequence of pictures of the identical topic and I really feel that I’ve “one thing”, I open my first app.


The rationale I take advantage of VSCO and even came upon about it initially was as a result of I like the colours that movie / analog images used to provide. Enhancing digital pictures was simply not  producing the identical leads to my eyes. VSCO has presets that I take advantage of in my DSLR post-production workflow in Adobe Lightroom with RAW recordsdata as properly. VSCO additionally has apps for Android and iOS smartphones. A number of the primary presets are free to make use of and greater than sufficient for a primary, on a regular basis person. In fact, I all the time buy any new presets they launch and have all of them on the telephone an don my laptop computer. They’ve just lately launched the identical presets for enhancing movies too – and I’ve been utilizing them diligently on my smartphone.

I’m presently obsessive about L5. Plenty of shade and distinction. I take advantage of it for landscapes and folks and apply totally different tweaks relying on the topic. Usually, deliver out shadows ( making darkish areas brilliant ), growing distinction, recovering highlights, publicity, temperature and tint. ( So many people will produce higher pictures if we simply paid consideration to white steadiness. ) I additionally would possibly right perspective and make traces straight as a lot as attainable with out distorting the topic.

Most instances, I’ve a earlier picture, with utilized presets and tweaks, saved within the VSCO library and I simply copy settings from that one and paste settings on an unedited picture. VSCO has just lately added a perform the place you can begin saving your individual tweaked presets.

Save to gallery.

The second app I normally fireplace up is Snapseed by Google.

There’s hundreds of permutations and mixtures that one can create in any photo-editing app. I have a tendency to make use of particular apps for particular use circumstances. In Snapseed, I have a tendency to make use of Tonal Distinction ( usually the auto-applied values ) and HDR ( the minimal attainable ). If I really feel that I can pull out extra element from the picture, I additionally check out Construction / Sharpening. With folks portraits, I strive a really low worth in “Portrait” the place it brightens the face, provides readability to the eyes and easy the pores and skin a bit. Relies on the picture.

By now, I’m usually achieved if it’s a picture of panorama / structure / meals and many others. If it has an individual in it, the third app I fireplace up is Airbrush.

I take advantage of Airbrush to take away zits that’s seen even with a layer of make-up. I would whiten enamel and easy the pores and skin a bit. I’ve to remind myself that a bit goes a good distance. I don’t wish to alter the construction of an individual’s face or physique, so I don’t contact issues that modify these facets however these can be found if you wish to go nuclear. I take advantage of Dodge/Burn like I might in Adobe Photoshop, besides in Airbrush, I take advantage of the “Whiten” to dodge and the “Pores and skin Tone” to burn.

That’s it.

Subsequent cease, Instagram.

I would scale back saturation a bit as a result of usually growing distinction will increase saturation as properly.

From going into the picture library to ending enhancing in Instagram, it normally takes about 3-8 minutes in whole. Add to that, the time to compose the shot to start with and compose the Instagram caption and it’s about 10-Quarter-hour whole time spent. The extra pictures I’ve, the extra time I spend deciding on which of them to edit and typically I’ll edit 3-4 earlier than I resolve which one works finest. Producing half-decent pictures takes time.

For in-camera timelapses, I take advantage of FrameLapse. It’s does a decent-enough job and saves me a lot time – in any other case I must go to Adobe Premiere Professional to make my timelapses. Which is what I do when I’ve DSLR pictures to work with. Presently, I’m utilizing the free model of the FrameLapse app, which has some restrictions like restricted choices for interval timing and size of video. For post-production I easy open up the ultimate video in VSCO. I haven’t bought the professional model but as a result of after studying a number of evaluations on the Google Play Retailer, it seems like the professional model crashes loads. I’ve not evaluated too many different timelapse apps however for those who advocate any, please do inform, I’m wanting.

For night-time 3-4 second lengthy exposures, I’ve tried Digital camera FV-5, which is, to date, the least buggy app for this objective on Android, in my expertise. It’s a little irritating to determine as a result of it doesn’t all the time do what it says it’ll do, however it’s nonetheless one of many higher apps. I’ve bought the Professional model and nonetheless use the Lite model exactly due to the bugginess.

Typically I’ll have to do particular issues like create a GIF from a set of pictures or crop a picture particularly for Instagram tales, and many others. I take advantage of PhotoGrid for this.

For cropping and trimming video recordsdata, I take advantage of Crop and Trim Video.

To a few of you, these can seem to be too many apps. And a few of you would possibly suppose these are too few! That is what works for me, for now. Can’t promise however I’ll attempt to do an replace every time there’s a big change in my workflow.

Apps come and go on the Play Retailer. The primary purpose stays. To supply good pictures and to do it as quickly as attainable. Discovering topics to {photograph} after which investing time in really photographing them, is kind of one other matter. If it’s a unhealthy picture to begin with, it’s practically unattainable to enhance it in-app.

I’ve written about VSCO beforehand and the Picsart app for artistic mashups. ( I’ve since uninstalled, re-installed and un-installed the Picsart app. )

Hyperlinks to the android apps on the Google Play Retailer :

VSCO ( most-favorite image-editing app : free model, in-app purchases if you wish to use extra presets )

Snapseed ( fully free, no adverts )

Airbrush ( pores and skin / portrait enhancing : free model, in-app purchases exist, adverts exist )

Digital camera V-5 Lite ( for long-exposure pictures : free model, buggy, no adverts )

FrameLapse ( free model, no adverts )

PhotoGrid ( free model, in-app purchases, heaps and plenty of annoying adverts )

PicsArt ( free model, in-app purchases, adverts )

I additionally just lately made a brief video in regards to the tripod / selfie stick I take advantage of for my smartphone, video on YouTube.
I just lately photographed a pal’s marriage ceremony on the Google Pixel 2 XL. I’m not saying {that a} sensible telephone is an entire substitute for a DSLR however I’m undoubtedly ready for this to show into actuality. A sensible telephone is gentle, simple to hold, simple on my again and shoulders and you’ll print large-size prints with smartphone images. As all the time, the vital query to ask, is, “What’s my finish purpose?” I can dwell with out bokeh so long as I’m able to produce a picture that the topic ( an individual within the picture ) likes and can cherish. The “second” you seize, will all the time be extra vital than the standard of the JPEG or the technical high quality of sharpness or bokeh. It’s higher to have a photograph than don’t have anything.

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