Earlier this year I decided that I would challenge myself to ‘up’ my smartphone photography game. Part of this plan included shooting manually and in RAW. I wanted to shoot in manual mode so that I could start capturing more challenging shots. The decision to shoot in RAW was based on a desire to better understand what benefit (if any) this extra data can offer when shooting with an iPhone.
The most obvious benefits that I’ve unlocked while shooting RAW in manual mode so far have been: 1., The ability to fix the exposure of photos (shot in RAW) during the editing process. 2., The ability to better capture fast moving objects (in manual mode) because I can choose and lock my desired shutter speed before taking a shot. So far I’ve discovered two apps which offer these features: LightRoom (free from Adobe) and ProCam (€5.49 from Samer Azzem).
Testing these apps one freezing afternoon recently in Dublin, I spotted some Seagulls on the banks of the River Liffey. I opened up ProCam and quickly dialled in a reasonably fast shutter speed (1/818) to capture this shot. Uploading to Instagram cropped the photo square automatically. From there I used a black and white Instagram) filter to make best use of the flat, grey light and colours that day.
I made some additional minimal edits (in Instagram) to further bring out the grittiness of the scene and the weather that day. I was delighted with the end result and am very excited to experiment further with these manual camera apps. I can’t wait to discover what additional creativity they can help unlock!
What smartphone photo or video apps are you guys using? Any that you couldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!