I believe that some great photos came from good enhancing using an on-phone apps or using software installed from the computer. Some mobile photographer tends to love their shot once they saw it. But there is nothing wrong with that as some photographers are already satisfied on their work when they look at it. But if there is a chance to make your photo more amazing and stunning, why not? Right?
In my Lumia 1020 I always use its RAW shooting capability. As what they say about RAW… it is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. When shooting in a format like JPEG image information is compressed and lost. So what it means is some details when shooting in RAW are still there and always a good choice if your phone have RAW shooting mode. For a phone like Lumia 1020 with large sensor and 38 megapixels effective, it really captures everything to details and colors.
One of the software that I used in enhancing my photos is the Lightroom which I installed on my computer. It is a photo processing program and one of the good choices when it comes in processing your RAW files. In Lightroom you will see many useful settings for enhancing your photos like exposure and contrast, highlights, shadow, saturation, clarity and many other adjustments. That’s why when I am shooting on my Lumia 1020 I just use manual mode if I didn’t get the desired output for my shot, then if auto mode seems good I just press the shutter. I am really dependent on Lightroom to make my photo more beautiful and it is really fun part for me is to process my RAW files.
Here I gonna show you something how Lightroom can change the looks of your photographs.
This photo is one of my favorite shot from my Lumia 1020 I entitled "Me, Myself and the Sun" which I posted for The Mobile Photography blog. When I first saw this on my phone, I'm already happy for my composition.
After processing it to Lightroom, it became more like work of art for me. The colors became more outstanding and the details are more define. It is always about the settings, Lightroom can make different results depends on your adjustments.
Here are the only settings I made for the Me, Myself and the Sun's RAW from Lightroom.
That's why even your simple shot can transform into a stunning picture once you processed it to the Lightroom. What you will just do is explore and experiments to the settings and you will get many different amazing results. It is really limitless.
And here I gonna show you how I process my RAW file in Lightroom.
This is one of my photo taken from the garden of a school. I already imported the file, I select it and press the "develop" module in the Lightroom in order for me to make some adjustments.
If you can see the main subject which is the blue flower, it looks pale in color because that time the sun is at it's high that the lighting is so bright. And furthermore the background is so messy.
Next is adjusting the settings. For me when doing this, I am not focus on the value of each adjustments but the output of changes, as I slide the value, in the picture if it really does make my photo looks more good. The point here is just be free and do experiments to each settings. Be creative and focus on what desired output you really want to see. There are so many possibility in this process.
In this photo I see too much white so I decreased the shadow and the black to have an ideal lighting. Also I increased the clarity to show more detail by making the photo appears to be sharper. Also I increased the vibrance and saturation's value to intensify the colors.
So here are the settings I have made to get the result that for me is good enough.
But sometimes it just not end there. A good photo sometimes need good cropping for it to stand-out.
So in order to avoid messy background and to focus more in my subject which is the flower. I use the crop overlay and I want to see the flower more close enough. There is a grid that will guide you in cropping your photo and still able you to do the rule of the thirds.
Now here is what I get after cropping the picture.
It is really amazing that even we cropped out the picture to it smallest, the details of the photo taken from Lumia 1020 are still clear. That is the power of 38 megapixel RAW file.
So if I am already happy on the results from the adjustments I made, I am ready to import the photo for it to be a picture files which I can view it and post it in any photo sharing sites.
But still remember that you can still re-adjust the setting of the RAW files if you want to change it and import it again as a picture file. You can make this process again and make another one which the setting is different and choose what is the best adjustments you've made.
Enhancing your photo or not, it is still up to you my fellow mobile photographers. But if you want to make your photo more outstanding, transform it to a work of art, so why not use photo editing to make them more wonderful and interesting? But I still admire others who not use any software or apps but still their photo can make us amazed by just looking to them. That is a skill for me.
Thanks guys for reading this article of mine! I hope you enjoyed it!