Next in our menu of options we have got the white balance and this in the way this works here. This is actually one of my favorite features in the Lightroom cc mobile app and so if you open that up what you’ll see is you’ve got a menu of options of what is your white balance scenario. This is more or less the concept of anything that’s white. How close to true white is that based on the color temperature of the lighting scenario we’re in so if we’re in a restaurant then that’s gonna be more orange elight and so the camera is going to adapt and accommodate for that making things more blue so that it feels more balanced to true white as opposed to the middle of the day when you’ve got natural light coming through a window. So if you go into the white balance menu you’ll see you have all these options and so depending on your scenario you can pick one like if you’re using you know incandescent lights you go ahead and select that one or if this is in the Sun and the daylight you pick that or if it’s a cloudy day that’s gonna help determine again what is your white balance.
What I love to use is the little eyedropper there because that is custom white balance and what it’s telling me then is to pick a neutral surface do you find something in your scene that is a white or a gray some sort of neutral color it’s not cast toward blue or toward orange or red or green. It’s a very nice neutral color like this white tablecloth and then you fill that and then you hit the little checkbox and then what that’s going to tell Lightroom is “okay that is a true neutral”. Then to cast everything else within that white balance spectrum makes sense.
One other feature that is definitely worth mentioning is that some phones like this one are able to shoot in RAW. You can make a selection between raw and JPEG. What we can do here in Adobe Lightroom is toggle between DNG which is a file format for raw according to Adobe and so we can either have dmg or switch it over to JPEG if you are worried about file size and storage. Then JPEG is probably going to be the direction you’re gonna want to go but if you want a greater degree of flexibility especially in editing to reclaim colors, to reclaim light, all those things you go ahead and jump over to DNG.
When it comes to taking pictures of food, a very flattering and very popular angle for online posting, is either gonna be the overhead or the straight on. That’s how I’m gonna shoot it but if you are gonna shoot something at the head-on angle we’re not talking the three corridor like that you know 45-degree angle we’re talking head-on. Here’s something to think about again going back to where is the camera actually located on the iPhone. When we’re on the iPhone like this it’s located up at the top right well if you try to take that image it’s still gonna be a 3/4 angle no matter how you try. There is nothing to say that you can’t just flip your iPhone upside down and take the shot right because what you’re gonna do is then you’re literally going to be head-on at the food and getting that head-on angle that feels monumental, that feels huge.
I hope you learned a thing or two certainly if you take any pictures on your iPhone or any pictures in general!