Do you leave your camera on Auto out of fear that changing the settings might prove ruinous? Playing it safe with Auto Mode may actually prevent you from producing the truly spectacular images you are trying for. Some basic knowledge about scene modes and P.E.A.R. technology can help you use your lighting, environment, and subject to your advantage to help you capture the natural beauty of the moment.
What is a Scene Mode?
Simply put, scene modes change the settings on your camera, such as sharpness, contrast, temperature, colour levels, etc. to make the pictures more beautiful. However, which scene mode you use normally depends on what you’re photographing. Logically, you’d probably want a different setting for photographing the vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges of autumnal leaves than for photographing a baby’s smooth, pale face. That’s not to say that there is one right way to photograph any subject, but the scene modes are specifically designed for common subjects, weather conditions, etc. so they are a safe place to start.
Blux Camera’s 14 Scene Modes:
1. Automatic (Auto) Mode is the camera’s default scene mode. The camera will automatically display this icon upon start-up.
2. Landscape Mode is custom-designed to make photos of scenery look more vivid. For more information, please refer to http://bluxcamera.tumblr.com/post/35120508900/youll-see-skies-of-blue-and-trees-of-green
3. Food Mode is a special feature unique to Blux Camera, which makes your food look more detailed and delicious. As its name would suggest, Food Mode is ideal for photographing any of a variety of food. For more information about Food Mode, please refer to http://bluxcamera.tumblr.com/post/38998461188/blux-tip-appetizing-food-photos
4. High Key Mode is another custom-designed scene mode only found in Blux Camera. This scene mode will give you a stylish, modern, and attractive image with minimal shadows and low contrast. High Key Mode is often used to photograph people, especially babies. For more information about High Key Mode, please refer to http://bluxcamera.tumblr.com/post/38717684796/blux-holiday-tip-7-heavenly-high-key
5. Macro Mode allows you to see every fine detail on close-up photos. Macro Mode is often used to take photos of insects, flowers, small toys, etc. when photographed close-up.
6. Night Mode is generally used at night or in low-light conditions. Like other camera apps, Blux Camera reduces the noise in night photos; however, unlike other camera apps, Blux Camera also adjusts the filters so they are usable at night. Generally, camera apps only create one version of each filter, which is designed for use on day photos. When applied to night photos, these filters are often too strong, completely masking the light in the photo. Blux Camera’s Night Mode not only reduces noise, but also automatically adjusts the filters so they apply the perfect amount of effect to your night photos.
7. Whiteboard Mode is another scene mode only found in Blux Camera. It provides a high contrast, black and white image so your whiteboard notes are clearer and more legible than ever before! For more information about Whiteboard Mode, please refer to http://bluxcamera.tumblr.com/post/38666653253/blux-holiday-tip-6-whiteboard-portraits
8. Portrait Mode uses an algorithm to not only adjust colour levels, but also to cover blemishes, acne, wrinkles, and other flaws so you can look younger, healthier, and more beautiful. For more information about Portrait Mode, please refer to http://bluxcamera.tumblr.com/post/35042370968/blux-cameras-portrait-mode-an-inexpensive
9. HDR Mode enhances colour, reduces noise, lightens dark areas of the photo, and shows more detail by increasing local contrast. This scene mode is generally used for outdoor photos, and is ideal for rainy and cloudy days, when colours are muted and contrast is minimal. HDR is ideal for photographing autumnal leaves, cars, lanterns, or any other objects that you’d like to appear more vibrant.
10. Backlit Mode is designed for situations where light is coming from behind your subject, causing your subject to appear dark and the background to appear ‘blown out’ or too bright. This scene mode is ideal for when your subject is positioned in front of a lamp, window, or other light source.
Any photographer, whether professional or amateur, recognizes the immense challenge that backlighting poses. Most other cameras and camera apps simply increase the brightness of the entire photo, which lightens the subjects but only further blows out the background. Only a handful of SLRs and the Blux Camera app decrease the brightness of the background and increase the brightness of the subject, resulting in a more balanced photo.
11. Cloudy Mode is perfect for overcast days, when colours are muted, and contrast is low. For more information about Blux Camera’s Cloudy Mode, please refer to http://bluxcamera.tumblr.com/post/35120145030/we-give-you-sunshine-on-a-cloudy-day
12. Sunny Mode is specially designed for noontime and bright lighting conditions, when images can appear overexposed and washed out. Blux Camera’s Sunny Mode reduces brightness, while also increasing saturation and contrast, giving you a beautifully balanced image.
13. Rainy Mode compensates for the poor lighting conditions rainy days bring by increasing contrast and saturation.
14. Snow Mode increases exposure without overexposing, and increases local contrast to show more detail.
To Set the Scene Mode:
Option 1: On a traditional camera, there is often a dial on the top that displays the scene modes’ symbols. On Blux Camera, the scene mode symbols can be found on the left half of the Effects Bar in the lower right-hand corner of the home screen.
For more information on setting the scene mode on the Effects Bar, please refer to the ‘Using the Filter and Mode’ tutorial in the Help Center: http://bluxtouch.com/camera/Tutorial.html# .
Also, refer to ‘How do I quickly change the scene mode?’ in the Help Center: http://help.bluxtouch.com/customer/portal/articles/679249-how-do-i-quickly-change-the-scene-mode- .
Option 2: Also, you can pull up the Filters and Modes Menu by swiping from right to left on the home screen. The scene mode symbols are contained in the inner wheel, while filters are contained in the outer wheel.
For more information on the Filters and Modes Menu, please refer to the ‘Using the Filter and Mode’ tutorial in the Help Center: http://bluxtouch.com/camera/Tutorial.html# .
Also, an article on the Filters and Modes Menu is available in the Help Center: http://help.bluxtouch.com/customer/portal/articles/679236-what-s-the-%22filters-modes-menu%22- .
Option 3: Blux Camera has P.E.A.R. Technology, a built-in photographic assistant. P.E.A.R. analyzes the environment, lighting, weather, and subject to recommend the appropriate scene mode or filter. So, if you’re not sure which scene mode to use, just get a recommendation from P.E.A.R. Double tap on P.E.A.R. to get a scene mode or filter recommendation. Once P.E.A.R. gives a recommendation, tap on P.E.A.R.’s scene mode suggestion (i.e. “Try Whiteboard”) to set the scene mode.
For more information on how to use P.E.A.R., please refer to the ‘Using the P.E.A.R.’ tutorial in the Help Center: http://bluxtouch.com/camera/Tutorial.html# .
Also, refer to ‘What’s “P.E.A.R.” and How Does it Work?’ in the Help Center: http://help.bluxtouch.com/customer/portal/articles/679239-what-s-%22p-e-a-r-%22-and-how-does-it-work-
After you set the scene mode, you can still zoom in and out and adjust the temperature on the Lens, located on the home screen:
You can also swipe right on the home screen to pull up saturation, contrast, brightness, and sharpness on the Photo Adjustment Menu. When you choose a scene mode, it will automatically adjust these settings for you. However, you may find that the levels are not exactly what you’d like, so tweak them in real time until they’re perfect.
For more information on the Photo Adjustment Menu, please refer to the ‘Using the Photo Adjustment’ tutorial in the Help Center: http://bluxtouch.com/camera/Tutorial.html# .
Also, refer to the ‘What’s the Photo Adjustment Menu’ article in the Help Center: http://help.bluxtouch.com/customer/portal/articles/679237-what-s-the-%22photo-adjustment-menu%22-
Scene modes can also be combined with filters.
For more information on filters, please refer to http://bluxcamera.tumblr.com/post/38543462568/blux-holiday-tip-5-wise-men-and-women-use-blux .
Also, refer to the ‘Using the Filter and Modes’ tutorial in the Help Center: http://bluxtouch.com/camera/Tutorial.html# .