FiLMiC Firstlight Jump Start Tutorial | iOS & Android
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FiLMiC Firstlight Jump Start Tutorial | iOS & Android

February 15, 2020

Welcome to the official jump start tutorial
guide for Firstlight by FiLMiC. The pro photo app with analogue vibe from
the makers of FiLMiC Pro. You can quickly set your focus and exposure
by tapping anywhere in the viewport. This will set an area of interest for both
focus and exposure concurrently. If you want to lock the values, just tap the
reticle so it turns yellow. Now it doesn’t matter where in your scene
you point your camera, the values will not automatically change, until you unlock them. To unlock just tap anywhere in the viewport
to return to auto mode. At the heart of the FiLMiC Firstlight experience
is cross-swipe. The cross swipe gesture allows you to adjust
both focus and exposure directly from the viewport without having to lift your finger. By default, simply swipe up and down to adjust
your exposure manually, and left and right to adjust your focus. As you use cross swipe for complete manual
control, responsive focus peaking is applied to ensure perfect focus, and zebras for perfect
exposure. To aid you in achieving razor sharp focus,
you can long press on the viewport to reveal the loupe, which can be dragged anywhere around
your frame. This used in combination with focus peak will
ensure proper focus, even in the most challenging scenes. To hide the loupe, just tap and hold it. When adjusting your exposure using cross swipe,
red zebras will let you know that your highlights are clipping, and blue zebras indicate your
shadows are being crushed. If you want to invert the focus and exposure
swipe direction, just open Settings>Advanced>Cross swipe behavior>and select ‘Expose
horizontally, focus vertically’. To access Firstlight’s Basic Settings menu,
tap the cog icon. The configuration panel gives you quick access
to the most commonly used photographic settings including your shooting format, with support
for DNG RAW, JPEG, HEIC and TIFF. A countdown timer allowing you to specify
anywhere from 2 to 20 seconds. The ability to set your flash to off, auto
or on. A selection of framing grids. The ability to disable HDR, have it applied
automatically, or enable it for all shots. As well as a wide range of supported aspect
ratios. Beneath these settings you get the ability
to toggle on and off location tagging, show or hide the histogram, and enable or disable
burst mode, as well as quick launch Filmic Pro if you want to capture cinematic video. In Firstlight, you can quickly select your
lens by tapping the lens tray in the lower right of the viewport. Here you can access all lenses available on
your device. On the iPhone 11 Pro for example you get access
to the ultra ide; the wide; the tele and selfie cameras. FiLMiC Firstlight includes a selection of
handcrafted film looks, vignette styles, and film grains that pay homage to timeless film
stocks. To access Firstlight’s Film looks, tap the
looks button to reveal the tray. With the looks icon selected, you can
swipe through the different categories, and tap the info icon to get more information
about the included film looks in each category, as well as swipe to preview them. Tap outside to close the info panel. With your category selected, you can swipe
through the available film looks, which are instantly applied to your live preview. Once you’ve selected your look, tap on the
vignette button, and here you can choose to apply a Low, Medium, or Heavy vignette to
your image in real time. Lastly tap on the grain button and choose
between, fine, moderate, coarse, or ISO adaptive grain. ISO Adaptive will dynamically define your
grain profile based on your ISO setting. I’m going to select ‘Moderate’ and now
I can tap in the live preview to exit the looks tray, and take my photo. If you want to quickly reset your applied
look, tap the looks button, then press the reset button located beneath the info icon. Finally, an app that gives you classic film
looks in camera, without the need for heavy post workflows. FiLMiC Firstlight provides access to ISO and
Shutter priority modes, giving you the same experience found on high end DSLR and mirrorless
cameras. The priority mode selector is located in the
lower left of the interface, and by default is in AE, which stands for auto exposure. By swiping up we can enter ISO priority mode. In this mode you can swipe horizontally to
set your desired ISO value. Now Firstlight will automatically adjust your
shutter speed value for you to ensure your shot is correctly exposed. This is great if you want to precisely control
the level of noise present in your final shot. Swiping up again on the mode selector will
let you enter shutter priority mode. Once selected you can swipe horizontally to
set your shutter speed, and have Firstlight automatically set your ISO for proper exposure. This opens some really creative possibilities. If you want to freeze time, try a high shutter
speed value. If you want silky motion blur, grab a tripod
and try a very low shutter speed value. To return to AE mode, just swipe down on the
priority mode selector. Capturing the perfect moment is easy with
Firstlight’s burst mode. To enter it, tap to open Settings, and enable
Burst Mode. Now, simply press and hold the shutter button
to shoot a burst sequence. At the top of the interface you’ll see how
many images are being captured. The beauty of Firstlight’s burst mode is
that it works with filters too. Tap the looks button, apply a filter, and
press and hold to take a burst sequence. Firstlight also gives you control over just
how fast your burst interval is. To adjust it open Settings>Advanced>Burst
rate. Here you can select between Low, Normal, and
High. By default, live analytics in the form of
zebras for exposure, and peaking for focus, will be automatically applied whenever you
use cross-swipe, however they are fully customizable. Just tap Settings>Advanced>Analytics colors. He you can select your desired colour and
threshold for both Shadow and Highlight clipping. For example, I’m going to set my shadow
clipping colour to orange, and reduce the threshold from 12 IRE to 10. Now when I make a cross-swipe exposure adjustment
you can see that color and threshold change have taken effect. Under the Advanced Analytics menu, you can
also disable zebras completely. If I tap to disable shadow clipping, and return
to the main viewport, you can now see that zebras are only used for my highlights. Under the Analytics colors menu, you also
get full control over Focus peaking colour and intensity, and you might find that reducing
the intensity can give you more fine grain control over your focus. In the upper left of the Firstlight’s interface
is the custom function button, which allows you to map a custom function of your choosing
for quick access. Simply tap and hold to reveal the function
picker. And all the most useful options are available. I’ll select Capture format, and tap outside
the function picker to close. Now I can tap to cycle through all available
capture formats from the main UI. If I tap and hold on the function button again,
I’ll select Burst Mode. Now I can quickly enable burst mode without
having to open Settings. Whatever feature you would find yourself most
often diving into the settings to adjust, save some time and just map it to the custom
function button. Firstlight has full support for 1.33x anamorphic
lenses and will apply the 1.33x desqueeze at the time of capture meaning there is no
work required in post. With your anamorphic lens attached, just open
Settings>Advanced>Anamorphic desqueeze, and turn it on. Now your image is desqueezed in both the preview
and the final capture, for truly breathtaking wide aspect photos. And if you find yourself regularly using an
anamorphic lens, you can tap and hold on the custom function button, and assign the anamorphic
option to it, which will save you from having to select it under Settings menu. FirstLight saves your photos directly to the
native Photos app. To view your Firstlight photos tap the library
button to reveal your last shot in full screen. You can swipe through your photos in the full
screen view, as well as mark it as a favourite, delete it, or quickly share it. If you want to switch to grid view to make
browsing your library easier, tap the grid button and then scroll through your library
and tap the image to open it full screen. At the top of the interface you can either
jump to the Photos app, or tap the FirstLight icon to return to the camera. We hope this jump start tutorial gets you
up and running with Firstlight. Please subscribe to our channel for more FirstLight
and FiLMiC Pro tutorials, and if you have any questions please let us know and we will
be happy to help. Thanks for watching.

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