It’s a three second photo that makes it easy to capture those unplanned moments. It’s called HTC Zoe and it’s my favorite feature on the new HTC One. The first question many people ask is when should they take a Zoe instead of a simple picture? A Zoe is the perfect tool when you’re on the go and never know what’s going to happen next. Beyond this, there are a number of benefits to using Zoe to capture moments.
Finding the best image: Have you ever taken a photo only to find that the person had their eyes closed or wasn’t smiling? Rather than take the same picture multiple times, have everyone pose and snap a Zoe. Why? Each Zoe contains about 20 individual images which you can review to find the best photo. It’s an easy way to make sure you capture the best image possible. Simply stop the Zoe playback by tapping the screen and then use the slider bar at the bottom to review each individual frame. Once you find the image you want to keep, select “Save frame’ from the tools menu.
Creating sequence shots: If you’re in an active setting, such as skiing or running, capture the moment with Zoe. You’ll have an awesome 3 second clip that contains about 20 still photos. Create a sequence shot by going to Edit > Retouch > Sequence Shot and selecting the frames you want to use to create an amazing composite in a single photo.
Change the POV: As a photographer, I’m always thinking about how someone else might take a photo and then trying to shoot it from that other point-of-view. This has allowed me to get some great shots simply because they are different. For instance, use the three second Zoe to start with the wide landscape shot of a field full of flowers ending on the tight shot of that one flower right in front of you. This will give someone viewing your Zoe the full experience without missing a single detail.
Show a little movement: Unless I know I’m going to be creating a sequence shot, I have found myself giving all of my Zoes a little movement. Just a small amount can significantly enhance the shot while showing the environment you or your subjects are in. Begin the motion before hitting the shutter to start the Zoe capture, then when you share the highlight video there’s seamless transition from one clip to the next.
Create an HTC Share: The HTC One let’s you create an HTC Share by selecting up to ten photos and Zoes then sharing those out to friends or family. It’s a great way to capture the moment and creates a memorable viewing experience. Experience an HTC Share of a day snow tubing at Snoqualmie Pass.
Finally, using a tripod or something to steady the camera is always a good rule for photography. Like Rick Takagi shared in his Tips & Tricks for Low Light photos; this will always make your shots better.