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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:06 pm 
Windmilling for a Scotch Egg
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I have lost count of all the threads that say "sorry for crappy iphone pics", when in fact they should be saying "sorry I can't be bothered supplying you with a decent picture". :evil:

I am not starting a big fanfare for Apple stuff, but you can take amazing pictures with an iPhone and its not that difficult. I am sure that other camera phones work quite similarly but I've only had an iPhone so can't comment.

1. Put the thing you want to take a picture of in a nice place. A dark cellar or shed is no good. You'd struggle with a proper camera in those situations anyway. Outside is best, but at least turn all the lights on and don't take a pic from the shadow side.

2. Hold the phone still. Again, this is the same as a normal camera. If you're waving it around or holding it with 2 fingers then it's never going to be steady. I sometimes use a broom handle as a makshift tripod if I'n taking pics inside, but I do that with a normal camera anyway.

3. Tap the screen where you want the main focus to be. If you tap it somewhere where the image is a bit dark it will automatically increase the exposure and lighten the image if it's needed, so try a couple of taps to get the best result.

4. Take picture.

99% of my pics on here have been taken with my iPhone 4. Ok some of them aren't great but thats because of my laziness rather than the device I am using.....

So pleae, make the effort, as a blurred dark photo is nearly worse than no photo at all... :roll:

iPhone pics I have done:

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Taken in a dark cellar :lol: :

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Taken in a darkish kitchen:

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Outside at dusk:

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:45 pm 
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Ditto Rob... good shout!

All my images are from iphones, as I dont yet have a digital camara (soon hopefully a DSLR as a wedding present from my Aunt)


Lazyness and plain old ignorance to blame here.
All you need good light and steady hands, and a bit of understanding on how to do it

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:48 pm 
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A couple of iphone pictures my son took.

My Roberts White Spider

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Same again with his Felt

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:55 pm 
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I should get an iphone, the pics are totally rubbish on my HTC, but then it could just be me :oops:

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:07 pm 
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I use an ancient Sony Ericsson K850i, the only reason I keep the phone is for the camera.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:59 pm 
Windmilling for a Scotch Egg
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Isaac_AG wrote:
I should get an iphone, the pics are totally rubbish on my HTC, but then it could just be me :oops:

Alison


Most modern phones take good pics. Have a look round the net to see if there are any guides on how to get the best from yours.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:10 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
My Roberts White Spider


Nice bike that...


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:15 pm 
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ajm wrote:
NeilM wrote:
My Roberts White Spider


Nice bike that...


Thanks, I think so too :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:25 pm 
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A good tip for smaller parts is to simply put it on a bit of white paper..

Taken indoors, low light, just the flash on a phone.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:42 pm 
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iPhone3GS and it's predecessors: shit camera.
iPhone4 onwards: good camera.

I use a 4 with some good results. The only time I break out the proper camera is when I want to do some photoshop work.


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