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Old 03-22-2014, 11:08 AM   #9821
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I thought I'd give you guys a couple of examples of the shots I took at the place I'm working now, done with my phone.

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The lighting seems a tad off to me, and, in the last one, that rock face you see slightly left to center..I wanted to get that a bit more in focus, but didn't really know how.


Anyone know how these could have been improved?
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:34 PM   #9822
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alright, with the first two you've got lens flare because you're facing into the sun and the hill is under exposed (too dark) because the sky is very bright and your camera tries to normalise the brightness of a scene to middle grey.

for that first problem you can shield your lens from the sun using your hand, the flare is caused by direct sunlight hitting the lens at a bad angle. for the second problem you can use exposure compensation to make the scene brighter which will bring out more detail in the mountain. If you want to understand how this stuff works this is a pretty complete series that talks about how camera exposure works, it won't all apply to you with a phone but the basics about how a camera meters light for a scene does.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?li...ngOvRN41TxrQsQ-

with that last image, most phones allow you to set the focus point by tapping on the screen.

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Old 03-23-2014, 05:18 AM   #9823
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Ok thanks for the tips!
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:29 AM   #9824
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:07 AM   #9826
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alright, with the first two you've got lens flare because you're facing into the sun and the hill is under exposed (too dark) because the sky is very bright and your camera tries to normalise the brightness of a scene to middle grey.

for that first problem you can shield your lens from the sun using your hand, the flare is caused by direct sunlight hitting the lens at a bad angle. for the second problem you can use exposure compensation to make the scene brighter which will bring out more detail in the mountain. If you want to understand how this stuff works this is a pretty complete series that talks about how camera exposure works, it won't all apply to you with a phone but the basics about how a camera meters light for a scene does.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?li...ngOvRN41TxrQsQ-

with that last image, most phones allow you to set the focus point by tapping on the screen.

EDIT:^also, brb buying a quadcoptor so I can make poor-man Laforet pictures



Sorry for bringing this back up, but I've tried taking similar shots, while modifying the exposure compensatio.

If I dial it up to the positive, basically it does make the scene brighter..but it, obviously, also makes the sky way to bright. It basically becomes almost white and loses all detail. Is there a way to compensate for that?
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:42 AM   #9827
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Well you've only got one option really, and that is to take two photos - one exposed for the hill and one exposed for the sky and then you can combine them later. You can either cut and paste one on top of the other, or you can blend them like a HDR image.

With a bigger camera you can use a graduated ND filter in front of the lens, but that's kind of impossible with the lens on your phone.
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