- 02-07-13, 11:19 AM #51
Here is a prime example of this scenario (disclaimer, these were taken with a professional DSLR, with high speed lens. You will not see this from any camera phone. This is just an example I feel lends to complete the discussion)
High sun, inadequate flash...
the flash was used, you can see the reflection in the backdrop, but it was inadequate for the conditions, hense the shadows of the hat brims
Same high sun, but a backfill flash
Added difficulty of White shirt, and two black shirts (very difficult technical shot here as the white shirt is near overexposed)
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- 02-07-13, 01:02 PM #59
- 02-07-13, 01:04 PM #60
I see what you're attempting to do here. And the spot metering works well here. I have done this with the BB phones that have the two stage button for the camera. What of my few disappointments with the 9930.
Although I wouldn't try to discredit the camera's flash with the third pic. I don't believe its the design of the flash to illuminate an entire room adequately.
- 02-07-13, 01:29 PM #61
I hope that people don't misunderstand me. I'm not trying to discredit the OP, I'm just attempting to offer some tried and true practices.
If I were going to be critical, I would be critical of the title. I wouldn't call this an "amazing fix". I just think the offered "amazing fix" is just standard photography practice, perfectly capable of being performed on previous BB's (minus the 9930). The difference is no two stage button, so its touch screen. (quite intuitive on the part of BlackBerry)
As far as the flash, I'm simply urging that it not be discarded as unnecessary. Like the spot metering tip, its used where the best picture is obtained (which in my opinion, the LED flash is the most difficult to control, but not uncontrollable - just a very limited range)
There is no one way to take a picture, no this plus that magic formula.
I just believe that as people expect more and more out of these little devices we carry around, its worth offering up usable knowledge and practices that have been proven on the equipment capable of the best results, that if deployed well on a lesser device, will maybe make the lesser device perform even better.
- 02-07-13, 03:04 PM #63
I learned a lot! Thanks Belfast. Appreciate your tip. Knowing what I know now, maybe a software tweak here and there and this cam could be more then I hoped for. It will be the best cam on any BB device that I have ever used, but only on the fly of course. Spontaneous moments. I still have my digital that captures all of the rest of the shots. This was very helpful
- 02-08-13, 01:23 AM #68
Amazing fix for Z10 low light pictures
Unfortunately, this would lock focus as well with BB7 phones. So if your dark area is too far away from your intended focal point, your picture will turn out blurry.
I've used this technique with my 9810.
- 02-08-13, 01:30 AM #69
Thanks for the tips everyone, i do take almost every picture with my phone, this tips you share here are very well received on my part, from the op and everyone else, one thing i would mention here is that the camera software in the current OS is different then what i "saw" not long ago, i can assure you all, panorama is/will be an option that i do not see yet and there are some other tweaks that will be probably added in, hopefully, short time with an OS update
- 02-08-13, 11:48 AM #73
Can you not set the focus and exposure points separately (two finger tap)? Is there an app that will allow this? or an upcoming one like camera+ ? I use camera+ a lot simply because of that feature.
- 02-08-13, 11:59 AM #74
Here's a set of shots from gate D26 at Schiphol airport. Same image each time, different position for the focus/exposure box.
The first shot was the default, just snapping the picture with the focus box where it always starts out, dead-center.
For this one I dragged the box over the tree, centered right on it where the leaves are thickest.
This one I moved the box off-center ever so slightly, attempting to get it over the brightest part of the sky that's visible above some of the leaves near the center and slightly above it. If you move the box back to near the center of the screen it turns off the lock and restores it to the default position, so this was the smallest movement I could manage which didn't do that. It would have been centered on the sky over the building you can see in the distance there. As you can see, I managed to make it noticeably worse than the original default.
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