Tips for shooting better iPhone pics?

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whale_hunter

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I just returned from Vegas, and it was great having my iPhone with my for the first time.
I NEVER take pictures in Vegas (even when I lived there) because I cant stand carrying around my camera.

It was great to have a camera on my phone, and I have taken some nice looking pics with the iPhone.

Should be good to go, right?

Well to be honest, it was kind of a bummer. I took a lot of pics inside the casinos and stuff like that.
I would say at least 70% were blurry to the point of making you feel dizzy just looking at them.

It's nice to be able to shoot a pic without having to be TOTALLY STILL.
So I'm hoping that some of you guys have tips for the not so tech savvy, like myself.

I would really appreciate it

Scott
 

forkee

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use a camera, lol

no flash sucks. especially inside casinos or even outside because there's different types of lighting everywhere you go in vegas. best thing i can think of is put your finger on the camera icon and release when ready as opposed to just tapping it to shoot a pic. that took care of some of my blurry pics. also the more light the better. avoid any movement as possible hahaha
 

whale_hunter

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no flash sucks. especially inside casinos or even outside because there's different types of lighting everywhere you go in vegas. best thing i can think of is put your finger on the camera icon and release when ready as opposed to just tapping it to shoot a pic. that took care of some of my blurry pics. also the more light the better. avoid any movement as possible hahaha
So far so good. I think maybe holding the camera icon might help. I was always tapping it and it would make sense that it would cause it to shake.

Thanks
 

ambo

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I actually am getting very used to the iPhone camera. It can take some VERY cool pictures! On my recent trip to Disney in Orlando I photoblogged my trip using the iFlickr & SendPics application.

Some of my favorites were:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1230/1418579996_ebf51c9430_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1222/1418377076_0f377f3dc6_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1408/1413854615_1a41f5250c_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1153/1417801418_e9d2c042a0_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1181/1432597479_de45a20af8_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1115/1433723998_bb8f4b5ab9_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1325/1424971299_7afa025d98_b.jpg

The part that blew my mind was I was able to text and take about 75+ pics a day AND upload about 50 of them per day and still have the battery last from 9am till 10pm before dying on me.

Go iPhone! :cool:
 

JOLLYWOG

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Hey, nice pictures Ambo. Makes me want to take a trip to Orlando. That's Epcot right? Don't think I've ever been. How'd you like it?
 

ben1380

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I actually am getting very used to the iPhone camera. It can take some VERY cool pictures! On my recent trip to Disney in Orlando I photoblogged my trip using the iFlickr & SendPics application.

Some of my favorites were:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1230/1418579996_ebf51c9430_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1222/1418377076_0f377f3dc6_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1408/1413854615_1a41f5250c_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1153/1417801418_e9d2c042a0_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1181/1432597479_de45a20af8_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1115/1433723998_bb8f4b5ab9_b.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1325/1424971299_7afa025d98_b.jpg

The part that blew my mind was I was able to text and take about 75+ pics a day AND upload about 50 of them per day and still have the battery last from 9am till 10pm before dying on me.

Go iPhone! :cool:
Wow, those are some good pics with the iPhone. I need to go to Disney World.
 

ambo

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Hey, nice pictures Ambo. Makes me want to take a trip to Orlando. That's Epcot right? Don't think I've ever been. How'd you like it?
Thanks! yes, the first 2 are Epcot, the rest are mostly Magic Kingdom as well as a shot from the resort.

I LOVE it down there in Disney. It was my 24th trip but my friend I brought, it was her first (deprived! lol). I'm going back in December and Feb/March. :laugh2: Did I mention I love it down there? :p
 

greenjbhsd

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Nice pics for sure. I need to get some practice in myself and will try to hold the camera button in rather then the tap method. Oh, also, you happen to have a closeup of the blond in the second picture? Just want to see how good the camera on the phone is. =p
 

ambo

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Nice pics for sure. I need to get some practice in myself and will try to hold the camera button in rather then the tap method. Oh, also, you happen to have a closeup of the blond in the second picture? Just want to see how good the camera on the phone is. =p
Hahah I should have expected that question to come sooner or later.

With my cousin (car was moving, so blurry): http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1382/1423309891_96e192a2d4_b.jpg
Us in Italy in Epcot: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1130/1418967845_45e6b2e52e_b.jpg

But here's a shot with my real digi cam:
http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v132/248/67/8819230/n8819230_36914826_8681.jpg
http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v132/248/67/8819230/n8819230_36914837_986.jpg
:p

Thanks for the compliments on the photos guys! I love taking pics with the iPhone. It's a CHALLENGE and I love trying to find that "perfect" situation :)
 

tonyj81

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I definitely noticed getting better pictures once I stabilized my arm on a solid surface, that way there's no chance of movement, especially in low lighting.
That's basically the trick right there. There is a brief but annoying delay in the snapshot vs. you hitting the take photo button. SO make sure to keep your arm very stable, when taking a photo I really want I actually use my other arm to brace the one holding the phone... But' also keep this in mind for your target that your picturing. If its a pose just make sure they hold that pose for a second vs. moving around right when you hit that camera button.
 

x999x

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I'm a hobbyist when it comes to photography. I point of interest is taking artisitic pictures with low quality cameras. I was inspired by an artist who used an AIPTEK pen cam to take some fantastic shots that highlight the fundamentals of balance and color theory happening in nature and in construction.

That said, the iPhone is definetely the best of the "low-end" cameras I've ever used. There are two bits of info I can give you that I have learned over time in taking pics with the iPhone.

1) Elbows on your belly or hips make for a great stabilizer

2) Pictures are not captured when you press the shutter button, they are captured when the shutter doors on the screen are closed. This means you should hold still until the shutter doors open again, do not move on to something else once you hear the camera shutter sound, you're not done yet!

Tip #2 is the most important, and most easily overlooked aspect of iPhone photography