1. willthetech's Avatar
    So i was at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio over the weekend so i decided to use my iPhone 4 as my main shooter for the day, the day was very sunny and beautiful. But for some reason some of my pictures are too dark, as you can tell i am not a photo expert so i was wondering if anyone of you photo experts can give me some tips or explanations why they came out like that.

    07-13-2010 06:01 AM
  2. ebedoun's Avatar
    the camera is adjusting it's settings for the bright background. When taking the photo, tap on something closer like a person and it will adjust.
    07-13-2010 06:17 AM
  3. stkywik's Avatar
    when you tap to focus on a subject, it will automatically expose for that subject as well. It sounds like you were taking fully "auto" pictures where you weren't tapping on the focal point of your photo.
    07-13-2010 07:20 AM
  4. willthetech's Avatar
    Thanks guys but i was making sure that i was taping the screen, but after some research online i found this tips...I guess sunny is not always good
    6 Ways To Fix Too Bright and Too Dark Photos by Digital Photo Secrets
    07-13-2010 07:47 PM
  5. stkywik's Avatar
    Direct overhead sunlight in the middle of the day is the worst possible lighting for photography. There is very little/nothing that you can do to set correct exposure for everything in a photo. If it is an important shot to you, there are options. There is an HDR app in the app store that helps, but is nearly impossible to pull off if your subject is a person/people. It really only works for landscape photography. Another option is to expose for the subject in your shot, then take the picture to Photoshop and dodge/burn areas in your photo that are too light or dark. I'm not sure that the iP4 flahs is strong enough to effectively be used as a fill flash in harsh sun, so that is out as an option.

    In the end, even the most expensive camera equipment struggles in these conditions and you can't expect a phone camera to live up to their performance levels. Besides, I've always thought that the more a photo is altered in an editing program, the more unnatural and worse it looks. Just compose the shot to your best advantage and leave well enough alone.
    07-14-2010 07:04 AM