1. Garz's Avatar
    I bought the camera flash app the other day for $1.99 and it does pretty well. I took a photo in one of my extra bedrooms with mediocre light(1 60 watt light bulb from ceiling fan) and then another photo using the camera flash app with the same light. I was quite impressed. I was previously was using a Blackberry 8900 and it has camera flash. Using the iPhone 3GS without flash was hard to adjust to until I got the new app. Here are the pics to see what kind of difference it makes.

    Before

    After
    Last edited by Garz; 08-01-2009 at 02:49 PM.
    08-01-2009 02:47 PM
  2. sherman901's Avatar
    How in the world does it work?
    08-01-2009 03:42 PM
  3. Alli's Avatar
    That's a pretty impressive difference. Can you post the originals somewhere, so we can see if there's any degredation in the quality?
    08-01-2009 03:52 PM
  4. Garz's Avatar
    How in the world does it work?
    The app automatically detects how much light is needed and makes the adjustments. You just use the camera flash app to take the pic. The first pic was taken using the regular camera and second pic was taken with the camera flash app.
    08-01-2009 05:11 PM
  5. flyingember's Avatar
    As a photographer the second photo looks really bad to me.

    The black shirt has major artifacting and the whites are over exposed, losing detail

    Here's the catch- people usually don't care about detail in the shadows. It's the detail in the light areas that makes or breaks a photo.

    This app does not add light to a scene, it's just artificially lightening a photo. When you do this the photo comes out worse than it would have. You'd be better to add light to the scene.

    It may be what you want to look at on screen but don't ever expect to print the photos and have them look amazing.
    08-01-2009 05:19 PM
  6. Garz's Avatar
    Your not always going to have a chance to add light to the scene. Also, most people who are trying to play photographer will not be using their iPhone to take pics.
    08-01-2009 05:26 PM
  7. msbaylor's Avatar
    As a photographer, I sometime *do* use the iPhone's camera to take photos. Yes it's always better to add light, but like Garz said, your not always going to be able to do that.
    Unfortunately, I cannot see the artifacting because I am viewing this on my iPhone, but it is ALWAYS better to use a photo editing program on your computer rather than in-camera or on an app, as the alogorithims are usually better and you can usually control it better.

    @sherman901, the app finds "dark" pixels in the photo and lightens them up individually (artificially).

    While I agree with flyingember, I'd assume the most people that are going to be using this app, probably aren't planning on printing the photos out (don't get me started on cropping apps).
    08-02-2009 01:25 AM
  8. blackout128's Avatar
    I got this app too. I think it works pretty well for what I use it for. I had a ATT 8525 for 2 years(has a flash) and going to a phone without one sucks.
    08-02-2009 08:47 AM
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