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My Phone Photography Experiences So Far22/10/2011 - 11:58 AM
Okay, so I finally, finally decided to try and do something with the pictures I'd taken on my Nokia E71 mobile phone.
I never used the camera on the phone very much, only a few times in situations where I was really sorry that I didn't have another camera at hand and the phone would just have to do, but I never actually put them on my computer to check how they turned out.
Well, er ... they didn't turn out too well. After having seen images other people have taken with their phones, I think the quality of these shots are shockingly low. It may be because of the protective plastic in front of the lens, so I'll remove that and try it without, but I'm not completely convinced that this phone will really take high quality shots. But we'll see.
To illustrate, here's a shot from Portree harbour from last week. I haven't done anything to it, I only re-sized it and saved it for web use. If you could view the bigger version that I have on my computer, it would be blindindly obvious that the image doesn't contain much detail in whatever is in the far distance, it only does nearby subjects reasonably well, and the depth of field isn't ideal. And .... and .... well, let's just say it's not exactly publication quality.
An image that turned out much better, although I had to do some repair work on the main subject due to completely blown highlights, is this fly agaric I shot the day before yesterday. This one has been through Photoshop - I thought it was worth it because it looked a lot better than most other images from my phone - here it is:
I suppose there's hope. It could have been worse.
But I wouldn't be surprised if I got better images from the next phone I'm buying when my contract is over early next year.