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By salopian
I have noticed some good, crisp shots taken on mobile phones recently when, presumably, there is not much in the way of manual control. I liked the way the shadows of the trees played on this church which seem to be pointing in towards the door and decided to see how it would reproduce just using " program" on the Samsung.
To be fair,this was the side door and the main entrance was much more welcoming !


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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 5:12PM
A perfectly good well exposed and sharp pictorial record. what mor to say. The image does a job and does it well. The content means a bit of a lack of actual impact and strength.

Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 253 England
26 Feb 2017 8:07PM
This caught my eye straightaway.
I initially thought was that it's a bit flat and that it might benefit from a touch more contrast.
In reality, under exposure is the culprit.
I've added a mod. in which I've increased both the exposure and contrast, using a simple "S" curve.

Edit. Seeing it uploaded here, the effect isn't as striking as it is on my computer.
I've had issues with mods. not displaying as well as I'd expect in the past, so I'll leave it but you get the idea.

26 Feb 2017 9:03PM
Nice textures and shadows in this. I think you can make a bit more of them in B&W, with a bit more contrast. It's not a particularly nice combination of colours to my eye and I think monochrome is a bit more moody (if thats what you are going for?).
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
26 Feb 2017 9:21PM
Not a lot to add: you've proved that your 'phone (or is it yoru camera on Program mode - that's what the EXIF data says) works well for this sort of shot.

A suggestion - do a test in adverse lighting conditions... My wife reckons her iPad is wonderful, but indoors and at night it's an awful long way behind. How does your kit stack up then? It's worth establishing where the boundaries are.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
27 Feb 2017 2:40AM
Flat and dull it is.

For me, very inaccurate white balance, low contrast and underexposed, all of this you can address with in-camera settings to improve your point and shoot approach!

Mod uploaded.


salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2017 1:31PM
Thanks again for the mods ( which are all a great improvement on the original - the black and white conversion in particular is excellent ) and the helpful comments of course.
John, the Samsung NX100 ( not 1000 as in the Exif ) has an APS size sensor and I was just experimenting to see how this would perform on auto settings compared to a smart phone and it seems to have come out a poor second !. With manual intervention it can produce some good results so I think this little trial means turn it off program mode !

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2017 7:14PM
A bit surprised at this one? Really doesn't look under exposed on my screen. A touch flat, perhaps but I put that down to the lighting.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
27 Feb 2017 8:13PM
Same here Paul, it just looks flat (tonally).
That's not an issue per se, contrast boosts solve it and are easier to use (read more effective/visually pleasing) than trying to reduce high contrast.

I'm not sure what difference and why using 'Program' over for example Aperture Priority would produce a flatter result. It's just a different way of arriving at the (same) exposure value. Unless there are other parameters the camera is altering that you aren't aware of or have 'set' for use in 'Program'.
What precisely are your 'manual interventions?
salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2017 9:59AM
Usually use AP for depth of field and set white balance to suit conditions. Might use manual focus on tricky subjects - really nothing much more than that which, as you say, might not make a great deal of difference.
Thanks for your interest.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
28 Feb 2017 7:38PM
Thanks for that Geoff.
Pretty much the same as my approach.
It doesn't explain the 'flatness', but then some images in some conditions do turn out like that and need some extra hep in processing. Without side by side comparisons taken at the same time...

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