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Grandad, noooo!

By dudler
I continue to find mobile 'phone photography frustrating.

There are two issues here. One is that I selected the focus area, and placed it carefully over Della's face. Nonetheless, the bookcase is sharper than my granddaughter...

The other is that I used an app that shoots RAW files. And while the JPG is bright and looks good, the DNG is lacklustre, while also having a histogram cheerfully busting loose on both sides of the graph.

What am I missing - or is it merely that I'm not putting the effort in as I'm happy to do with a camera that's sixty years old and only works intermittently?

Tags: Baby Portraits and people Mobile Monday

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bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
11 Oct 2021 8:15AM
hello Wink
Howard2 6 3 5 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 8:40AM
Your granddaughter will get sharper as she gets older and will very soon be putting Grandpa right - on all topics .... !
11 Oct 2021 9:04AM
Morning John,
maybe, like me, you have no affinity for mobile phones, or the patience ??????
WE know what to expect from a camera, but mobiles have a mind of their own SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
11 Oct 2021 9:06AM
I also find using phones frustrating. I can't get to take pictures, I touch the button, soft, hard or medium with various phone of various makes and nothing happens. Give me a button to press any day.
ColleenA Plus
9 502 8 Australia
11 Oct 2021 9:16AM
I get excellent photos with my iPhone but then I have the latest model which has three lenses on the back
If shooting in portrait mode it even blurs the background for me with a shallow DOF. Iíll upload a range of phone images one day this week. Your granddaughter is very cute congratulations
mistere Plus
8 13 5 England
11 Oct 2021 9:17AM
It must have something to do with Quantum, most things do. What's the minimum focus distance for a 4.2mm lens? Don't know about I-phones, never had one, but are they supposed to be equivalent to a 26mm lens. Or have I remembered that all wrong?.
Either way, she's still cute Smile
cooky Plus
18 6 6 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 9:28AM
Unless you use the mobile camera as your main one as many people do now, I think it is a slightly different mind set.

Mobile camera photography seems to require a certain skill base and to be honest, I just use mine for memory shots. On that note, beware. My card has for no apparent reason corrupted!

Della is beautiful and you'll just have to have your camera handy at all times. It is the equipment you are familiar with and second nature.

Just look at that little face! Lovely.

ZenTony Plus
6 12 2 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 9:36AM
Clearly John, you were photographing the books (beautifully crisp) and this little rascal photobombed you.
I blame the parents !
James124 Plus
7 47 50 Portugal
11 Oct 2021 9:45AM
Does your phone have "face recognition" . I've tried touching the screen to focus/expose a particular point, but if the phone moves fractionally it all goes pot. On my iPhone 6s I can use the volume buttons to take photos, this id often easier and steadier then the proper button.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1928 England
11 Oct 2021 10:12AM
Fractional movement may be the thing - certainly, there was that!

I shall explore whether I can expose using the volume buttons - that seems a more natural thing to do than using the screen! As for minimum focus - I'll upload a version that show it wasn't the issue...
kaybee 18 8.2k 27 Scotland
11 Oct 2021 1:22PM
She had better get used to a camera lens ... of any description ... being in her face.

I don't trust my phone to work as a phone - let alone as a camera.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
11 Oct 2021 1:34PM
On that phone you can indeed use the volume button when on landscape orientation as a shutter button.

Cute as a button too.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1928 England
11 Oct 2021 6:10PM
Thanks, Willie - that will help enormously with getting photographs with the device...

And possibly making the focus point selection work well.
🤣🤣🤣 well done

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
11 Oct 2021 8:29PM
Im sure you know to just tap the screen where you want to focus. Also, you will see a square box with a sun symbol beside it once you focus, slide the sun symbol up or down to increase/decrease exposure.
capto Plus
10 7.0k 31 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 10:14PM
Still worth keeping a precious moment, even if it's not quite spot on.Smile
IamDora 1 6 Canada
11 Oct 2021 11:51PM
I haven't a clue about phones but you could try "auto" Wink
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1928 England
12 Oct 2021 10:48AM
Dora - the only way most 'phones work is 'Auto' - that's part of the problem.

Willie - I didn't know about the sun symbol - a quick check doesn't show it either in the basic 'phone app, or Halide, which allows manual control and a RAW file. I do now know to look hard for something!
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
13 Oct 2021 11:54AM
I'm not great with using phones either, for me they are useful for taking images 'as it happens' purely for my records.
I find I have much more control over things when using my camera, saying that, little people do tend to move really quickly, patience is certainly a virtue Wink
I do know where the square box is but I try not to use it Wink

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