- 02-06-2013, 07:37 AM #1
Last night I was at the Phillip Phillips and Matchbox20 show in Louisville. I could see others holding their phones, getting some pretty good pictures. I know I have the best phone (Lumia 920) and best low-light camera on any phone out there now. Below are photos I took...
Are there any settings I could change manually that would make the photos more clear and have better color? Should I have changed the Exposure Value, White Balance, ISO, etc? I'm going to see Pink in a few weeks, and want better photos...Any help you could offer would be appreciated!
02-06-2013, 08:01 AM #2
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Maybe its just my 920 but I can't even see any of your pics even after I login with my google account. Why don't you try posting links from SkyDrive of those pictures.
Without even seeing the pictures did you try changing the scene setting from Automatic to Night or Night Portrait?
02-06-2013, 08:20 AM #5
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Night mode is not good when taking photos of moving objects like that. Use regular settings, without focus light or flash. Set ISO to what you think looks the best, I usually use 100 or 200 for photos that are supposed to give a certain impression of how it really looks. I tend to let all the other settings to stand at auto.
Try it out at home with dimmed lights, then you figure out what looks the best. And remember, the more you shake the phone when taking a photo, the worse it gets, and zooming in (even though it's tempting) is no good either. I would point the screen and take the photo that close to the stage at a concert. :)
I took the liberty to check some of your photos, the flash is on auto and the ISO is probably on auto to because it's on 800. When it comes to flash, and it doesn't matter if it's a phone or a digital camera, it flashes the first thing it hits and usually does more damage than good (but off course, you can use it in a good way sometimes). Don't use auto ISO on indoor photos if you like them to stay "dark" and natural. That goes for the outdoors as well.
Good luck :)
Last edited by Tafsern; 02-06-2013 at 09:22 AM.
- 02-06-2013, 10:32 AM #6
The reason shots like this are tough is because camera's auto-exposure algorithm looks at the scene and tries to compensate for the overall dark stage and in the process overexposes performer's brightly lit face. Even on DSLRs, it takes some skills to expose properly. What I usually do is to shoot a sample with -1 to -2 EV or something similar, check the result on screen, fine tune the EV value and stick with it. If you want to shoot care free, there's CameraPro app that does exposure bracketing for you. It shoots multiple shots at different EV values you choose and you can pick the best results later. It's a great tool to have when you have a scene that's tough to expose properly.
One thing makes it even harder is constantly changing stage light. If brightness changed a lot between auto exposure and shutter operation, you will have badly exposed picture. AE bracketing would come in handy here also.
- 02-06-2013, 10:52 AM #8
I probably would leave those to automatic.
Because it's a tough condition to shoot and the changing light, you probably just have to deal with a lot of bad results. Just shoot a lot (preferably with AE bracketing) and some will look pretty good.
Oh one more thing, did you zoom in when you took those pictures? I see more than usual amount of pixilation..
- 02-06-2013, 11:15 AM #9
On parties I always have my 920 set to ISO 200 and white balance to Daylight. This is an example of a typical partypic:
When there are many white walls in someones house during a party and there is medium light, it might be better to set the white balance to Fluorescent or else everything will look too yellow. You just have to see in the moment what ISO value is best, but ISO 200 is most of the time the most accurate representation of the actual scene.
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