Camera - What settings do you use?

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  1. thomamon macrumors 6502a

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    So I've upgraded from the 5 to 5S! I was using the same camera settings with the 5S that I did with the 5, but I am noticing the photos seem to be more blurry.

    On the 5 I always shot with HDR and rarely used the flash unless the situation really called for it.

    I am noticing a couple of things with the 5S. There is little to no difference between a regular shot and the the HDR version. I have it keep both versions then delete the one that I do not like.

    I also notice that there seems to be more blur with the 5S then with the 5! Is anyone else noticing that?

    At times it can become quite frustrating. At my wifes birthday celebration at my parents house the other night, every picture of us with her cake is soft/blurry.

    I never recall having this problem in the past.
     
  2. darthbane2k macrumors 6502

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    The iPhone still struggles when the subject is moving around a lot, I suggest using burst if there is movement or just keep on touching to focus on a composed shot
     
  3. thomamon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Touching the subject on the screen?
     
  4. thomamon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Here is an example, we are not moving...
     

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  5. darthbane2k macrumors 6502

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    yes - touch the subject on the screen and that will become the point of focus.
     
  6. thomamon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried that, doesn't always help for some reason.
     
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    The ones that work best for the environment and subject matter.
     
  8. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Nice picture anyway!

    By design photos in low light will almost always be "soft" due to aperture and shutter speed. Was there a green square around at least one or both faces? That will demonstrate the camera has what it thinks are the best settings. But even then the sharpness depends on the amount of light. It's less noticeable when looking at a person, but trying to read a cake is difficult. For a photo like that I recommend the flash. The 5s flash is an order of magnitude better than any iOS device before it.

    This doesn't really answer your question so I'll say that I believe low light pictures are much better with the 5s. But when I zoom in and look the edges of items are "soft".

    And tell Mom that she needs to do a better job getting out of the picture! Very sweet. :)
     
  9. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    I had to relearn to take photos w/ my 5S.

    Burst mode and volume rocker pics are what I currently use, one for good non blurry pics and the other one for a fast pic that looks good enough.
     
  10. thomamon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, that is my aunt, lol.

    Yeah, considering how well the pictures come out with the flash now I thought that may be the problem as well. Thanks so much for the feedback.

    The flash pics really are impressive with the 5S, so I may just set it to no HDR and Auto Flash in the future. I will also give people taking the pictures better instructions such as the box around the face next time.

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    What is volume rocker? I must have missed that!
     
  11. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    You press the vol key to take a pic, more stable than pressing on the screen.
     
  12. thomamon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have the leather case, I think its harder to use that button with that case on it.
     
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    I use the HDR mode, grid, and touch focus. Also if you put your finger on the screen and hold it there for 2 seconds, you can lock the focus and exposure to to better your photos. This technique is helpful when you need to recompose without the camera re-adjusting for focus and exposure. This technique also works on video recording as well.
     
  14. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    even so, it's gonna be a more stable pic than pressing the screen.
     
  15. thomamon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, will try!
    You think? Will try!
     
  16. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    Do you understand what HDR does? let's say one part of the picture is overexposed, another part is underexposed. HDR will take 2 pictures and merge them together. You shouldn't use HDR as a default setting.
     
  17. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Every picture I take is HDR and I have it set to keep both so I can decide which to keep. The only time HDR is off is when I set the flash to On so it will guaranteed flash. With the 5s it has to be pretty dark before I use the flash. I haven't had time to look at the 5s, but in many cases the 5 HDR would actually sharpen the image.

    But I'm curious, why not leave HDR as default? It's not the same as bracketing exposures but solves a lot of point-and-shoot sins.
     
  18. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Very cool. HDR does still sharpen them up on the 5s. Below are some random kids (none are mine so feel free to make fun of them). :p On my phone I zoomed in and then did a screen capture. Looking at the blond girl's hair you'll see it and the rest of the HDR pic is sharper.

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    photo 2.PNG
     
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