Pictures look Washed Out on iPhone 4S

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jason2811, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    Whenever I take photos at night or in a dark room they always come out looking "washed out" and faded. Is there a problem with my flash or maybe my camera? Anyone have similar problems? Thanks!


  2. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    Are you familiar on how a camera works?
    Flash at night time pictures create the washed out effect on photos.
  3. bluemonkeyguy macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    If you have any case on, remove the case, then check if you forgot to remove the protective layer in front of the camera, then reshoot. Did it improve?
  4. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    the led flash on the iphone isn't that good for wide open areas at night. It works better at close range. Also some iphone case will affect flash more than others. Sometimes if you have ur finger too close to the flash it bounces the light weird into the lens.
  5. zelaya macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    Are you using a sgp film protector that is covering the camera?
  6. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010

    You do not take night time / low light pictures using a flash or else the results will be as above...
  7. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
  8. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's definitely something interfering with the flash. If you have a case on, take it off. If you have something covering or coming right up to the flash take it off. The night capabilities aren't the best, but that blue haze is definitely interference.
  9. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    Wirelessly posted (Verizon iPhone 4: Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/6.5.22931/26.1098; U; en) Presto/2.8.119 Version/10.54)

    My iPhone 4 camera is the same way. I also suggest taking the case off so that the camera will improve at night.
  10. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    Definitely interference from something. There are some known case issues, notably those that had too small of a cutout for the flash. The light would bounce off the side of the opening and create a haze in front of the lens. The early speck candyshell cases for the iPhone 4 were like this. It could also be the way you're holding the phone and the light is bouncing off of your finger. In no way is this normal behavior from the iPhone flash.
  11. deanfx4u macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
  12. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008

    There is nothing interfering with your camera lens or flash. It's just your environment mixed with using a flash at night in an open area.
  13. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    The flash only has a range of a few feet. Turn it off for a shot like that.

    Also the case is probably causing the problem. Take if off or get a case with a larger opening that is made to be used with this flash. The Incase slider is one that works well with the flash.
  14. seedidea macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2011
    I noticed this on my 4S, even closeups at night. I had installed a zagg protector and I think a tiny edge of the cutout was just enough to create a flare. I gently edged it back and two shots I tried tonight were free of flare.

    The Camera takes ice shots in low light with the flash off. I downloaded the Camera+ app tonight and turned on its image stabilize function. That seemed to help in low light too with the flash off.
  15. al0513 macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2011
    hm my iPhone 4S does the same thing. No case, no film, Its naked right now. ...
  16. AnotherBrian macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    It's like other have said flash is only good for close shots at night. Distance shots ='s what you got or worse.
  17. OCJeff macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2010
    Some have hardware issues. Mine was caused by the case. PITA to remove case for night time photos. :(

    Removing the case gives clear photos for me.
  18. kothrush macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2002
    Ditto. I have same issue with the case. I've proof case.

    When I remove the case, it gives proper flash pictures which is not "washed out".
  19. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    I was running into this too. Here's what I discovered:
    • I currently have a white 4S which is experiencing this issue, previously had a black 4 which didn't have this issue.
    • Using the same case on my 4S that I used previously on my 4 (smoke colored semi transparent TPU Gel case)
    • Took pictures, got the washed out foggy effect with 4S with case.
    • Same picture with my old 4 with the case, did not produce the foggy effect.
    • Removing the case on the 4S also make the foggy effect go away.
    • Tried cutting out a much larger hole on the case, to keep the flash from reflecting off it. Effect is less, but still present. As of now, only cure seems to be removing the case completely.
    Attached are my test shots for reference.
    1. With case
    2. Without case
    3. With case, but larger hole cut out of case around camera and flash (effect is reduced, it's just that the pic is out of focus)

    For me, it appears to be a combination of a white phone, with a somewhat transparent case (smokey clear), as my previous black iphone 4 with the same case didn't have issues. In trying to watch the flash while taking pictures (hard to do without blinding yourself), it appears the flash almost bleeds across the face of the white body and under the edge of the case, causing a reflection when the picture is taken. Don't notice the same thing on my black 4.

    Anyways, debating what to do. Will likely see if I can find another case which doesn't produce the same effect, but if I can't find one, might try to return/exchange the phone at the Apple store for a black 4S instead of white, if this is going to be how the camera and flash work, as going without a case is not an option for me.

    If you are experiencing this issue, and you have a case, I highly recommend you try removing it, to see if it improves for you as well.

    Attached Files:

  20. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Alhough any wide open night shots w/ flash look crappy, your issue is definitely case related.

    OP...How about a reply? Did you take the case off and try again? I hate when people post threads asking questions, then people take the time to give advice and suggesstions, only to never hear from the OP again.
  21. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Not exactly. They don't create washed images like the OP. Overexposure/hotspots and flat lighting are common but that's not what the OP is experiencing. The iPhone's flash isn't powerful enough to wash out everything in the background of the photo.

    The issue the OP is having is due to a case, film or something of the sort reflecting the flash back into the lens.
  22. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I have also seen some images from naked White iPhone do the same thing.
  23. pk7 macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    This isn't always 100% effective but if you take a washed-out photo and use the one-click "Auto-Enhance" in the inbuilt editor in the Photos app, it can detect and remove some (and sometimes all) of the washout.
  24. jason2811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    It was a case issue. But it seems to happen with distance shots at night ike people mentioned.
  25. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I tried a similar pic with my 4s cause I never tried it.

    Flash on


    Flash off to show how dark


    I'm using the newer otter box commuter that has the modified camera opening.

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