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Aug 29, 2013
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Apple describes the True Tone flash as "a white LED and an amber LED that work with intelligent software" but my question is, what if Apple had just replaced the white LED in the iPhone 5 with an amber LED?

The flash on the iPhone is basically only used in low-light situations, and I can't think of any situation where the faces of the people would benefit from the white harsh "fluorescent" LED. But I can see every photo benefiting from an LED with a warmer light.

Basically, my assumption is that people look better under warmer light, so I don't see the need for a white LED at all.
 

sammich

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When you take a picture with the flash enabled, the iSight camera uses software algorithms to assess the colour temperature of the scene. That allows iPhone 5s to determine just the right percentage and intensity of white light versus amber light you need

Can't augment the colour intensity of a light source if you only have one colour output.
 
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mikeydeezy

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Jun 15, 2010
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Apple describes the True Tone flash as "a white LED and an amber LED that work with intelligent software" but my question is, what if Apple had just replaced the white LED in the iPhone 5 with an amber LED?

The flash on the iPhone is basically only used in low-light situations, and I can't think of any situation where the faces of the people would benefit from the white harsh "fluorescent" LED. But I can see every photo benefiting from an LED with a warmer light.

Basically, my assumption is that people look better under warmer light, so I don't see the need for a white LED at all.



I think Apples reasoning is that the iphone can determine which combo of white and amber intensity is needed to capture the natural tone.
 
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158273

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Aug 29, 2013
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I think Apples reasoning is that the iphone can determine which combo of white and amber intensity is needed to capture the natural tone.

Right, but I'm thinking here, is there really a natural scenario for white light? (besides daylight, wherein the flash becomes unneeded) My understanding is that warmer light always looks more natural on skin, in low-light conditions.
 
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Mrbobb

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Ah. I see you are not a photographer.

Flashes are not only used in the dark, sometimes even in bright sun light but you have this shadow area that you want to give some details to, so you turn on the flash even here to achieve that goal. Here a neutral white flash is what requires. This is often times called a backfill.
 
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BSDanalyst

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Sep 16, 2013
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Apple describes the True Tone flash as "a white LED and an amber LED that work with intelligent software" but my question is, what if Apple had just replaced the white LED in the iPhone 5 with an amber LED?

The flash on the iPhone is basically only used in low-light situations, and I can't think of any situation where the faces of the people would benefit from the white harsh "fluorescent" LED. But I can see every photo benefiting from an LED with a warmer light.

Basically, my assumption is that people look better under warmer light, so I don't see the need for a white LED at all.

Why post when you clearly have no knowledge about photography?
 
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