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Old 01-22-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Lightbulb iPhone HDR images

Here's some images I've taken of my 75 gallon planted community setup and a Jack Dempsey using the camera app on the iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0.1 with the "HDR" turned on. All editing was done on the iPhone itself using only the camera app. No other programs/apps were used.
I'm kind of amazed at the detail and clarity of these shots considering it's just a phone camera. The images are actually much better than the 10mp digital camera I have used in the past to capture images of my tank occupants. Editing was pretty easy on the iPhone also.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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Wow those are nice pics!! I'm getting the app right now!!
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It's the native "camera" app that came with the iPhone, no need to download if you have an iPhone.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:21 PM   #4
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I have the iPhone 4 too. But I can't get it to take very good pics at all. In fact it's the worst phone camera I've ever had. I wonder why yours turned out so much better? Nice pics!
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Hmmmmm....
Ok. Here's exactly what I did:
Open the Camera app and select "Options".
Set the HDR to ON and select "Done".
Turn off the flash.
Place the phone right against the side of the aquarium and use the aquarium's side to steady the phone as you hold it with one hand.
Move the phone around, lining up and snapping photos as you go.

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Allow the camera to focus before shooting. To prompt the camera to focus where you want, tap the area on the phone screen where you want the focus to be (the fish, a plant, decorations, etc.) and wait for the box with the crosshairs to 'lock in' and then fade away. The camera is now focused on that area.
Due to there being no macro setting the subject needs to be a few inches away to get optimal focus.
Be patient. In the image with the Cherry Barb I focused on the female because she was sitting there quietly and I waited quite a bit for a male to come in frame to check on her before I took the shot.

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Be quick. In the attached image of the Praecox I followed the fish around with the camera and when the opportunity arose, quickly tapped the focus and shot ASAP when the little booger was momentarily motionless.
Once the image is in the Camera Roll you may find you have two of them. I think it saves one in HD and the other as a normal resolution image. If you have trouble telling the difference between the two, there is a faded out "HDR" right under the "Camera Roll" back arrow on the HD version.
Press "Edit" and use the magic wand to set the Auto-Enhance On then use the crop tool and select an area you find to be a pleasing composition. Cropping is done by the same pinching motion used to zoom in the Camera app.
Once you're happy with the way it looks, hit the gold colored "Save" button.
The first picture is the normal resolution image and the second is the HD version that I just took of a male Praecox Rainbow Fish to make sure I got all the steps listed on here that I used to take the photos in the correct sequence.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips! I'll try it.
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Nice pics, there is a setting either in the camera app or in settings that you can turn off to save sd images when taking hd pictures.
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Here's a couple of images of Cherry Barbs taken with the iPhone using the "patience method". I have found that as I use the phone more often, the fish are getting used to it and are less uneasy about the phone moving around against the glass as I try to line up shots. It's still hard to get a good image of the Flag Fish because of the skittish issue but the barbs are becoming quite content to have their photos taken.
The lighting is about 2w/gallon (4 full spectrum, around 5765K, 32w 48" T8s on a 75 gallon) on the tank where these pictures were taken. I don't know how much difference the lighting makes but I thought I should throw those numbers out there just in case.
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Nice shots!
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Thanks for the info. I'm an idiot. Not sure why I hadn't turned that on. But it makes a huge difference.
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