May 29

Take really good (or GREAT) flash pictures with your iPhone

I love to take pictures. I can’t tell you the number of cameras that I’ve owned over my lifetime. It used to be that if you wanted to capture that moment, you needed to carry a camera with you. But today, with the prevalence of smartphones, like the iPhone that I carry, you always have a camera with you.

And, as smartphones got smaller and more advanced, so did the cameras inside of them. But one of the problems I always had was taking a flash picture with my iPhone. It seemed to get washed out and the colors were sort of funky and I was never really happy with the results. So, going to one of my old standby phrases, “Google is your friend”, I did some searches.

What I found was that people were saying that because the flash was flush with the surface of the iPhone, and I had a case on the phone, when the flash fired it wasn’t dispersed properly and light was bouncing off of the case surrounding the flash on the back of the phone. I really didn’t think that was the problem, but I tried photos with and without the case… and guess what – there really is a difference.

I was telling this to my daughter and niece the other night at dinner and no one believed me. So my daughter decided to put it to the test. Now she uses an older iPhone 4, and the case isn’t anything as large as an otterbox…


But you can see how the flash is “inset” into the case. So she took a picture of my niece with the case on…


The picture is pretty washed out, and you can see the inconsistency in the colors and look of the photo. Not the best. Then she took the phone out of the case and here’s the picture she took…


Look at the difference…. nothing changed other than the case was off of the phone. And… no retouching of either of the two photos. These are right out of the phone’s camera roll. The quality of the photo is 1000 times better than with the case on. So, if you really want to see a big improvement in your iPhone photos, just slip the phone out of the case (or switch to a bumper like I did on my iPhone 5) and you’ll love the pictures you’re getting.

I can’t tell you if it’s the same with an Android phone (and there’s way too many Android phones out on the market today to find anything conclusive), but I suspect it might be the same. If someone wants to give it a try and let us know, please do so in the comments!

Thanks to my daughter, Kim Hales for taking the challenge, and my niece, Traci Hamilton, for posing for the pictures!


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  1. Patty

    Marty! You just fixed my photo taking problem! Thanks!

  2. Marty Silbernik

    Glad to be of service — that’s the whole idea behind this blog!

  3. Traci Hamilton

    Intersting!!! Wow…what a difference!

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    Actually, this is hosted on the WordPress.com site. I haven’t moved it to my own domain because using WordPress.com is so much easier for me to blog with.

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  7. Marty Silbernik

    It shocked me too when I actually saw the results. Thanks for reading and be sure to pass on the link!

  8. Marty Silbernik

    Reblogged this on I'm Too Old to Do This! and commented:

    Just wanted to re-post this one since it’s gotten the most comments of all my posts. And, I’ll see you in a couple of weeks when we get back from vacation! Thanks for reading, liking, sharing and reposting!

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