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Iphone 4s camera…how good is it. « Sandy Young Photography Blog

Iphone 4s camera…how good is it. « Sandy Young Photography Blog.

Iphone 4s camera…how good is it.

When the iphone 4s was launched back in October 2011 I upgraded from the 3gs, primarily to get more storage and faster connectivity.
Cameras in phones have been around for a long time now, and as professional photographer they have never appealed to me.
But when I started playing around with the 4’s camera I was astounded not just at the quality of images that this phone produces but also the tap focus and exposure adjustments that can be made, marry this up with a good app and you have a nice light small compact camera that also makes phone calls!

This was taken in a street in Athens, didn’t have any of my cameras with me just me iphone, I would occasionally pass a picture opportunity and regret not having my cameras with me…not any more!

This picture of my girlfriends cocktail, shows just how much detail the camera holds even in a bright high contrast situation, where a lot of other so called hi-end compacts would fail.

Again when a picture opp happens just as you are walking down the street it’s easy just to pull out the iPhone and snap.

All the iPhone images here have been post processed in the phone using the snapseed app. It’s well worth getting to know what this app can do, play about with it and see for yourself.

The two images above were shot in low light (steady hand needed), yes there is a bit of noise in the images but they still retains lots of detail and sharpness.

The iPhone is perfect for those occasions when you are out and about and don’t want the hassle of carrying a big heavy camera bag around.
For me it saves a lot of time and also works as a great reference tool.

Fake Bake Glitz and Glamour Ball

After a few long weeks, I was looking forward to a quite night in on a Friday night, as I am working all weekend.
So this was my chance to kick back and enjoy a Friday night in for change!
But running your own business means there is no such thing as a Friday night off or a bank holiday for that matter!
Got a call from a client to cover the Fake Bake Glitz and Glamour Ball??
I should really learn how to say NO… As this is not my thing, Made in Chelsea? Amy who? What’s Towie and who or what is Gordie Shore…never mind Scousewives and seemingly there desperate!

Arriving was Peter Andre and Amy Childs…looks like she has been through Hilary Devey’s

Pictured with Amy Childs is Michelle Heaton, don’t have a clue who she is… googled her and nothing! But seemingly she is famous. Well the Daily Mail used the picture…

Turned out not to be to bad a night, got to catch up with a few fellow photographers I have not seen for a while.

And it was all for a good cause in aid of the Save Your Skin campaign.

A week photographing Prince Charles…

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles.
I had six commissions during the week photographing Prince Charles during his weeklong engagements in Scotland.

The first image were from a reception for the Prince’s Trust at The Palace of Holyrood House. I have shot in the Palace many a time and the rooms are stunning just what you would expect from a royal palace…large wonderful tapestries depicting a range of historical events from a time when “great” was still in Great Britain!

The second couldn’t have been more different, on board Marine Scotland’s new research vessel during a visit to Leith harbour he helped serve up fish & chips in the ship’s galley.

Below he addressed the sixth World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh at the EICC.
And then off to the National Museum for Scotland to hand out awards at the Scottish Business in the Community, 30th Anniversary Dinner

Another reception…Don’t think I released just how hard the Royal family works, until you see it first hand over a few days.
Then a tour round Craigroyston Community High School where he stopped and engaged with pupils and staff.
What a week great fun and managed to get a fantastic set of images while keeping my distance an observing the Royal protocols.
A long week shooting all day then editing well in to the wee hours, to get the images over to my clients. I also shot a video of HRH making his speech at the EICC, edited and uploaded to clients website within a few hours.

6 Royal visits all in one week

This week I will manly be photographing Prince Charles or the Duke of Rothesay, as he’s is known in Scotland.
Dust off the suit and look out a few ties! I have six separate commissions with Prince Charles and Camilla this week. I usually shoot around six for the whole year.
Should make for some great pictures, a good mixture of different visits.
Keep an eye out on my blog, as I will be posting later on this week…

This is one form a vist last year at the opening of Greenlaw Town Hall.