User Tips #1: Controlling the Exposure

By on January 10, 2013

To keep the iPhone's auto-adjust from reducing the exposure, I would point the camera at my feet, then flip it up, taking the image before the camera had a chance to react.
Tom Choinski


Lens:  Jane 
Film:  Cano Cafenol 
Flash: off
Photo: Tom Choinski (Tremont Street Sunset - Boston, Massachusetts)

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  1. phipsta

    January 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    ‘exposure lock’ is the feature i’d most like to see on the next updates. But Tom… don’t you also end up with a load of out of focus pics too?

  2. Federico Sardi

    January 25, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I was going to ask the same question. I sometimes do that unintentionally when I’m out doing street photography and I end up with blurry and out of focus pictures. Specially when using any add-on lens on my iPhone (I mostly use the iPro Lens System’s telephoto).

  3. Tom

    January 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Phipsta: I suppose this trick is situational to the environment and device used. I was using an iPhone 5; I was shooting from a shaded area; and I was shooting into a brightly lit area. I’m not an expert in the mechanics of my my device’s auto focus and auto exposure, so I cannot predict how this control works. I seem to have the most success with this technique shooting into the sun.

  4. munchkin

    March 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    isn’t manual focus/exposure working in this case? point your finger on dark part of the screen (in the same way as in camera app), so focus and exposure is taken from that point.

  5. ekim305

    May 12, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Unfortunately there is no way to control focus/exposure with the Hipstamatic app (at least not to my knowledge). However this is what makes the app the more interesting, but what I found was that depending on how I compose my shoot I was able to get the subject in focus as desired.

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