My cameraphone used to give me vivid, punchy results while shooting in the daytime. Recently though, despite the light conditions being the same, I am getting dull, washed out tones. What’s wrong? B R Khanna, Hyderabad, via email Such inconsistency can be befuddling, but since you are talking about a cameraphone, there’s probably a simple, albeit common problem you are facing. The lens of the camera has become dirty. It could be a tiny fingerprint or some dirt.
However careful we may be, the cameraphone’s lens always gets smudged. This can cause the best of optics to perform poorly, and light sources in the frame may flare badly. Even while shooting in broad daylight, a smudged lens may cause the colours to render poorly. Use a lint-free cloth to clean the lens whenever this happens. If you don’t have a lint-free cloth around, simply use the cloth that one uses to wipe spectacles.Tags: 2014, ask the expert, bettre photography, dirt, october, Question of the Day