Exposure Issues

 

My iPhone doesn’t allow me to compensate exposure, and it meters the photo based on where I tap focus from. What do I do if I want greater control?
Amit Iyengar, Mumbai, via email

Shot using ProCamera, the Exposure was set from the brightest spot in the image, focus was kept on the curtain and the flash fired, to fill in the shadows and balance exposure. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

Shot using ProCamera, the Exposure was set from the brightest spot in the image, focus was kept on the curtain and the flash fired, to fill in the shadows and balance exposure. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

The fact that the iPhone does not have Exposure Compensation is rather pathetic, considering how good its camera is. But it does allow you a lot of control, though in a twisted way. For instance, long pressing the screen while shooting works like an Auto Exposure Lock. You can use this judiciously to avoid overexposing or underexposing a subject. Also, there are plenty of apps such as Camera+ and ProCamera that give far greater control. Some of these also allow you to separate the focus point from the metering area.

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