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Phone photography – always clean your lens!

Soft shot - dirty lens

In my recent post 10 Tips for … Better photos with your phone I mentioned that a common problem with phone photos is that the lens is often dirty and should always be cleaned before you start shooting.

I do this as a matter of course – or so I thought – but a few days back I was waiting at the start of a shoot and shooting some converging lines in the car-park when I noticed that the shot I’d just taken looked a bit soft.

Wiped the camera lens on my jeans ( this was my iPhone!) and re-took the shot, and guess what. Yes, it was much sharper – you can see the difference…

 

Clean lens - sharp shot

Joe Houghton Photography runs small group photo shoots, individual 1 on 1 tuition and photography assignments. You can see some of Joe’s photography on ArtistRising or atThe Canvas Works, or on his Flickr site.

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3 thoughts on “Phone photography – always clean your lens!

  1. A clean lens is the alpha and omega when it comes to photography. Many pictures have been destroyed because of a dirty lens. I work in a photo shop and recommend to all my customers to buy a portable cleaning kit. I sell a lot of this one http://www.vanguardworld.com/index.php/en/pv/products/photo-video/detail-1-8-56-266.html and use myself.

    Posted by knudsens | April 3, 2012, 10:07 am
    • Hey Joakim – thanks for the comment – you are quite right of course. I guess I should also clarify that you should never clean any proper camera lens on your jeans or shirt – you should always use a proper lens cloth or other microfiber product designed for coated high quality optical glass.

      Posted by Joe Houghton | April 3, 2012, 1:43 pm
      • I think it is wise to emphasize that anything other than products made for cleaning lenses are not recommended. A t-shirt, sweater or someting like that could easily scratch the lens.

        Posted by knudsens | April 3, 2012, 2:02 pm

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