iPhone XS vs. iPhone X

To find out how the camera of the iPhone XS improves on the iPhone X and especially how Smart HDR works I took the two phones on a walk in the woods. There you have very bright light, hardly any light and often both in one picture.

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Bonus: A Few Night Shots

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On mobile the iPhone X is on top and the iPhone XS below. On a Desktop the iPhone X is on the left and the iPhone XS on the right.

Could you spot the differences and which do you like better? Let me know on Twitter.


How To Make Amazing Mega-Panoramas On An iPad With Your Photo Camera

First you take a bunch of pictures. It works best if you move your feet and camera as little as possible. In this case I took 25 photos with my A7 on a family trip to Bern. 

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Having imported the files onto the iPad via Wifi or an adapter or a device like this just add them to a new panorama in Affinity Photo.

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After a bit of waiting you get a panorama.  

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You could easily fix the edges in Affinity. But I‘m much faster with Pixelmator

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To add some final touches I use Lightroom CC. I know it‘s a bit overkill.  

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Et voila: The final result. All done on a train on an iPad while holding a more or less sleeping baby. 

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Just Because: Shooting The Moon With A Smartphone

After I posted some pictures of the moon I took with my Sony A7. Someone on Twitter dared me to do it with some of my smartphones. Et voila:  

Surprise! 4 photos but only 2 phones. Here they are:

iPhone X with 2x zoom, standard camera app

ƒ/2.4 1/15 6 mm ISO 160

To get the shot I reduced the brightness as much as possible. 


iPhone X with 2x zoom, Halide app, edited in

ƒ/2.4 1/1350 6 mm ISO 16

To get the shot I reduced brightness/exposure quite a bit but not as much as possible. 


Huawei P20 Pro, RAW-Mode, edited in Lightroom CC (In RAW-Mode zoom is deactivated)

ƒ/1.8 1/4000 3.95 mm ISO 50


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Huawei P20 Pro, 10x zoom, Pro-Mode, standard camera app

ƒ/1.8 1/4000 3.95 mm ISO 50

Just Because: Shooting Mars Without A Proper Lens

Because Mars is very well visible right now I couldn‘t resist and took the Sony A7 on to our balcony. Since I don‘t have a modern zoom lens I had to improvise.  

First I used an old 80-200mm Minolta/Tokina lens from the 80s. But that didn‘t work out. So I brought the Sony 90mm Macro.

It sure looks a tiny bit like Mars.  Not too bad for a macro lens.

PS: Here are two quick shots of the moon with the 80-200mm Minolta/Tokina. 

Astrophotography For A Beginner

On a recent trip to the south of Switzerland, I was so impressed by the view that I just had to take a picture of the night sky. 

Since I had never done astrophotography before and I didn't feel like reading or watching any tutorials I just experimented with different settings on my Sony A7 III. 

Afterwards, I adjusted the brightness and other parameters in the official photo app on the iPad a bit. Et voila:

F1.8 2s 55mm ISO1250

F2 2s 55mm ISO2500

Not bad.

The next evening I noticed that Jupiter was especially bright that night. So I took a few shots with my 85mm lens just for fun. To my surprise I later discovered that you could even see two Jupiter moons when you zoomed in a bit:

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Not bad either.

Back at home I found this tutorial and imported one of the RAW files into Lightroom. That's what I came up with:

The original RAW file: F2 55mm 2s ISO3200

The tutorial version

My final edit

Not bad, not bad at all.