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Maker Faire SF is a little over a month away – before, during and after there’s an amazing torrent of photos that hit the web. Each year I see tens of thousands whip out their iPhones and phones to take photos of all the amazing things at the Faire. Here are some handy tips for taking good photos of cars with an iPhone, but the same applies to many of the things you’ll see at the Faire, like giant shiny robots that breath fire. Sam @ JALOPNIK writes -

In the spirit of Chase Jarvis’s excellent book The Best Camera is the One That’s With You, I’ve recently started shooting cars with my iPhone 3GS. Who knew that tiny little lens had soul?
The images you see here were not retouched. They weren’t sharpened or cropped, their colors weren’t boosted, and I didn’t put them through any filters. The only magic here is the glow of a California afternoon and the liquid love that passes for red paint in Ingolstadt. Not bad for a phone camera, eh?

Don’t get me wrong: None of these pictures are masterpieces. But like any other camera, the iPhone rewards attention to detail, and it can produce remarkably good images if you’re paying attention. It also recently became the most tagged camera on Flickr. We figured it was time for a few car-snappin’ tips.

Thanks Johngineer!

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. charliex says:

    Clean cars make for easy pictures though,most anything else and its pretty dire lots of compression artifacts and banding.. It’s good for the the one you’ve got, but it takes ages to load up and be ready for another shot i’ve found as well if you take lots of pictures it starts not saving them, or black screen. Which is really annoying if you don’t find out til later! :)

    I only wish they had the camera from the nokia N95 in there, or that the nokia had the same backend as the iphone.

    Plus while i’m dreaming out loud, i wish they’d allow one of the buttons to act as shutter press.

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