Not quite there yet

Zappa-esque hotel room selfie (you'll see why)

Zappa-esque hotel room selfie (you’ll see why)

What is “computational photography”? Well, I’m at Photokina and yesterday I got an iPhone Xs Max, so I should be in a position to answer that question.

The photo you take with the camera in the iPhone XS is just the raw material for algorithms, picture controls and filters like skin smoothing, saturation increase, dynamic range compression and so on. Most astounding is this:

In post-processing with a simulated aperture of f/1.4

In post-processing with a simulated aperture of f/1.4

In post-processing with a simulated aperture of f/16

In post-processing with a simulated aperture of f/16

And there we have Frank Zappa’s famous cover toilet bowl. At least I’m not sitting on it!

Notice as well the good treatment of the different color temperatures of the three light sources. My face is lit with incandescent light and a screen flash of the iPhone (bad reflection in the glasses), the toilet with a greenish fluorescent tube. Works for me.

I don’t like the heavy-handed skin smoothing applied to this photo taken with the front-facing camera that robbed me of some of my beard. I’ll try and take some portraits on the fair with the back-facing camera. It has a higher resolution and should give the algorithms more to work on. I’ll add notes below on how that turned out.

Not with faces, but watch this:

Quite amazing, this computational photography thing!

But then, being a contrarian and a dyed-in-the-wool film photographer, I’ll relax from these simulacra and use my Nikon F6 and Konica Hexar RF to document the proceedings.

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