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One thing that seems to be a common complaint is "My pictures just look crappy." Many mess with settings, lighting, and more but nearly all of us have overlooked one very obvious thing, which Locoman from our forums reminds us. He just brought us some amazing moon pictures from hi HTC Droid Incredible, and now he brings us the simple tip: Clean your camrea. Simply take a cleaning cloth, any microfiber cloth should work just fine, and clean off your lens, and voila, clearer pictures. Could it be any simpler? Check out the improvement seen in the example pictures here, and be sure to use the forums to share any other tips you may have for us!

 
There are 8 comments

BoNg420 says:

Duh, common sense much???

ricbon says:

YEAH I DO ALL THE TIME BUT I NOTICE WITH MY INCREDIBLE THERE IS STILL SMALL SPECKS OF DUST UNDER THE LENS....UNLIKE MY OLD ERIS THAT LENS WAS BUILT INTO THE BACK COVER...ANYBODY ELSE NOTICE THIS?

sehnsucht says:

Calm down.

Wynder says:

Here's a pro-tip... this goes for both lenses and glasses: never clean your glass with a dry cloth. You can create your own cleaning solution by mixing 50% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and 50% water.

Spray the solution on the cloth, then rub in circular patterns from inside to out for best results.

fr4nk1yn says:

Could this be the reason some Evo photos are clear and some just plain horrible?
Good reminder.

swindelljd says:

Don't have a cloth or solution or just don't have time because the kids/pets, etc are doing something cute? I use the side of my index finger. First I wipe the grit or oil off on my waistband and then wipe across (not rub) the lens with the side of the finger (to avoid adding finger prints). This also helps me to remember to not accidentally cover the lens with that finger. I've gotten some really great pictures using this technique with my Incredible.

I know it's not ideal but as Chase Jarvis says, "the best camera is the one you have with you"... http://www.chasejarvis.com/ and if you muck about too long and miss the shot then why bother? If you've really got loads of time then consider running and grabbing the D-SLR.

KCphotog says:

Seems obvious but is actually a good tip. As a photographer and someone that has worked with many upcoming and rookie photogs I can say this is something that is often overlooked. A shirt works well for a quick wipe down too in a pinch.

On the astro photos. Seems some have taking to heart that its all about how great the incredible camera is. Optics and proper execution is what makes photos like this. A disposable camera could have done the same thing. You just need the proper setup and equipment. Not to take away from the incredibles cam. Its decent for a phone. The sensor will always be the limiting factor in phones and is the backbone of great pics aside from optics. They are getting a lot better now. I think Nokia is to thank here since they really raised the bar on camera phones years ago.

Funny. I used to have to tell my friends to do this all the time!