I gave my impressions in the last post about an initial foray into taking pictures with an Android smart-phone, a HTC Inspire 4G. For its flat compactness, it carries in it a pretty powerful camera at 8 mega pixels. After reviewing a couple of hundred images I've taken with it, my conclusion is that it shows its strengths best in close-up shots with lower contrast lighting. Use of the "flash" (twin LED lights) often improves the image considerably in close-ups, giving a fill light that can enhance details.
Here is a recent shot, exactly as it looked straight out of the smart-phone:
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1. After importing it into Lightroom, the first thing I did was address the white balance issue. I placed the white balance eye dropper on the concrete area, changing it to grey. With a little more tweeking of the sliders, I settled on Temp -46 and Tint -45.
4. Mid-tone sharpness improved by moving the Clarity slider to +26
5. I changed the Tone Curve from Linear to Medium Contrast.
7. Sharpening can increase noise. Noise is a particular problem in this Android camera. Lightroom provides the solution with its Noise Reduction sliders. I raised the Luminance slider to 45 and the Color slider to 22. That pretty much solved the problem.