iPhone 5 Purple Haze/Lens Flare Issue

purple-flare-itpp_contentfullwidthLet’s talk photography today! More specifically, let’s talk about iPhones and the iPhone 5’s tendency to produce a purple haze on pictures.

How many of you iPhone 5 users have noticed a purple haze or additional lens flare in your pictures? We have certainly seen a few of them here on the NPS page over the last few months. There was enough concern over this happening on pictures (and not just those taken by paranormal researchers and investigators) that Apple finally addressed the issue in a public statement by stating the following:

“Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.”

Knowing that this is an issue with the camera itself helps us debunk these purple hazes in our pictures and further shows that we should always look for a logical explanation in pictures rather than jumping to the conclusion that something is automatically paranormal.

To correct this issue, iCreateMagazine.com has provided an article giving step-by-step instructions to assist you with removing this purple haze. Click on this link to be taken to their website where the article is posted. http://www.icreatemagazine.com/tips/how-to-remove-lens-flare-from-iphone-photos-in-aperture/

To learn more about the purple haze issue, check out this article: http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/137547-why-the-iphone-5-camera-takes-purple-pictures-youre-holding-it-wrong

This article from PC Magazine even gives us a comparison of Apple vs Android when it comes to cell phone cameras and lens flare. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410272,00.asp

Sheri Collins

Sheri Collins

Assistant Executive Director Department Chair Investigation & Research Education Resource Photography & NPS Photography Team at NPS of Texas
Sheri has always had an interest in the paranormal – from watching different paranormal shows over the years to having déjà-vu experiences throughout all her life that she has tried to put an explanation to. When her dad passed away in March 2010she began her journey into the paranormal. She has had several encounters over the years since starting in the field & takes more of an “old school” approach to her research in the paranormal. She is a supporter of today’s modern technology being used on investigations & encourages the use of various tools on investigations. She is always looking for a new ‘old school’ method to try on investigations & employs the use of trigger objects in an effort to get a response. She became fascinated with the pendulum after using a set of original jailer’s keys as a trigger object on an investigation at a local historic jail & they began to sway in response to questions.She is a huge proponent of education in the paranormal field choosing to debunk things immediately by trying to recreate situations & experiment to find logical answers to things that have happened or been captured in photographs or on video in an effort to prove or disprove paranormal activity. She & her team focus on private residential cases as well as educating the public on paranormal investigation & research. You will often find them assisting & consulting with other teams on theircases. Sheri is a certified paralegal and Notary Public for the State of Texas. Her professional background includes working in the legal field, sports marketing, event coordination & business management. She serves as Assistant Executive Director of NPS and the Department Chair overseeing Photography and the NPS Photography Team. Sheri leads the Investigation & Research Education Resources for NPS which provides information, links, & articles surrounding education in the paranormal field. She also writes articles periodically for the NPS’ website that are tied to photography & education. She is one of the founders of NPS of Texas, a paranormal research & investigative team based out of Dallas, Texas.
Sheri Collins