I know my pictures are suboptimal in the crumb department. When I get my iphone to close to the crumb it loses focus so I lose detail in the crumb shots. Does anyone have any tips for taking good crumb shots with a cell phone?
Ponzu, first of all, those pizzas look very good! Impressive results after lots of tinkering on your part....dedication pays off.
You are much like me...after lots of crazy set-ups, mine is nearly identical to yours, except I use aluminum foil on the rack the stone is on.
With regards to cell phones and pictures:
1. Most cell phones have difficulties in low and particularly with indoor lighting. One of the best things you can do to immediately improve your cell phone shots is stabilize the phone while taking the picture. Rest the bottom of the phone on something before focusing and taking the shot. A water or wine glass, stacked coasters....whatever it takes to get the phone at the right height. And then when taking the picture, smoothly and gently press the picture taking icon. Less camera shake = clearer pictures.
2. Does the iPhone have any camera/lighting and/or color modes on it? Many cell phones, particularly the iPhone 3g, seem to have problems with indoor lighting...with oversaturated pictures and color casts being a common problem (the neon red sauce on your pizzas).
If you have the ability to, select the indoor lighting mode when taking pictures inside and do not let the camera pick the lighting/white balance automatically. This may help. In addition, if you are able to lower the saturation settings, tinker with less saturation.
Ponzu, some handsome looking pizzas. I tried to color correct and rescue your photos as best as I could, but the images are saturated enough where I have to make a best guess on the saturation levels...I know the sauce ain't that red and your mozzarella is a little whiter in real life.
This is the best I could do while still keepong some image clarity.
Great work on the pizzas and looking forward to more Sputnik action! --K