Smartphone photography has come a long way in recent years. But are they devoid of flares? I guess not!
Has this ever happened that you’ve taken a picture of a beautiful night sky on your iPhone only to discover that there was a green dot in the middle of it, ruining everything? Fortunately, there is a simple method for removing the green spot from your iPhone photos.
This is an all-too-common issue for iPhone users, and you’ve probably encountered it before. Despite popular belief, the appearance of a green spot in your photos does not indicate a problem with your phone. Allow me to deconstruct it for you.
What’s the significance of the green dot in my iPhone photos?
Let us begin with the cause of the problem. When you click a photograph subjected to a strong light source in the background, the green spot or flare is bound to appear. For example, suppose you photograph a sunrise, sunset, or anything else with a bright light or sun in your peripheral field or outside the peripheral field. In that case, you will almost certainly end up with the dreaded pesky green spot, lens flare, or haze.
The problem is caused by light entering the camera at an angle and reflecting off the camera’s surface or the lens cover. This is a problem that every iPhone user faces, regardless of the model.
This is definitely not a flaw in your iPhone!!!!
It’s just physics at work, and to be fair, virtually any camera, large or small, can experience the same issue. For example, lens flares are caused when bright light strikes a camera’s sensor and scatters. Though they can occasionally improve a photograph, they are generally undesirable.
On iPhones, the cursed green dot appears most frequently in night mode portraits or photos and often not until after you’ve taken the photo. So, is the world coming to an end because of it? Obviously not. However, it is understood that it is incredibly inconvenient if you have paid extra for a better phone camera.
So, next, we will be learning how to prevent that green spot from appearing on your photos.
How to avoid the green spot from appearing on your iPhone camera?
Now that you’re aware of the green dot and what’s causing it, it will be much easier for you to try to prevent it from happening in the first place. There are a few things you can do to reduce or prevent the appearance of the spot.
The first commonly applied method is to tilt the iPhone slightly so that the green dot is directly in the source of light, which will cause it to disappear. In this case, a Reddit user shared his experience, saying that while taking a photo of bright light, he positioned the phone so that the green dot was directly in the center of the light, making the green dot disappear without significantly changing the angle of the photo.
Another commonly used trick is to use your lens to shield the iPhone’s lens. However, this method has been said to produce some inconsistencies. Well, whatever the case may be, this is an option you can try for yourself and see!
How to get rid of the green spot in your iPhone photos?
If you have any beautiful photos in your Camera Roll, but the green dot has ruined them, here’s how you can remove them:
There are a lot of apps in the App Store which allow you to do this, but one in particular app stands out as the best. It’s called Snapseed, and it’s also completely free!
While it has a plethora of photo editing tools, one feature, in particular, stands out called healing. This feature will allow you to remove the green dot without causing any further damage to the photo.
- First, download Snapseed from the App Store.
- Then, launch the app and select the photo you want to improve.
- Select the Healing tool from the Edit menu.
- Zoom in on the green spot, then draw over it with your finger. When you remove your finger from the screen, you will notice that the spot has been removed.
- To save the changes, click the checkmark in the bottom right corner of the screen. After that, save your photo, and your photo will no longer appear to have a green spot in the first place.
Now that you’re aware of the problem, it’s much easier to make simple changes to how you shoot photos to avoid it. Of course, in the worst-case scenario, you can always use Snapseed to remove the green dot from your photos.