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Avoid red eye with flash

asked 2015-01-02 22:01:37 +0200

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updated 2015-01-02 22:21:17 +0200

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In the new years eve I was showing off my new Jolla by taking pictures and guess what when I returned home . The pictures were having

  1. Poor resolution ( a bit surprising )
  2. Red eyes come with flash. ( In 2014 ? )
  3. Auto focus works only if you take a second pic in the dark.
  4. Lot of blurring ( which is understandable for low light )

I might be doing it the wrong way taking pictures, but is there a red eye removal tool via some application ? I dont mind doing some post processing on a GNU/Linux Desktop.

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+1 to everything you said. And lots of noise too - I cringe when I look at these grainy images on my computer monitor. Why can't Jolla make me look like an amazing photographer? :(

sifartech ( 2015-01-02 22:20:45 +0200 )edit

@pavi, have you tried Cameraplus app from OpenRepos? It has a few more settings than basic Camera, but doesn't change the fact that Jolla takes poor images in dark conditions.

MikaN ( 2015-01-03 08:15:09 +0200 )edit

Unfortunately most of the problems with the camera grow out of it's poor hardware. There are multiple threads discussing it, this for example.

rburkhanov ( 2015-01-03 09:16:31 +0200 )edit

@sifartech grainy images are kind of expected when we do low light photography and when our sensor hasn't such high ISO processing capabilities. I was surprised to see that zoom is just useless , it makes the pics even more worse.

pavi ( 2015-01-03 22:53:47 +0200 )edit

@MikaN Yes I tried Camera Plus its good but I kind of like the main camera UI for some strange reason :D

pavi ( 2015-01-03 22:54:34 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-01-02 22:44:58 +0200

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Answer to your second part: You can use GIMP to do red eye removal. Newer versions of GIMP have a plugin for it as Filters, Enhance, Red Eye Removal. If you want to do it by hand there is a tutorial for it at

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Thanks I used the plugin in gimp but it was not that efficient. First thing is we need to manually zoom in and select the eyes. As I mentioned above the grainyness implies the resolution is really bad. So I zoomed in and wow drawing circles on eyeball which actually look like pixel blocks was painful. But the good news is it worked for 2 images and it didn't for the third. I tried adjusting the treshold but my friends eyes when removed of the red had green devil eyes :D ( so I had to undo it )

pavi ( 2015-01-02 23:25:57 +0200 )edit
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