Androids and iPhones Won't Tell The True Situations Of San Franciso Wildfires' Photos Because of Auto Color Feature

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San Franciso wildfires' photos shared on different social media sites may unintentionally hide California's worse situation because Android and iPhones automatically edits the pictures. 

Shared Photos on Social Medias Could Hide Real Situation of San Francisco Wildfires Since Phones Auto Color Images

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A view of the area along Geary and O'Farrell Streets as an orange wildfire haze blankets San Francisco, California, U.S., September 9, 2020 in this image obtained from social media.

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California's wildfires have so far burnt houses to the ground, raged over two million acres of land, and forced tens of thousands to leave their homes. The resulting flames turned the sky's color in many west coast cities into a dark red or deep orange.

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Some people have taken photos of the orange skies and shared them on Twitter. However, the real scenario could be much worse than the images, after some people found out that their iPhones could not capture the glow because of their Apple devices' software.

Teri Archibald, a freelance artist, captured pictures of Daly City's sky using her iPhone and Canon camera.

Fun fact. Had to take that picture with my Canon camera because my phone keeps auto color correcting it and doesn’t show just how gross outside it actually is. pic.twitter.com/68uhYkwTW4 — Teri @ to do list (@teriarchibbles) September 9, 2020

"Welp Daly City looking apocalyptic today," she captioned.

"Fun fact. Had to take that picture with my Canon camera because my phone keeps auto color correcting it and doesn't show just how gross outside it actually is," she added.

Why Androids and iPhones automatically adjust the images?

Smartphone cameras made by Android or Apple are set to make captured photos look "natural" as possible by automatically correcting the white balance, a camera's metric that gives objects that appear white in person, the same color in photos.

Shared Photos on Social Medias Could Hide Real Situation of San Francisco Wildfires Since Phones Auto Color Images

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Shared Photos on Social Medias Could Hide Real Situation of San Francisco Wildfires Since Phones Auto Color Images

Beautiful San Francisco & Bay Area ravaged by wild fire. Today he sky has no Sun, SFO has turned into a Red Town. pic.twitter.com/ekUwwV4Drw — S. LaL Chauhan (@SLaL_L) September 9, 2020

It is an essential feature in photography because most light sources such as light bulbs, camera flash, and the Sun, doesn't emit pure white light.

Maurice Ramirez, the official photographer for Alameda, California, explained that the Apple built-in photo app is useful since it automatically smooths faces and balances shadows to make the photos look better. He explained that people can still take accurate images using a third-party app that provides manual control over the white balance.

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