5.5 Manual Mode
Manual Mode allows you to control shutter speed and ISO. These settings can be used for fine-tuning the exposure, just like you can on a DSLR camera. Tap the Menu icon, then select the ISO & Shutter option so that the M appears green:
Tap the Menu icon to hide the camera setting icons. To adjust the shutter speed, tap the top left Shutter Speed icon as shown below. At the bottom you’ll see a sliding scale of shutter speeds that you can swipe across:
The Shutter Speed setting lets you adjust the exposure time. Using a faster shutter speed helps you avoid camera shake in low light due to the shorter exposure time, and will result in a darker photo. A slower shutter speed lets more light in, but can result in blurry photos if the camera is moved during the exposure.
A fast shutter speed will freeze any movement in the scene, whereas a slow shutter speed will capture movement as motion blur.
To adjust the ISO, tap the top right ISO icon as shown below, then use the ISO slider to dial in the value you want:
The ISO setting makes the camera more or less sensitive to light. Increasing the ISO makes the camera more sensitive to light, which means the camera can use a faster shutter speed in low light, helping you to avoid camera shake. However, keep in mind that increasing ISO often introduces noise (grain) into your photo:
When you’re happy with the exposure of the image, tap the shutter button to take the photo. To turn off Manual Mode, open the Menu and keep tapping the ISO & Shutter option until the M appears white.
5.9 Aspect Ratio
Aspect ratio is a term that describes the relationship between how wide your photo is to how tall it is. Have you ever purchased a frame at a store and then found that your favorite printed photo has the wrong dimensions to fit the frame? This is because the aspect ratio of the photo is different to that of the frame.
In ProCamera you can change the aspect ratio to fit your photographic style and pre-plan for your photo framing needs.
For most cameras the default aspect ratio is 3:2. Tap the Menu icon and you’ll notice that the Aspect Ratio is currently set to 3:2 (unless you’ve already changed this setting previously):
Use the 3:2 aspect ratio if you want to print out your picture to fit the following frame sizes: 4×6, 8×12, 16×24 inches. Below is an example of a photo taken using the 3:2 aspect ratio:
If you keep tapping the Aspect Ratio icon in the menu, it will toggle through all of the aspect ratios that you can shoot in. The 16:9 aspect ratio creates a wide image that’s very good for using in video or movie productions as it’s the same ratio as HD television sets and many computer screens:
The 1:1 aspect ratio is a perfect square. The square 1:1 ratio works well for any photo frames that are square-shaped, and also for photos that you intend to upload to Instagram in square format:
The 3:1 aspect ratio is called a panoramic ratio. A panoramic ratio of 3:1 is excellent for shooting wide landscapes, as the resulting image is very wide:
If you’ve studied art theory, you might like to use the Golden Mean aspect ratio. The Golden Mean is a mathematical formula developed by the early Greeks to help artists create the most pleasing compositions possible:
The 5:4 aspect ratio is one of the most popular ratios for framing print-outs of your photos. Use the 5:4 aspect ratio if you want your photo to fit inside a frame measuring 4×5, 8×10 or 16×20 inches:
The 4:3 aspect ratio isn’t a very popular dimension for framing, but it’s the standard dimension for almost all North American video editing prior to the advent of HD video. Also called the NTSC aspect ratio, this format isn’t used any more for video work as the HD video’s 16:9 aspect ratio has taken its place:
Create Stunning Long Exposures With Live Photos
Did you know you can take beautiful long exposure photos with the iPhone’s built-in Camera app?
The long exposure feature lets you create a slow shutter effect. This makes any movement appear as motion blur.
You can use this setting to create a stunning veiling effect on waterfalls and rivers. Or use it to capture dramatic light trails at night.
So where is this long exposure setting hidden?
You’ll actually find it within the Live Photos feature of the Camera app.
First, you’ll need to switch on Live Photos using the circles icon at the top of the Camera app.
When you tap the shutter button, you’ll record a 3-second Live Photo complete with movement and sound.
To turn the Live Photo into a long exposure, swipe up to access the Live Photo Effects. Swipe across the effects and select Long Exposure.
Any movement in your Live Photo will appear as motion blur, while stationary objects remain sharp.
If you change your mind, you can remove the long exposure effect by selecting Live in the Effects section.
iPhone HDR settings help you create more balanced exposures when shooting high contrast scenes that have both bright and dark areas. In HDR Mode the camera takes multiple photos at different brightness (exposure) levels whenever you press the shutter button. The app then combines these images to create an evenly exposed photograph.
HDR is particularly useful when shooting landscapes where you have a bright sky and darker foreground. By combining multiple exposures you can ensure that color and detail will be visible in both the bright and dark areas.
The HDR feature in ProCamera is only available as an extra in-app purchase costing $3.99. If you don’t think you’ll use this feature there’s no need to buy it, but if you think it would be a useful addition to the app, tap the opposing arrows icon to the left of the shutter button, then select the HDR shooting mode:
To purchase the Vivid HDR feature, tap Buy. Alternatively, you can try out the HDR feature for free by tapping the Try It option – however, you’ll get a watermark on your photo unless you purchase the full HDR Mode.
If you don’t want to purchase Vivid HDR, or would like to purchase it later, tap the X at the top right of the purchase box.
Главная особенность ProCam 4 — возможность съёмки как в JPG, так и в RAW (для этих фото создаётся отдельный альбом).
В приложение встроен фоторедактор для RAW-фотографий и функция съёмки в разрешении 4K. ProCam позволяет раздельно зафиксировать точки наводки на резкость, замерить экспозицию и определить баланс белого.
Эта программа также позволяет снимать фото в формате RAW. В последнем обновлении добавлена поддержка двойной камеры iPhone 7 Plus для использования всех возможностей двух объективов.
Присутствует много дополнительных функций: настройка экспозиции, фокуса, различные режимы съёмки, цифровой зум, уровень горизонта, режим сцен, эффекты и прочее. Кроме того, в приложении доступны фильтр-паки и возможность сохранять фотографии в формате TIFF.
The Tiltmeter is a simple graph-like method of showing how straight or level your iPhone is when taking a photo. The Tiltmeter is a fantastic tool for ensuring horizons or other lines in your photo are straight.
Tap the Menu icon, then select Tiltmeter. You’ll now see a large cross appear in the middle of the screen. Tap the Menu icon to hide the camera settings icons. As you tilt your iPhone, you’ll see a small + symbol appear beside the Tiltmeter:
When the + symbol lines up exactly with the Tiltmeter grid, the Tiltmeter will turn green and you know that your iPhone is perfectly level.
To turn off the Tiltmeter, open the Menu and tap Tiltmeter so that the icon appears white.
Capture Beautifully Blurred Backgrounds With Portrait Mode
Do you want to know how to blur background on iPhone camera?
Creating a shallow depth of field is typically only possible with DSLR cameras.
But with many of the newer iPhone models, you can use Portrait mode to create a shallow depth of field effect.
Portrait mode is available on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. You’ll also find it on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR. iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus.
So, how do you use Portrait mode?
Open the Camera app, then select Portrait at the bottom of the screen.
Ensure your subject is between two and eight feet from the camera. Portrait mode won’t work if the subject is too close or too far away.
When Portrait mode is ready, you’ll see the words Natural Light in yellow. (On the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll see Depth Effect instead.)
When you take the photo, your subject will appear sharp against a beautifully blurred background.
Do you have one of the latest iPhones (XS, XS Max, or XR)? If so, you can change the strength of the background blur… after taking your shot.
Simply open your portrait photo in the Photos app, and tap Edit at the top right.
Then use the Depth slider beneath the photo to adjust the background blur. The lower the f/number, the blurrier the background becomes.
If you’re not happy with the blur effect, you can always convert the photo to a regular image without a blurred background.
To remove the blur, open the photo and tap Edit. Then tap Portrait at the top of the screen. To switch the blur back on, tap Portrait again.
When you’ve finished editing your portrait photo, tap Done to save the changes.
As you can see, Portrait mode is a fantastic photography tool for creating beautiful background blur.
It’s perfect for shooting portrait photos of people and pets. But you can use it blur the background behind any kind of subject.
Access More iPhone Camera Controls
If you have the iPhone XS or older, you’ll see a row of icons at the top of the screen.
From left to right, these icons allow you to adjust the following settings: Flash, HDR, Live Photos, Timer, and Filters.
But on the iPhone 11 models, some of the camera controls are hidden. To display the icons, tap the up arrow at the top of the screen. Or swipe up on the viewfinder.
A row of icons will appear near the bottom of the screen.
From left to right, these icons are: Flash, Night mode (only visible when shooting in low light), Live Photos, Aspect Ratio, Timer, Filters, and HDR.
(Note that you won’t see the HDR icon if you’ve switched on Smart HDR in Settings.)
Let’s take a look at the settings that we haven’t covered yet in this tutorial.
Keep the Flash setting switched off… unless you specifically want to light up the scene with flash.
You can capture photos using one of three aspect ratios: Square, 4:3 (standard rectangle), or 16:9 (wide).
Square and 16:9 will crop part of your image. So I’d recommend you shoot in 4:3 aspect ratio.
The Timer icon lets you set a delay between pressing the shutter and capturing the photo. If you don’t want to use the iPhone camera timer, ensure this setting is switched off.
The Filters icon allows you to quickly change the color tone of your photo.
Many of the filters add a vintage look to your image. And you can even convert your photo to black and white.
You can also apply or remove these filters when editing images in the Photos app. For this reason, it’s usually better to take the photo without any filter, and then experiment with them in editing.
To shoot without a filter, select the Original filter on the far left.
To hide the camera controls icons again, tap the down arrow at the top of the screen. Or swipe down on the viewfinder.
Choose The Perfect Shooting Mode
The iPhone Camera app has several photo and video shooting modes.
Swipe left or right to scroll through the different camera modes at the bottom of the screen.
You can choose from Photo, Portrait, Pano, Video, Time Lapse, and Slo-Mo.
On iPhone XS and older, you’ll also have Square shooting mode.
To shoot in Square mode on iPhone 11, go to Photo mode, then tap the up arrow at the top of the screen. At the bottom of the screen, tap 4:3 and select Square.
So, what are each of these shooting modes for?
Photo mode captures a standard rectangular photo.
Square mode crops the frame to a square format.
Portrait mode lets you blur the background in your photos. It’s perfect for capturing beautiful portrait photos of people and pets.
Note that Portrait mode is available on the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. It’s also available on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus.
Pano mode lets you capture super-wide panoramic shots. This is great for wide landscapes and cityscapes.
To capture a panorama, hold your iPhone in vertical orientation, then tap the shutter button. Move your phone across the scene in the direction of the arrow. Tap the shutter button to end the capture.
Video mode allows you to record videos with your iPhone. Use it to make home movies, or share short video clips on social media.
Slo-Mo mode captures slow-motion video. It’s perfect for slowing down fast-moving subjects.
Time-Lapse mode creates sped-up video footage. Use it to speed up the motion of slow-moving subjects, such as clouds moving across the sky.
Click the Play button to watch this time-lapse video of candles burning down:
Sometimes you might want to use the camera’s flash to illuminate a dark subject or brighten up the shadows in a scene. To turn on the flash, simply tap the Flash icon (lighting bolt) circled in red below:
The flash icon should now appear solid white to indicate that the flash is switched on. Tap the shutter button to take your photo with the flash:
To turn the flash off, tap the Flash icon so that it appears with a small X next to it.
Below is a comparison of what this scene looked like with and without using the flash. As you can see, using the flash will brighten up shadowed areas in your scene.
5.6 SI Mode
SI stands for Semi-Automatic mode. This mode is used for altering either the shutter speed or the ISO. It’s different to Manual Mode where you can alter both the shutter speed and the ISO settings independently of each other.
With SI mode you either choose the shutter speed, and the app will choose the appropriate ISO to ensure you get a good exposure. Or you choose the ISO, and the app will choose the best shutter speed.
To switch on SI Mode, tap the Menu icon, then keep tapping the ISO & Shutter option until you see SI appear in green:
Tap the Menu icon to hide the camera setting icons. To change the ISO setting, tap the ISO icon at the top right of the screen, then use the ISO slider to dial in the setting you want:
When you adjust the ISO setting, notice how the shutter speed setting at the top left of the screen automatically changes.
To set the shutter speed, tap the Shutter Speed icon at the top left of the screen, then use the shutter speed slider to dial in the setting you want:
When you adjust the shutter speed, notice how the ISO setting at the top right of the screen automatically changes.
To turn off SI Mode, open the Menu and keep tapping the ISO & Shutter option until the icon appears with a white M.
Set The Focus For Pin-Sharp Images
In many situations, the iPhone’s autofocus does an excellent job of capturing sharply-focused images.
But sometimes, you need more control over which area of the scene is in focus.
So, how do you set the focus point in your photos?
It’s actually very easy!
Frame your shot, then tap the spot that you want in sharp focus. This would usually be your main subject. A yellow square appears to indicate the focus point.
If you want to take several photos with the same focus point, you can lock the focus.
Lock focus by tapping and holding the screen where you want the focus to be. When AE/AF Lock appears at the top of the screen, release your finger.
When focus is locked, you can take as many pictures as you want without the focus point changing.
To unlock the focus point, tap anywhere on the screen.
Setting the focus point is especially important when shooting close-up photos.
When the lens is close to the subject, you’ll get a shallow depth of field. This means only a small area of the scene will be in focus, while the rest appears blurred.
As you can see, knowing how to take good photos with iPhone involves getting the subject in perfect focus. This is an easy way to start taking better photos today!
Take Photos With The Volume Buttons
Did you know that pressing the on-screen shutter button isn’t the only way to take a photo?
You can also use the volume buttons on the side of your phone.
This is useful if you’re holding your iPhone in horizontal orientation as shown below.
With your phone in this position, it can be awkward to press the shutter button on the screen.
Using the volume buttons means you can hold your phone steady with both hands while pressing the button with your index finger. This makes your iPhone feel more like a traditional camera.
The one downside of this method is that you have to press the volume button quite hard. This might cause your phone to move, resulting in a blurry photo. So make sure you hold your iPhone really steady.
5.12 Display Mode
The Display Mode option lets you choose what kind of information and icons you see on the screen when taking photos. Some people like to see a lot of technical information and icons on their screen. Others only want to see the picture in front of the camera, with no additional text getting in the way of their composition.
Tap the Menu icon, and you’ll find the Display Mode option at the bottom right. Keep tapping this icon to toggle through the three different display modes:
Standard displays all technical data and icons on the screen while you’re composing photos. Medium displays only a small amount of information. Light doesn’t display any information or icons.
Подойдёт для: создания снимков в формате RAW.
Если вы серьёзно относитесь к фотографии, то обязаны снимать в RAW. Этот формат несжатых и необработанных снимков позволяет выжать из камеры максимум. А уже после можно браться и за редактирование.
Съёмку в RAW поддерживает большинство современных смартфонов, чего нельзя сказать почти ни об одном предустановленном приложении-камере. Это означает, что вам придётся найти какую-нибудь стороннюю программу. Open Camera — один из вариантов.
Приложение простое, бесплатное и имеет достаточно функций, чтобы им можно было заменить стандартную камеру. Отметим, что для работы с RAW-изображениями потребуется отдельный редактор, например Snapseed.
5.1 Rapid Fire
Rapid Fire is the same as the Burst Mode feature in the iPhone’s native camera app. It’s great for photographing moving subjects as it allows you to take many photos very quickly, one after the other, for as long as you press and hold the shutter button.
To switch on Rapid Fire, tap the Menu icon (three lines) then select the Rapid Fire option. The icon will turn green to indicate that it’s switched on:
Tap the Menu icon again to hide the camera settings icons. When you’re ready to start shooting, simply press and hold the shutter button for as long as you want:
When you’re finished shooting, you’ll see multiple photos of the scene in your photo library. You can then delete the ones you don’t want and keep only the best shots.
ProCamera has a range of different shooting modes for different situations and conditions, but Photo mode is the one you’re likely to use most often. This mode gives you access to the standard camera, as well as a useful selection of manual iPhone camera controls.
To ensure you’re in Photo mode, tap the opposing horizontal arrows icon to the left of the shutter button, then select the Photo shooting mode:
To take a picture, simply tap the round shutter button at the bottom of the screen:
You can, of course, also take photos in horizontal orientation. When shooting like this the shutter button will appear on the right of the screen. Don’t forget that you can also tap the +/- icon to adjust exposure compensation (image brightness) before taking your photo:
To access the camera’s settings, tap the Menu icon (three lines) to the right of the shutter button (or above the shutter button if shooting in horizontal orientation). The camera setting icons will appear in the lower half of the screen:
We’ll now explore how to use each of these camera settings…
Best For: Manual control of focus, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance
- Control shutter speed and ISO settings
- Use white balance to fine-tune color
- Set separate focus and exposure points
- Adjust focus and exposure manually
- Capture photos in JPEG or RAW format
- Built-in photo editor with elegant film-inspired filters
- Price: FREE (with extra editing tools and filters available with annual subscription)
VSCO (pronounced “Visco”) is well known for its photo editing tools and filters. In fact, it’s one of the best filter apps for iPhone.
But VSCO is also the best free camera app for iPhone (aside from the built-in iPhone Camera app).
This app allows you to control shutter speed, ISO, white balance, exposure, and manual focus.
The settings are easy to access from the bottom of the screen. And adjustments are made using a simple slider.
One of the most interesting settings in VSCO is the Shutter Speed slider.
Why? Because it controls how movement is portrayed in your photos.
Fast shutter speeds freeze motion. And slow shutter speeds blur any movement in the scene. Use a slow shutter speed to create beautiful long exposure photos like the one below.
Another useful setting is white balance. This lets you control how warm (orange) or cool (blue) the colors appear in your photo.
The ISO setting controls the camera’s sensitivity to light. A high ISO setting can be useful for creating brighter exposures in low light. Although you need to be careful you don’t end up with grainy photos which is a common side-effect of high ISO settings.
Like the built-in Camera app, you tap to set focus and exposure. But you can also separate the focus and exposure points. This makes it easy to set focus on one part of the image while exposing for a different area.
For ultimate control over focus, you can use the manual focus slider to fine-tune which area of the image appears sharp.
You can easily display gridlines on the screen, which helps you compose better photos. The grid is especially useful when using the rule of thirds.
There’s also a tiltmeter which tells you when you’re holding your iPhone perfectly level. This is handy for getting the horizon straight in your photos.
Finally, VSCO has the option to shoot in RAW format as well as standard JPEG.
RAW files are better quality than JPEG images. And they allow for more control when editing. For example, it’s easier to recover lost highlight or shadow detail. And you have more control over the final color balance in your image.
Best For: Shooting high-quality photos and videos with DSLR-like control
- Photo, Video, Low Light, and HDR modes
- Portrait mode with adjustable blur strength
- Manual control of shutter speed, ISO, and white balance
- Histogram for checking exposure levels
- Set focus and exposure separately
- Capture photos in JPEG, RAW, TIFF, or HEIF format
- Built-in photo editor with Portrait mode depth-control
- Price: $5.99 (with in-app purchases)
ProCamera ($5.99) offers DSLR-like control when shooting photos and videos.
All camera settings are easily accessible from the top or bottom of the screen. And adjustments are made using a simple slider.
The ProCamera app includes manual controls, such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation.
The white balance tool is more advanced than VSCO and Camera+ 2. In addition to the warm and cool color options, you can add a green or purple tint to your photo.
You can shoot in Automatic mode, Full Manual mode, or a semi-automatic mode called Shutter & ISO Priority mode.
It has a histogram for checking exposure levels, a tiltmeter for getting the camera level, and an anti-shake setting for sharper shots.
Shooting modes include Photo, Video, Low Light, and HDR. If you have a dual-lens iPhone, you’ll also have Portrait mode.
Like Camera+ 2, Portrait mode has a depth-control feature. So you can easily adjust the strength of the background blur after taking your photo.
There’s a Low Light mode for taking pictures at night or in low light conditions. If you want even better quality low light photos, you can buy the Low Light+ mode for $3.99.
HDR mode is also available to buy for $2.99. This mode helps you capture more balanced exposures with plenty of color and detail.
Like VSCO and Camera+ 2, you can shoot in RAW or JPEG format. But ProCamera also has the option to shoot in TIF format and the new HEIF format.
ProCamera also includes a set of photo editing tools for fine-tuning color and exposure.
While it’s great to have these tools within the app, the options are limited. It’s better to use a dedicated photoshop app, such as Snapseed, to edit your photos.
ProCamera has a lot of advanced features. But it’s very intuitive to use. And if you’re familiar with using a DSLR camera, you should feel right at home with this app.
Quickly Access Your iPhone Camera
Do you often miss a great shot because you can’t open the iPhone Camera app quickly enough? It doesn’t have to be this way!
There’s a simple way to open the iPhone’s native camera app in less than a second. You don’t even have to enter your passcode to unlock your phone.
When your iPhone is locked, wake up the phone by tapping the screen or pressing the Power button. (On iPhones that have the round Home button at the bottom of the screen, you can press the Home button instead.)
Then simply swipe left across the lock screen to open the Camera app.
There are some other quick methods to open the Camera app. This video from my iPhone Photo Academy online course shows you three ways to open your iPhone’s camera. Click here to find out more about iPhone Photo Academy.
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To open the Camera app when you’re already using your iPhone, use one of the methods below.
If you can see the Home screen, tap the Camera app icon. It’s a good idea to add the Camera icon to the dock at the bottom of the screen. This makes it easy to find, allowing you to open the camera as quickly as possible.
Add it to the dock by tapping and holding the Camera icon until it starts to jiggle. Drag it to the dock at the bottom of the screen, then tap Done (or press the Home button on older iPhones).
If you’re using an app and suddenly want to take a photo, you don’t have to close the app to get back to the Home screen.
Instead, open the Control Center by swiping down from the top right. (On older iPhones, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.)
In the Control Center, tap the Camera icon and you’re ready to shoot!
These iPhone camera tricks allow you to start shooting in only a second or two. So you’ll always be ready to shoot when a great photo opportunity arises.
Built-In iPhone Camera App
Best For: Shooting photos and videos in most situations
- Camera app comes as standard on all iPhones
- Easy to capture high-quality photos and videos
- Blur the background with Portrait mode
- Capture stunning low light photos with Night mode
- Create moving images with Live Photos
- Shoot incredible action photos with burst mode
- Shoot HDR photos with perfect exposure
- Price: FREE
The built-in iPhone Camera app is perfect for most shooting situations. It has a lot of great features and it’s very easy to use.
In fact, it might be the only camera app you need!
With this app, you can shoot high-quality photos, videos, time-lapse videos, and slow-motion footage.
The Portrait mode lets you blur the background for professional-looking portrait photos. And you can add studio light effects with the Portrait Lighting feature.
If you have the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, or XR, then Portrait mode gets even better!
On these iPhones, you can control the strength of the background blur.
If you have an older phone with Portrait mode, don’t worry. You can always use a third-party app (covered later in this article) to adjust the background blur.
If you have one the iPhone 11 models, you’ll have the amazing new Night mode feature. This allows you to capture incredible color and detail when shooting in low light and at night.
The iPhone 11 cameras also use the Deep Fusion feature to capture better texture and detail in medium to low light.
The built-in Camera app also has a Pano mode for capturing ultra-wide panoramic photos. And the Live Photo option lets you create exciting moving images that bring your pictures to life.
You can set the iPhone camera focus manually to ensure your subject is always sharp. And you can easily adjust exposure to control image brightness.
You can also take HDR photos. HDR combines several exposures to create a single well-exposed image. It’s perfect for capturing more color and detail in high-contrast scenes, such as landscapes.
Sliding the shutter button to the left (or holding it down on older iPhones) activates burst mode. This is essential for capturing action shots of moving subjects.
If you have a dual or triple-lens iPhone camera, you can zoom in and out using the Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto Lenses. (Different iPhone models have different combinations of these lenses).
As you can see, the built-in Camera app is an incredible camera. It has an impressive range of iPhone camera settings. And it’s the best camera app for iPhone photography in most shooting situations.
However, the Camera app doesn’t have DSLR-like manual controls. For example, you can’t adjust shutter speed, ISO, or white balance. If you want manual control of these settings, you’ll need a third-party camera app.
The best camera apps with manual settings are , and .
Let’s explore the camera features of each one of these apps…
Set Focus & Exposure For High-Quality Images
Here are two of the most important iPhone camera features to master:
Focus and exposure.
Making sure your subject is in sharp focus is really important. If the subject appears blurred, your photo will look like an amateur snapshot.
Exposure refers to the brightness of your image. If it’s under-exposed (too dark) or over-exposed (too bright) it won’t look good.
So how do you set focus and exposure in the Camera app?
It’s actually very easy. But most people don’t know about these hidden iPhone camera features.
To set the focus point, tap the area on the screen that you’d like in sharp focus. This would usually be your main subject. When focus is set, you’ll see a yellow square indicating the focus point.
Once you’ve set focus, you can adjust exposure (brightness) if necessary.
To adjust exposure, swipe up or down on the screen. Swipe up to make the image brighter or down to make it darker.
You can also lock the focus and exposure settings using the AE/AF Lock feature.
Tap and hold the screen for a couple of seconds at the point you want to focus on. A yellow box with AE/AF LOCK will appear at the top of the screen.
Now when you take a photo, the camera will keep the current focus and exposure settings ready for the next shot.
This is useful for situations where you want to take several photos of the same scene. It means you don’t have to set focus and exposure for each new shot.
To unlock focus and exposure, tap anywhere on the camera screen.
Knowing how to use iPhone camera features such as focus and exposure will really take your photos to the next level.
Turn On The Camera Grid For Improved Composition
The iPhone Camera app lets you display gridlines on the screen. The grid has two horizontal and two vertical lines as shown below.
These gridlines help you create photos with better composition. For example, you can use it to compose your shot according to the rule of thirds.
This rule states that it’s better to place your subject off-center, rather than in the middle of the frame. Use the grid to position your subject where two of the gridlines meet.
When shooting landscape photos, position the horizon along the top or bottom gridline, rather than across the middle.
The grid is also an amazing tool for keeping your iPhone straight when taking photos. You can line up the horizon with a horizontal gridline to ensure your photo is level.
To switch on the gridlines, open the Settings app and select Camera. Ensure the Grid option is on (green).
Close Settings, and open the Camera app again. The gridlines will be visible in the viewfinder.
Enabling the grid feature also activates the leveling tool. This tool helps you take level photos when shooting straight up or down.
It’s perfect for food photography and still life photography where you need to shoot from above. And it’s great if you want to shoot straight up, for example, to photograph a decorative ceiling.
When you point your iPhone up or down, you’ll see a pair of white and yellow crosshairs in the middle of the screen. When your iPhone is parallel with the ground or ceiling, the crosshairs merge into a single yellow cross.