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PvrFan Sep 14, 2013 10:19 AM

Basic tips for Apple's Camera and Photos apps
Not everything is obvious when you start out with taking pictures on the iPhone. I thought perhaps we could share some basic tips and tricks to help all of us get more out of our phones. Such as...

Fire up the camera more quickly -- you don't have to go in and find the camera app; on the unlock screen, there is a camera icon on the lower right (iOS 6, anyway). Swipe up from it to the top of the screen and the camera will start up pronto!

Choose focus point -- in the camera app, simply tap whatever you want to be in focus! (I'm embarrassed that I was on my second iPhone before I learned that!)

Who's got more?


lomitamike Sep 15, 2013 1:01 PM

Don't be too embarrassed I didn't know of this until now.

tacticdesigns Sep 15, 2013 1:50 PM

I got to admit I'm not too familiar with the Apple camera apps.

So I grabbed my daughter's iPod touch (4G) and fiddled a bit with the app.

I got a question . . .

How do you do exposure compensation?

When someone asks me about taking pictures, I say . . . besides learning tips and tricks like rules of compensation and stuff like that . . . its nice to know how to control the flash on a camera (turn flash on in bright sunny days to fill in the shadows and get nice colours or force flash off in low light to preserve the ambient lighting, etc.) but it's also nice to know how to use exposure compensation to force a picture to be brighter or darker based on what you want. (And to compensate for back lighting situations and stuff like that.)


tacticdesigns Sep 15, 2013 1:52 PM

Oh . . . as for a tip . . . if you are taking a landscape or something where the subject is still . . . find somewhere to rest your camera (so you're not holding it) and then use the timer to trigger the camera to take a picture. That reduces the chance that you will get motion blur in the picture because of hand holding or moving because you are pushing the button to take the picture.


PvrFan Sep 23, 2013 8:11 PM

Good article on TidBITS today regarding the Camera and Photos apps:


fishycomics Sep 6, 2014 11:45 AM

they said double tap the on button or was it the home button fires the cam up.

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