Originally, simplicity is the best way to describe the iOS Camera app that even a toddler can use it without a sweat. Indeed, there is little more than a viewfinder, a shutter release, and a toggle that gives you the ability to switch between still photos and videos.

Over time, the iOS camera interface has transformed into a sleek, sometimes confounding array of barely there buttons, swiveling settings, and hidden features. Without a proper orientation, you could easily miss out on some of the Camera app’s most interesting functions.

Read on to learn about some iOS camera tricks that you may not know of yet.

Snap photos using the volume buttons

This tip is actually not a new one, but for some, it can be an easy one to miss. If you ever have trouble capturing a photo with the slippery onscreen shutter release, there’s a far more tangible alternative — and that is thru the volume buttons. Just press on any one of them in order to snap a pic.

Take a selfie

Now that taking pictures is a piece of cake, it’s time to capture your smiling moment with help from your iPhone’s or iPad’s front-facing camera. Just tap the little camera-lens toggle button in the corner of the screen — the one that looks like a camera with a couple of curved arrows inside.

Each time you tap the button, the Camera app will switch between the front and rear camera lenses, perfect for taking a selfie without taking your eyes off the viewfinder.

Try the timer

If you want to snap a group shot without leaving anyone out of the frame, you’ll need a feature that even your dusty old Instamatic had — the timer. For the new iOS Camera app, it’s the button near the edge of the screen that looks like a minimalist clock. Tap it before shooting your next picture, then choose either three seconds or ten.

Now position your iPhone or iPad just right, tap the shutter release, and scramble in front of the lens.

Take a burst of photos

Whenever that precious kodak moment comes, even the speediest of shutterbugs isn’t always fast enough to capture it. If you’re hoping to catch a fleeting image, then burst mode would be your best bet.

To take a burst of photos, just press and hold the shutter release. The Camera app will begin to snap pictures at a fast pace, and it’ll keep snapping until you let the shutter release go. Once you’re finished taking all those burst-mode shots, head to the Camera Roll (either by launching the Pictures app, or by tapping the thumbnail image in the corner of the screen). Burst-mode pictures will be grouped together. Tap a group and then tap Select to choose your favorites.

Once you tap Done, you will have an option to keep all your burst shots or to trach everything except the favorites that you have chosen.

Tap to focus

As you aim your iPhone or iPad lens, you’ll notice a small, pulsing square outline dancing around the viewfinder. That little square tells you where the iOS Camera app is currently focusing the camera lens, and it’s also the spot that iOS is using to identify the best exposure for the snapshot.

If you prefer to pick the focus/auto-exposure spot yourself, simply tap anywhere on the screen; the Camera app will then refocus the image and re-adjust the exposure automatically. If you try moving the lens around again, iOS will try to find a new focal/exposure point.

To maintain the focal point and exposure setting fixed no matter where you point the camera lens to, touch and hold anywhere on the display until the yellow box pulses and the AE/AF Lock indicator appears on the screen.

Choose a photo filter

Not only does Instagram let you add instant photo filters to your snapshots, the iOS Camera app does, too. If you want to try it out, open the viewfinder, then tap the button with three interlocking circles, just beside the shutter release. You’ll have eight filters to choose from, including MonoTonalChrome, and Instant.

Whenever you have a filter selected, the three-circle button will be lit up with color; if you haven’t applied any filter, then the three circles will be in shades of gray. You can shoot with the filter on, or apply filters to photos you already took by viewing a photo and tapping Edit.

Turn the flash on or off

By default, the built-in flash for the iOS Camera is set to automatic, meaning that a delicately lit scene could easily be ruined by a bright glare. To take charge of the camera flash, tap the Flash button at the corner of the screen, then select AutoOn, or Off.

Bonus tip: A yellow flash icon near the bottom of the viewfinder indicates that the flash will go off next time you press the shutter release.

Create a panorama

The iOS Camera app boasts a tool that lets you take panoramic shots of your surroundings. The process is easy, but you’ll need some patience and a pretty steady hand. Open the viewfinder, and then swipe the screen until the selector hits the pano setting. Aim the lens where you want your panorama to begin, tap the shutter release, then slowly pivot your body in the direction of the arrow, making sure to keep the iPhone level so the onscreen arrow follows the line in the center of the display. A “slow down” warning will appear if you’re moving too quickly. The Camera app will beep once it’s done taking the panorama. The “pan” defaults to left-to-right, but if you’d rather pan right-to-left, just tap the arrow before you start shooting in order to reverse its direction.

 

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 6:46:10 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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