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Shooting still photos with your device

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Video: Shooting still photos with your device

In this chapter we're going to be looking at working The default mode of the camera is to take still photos Just like with a regular camera, you can shoot in portrait or landscape mode.

Shooting still photos with your device

In this chapter we're going to be looking at working with photos and video on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. In this movie we'll start by taking a look at how to shoot still photos with your device. So, start up the camera app up by tapping its icon. The default mode of the camera is to take still photos but make sure the selector mode here is set to photo. You can also tell you're shooting still photos when the shutter button here is a white circle with a white ring around it. In video mode it becomes a red circle. Just like with a regular camera, you can shoot in portrait or landscape mode. Notice how the camera button in the lower right hand corner, and the buttons above it rotate to indicate that the iPhone knows that it's rotated.

This ensures that when you coy your photos to your computer, you don't end up with sideways pictures that you have to rotate in your photo management software. It's a good idea to glance at the camera icon before you shoot your photo to make sure your orientation has been registered. So, to take a basic photo all you have to do is frame up the subject on the screen and press the shutter button. You hear a click and the photo is sent to your photo roll and you're instantly ready to take another photo. And this actually leads me into a new feature of the camera in iOS 7. Previously, to take a photo, you could hold your finger down on the shutter button, frame your shot, and then lift your finger to take the shot.

But in iOS 7, less than a second after you touch the shutter button, the photo will be taken. Not only that, but if you continue to hold your finger down on the shutter button, the camera will go into burst mode, meaning it will start taking a rapid succession of shots. Burst mode is actually great when your taking photos of subjects that are moving at a high speed, which traditionally will frequently result in blurry shots. But with Burst mode, you can take multiple shots at the rate of about one every half second, which increases your chances of getting the shot you want. Now, if you have an iPhone 5s, it has a unique burst mode that intelligently tries to select the best photos, but we'll look at that in its own movie.

Another way to trigger the shutter in the camera app is to use either of the volume buttons to snap your photo. Making the experience a little more like using a traditional point-and-shoot camera. Notice the yellow box that appears in the center of the screen when I hold the phone still. That's the iPhone telling me where the point of focus is. Meaning the area in the box is what the camera is using to determine the overall brightness and color cast of the photo. But your subject is not always going to be dead center in the frame. And using this default value, could make your picture too dark, or too bright. You can manually let the camera know what the important part of the picture is, by simply tapping on the screen. For example, maybe this area is the focus of the shot I'm taking.

I just tap it with my finger. And instantly, the camera reevaluates the scene based on its measurements of that area. And then, I can take my photo. Basically, what this boils down to is, just tap the important part of the picture before you take your shot. If necessary, you can also lock in the exposure and focus by holding down on the subject area for a second or two. Notice it says AE/AF LOCK in the display now. This is useful if you want to lock in the exposure and focus, but then play around with the framing without your phone constantly trying to readjust for the lighting. You can unlock the exposure and focus by tapping anywhere else on the screen again. The camera can also detect faces in your shots.

So it can tell when you're taking a portrait of a single person or if you're taking a group shot. The camera automatically focuses on the more prominent face in the frame and adjusts the focus and exposure settings accordingly. But you can still tap anywhere on the screen to change the settings if you need to. And there are a couple of other options available, if you're shooting still photos. You can change to shooting your photos in a square ratio by switching over to the square mode. And, by the way, you can switch modes by swiping anywhere on the screen. You're not limited to just using the dial area to do so. The camera app in iOS 7 also comes with a selection of built in live effects. Many camera apps give you ability to process your photos after you shoot them.

But here you can tap the Effects button to see live previews of each effect, select one and you'll see exactly how your photo will look with that effect applied. Effects can be applied in either the square or regular photo modes. Once you choose an effect in either mode, that effect will continue to be applied until you switch back to the none setting. To review the photos you've taken, you can tap the tiny thumbnail image of the last picture you took. This takes you into your camera roll, which you'll look at more closely in an upcoming movie. But here you can swipe side to side to review your shots. And pinch open and close to zoom in and zoom out.

When you are done reviewing your photos, you can tap the screen once to reveal the interface buttons and then tap done to return to the camera. I also want to mention here that the iPhone is actually quite good at macro, or super close up shots, as well. If you get the camera within four to eight inches of your subject, it goes into macro mode. You can get surprisingly detailed close ups with your iPhone, since you can tap the area of importance to improve your exposure and focus. If you can't quite get the camera to focus on a certain area, move a little further away from your subject and try again. There are a couple of other options available here to check out as well.

If you have a device with a flash, by default the flash is set to auto, which let's the phone determine when the flash is needed. If it determines the scene is too dark, the flash will fire. You can also tap the flash button and choose off or on. When you choose on, the flash will always fire with each shot. This might be useful if you're shooting someone who's back lit, maybe with a sunset behind them, and you need the flash so your subject doesn't become a silhouette. If you choose to turn the flash off, it won't fire until you turn it back on. Turning the flash off is useful when you want to capture more of the natural lighting of the scene you're shooting or when your subject is too far away for the flash to matter.

So, just because you have a flash doesn't mean you have to use it. Also remember that you have a front facing camera. You can toggle between the main and front camera by pressing this button. This is great for taking self portraits since it takes all the guesswork out of whether or not you're framing yourself in the picture. Now obviously there's no button for the flash when you're using the front facing camera since the flash is on the other side of the phone. Also, this camera has a slightly lower resolution than the main camera, but it's still great to have the second camera for still shots as well as for using FaceTime, which we looked at earlier, and for shooting videos of yourself, which we'll look at later in this chapter. The last think I'd like to show you here is a really useful feature introduced in iOS 5.

Sometimes you need to get to your camera quickly in order to catch a shot. But it's really time-consuming to unlock your phone and locate and tap the camera app. By the time you get through that you might have missed your shot. So instead, when your phone is locked press the home or lock button, and notice the little camera icon in the lower right-hand corner. To quickly access the camera, drag that icon up, and the camera app opens right away. So that's shooting photos with the camera app.

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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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