iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training
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Shooting still photos with your iPhone


iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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Video: Shooting still photos with your iPhone

In this chapter, we're going to be looking at working with photos and video on your iPhone or iPod touch. In this movie, we're going to take a look at how to shoot still photos with your iPhone or 4th Generation iPod touch and later. Earlier, iPod touch models don't have built-in cameras. So, if you have an earlier iPod touch, you can skip this movie and jump to the next one on viewing and managing your photos. But every iPhone since the first generation model does have a built-in camera, and a pretty decent one which has gotten better with each subsequent version of the iPhone. So, if you carry your iPhone with you everywhere, you'll always have a camera to pull out when you need one.
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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Discover how to get the most out of your iPhone or iPod touch, from making calls, browsing the web, managing your time, and getting around town to taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. In this course, author Garrick Chow shows how to perform all of these tasks and more, and introduces the enhancements built into iOS 6, including enhanced language support and commands for Siri, shared photo streams, and the new Reply with Message feature for handling incoming calls. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations on how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and offers tips for personalizing the setup of the iPhone and iPod touch. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitch happen.

Topics include:
  • Organizing and purchasing apps
  • Controlling sounds
  • Using Twitter and Facebook
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making video calls with FaceTime
  • Forwarding calls
  • Setting up email accounts from Gmail, iCloud, and other services
  • Browsing the web
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Protecting your iPhone or iPod
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Garrick Chow

Shooting still photos with your iPhone

In this chapter, we're going to be looking at working with photos and video on your iPhone or iPod touch. In this movie, we're going to take a look at how to shoot still photos with your iPhone or 4th Generation iPod touch and later. Earlier, iPod touch models don't have built-in cameras. So, if you have an earlier iPod touch, you can skip this movie and jump to the next one on viewing and managing your photos. But every iPhone since the first generation model does have a built-in camera, and a pretty decent one which has gotten better with each subsequent version of the iPhone. So, if you carry your iPhone with you everywhere, you'll always have a camera to pull out when you need one.

Now I'm not saying you can throw away your regular camera because the quality of the photos on the iPhone greatly depends on how well lit the scene you're shooting is, and whether or not your subject and you are moving. Also, only the iPhone 4 and later and the 5th Generation iPod touch have a built-in flash. So, you'll generally need to be in a well-lit environment, and hold as still as possible to get good-looking pictures if you have an older device. The 5 can actually produce some great looking shots in low light. But I'll show you some tips that will help improve your chances of getting decent shots regardless of which iPhone you have. So, start up the camera app by tapping its icon.

If this is the first time you've used the camera, you'll see a message telling you that the camera app would like to use your location. Basically, this message is telling you that your photos and videos will be geo-tagged. Meaning, the iPhone will use the same location data it uses to figure out where you are in the Maps app and tag your photos with this tiny bit of data. Unless you're trying to keep the location of where you take your photo as a secret, you can tap OK. But geo-tagging your photos is a great way to keep a record of almost exactly where a shot was taken, and more and more photo management apps like iPhoto and Picasa can use geotags as an additional way for you to sort and manage your photos.

You may also be asked if you want to sync your photos with your iCloud Photo Stream, which will automatically upload the photos you shoot to your iCloud account if you've created one, so the photos will be instantly available on any other iOS device you have. I'll choose not to sync with my Photo Stream for now. So now, we're seeing exactly what the camera is seeing. The default mode of the camera is to take still photos. You can toggle between shooting still photos and videos with the toggle switch in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. But for now, we'll keep it set to Still Photos. Just like with the regular camera, you can shoot in Portrait or Landscape mode.

Notice that the camera icon in the shutter button rotates to let you know that the iPhone knows it's been rotated. This ensures that when you copy 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. By the way, the Camera button looks a little different on the iPhone 5 than it does on earlier iPhones. Here on the 5, it's a round button. But in earlier iPhones, it's shaped more like a capsule. They both work exactly the same way though.

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'll see the picture you took for a very brief moment before you return to the live camera view. This is useful in case you want to take multiple shots in a quick succession. We'll see how to review your photos in just a moment. But first, let's look at some things you can do to improve your shots. First, note that the camera does not actually take the photo until you lift your finger off the Shutter button. So, one way to help stabilize your phone while you're shooting is to hold your finger on the shutter button while you're framing your shot.

Then lift your finger off to take the shot. This can keep your phone a lot steadier than tapping the shutter button to take your shot. Depending on how hard you tap, the force could shake the camera enough to blur your picture. Another way to prevent shaking your camera with a tap is to use the Volume Up button to snap your photo. This is a feature introduced in iOS 5. Instead of tapping the Camera button, you can use the Volume Up button, which is the button closer to the top of the device on the side of the camera to take the photo, making the experience a little more like using a traditional point-and-shoot camera.

Notice the box that appears in the center of the screen when the phone is held still. That's the iPhone telling you where its point of focus is. Meaning, that 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 in the dead center of this 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 simply by tapping it 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 a scene based on its measurements of that area.

And then you can take your picture. Basically, what this boils down to is, just tap the important part of the picture before you take your shot. You can also lock-in the Exposure, and Focus by holding down on the subject area for a second. Notice it says AE/AF Lock at the bottom 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 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. 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 we'll look at more closely in an upcoming movie. But here, you can swipe side to side to review your shots, pinch open and close to zoom in and out.

When you're done reviewing your photos, you can tap the screen once to reveal the interface button and then tap the Camera icon to return to the camera. To review your photos, you can also swipe your finger to the right while looking at the camera, which takes me to the last photo instantly. This is a quick way to take a look at the photo you just shot and then swipe back to the left to return to the camera without having to do a couple of taps. 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 4 to 8 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 too. If you have a device with a flash, by default, the flash is set to Auto, which lets 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 is backlit, 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. Now the other available option on the iPhone and 4th Generation iPod touch and later is the front-facing camera. You can toggle between the main and front cameras 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. Just frame yourself up and take the shot. 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, the camera in the front 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 thing 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. 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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