Learn about shooting with your mobile phone: focus locking, locking exposure, cleaning lens, side button, and trigger shutter. Shoot like crazy and then favorite and import your best pics.
- I'm gonna use the iOS camera utility for just about everything. It's the most convenient way to go, it's definitely the easiest, does a great job, but before I look at the screen or the camera I'm gonna make sure that I clean the lens. Every single time the camera comes out of my pocket I'm cleaning the lens off, because any of those streaks or smears are gonna be almost impossible to get out in post. So here I am on my home screen and of course I can get to the camera here, but let's pretend that the camera is locked, as it often is when I take the phone out of my pocket.
The best way to get in here from the lock screen is to just swipe up and that's gonna take me directly into the camera. Now let's just walk through a few things that we should know about the camera here. Some gotchas. Okay, now we're outdoors and normally I don't wanna use the flash. There is one time where you'd wanna use the flash, which is if you're ever taking pictures of people outdoors in bright light, you wanna override the flash, turn it to on, so that it triggers the flash and that's gonna help get rid of the shadows underneath their eyes.
I'm not taking pictures of any people today, so I'm gonna make sure that's off. With HDR, this is the ability to take multiple exposures and bake them together, get something more similar to what your eye sees, the iOS does a decent job of that. We're gonna do that manually in post, so I'm gonna override it and turn that off. Live photos, really neat feature, I'm not gonna be using that today, so I'm also gonna turn that off. I wanna be thinking of space, I don't wanna create a ton of unnecessary images, because I'm going to have to cull through them later.
Okay, now at the bottom we've got a few different choices here for photo, square, which is really just a way to preview the image for Instagram, so I'm gonna discourage you from using that, and pano. And pano's a lot of fun. We'll talk more about that a little bit later. But we're gonna spend almost all of our time in just the normal photo screen. So I'm gonna move back to photo and this is where I'm gonna shoot just about everything. Now there are a couple things to know about this. One, we've got our shutter button at the bottom here.
Obviously if we touch that it's gonna take an image. And if I touch and hold it it's gonna take a burst of images. Now the other thing that we can do here is we can use the side buttons. And if I use those then I've got a much better hold on the camera, but I can still trip the shutter that way. So I'm just gonna take one of the side volume buttons, press that, and it's gonna capture an image. Okay, now probably the most important thing is when it comes to focus and exposure. We can see that anywhere that I tap I'm gonna capture the focus and the exposure.
So if I tap on a bright area it's gonna expose for that, if I tap on a shadow area it will expose for that. What I like to do is find one of the brighter areas, tough and hold, and it's gonna lock the focus and the exposure, and then what I can do is I can move the slider down or up. And what I like to do is expose for the highlights. So purposefully underexpose and then get my capture from that. And doing that you're gonna get great results. Just that one detail of grabbing the highlights and pulling the exposure down and exposing for the highlights, that alone is going to dramatically change the quality of your landscape images.
So those are a few important tips for the capture utility in the iOS camera. Again, super convenient, super easy to use, but hopefully you know some things you didn't know before that will give you much better images.
- Capturing great images on the go
- Creating HDR and panoramic images
- Picking your favorite photos
- Performing quick edits
- Sharing creative projects on social media
- Making more advanced edits with Lightroom for mobile
- Retouching with Photoshop Fix
- Compositing in Photoshop Mix
- Using Slate to tell visual stories
- Sending files back to the desktop
- Sharing images in Slate, Portfolio, and Behance