Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic camera controls, part of iPhone and iPad Photography for iOS 11.
- [Narrator] The camera app in IOS 11 is very similar to previous versions so it should look familiar if you're already an IOS user. If you have an iPhone eight plus, or iPhone 10, the biggest difference is the addition of the new portrait lighting effects in the portrait mode. We'll be taking a look at that in a separate movie. Let's get started by taking a look at some of the basic controls in the camera app. If your phone is on the lock screen, you can swipe to the left to open up the camera without having to enter in your pass code. You can also swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to show the control panel and then tap the camera icon there.
Along the bottom of the view finder screen are the different camera modes. If the phone is in a landscape orientation, these will appear on the right. You can change modes by tapping the name of a mode, swiping left or right on the words, or even just by swiping left or right anywhere on the screen. The photography modes include the basic photo mode, square format, and panorama. If I swipe the other way I can access the video modes, video, slo-mo, and time-lapse.
If you have an iPhone seven plus, eight plus, or the iPhone 10, you'll also have a portrait mode in addition to the standard camera modes mentioned earlier. Portrait mode uses the dual cameras in these iPhones to create a depth map of the scene and render a live shallow depth of field effect. If you have an iPhone eight plus or an iPhone 10, there's a new feature called portrait lighting effects that works with the portrait mode. This feature is currently a public beta. We'll be covering portrait mode and portrait lighting in another movie.
The camera button in the upper right is how you switch to the front facing, face time camera, which has a seven mega-pixel camera in the iPhone seven or later, as well as the ability to record 1080P HD video. Tapping the image thumbnail in the lower right takes you to the last photo that you took. If you've accessed the camera from the lock screen, it will only show you the photos taken in the most recent camera session. If the iPhone was unlocked when you tapped on the image thumbnail in the camera app, you can access all of your other photos either by tapping all photos in the upper right, or by swiping your finger in the film strip under the image view.
You can return to the camera by tapping in the upper left. In the lower left is the button for the flash which is useful for low light, indoors, or for backlight situations. You can set this to auto, on, or off. I'll just leave it set to off. In the iPhone eight, eight plus, and iPhone 10, The new quad LED true tone flash has a slow sink feature that uses a slower shutter speed with the flash in low light creating more even illumination in the scene.
Next is the HDR button. HDR stands for high dynamic range, and in this mode the camera takes three exposures to record as much detail as possible in both the highlights and the shadows, and then blends them together into a single image. It's a good option for high contrast scenes. As with the flash, you can set this to auto, on, or off. We'll cover using the HDR feature in a separate movie. Next in line is a button that determines whether or not the live photos feature is turned on. This feature is on by default, but as it records video for one and a half seconds before and after the main shot, it will use up additional storage on your device.
You'll only see the live photos button if you have an iPhone 6s, 6s plus, or later. That feature doesn't work on earlier models. When you take a picture with live photos turned on, you'll see a yellow live banner appear on the screen for the time when the live photos effect is being recorded. Keep the camera on your composition until this goes away or you'll have live photos that always end with a bit of the motion of lowering the camera. The self timer is next. Here you can choose from a three second, or ten second delay.
When you take a self timer shot, the camera shoots a burst of ten shots so that you can pick your favorite one. The burst mode is a pretty cool feature, and we'll take a look at this in more detail in another movie. Tapping the icon of the three gray circles in the upper left brings up the live filters. There are nine filter effects, and when you choose one using the thumbnail strip next to the image, You'll see a live view of how that filter will effect the photo. One thing to note is that when a filter is enabled, the icon of the three circles in the upper left is in color.
To get back to the original image, just scroll to the beginning until the thumbnail says original, and then tap the three circles to hide the thumbnails. One cool thing about the live filter effects is that they're non destructive, and can be turned off in the editing section of the photos app even after you've taken the photo. We'll be taking a look at editing your images using the photos app later in the course. Using your thumb and forefinger, you can move them apart to zoom in on the scene, and then pinch them together to zoom back out.
If you have an iPhone seven plus, eight plus, or iPhone 10, there's a one x button that switches between the 28 millimeter lens and the 56 millimeter lens. You can use the same two finger zoom gesture, or you can tap on the one x or two x button, and then drag at an arc to initiate the digital zoom on the seven plus, eight plus, or iPhone 10. The iPhone seven and eight offer a five times digital zoom, and the seven plus and iPhone 10 have an optical zoom that goes up to two times, and then a digital zoom up to 10 times.
When you've zoomed beyond two times on the dual camera models, tapping on the lens button will reset it back to one x. Now in terms of digital zoom, it's important to understand that this is achieved through software interpolation, rather than a true optical zoom that is achieved by actual lenses. With digital zoom, the camera is essentially just cropping the shot for you. I almost never use the digital zoom feature on the iPhone, preferring instead to crop and resize the images myself in an app or in light room or Photoshop.
Once you have your composition the way you like, tap on the screen to set the focus and exposure on a specific area, and then tap the shutter button to take the shot. So that's an overview of the basic controls in the IOS 11 camera app. We'll be taking a more detailed look at additional ways that you can change and lock the exposure setting in another movie.
- Shooting panorama photos
- Creating slow-motion videos
- Taking time-lapse videos
- Organizing photos
- Image editing with the Photos app
- Previewing and trimming videos
- Sharing photos
- Transferring photos to and from your device