Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Shoot photos, part of iOS 11: iPhone and iPad Essential Training.
- [Teacher] In this chapter, we're going to be looking at working with the photos and videos you shoot with your iPhone or iPad. And we'll start here by taking a look at how to shoot still photos with your device. So start up the camera app by tapping it's icon. The default mode of the camera is to take still photos, but make sure the selector mode here is set to photo. Notice I can slide across to get square, pano, and so on. So I'm just going to make sure this is set to photo. You can also tell you're shooting photos when the shutter button here is a white circle with a white ring around it.
In video mode, it becomes a red circle with a white ring around it. Just like with a regular camera, you can shoot in both portrait or landscape mode. The various buttons here will rotate to indicate that the phone knows that it's been rotated. And that will ensure that when you copy your photos to your computer you don't end up with sideways pictures that you then have to rotate in your photo management software. It's a good idea to glance at the camera icon or one of the text buttons before you shoot your photo to make sure your orientation has been registered. All right, so to take a basic photo, all I have to do is frame up the subject on the screen and then press the shutter button.
You'll hear a shutter sound and the photo is sent to your photo library and you're instantly ready to take another photo. Now at this point I want to mention that you want to be sure not to let your finger linger down on the shutter button. Just tap and release once to take your photo. If you continue to hold your finger down on the shutter button the camera will go into burst mode. (burst mode sound) Meaning it will start taking a rapid succession of shots. Burst mode is actually great when you're taking photos of subjects that are moving at a high speed.
Burst mode allows you to take multiple shots at the rate of about 10 photos per second, which increases your chances of getting the shot you want. Now if you have an iPhone 5S or later, it has a unique burst mode that intelligently tries to select the best photos, so that when you go to review your photos by tapping this thumbnail here, you'll see the word burst and exactly how many photos you shot, and then you can tap select to pick the ones you want to keep by tapping on them. Now obviously my subject here is not moving, so these are all going to be the same.
But if your subject is moving, you can select the ones that look the best, tap done, and you can choose to keep everything you shot or keep only the ones you checked. I'll tap the back button up top to go back to the camera. Now 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 bit more like shooting a traditional point-and-shoot camera when you're shooting in landscape orientation. You can also set a time to shoot your photo. Tap the timer button.
And then you can choose either a 10 or three second delay time. This is useful for times when you need to jump into the picture yourself, or in low-light situations where you want to make sure you're not shaking the camera when you press the shutter button. When you shoot with the timer, the iPhone automatically shoots a burst of 10 frames to help make sure you get the shot you want. I'll just tap off to close out the timer. Now the camera normally tries to figure out the best focus and exposure settings for your photo. But your subject is not always going to be in the dead center of the frame, and using this default value can 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 it on the screen. For example, it could be the back part of the image or the front part of the image. Then you can see the lighting is subtly changing. Anywhere I tap on my screen will make the camera instantly reevaluate the scene based on its measurements of that area. Once it looks the way I like, I can tap the shutter button to take my picture.
Basically what this boils down to is just tap the important part of the picture before you take your shot. Now, if necessary, you can also lock the exposure and focus by holding down on the subject area for a second. Notice it now says AE/AF LOCK at the top 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 also adjust the exposure independently of the focus. So once you've either tapped the screen to bring up the yellow box or you've locked the focus, you can then slide your finger vertically along the screen to increase or decrease the exposure.
You can unlock the exposure and focus and set them back to auto again by tapping anywhere inside the view finder area. And there are a couple of other options available for shooting still photos. As we saw earlier, you can change to shooting your photos in a square ratio by switching over to the square setting. 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 also comes with a selection of built-in live effects. Many camera apps give you the ability to process your photos after you shoot them, but here I can tap the effects button in the upper right-hand corner and see live previews of each effect that's available here.
So you can select any one of these and you'll see exactly how your photo will look with that effect applied, and when you're ready you can take your shot. (camera shutter) And you can still adjust the exposure and focus if necessary. Effects can be applied either in the square or regular photo modes, but once you choose an effect in either mode, that effect will continue to be applied until you switch back to the original setting. And you can tap the live effects button in the upper right-hand corner to turn those off. All right, so we know that to review the photos you've taken you can tap this tiny thumbnail image here, which will be of the last picture you took.
This takes you into your camera roll, which we will look at more closely in an upcoming movie, but here you can swipe side-to-side to review your shots. You can pinch open and close to zoom in and out. And when you're done reviewing your photos, you can tap the screen once to reveal the interface buttons, and tap the back button in the upper left-hand corner to go back to the camera. And 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 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'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. Now the last thing I'd like to show you here is a really useful feature that comes in handy for those times when you need to get to your camera quickly in order to catch a shot. But it's really time consuming to have to unlock your phone and then locate and tap the camera app. By the time you get through that, you might have missed your shot. So instead, when the phone is locked, press the home button or lock button to wake it up, and then to quickly access the camera, swipe right to left anywhere on the screen.
And that opens up the camera app right away. Additionally, if you're already using your phone and you need to grab a quick photo, but the camera app is several screens away, you can swipe up to open up control center, and from here you can tap the camera button to open up the camera. If you have a device with 3D Touch enabled, you can also press down with a little more force on the camera button and jump right into one of these camera modes. So, that's shooting photos with the camera app.
Garrick shows how to use Siri, the iOS digital assistant, and demonstrates how to use all the core features of iOS, such as emailing, browsing the web with Safari, getting directions from Maps, taking notes, shooting photos, watching videos, and listening to music. Plus, discover how to extend the functionality of your iPhone or iPad by installing one of the 2 million+ apps available in the App Store. The course wraps up with some essential tips to help you customize your device, protect your privacy, and troubleshoot your iPhone or iPad if you encounter a problem.
- Using gestures and 3D Touch
- Backing up and syncing music, photos, contacts, and more
- Making video calls with FaceTime
- Playing music
- Shooting photos and video
- Getting directions from Maps
- Adding events to your calendar
- Using the built-in apps
- Setting important privacy and usage options
- Controlling your device with Siri
- Troubleshooting your iOS 11 device
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 01/30/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover how to use the iPhone X with this course, and how to send and receive money with Apple Pay Cash.