Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Use basic camera controls, part of iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 10.
- The camera app in iOS 10 is very similar to previous versions, so if you're already familiar with the iOS, it's going to be very familiar to you. There have been some hardware improvements that have been added to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in terms of the photography capabilities, and we'll be covering those throughout the course. Right now, let's get into the Camera app and access it from the lock screen. In previous versions of iOS you would access the camera from the lock screen by swiping up on a little camera icon in the lower right.
In iOS 10, you just swipe to the left from the lock screen and that'll get you directly into the Camera app. So, along the bottom here are the different camera modes, and to change those you can either just swipe along that line of modes down there, or you can swipe anywhere on the screen to change the modes. On the right side you have the photography modes, Pano, Square, and Photo, and then going towards the left side you have Video, Slowmo, and Timelapse.
If you have an iPhone 7 Plus, one thing you have to be careful of is that swiping down near the lower portion of the screen will sometimes activate the zoom. So, there you go. See, accidentally getting into that zoom there. If you have an iPhone 7 Plus there's also a Portrait mode that was added via an iOS update in the late 2016, and we'll be covering that as well as all of the other camera modes in more detail later on in this chapter.
If you take a picture of the thumbnail in the lower left, we'll let you get out and view that, you'll only be able to view the most recent picture if you have accessed the camera from the lock screen. If not, you can always go into All Photos view here, and you can see it wants to ask you for your code. Let's cancel that to go back into the camera, and tap up in the upper left back here. The camera icon in the lower right will activate the front-facing camera so you can take a selfie.
And just tap that again to go back to the regular camera. The normal photo mode is just for taking regular pictures. Square will give you square shots, and Pano will set you up for a panorama which we'll cover in a separate movie. Let's go over here to the other side. Talk about the video modes. And one thing to notice here is that the difference between video and photo is that when you're in video modes the shutter button is red, and when you're in photo modes it's white.
So, that's a little subtle hint there that you're in a video mode. So, we have Video, Slowmo, and Timelapse. If you used a two finger gesture, you can zoom in on the image here. The iPhone 7 Plus also has two cameras and two lenses, so if you tap on this 1x button down here, it will switch to the 2x lens which is the difference between going from 28 millimeter to 56 millimeter.
Additionally, on the iPhone 7 Plus you have up to a 10 times digital zoom. On the regular iPhone 7 it's up to a five times digital zoom. And on the normal iPhone 7 you would activate the digital zoom by just using the two finger gesture that I already showed you. That will also call up a little slider on the bottom. On the 7 Plus you can just drag on that little 1x button to activate the 10 times digital zoom. Now, it's important to understand the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom.
Optical zoom is actually accomplished by having the two different lenses, whereas digital zoom is a software interpolation of the image. So, if you zoom in too far, it's very possible that the image may not be as sharp as it could be if it was taken with an actual optical telephoto lens. So, on the iPhone 7 Plus you have the 1x view, which is the 28 millimeter, and then you can go to the 2x view, which is the 56 millimeter. And anything beyond 2x is going to be that digital zoom.
Up in the upper left is the button to turn the flash on and off. You got three choices, Auto, On, or Off. I usually leave mine off most of the time, because I always hate it when it comes on unexpectedly and there's, for the type of photography that I do, there's very few situations where I actually use that flash. Next we have HDR. HDR stands for high dynamic range. It's a way of taking multiple exposures and combining them together to deal with really extreme contrasting lighting situations. Again, you have three choices, Auto, On, or Off.
We'll be talking about that in a separate movie. This button up here in the middle is for Live Photos. When you have Live Photos turned on, the iPhone is going to capture about a second and a half of video before and after the exposure, and then when you are reviewing your photos, it will actually kind of play that. So, the photo kind of will come to life a little bit if you press down on it. Now, one thing to notice when you take a Live Photo picture a little banner up here that says Live will show up to indicate when it is actually capturing that video. So, that's important to note.
Now, watch. I'll do a picture, here. You'll see that. That's important to note because if you're hand-holding the shot, what you don't want to do is take the picture and then immediately lower the camera. Otherwise, you're going to get a little bit of the lowering motion in there. Apple did address that when they first released Live Photos. So, it's not as bad as it used to be, but you still could get a little bit of motion. So, if you're shooting Live Photos, you want to tap it, wait 'til you see that Live banner disappear, and then you can lower the camera.
The self-timer is next. Here you can choose from a three second or a 10 second delay. I'm actually going to back out of here for a second, because I want to turn Live Photos off. And the reason I want to do that is that when you have Live Photos on and you take a shot in self-timer, it'll just take a single shot. But, if you have Live Photos turned off, it'll take a burst mode sequence of 10 shots, and that's really useful if you're taking a timer group shot of yourself and your friends. You want to make sure you get good expressions on everybody.
So, watch what happens here. I'll just do it for a three second delay. Down here in this area of the picture you'll see a counter quickly count up 10 shots. I find that's a really nice feature, especially when I've got group shots that I'm photographing. Alright, turn that off. And then, finally, up here on the far upper right we have the live filters. So, notice that the live filters are three grey circles there. But, when you go in and choose a filter, for instance, I'll choose this Noir filter, notice that now the circles are in color.
So, that's a little indicator that you do have a live filter active. So, to turn the filter off or change another one just tape on that again. And, to totally turn it off you tap on the center thumbnail which is None. So, that's a quick overview of just some of the basics of working with the Camera app, and throughout the course of this chapter I'll be diving in in a lot more detail into various different areas, different camera modes, and talking about how you can get better shots by controlling exposure and focus.
- Shooting panorama photos
- Creating slow-motion videos
- Taking time-lapse videos
- Capturing RAW photos
- Working with editing extensions
- Previewing and trimming videos
- Sharing photos with the Photos app
- Using facial and content recognition
- Transferring photos to and from your device