iPhone Camera Tips

Focusing the iPhone camera on a Specific Target/Object & Locking Focus

To focus on a particular object – such as a flower in the foreground (rather than focusing on the whole scene – flower and background)…

  • Simply aim the camera and tap the screen on the place you want to focus – ex: the flower.
  • To lock the focus (in case there is movement in the scene) tap and hold the screen till ‘AE/AF Lock’ shows at the top.

Here is a good article to learn more about focusing and locking focus.

Changing Exposure on an iPhone camera

First of all, you need to focus on a particular object – such as a flower in the foreground (rather than focusing on the whole scene – flower and background)…

  • To focus: Simply aim the camera and tap the screen on the place you want to focus – ex: the flower. Look for the Yellow box that indicates the focus area.
  • To change exposure: Look for the ‘Sun’ beside the Yellow box.  When you see the sun, simply swipe up anywhere on the screen to increase exposure (make the image brighter) or swipe down to decrease exposure(make the image brighter).

Using the Camera's Self Timer

Most all Androids and iPhones have camera self timers.

The Self Timer is great for taking group photos WITH YOU in them. Set the timer so that you have time to get in the picture before the photo is taken.


The step by step procedure will be similar for all phones. may vary from one phone to another. In general, tap the timer icon and select the time of delay.

Here is an example of the iPhone timer AFTER clicking on the icon (which is shown at the top left)…

iPhone Self Timer - mac.com

Position the phone/camera so that the group is centered on the screen.

Gently tap the shutter button and go line up with friends and/or family.

Enjoy!




iPhone Camera Settings (optional)

 

The iPhone Camera Settings are selected NOT within the camera app itself but in the phone’s ‘Settings’ app.

Open the ‘Settings’ app and scroll down to ‘Photos & Camera’.

There you’ll find the following options…to turn an option on, slide the slider to the right to make it show GREEN.

  • iCloud Photo Library – turn this on to automatically upload and store your photos and videos in iCloud so that you can access them from your phone, desktop and iPad.
  • Optimize iPhone Storage – be sure this is checked to help keep your phone from filling up too fast.
  • Upload to My Photo Stream – turn this on to automatically upload photos and videos WHEN CONNECTED TO WI-FI.
  • Upload Burst Photos – Leave this unchecked unless you really want your ‘burst photos’ (multiple photos taken at once). My burst photos are usually a mistake – a result of holding the button too long.
  • iCloud Photo Sharing – turn this on so that you can share your photos and videos with others or subscribe to theirs.
  • Summarize Photos – check this to show every photo in your library in all views. You can also choose compact, summarized views for Collections and Years.
  • Grid – turn this on to show a 9 square grid for implementing the ‘Rule of Thirds’ – Example article on the ‘Rule of Thirds’.
  • Record Video – Set the quality of videotaping – 1080 at 30 fps should be more than adequate.
  • Record Slo-mo – Set the quality of slow motion videotaping – probably 720p at 240fps
  • Keep Normal Photo – the iPhone creates an HDR photo blending the best of three separate exposures into a single photo. Turn this on to save the normal photo as well.

Advanced Photography with Camera+ App, Editing Software, etc. (optional)

Although the Camera app that comes on your iPhone is very good, it limits the things that you can do with it.

To experiment with the Camera+ app or another camera upgrade.

This is a good article from ‘iPhonePhotographySchool.com’ that describes advanced techniques such as shutter speed, ISO, depth of field, white balance, and zoom.