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Handy Hints and Tips for your iPad and iPhone
Handy Hint 97: Taking better photos with your iPhone and iPad
Since I got my iPhone 4S several years ago, my iPhone has become my camera.
I no longer take a digital camera with me, instead using the great camera on my phone which I nearly always have with me. I am particularly loving the quality of the photos taken by my new phone, an iPhone 6 Plus.
But, when using your iPhone as your camera, it is important to know how to take decent photos - how to avoid blurred images and poorly lit photos, and how to get the best possible photo.
The below guide to taking a good photo on your iPad and iPhone is taken from the iTandCoffee Guide, Getting to know your iPad and iPhone - Taking Photos and Videos. (See below for details of how to download this comprehensive guide for free until the end of January 2015.)
iTandCoffee Club members can download and print an information sheet of this handy hint - click here to access this information sheet.
Before you take your Photo ...
The newer iPads and iPhones use face detection, meaning they automatically focus on people, balancing the exposure across up to 10 faces. You will see a rectangle appear over each of the faces that have been detected by the camera.
Separately adjust lighting on iOS 8
If your i-Device uses iOS 8, you can now separately adjust the focus and lighting / exposure.
In the example below, I have touched on the flower to tell the Camera app to focus on that flower - the yellow box shows the area on which the focus is being set.
New in iOS 8 is a 'sun' symbol showing up to the right of that box.
When that sun symbol appears, you can drag your finger up and down on the screen to adjust the lighting. When you first slide your finger, you will see a slide bar appear to symbolise the exposure level.
You do not need to position your finger on this line when adjusting the lighting - sliding up and down anywhere on the screen will do the trick!
Once you are happy with the focus and exposure, you are then ready to take your photo!
While there may be situations where you will want to zoom, it is best to avoid zooming if you can.
Zooming in on a subject in your photo can result in a photo of lower quality than you really want. Instead of zooming, it is better to crop the photo after you take it - this will result in a photo of better resolution than if you had zoomed before taking it.
Avoid the 'white-out' caused by your iPhone's flash
In poor lighting you may want to use you iPhone's flash.
Now take your photo
Just tap on the white dot to take your photo.
Or, hold your finger for a short time on this white dot to take multiple photos - which can help capture the perfect photo of a subject that is not still. You will hear multiple clicks to indicate that you have taken multiple photos.
Alternatively, instead of pressing the white dot, press the 'volume up' or 'volume down' button on the side of our i-Device to take the photo.
If you have a newer iPhone or iPad (iPhone 5S and upwards, iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air 2 and upwards), holding your finger on the white dot (or the volume button) for any length of time will take a 'burst' of photos. You will hear a ‘rapid-fire’ sound of multiple photos being taken. Your newer iPhone/iPad is smart enough to look at that series of photos and choose the best to keep. But you also have the option to view the others in the ‘burst’ and choose to keep some of all of them.
Always remember, before you take your photo, make sure to check that you are pressing/seeing a white dot on your Camera App screen - not a red dot (which will mean that you will take a video instead of a photo).
Check your photo/s
You can preview the photo that you just took by touching on the small square on the bottom left (iPhone) or bottom right (iPad).
Swipe left to right to view previously taken photos. Or select Edit (top right) to make adjustments to your photo (such as cropping, adjusting lighting, adding a filter, etc).
Once you have finished checking (or editing) your photo/s, return to the Camera App by tapping Done (top right).
Special offer for iTandCoffee members - free guide
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Related iTandCoffee Handy Hints (for iTandCoffee Club members only - join now!)
Handy Hint 2: Quick photos on your iPhone
Handy Hint 17: Take a photo of your screen
Handy Hint 20: Take photos while you video
Handy Hint 26: How can I delete photos in bulk from my iPad/iPhone using Mac!
Handy Hint 27: Is there a way to quickly delete all photos from my iPhone or iPad (iOS 6 only)?
Handy Hint 31: How can I delete photos from iPad & iPhone in bulk from Windows
Handy Hint 77: Importing iPad and iPhone photos to a Windows computer
Handy Hint 79: Sending an individual photo from the Photos app
Handy Hint 80: Sending several photos from the Photos app
Handy Hint 81: Making sure your email with photos is not too large
iOS 8: Now your deleted photos aren't deleted straight away!
iOS 8: Easily track your Favourite photos!
iOS 8: View your photo's date and location information
iOS 8: You can now search for photos
iOS 8: More advanced photo editing features
iOS 8: Hide certain photos!
iOS 8: Separately control focus and light in Camera App
iOS 8: Easily switch to Photos app from the Camera App
iOS 8: New Edit features available from the Camera app.
Related iTandCoffee Guides
From the 'Getting to Know your iPad and iPhone Series' ...
Taking photos on your iPad and iPhone - the Camera App (PDF)
Viewing and Managing Photos and videos on your iPad and iPhone - the Photos App (PDF)
Photos - More advanced stuff! (PDF)
Photos - How to import your iPad and iPhone photos to a Windows computer
Related iTandCoffee Videos
See our iTandCoffee Store page for more details and any applicable discounts for these videos. (All videos are hosted on the Gumroad website.)
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