This episode focuses on how to use the Camera app that comes preinstalled with iOS 14 to take eye-catching, professional-quality photos using your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad. These quick tips will help you quickly enhance your picture taking skills.
If you're a new iPhone 12 Pro or Phone 12 Pro Max user, the information in this episode will be particularly useful.
To purchase, download, and install the iPhone 12 Pro Max Digital Photography eBook written by Jason R. Rich from Apple Books (for the iPhone, iPad, or Mac), simply click here.
Featured App of the Week – Episode #34
Welcome back to the Feature App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. In this episode, the focus is on how to take better photos using the Camera app that comes preinstalled with iOS 14 on your Apple iPhone or iPad.
First, always pay attention to your primary light source whenever you’re taking pictures. The primary light source may be the sun if you’re outside. It might be the flash that’s built into your mobile device, or it could be overhead or nearby light coming from a lamp. It could also be light shining through a window, for example.
Ideally, you want your primary light source to be positioned behind you, the photographer, so that it shines brightly, and as evenly as possible onto your intended subject. The goal is to avoid capturing harsh and unwanted shadows in your photos, and to ensure that your subject is well lit.
One of the best photography tips I always share with mobile device users is to take advantage of what’s called the Rule of Thirds whenever you’re taking pictures.
Most amateur photographers choose their intended subject, center that subject within the viewfinder, and then snap their photos from a head-on perspective.
This is a habit you want to break, and the Rule of Thirds will help you break it, while at the same time, make your photos look more visually interesting and professional.
To begin using the Rule of Thirds, first launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad, scroll down, and then tap on the Camera option. From the Camera submenu within Settings, turn on the virtual switch associated with the Grid option. When you do this, the Camera app will superimpose a tic-tac-toe-style grid on your viewfinder’s screen. This only needs to be done once.
Now, exit out of Settings and launch the Camera app. Within the viewfinder screen, you’ll now see a grid. This grid will not appear in your photos. However, it’s a useful tool for framing your shots and making sure you’re holding the camera straight when you’re taking pictures. The center box of the grid represents the center of the viewfinder, which is where most people position their subject.
Instead of doing this, choose your subject and position it along one of the horizontal or vertical lines of the grid, or at one of the grid’s four intersection points.
In other words, the goal is to move your subject away from the dead-center of the frame.
One way to decide where to place your subject within the frame is based on the direction it’s facing and how much of the background you want to showcase within your photos.
Use your creativity to help you best position your subject within the frame, using the on-screen grid to help with placement. Also, keep in mind that you do not always need to line up your camera directly in front of your subject and shoot from a head-on perspective.
Sometimes, shooting from a slight angle will help you create a far more visually interesting shot. A good photographer always uses angles or interesting shooting perspectives whenever possible to make their pictures look more visually interesting.
Whether you’re using the Photo shooting mode or the Portrait shooting mode, once you position your subject within the viewfinder, adjust the zoom feature as you deem necessary. The easiest way to do this is to use a pinch or reverse-pinch finger gesture on the viewfinder screen.
Before pressing the Shutter button, however, be sure to tap on the screen directly over your intended subject.
This will force the Camera app to use its auto-focus sensors and lock in on your intended subject. The auto-focus sensors appear as thin yellow squares on the viewfinder screen. One of these yellow boxes should always appear directly over your subject before you snap a photo.
The Camera app has face recognition for people, so the auto-focus sensor boxes will automatically appear on the faces of your human subject or subjects.
However, when you’re taking pictures of objects or animals, for example, it’s your responsibility as the photographer to tap on your intended subject so the Camera app knows what to focus on.
By doing this, the Camera app will ensure your intended subject will be as in focus as possible and utilize the ambient lighting – or light from the mobile device’s flash, for example, to properly light your subject. This is particularly important if objects appear in front of, behind, or to the sides of your intended subject.
You don’t want the Camera app having to guess what your intended subject is, because it might not guess correctly. The wrong person or object may be what the Camera app automatically focuses on unless you manually tap on your subject which is what you want the auto-focus sensor to lock in on.
When you’re taking photos of a particular person, but multiple people appear within the viewfinder as you’re framing your shot, be sure to tap on your intended subject’s face.
Then, when you’re ready to take your photo, be sure to hold the smartphone or tablet very still as you tap on the Shutter button icon. Depending on how you’re holding your mobile device, you may find it easier to press the Volume Up or Volume Down button on the side of your mobile device, instead of tapping the Shutter button on the screen, in order to snap a single photo.
If you’re taking photos of a fast-moving subject, for example, you might want to take advantage of the Camera app’s Burst shooting mode. When you do this, instead of quickly tapping the Shutter button once to snap a single photo, press and hold down the Shutter button – and drag it slightly to the left – to activate the Burst shooting mode and take multiple shots in very quick succession.
As long as you keep holding down the Shutter button, the Camera app will keep taking photos at a rate of 10 to 12 frames-per-second. Later, from the Photos app, you can look at all of the images shot using Burst mode, and then choose the one that showcases the exact moment you wanted to capture.
Earlier, I mentioned that you can press either the Volume Up or Volume Down button, instead of pressing the Shutter button, to snap a single photo.
However, if from within the Camera submenu within Settings, you turn on the virtual switch associated with the Use Volume Up for Burst option, anytime you press the Volume Upbutton when using the Camera app’s Photo, Portrait, or Square shooting mode, Burstshooting mode will automatically activate.
When you press the Volume Down button, you’ll snap a single photo, as long as the Cameraapp is running.
The new iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, when used in conjunction with iOS 14 or later, offer the most powerful digital photography tools and features ever offered in an iPhone. There are many new features and capabilities built into the new iPhones and the Camera app that’ll help you consistently take professional-quality photos, even if you’re an amateur photographer.
To quickly discover how to take the best quality photos possible on your iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, I’ve written an all-new, full-length eBook, called iPhone 12 Pro Max Digital Photography, which is now available from Apple Books for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as Amazon for all Kindle eBook readers. Once you purchase it from Apple Books or Amazon, you can start reading it immediately.
A link to purchase, download, and then read this easy-to-understand and information-packed digital photography eBook can be found in the notes for this episode, or you can visit my website at www.JasonRich.com, and then follow the links from there.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max Digital Photography eBook includes detailed information about how to use the Camera app, as well as dozens of pro tips for taking visually stunning photos in a wide range of shooting situations.
Whether you want to take awesome portraits of your family, friends, or pets, or capture stunning vacation photos that other people will envy, this eBook offers the information you need. For example, you’ll learn how to get the most out of Portrait mode, Night mode, Burst mode, Pano mode, and Live mode, when using the Camera app.
Well that’s it for this edition of the Featured App of the Week podcast. As always, a text-based transcript of this episode is available from www.FeaturedAppPodcast.com. If you found this information useful, please tell your friends and family about the podcast, post a positive review, and don’t forget to subscribe. Until next time, I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.