So now let’s look at some different features of the camera application when you’re taking photos. One of my favorite ones is live photo. Live photo is this little guy that lives up top and when it’s turned on it will be yellow and you can have it turned off as well. A live photo records before and after you take a picture and you can turn it essentially into a video. So if I were to take a picture of these air pods it’s not just going to take the picture of the airpods but it’s also going to be recording slightly before and slightly after so I would be able to see the airpods coming into the frame as well as leaving the frame and this will let you capture things that you thought you had just missed but it’ll actually be recording a little bit of audio and a little bit of video that way. When you go back and you long press it you can see that it recorded that entire segment and not just the picture.
Once you have a live photo, you are able to edit it. So you go in and you go down to the bottom where there’ll be a little live photo option and then you can move and find the frame that you want say there’s a better frame like say: “hey I wanted this terrible shot I can make that the key photo and now that is the default”.
There’s also a few different cool options you can do with this. You can turn on effects so you can do live loop balance or long exposure. This will do different things with that live photo and also within the share sheet you are able to save live photo as a video. So if I do that it just turns this into a video and you see that photo is now a video that I can send. If you just recorded like a really cute baby or something and you want to turn that picture into a video live photo is an awesome way of making sure that that’s possible. If you go into here, you can turn the sound off and then click done and this will not have any sound so that’s where you can change the sound settings to make sure that you don’t have sound if you don’t want there to be sound.
A cool feature is also the ability to add a caption so if you swipe up you can add a caption. I go into the photos application and I type in airpods there it’s going to show up right there and this is perfect for labeling and categorizing and just sorting your images.
You can also search by location so if I know of a certain shot that I want and I know where it was taken but not when, I can search a location.
Here’s pictures I’ve taken in New York over the years and if I want to add more terms I could do New York 2018 and I can see any pictures from New York city in 2018.
Now if you have a compatible iPhone with portrait mode you can swipe over to get into that menu and then you can see the different toggles in a different portrait mode so you can swipe between and you can choose these now.
You can also choose them later so you don’t have to decide before or after and there are two controls to the top left in this view: one is the hexagon and that controls the intensity of the effect that you just applied and then the other one the f or the f-stop for the aperture controls how blurred out your background is from f1.4 to f16 depending on which device you have. So the more or less blurred out and you can change this later too you don’t have to do it now. Also in the edit screen you can change the type of filter that it is as well so stage light or high key mono or natural light.
Whatever you want to do you can customize these before, during or after. Now if you click edit and then you click the three dots at the top you will get the option to mark up the image and this is pretty cool so in here you can use a bunch of different tools: there’s a pen, there’s a highlighter, there’s a pencil and then an eraser. You can also press the plus button to add a text box or shapes, like a signature or arrows or anything. You can really customize an image and mark it up and this is a cool tool for trying to highlight something and send it to somebody.
If you just stay in the edit menu you will have lots of controls for adjusting your image and you can do auto and iOS will try to do its adjustments that it finds best or you can go through and modify as you want. If something was not balanced or if something’s kind of off axis you can try to even it back out using either of these tools here for the vertical and horizontal axes and then you can also flip it left to right or rotate it up and down. Finally you can change the aspect ratio so 16 by 9 like a video or 10 by 8 or 4×3 as it is by default and then you can go back to original as well and click done.
Those are some of the edit options that you have. If there’s a picture you really like and you want to add it to your favorites you can just click the heart down there and this will go into an album called favorites which you can see in the albums view and you can also use this as a search tool so if you type in let’s say New York City and then favorites it’ll show all of the favorite images from New York city or I could just do New York favorites and here are all those images from New York.
Those are a lot of the basics for taking pictures with your iPhone both in terms of technique, navigation and features.