365 project Part 2: Phone cam­era set­tings

Take smart­phone pho­tog­ra­phy to the next level with Jo Brad­ford as she shows you how to use the cam­era’s man­ual set­tings, un­leash­ing its po­ten­tial

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There are so many cam­era apps on the mar­ket that know­ing where to turn can be over­whelm­ing. The first I would rec­om­mend if you are a iPhone user is ProCam­era. It’s worth in­vest­ing in alone for its abil­ity to save your pho­tos as un­com­pressed raw and TIFF files, en­abling you to make big­ger, bet­ter pho­tos for print­ing and shar­ing. You can make in­di­vid­ual ad­just­ments to your ISO, shut­ter speed and white bal­ance.

An­other great tool in ProCam­era’s ar­moury is the abil­ity to set the fo­cal and ex­po­sure points in the same place or to pinch them apart, so that you can set a fo­cal point in one place and ex­pose for the bright­est area sep­a­rately, then lock the points. It is all done eas­ily with a tap-and-press ma­noeu­vre. ProCam­era has a nifty sta­bil­i­sa­tion op­tion for those need­ing some sup­port for hand­shake: it will wait for the phone to be still be­fore clos­ing the shut­ter. You can ad­just the re­quired sta­bil­ity with a slider.

If you have an An­droid phone, you can eas­ily con­trol the lat­est An­droid de­vices with­out the need to pur­chase bolt-on apps. In­stead, you can get great con­trol with the cam­era’s built-in Pro Mode. This mode is ac­ces­si­ble in the cam­era set­tings: swipe down on the = sym­bol found in the up­per area of the main cam­era screen to re­veal the set­tings menu. Most of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of An­droids have the abil­ity to shoot un­com­pressed raw and TIFF files, an op­tion that can be se­lected in the de­vice’s Pro Mode set­tings.

Once Pro Mode is en­gaged, you can make a range of ad­just­ments: there are in­di­vid­ual slid­ers to make ad­just­ments to your ISO, shut­ter speed, fo­cal range and ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, amongst other things. Tap the Auto but­ton at the top of each slider on and off to work in a Shut­ter Pri­or­ity mode. Gen­er­ally it is only pos­si­ble to make ad­just­ments in up to a max­i­mum of three set­tings at a time, so play around to see which ones give you the best con­trol for your in­tended use.

Let’s take a closer look at mak­ing the most of in­di­vid­ual set­tings…

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