Learn how to use the cam­era in your iPhone and other iOS de­vices to their best ef­fect

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Christopher Phin

The iPhone is the most pop­u­lar cam­era in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s al­ways with you, it lets you eas­ily edit your shots to make them as per­fect as pos­si­ble, you can share them with the world – or just one per­son – in­stantly, and es­pe­cially if you have an iPhone 5 or later, the shots them­selves are gen­er­ally ex­cel­lent. For proof, look no fur­ther than Ap­ple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ ad cam­paign.

How­ever, the first step to tak­ing bill­board-qual­ity shots is get­ting to know your iPhone’s photo and video-shoot­ing abil­i­ties in­side out, so that you can be sure not only of tak­ing an as­ton­ish­ing shot when you press the shut­ter, but also so you understand what tools you can call on to make it even bet­ter through edit­ing af­ter­wards. As al­ways, MacFor­mat is here to help you learn th­ese things!

In this fea­ture we’re go­ing to take you on a tour of the shoot­ing modes and edit­ing op­tions on your iPhone – or iPad or iPod touch – and high­light some of the sur­pris­ing power and com­plex­ity be­hind their at-first-glance sim­plis­tic in­ter­faces. We’ll also show you what ex­tra kit you can add to your iPhone to aug­ment its pho­tog­ra­phy abil­i­ties in ex­cit­ing ways; the small, care­fully-cho­sen se­lec­tion we rec­om­mend is in­formed by years of proper, hands-on test­ing and re­view­ing rather than just look­ing at what’s pop­u­lar on Ama­zon.

Get to know your iPhone’s cam­era abil­i­ties well, and ju­di­ciously add what hard­ware and soft­ware you need to bol­ster its abil­i­ties, and you’ll give your­self the best pos­si­ble chance of cap­tur­ing hol­i­days, child­hood mo­ments, cel­e­bra­tions and other mem­o­ries in a way that you’ll be proud of now and will trea­sure for­ever. Or, you know, just snap a funny pic­ture of your dog in a hat – that’s good too.

One fi­nal thing to add: don’t over­look that an Ap­ple Watch can come in handy when shoot­ing with your iPhone. With it, you can see what your iPhone is see­ing – great for awk­ward an­gles – and you can trig­ger the shut­ter re­motely. So the next time you take a group shot, set your iPhone up on a tri­pod, calmly re­join the group, check com­po­si­tion, press the shut­ter with a three­sec­ond de­lay, drop your hand, and grin!

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