HWM (Singapore) - - Learn - by Mar­cus Wong

The iPhone 5s is a sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful cam­era to have around, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing what its 64 bit pro­ces­sor and the added fea­tures iOS 7 bring to it. You don’t even have to be a pro to use them too. In fact, these tips are so easy you’ll be won­der­ing why your ded­i­cated dig­i­tal cam­era can’t do a bet­ter job.


Burst mode on the iPhone 5s is so well im­ple­mented there’re no set­tings to fid­dle with; sim­ply open the stock Cam­era app, frame your shot and hold down the shut­ter. It’s fast too, shoot­ing 10 frames per sec­ond for up to 999 full res­o­lu­tion pho­tos. It can do this be­cause it has no buf­fer lim­i­ta­tions, the­o­ret­i­cally al­low­ing it to keep shoot­ing till it runs out of mem­ory.


Now that you’ve gone burst crazy and shot 300 pho­tos in suc­ces­sion, how do you find the ones to keep? Burst shots are ac­tu­ally grouped into a sin­gle im­age stack, and the app has al­ready gone through the lot to pick out what it thinks are the best shots. You can agree with it, or flip through the stack to choose your own fa­vorites. Once you click done, you can opt to save just the fa­vorites, which dis­cards the rest, or save the en­tire roll. Sim­ple.


You prob­a­bly know about the panorama mode on your iPhone 5s; it’s a pretty cool party trick. But did you know you could ac­tu­ally start a panorama sweep from ei­ther di­rec­tion? In panorama mode, sim­ply tap on ei­ther end of the frame to switch start­ing side.


The iPhone 5s uses a so­phis­ti­cated ex­po­sure me­ter­ing tech­nique called Dy­namic Auto Ex­po­sure, which does an ex­cel­lent job at giv­ing you pho­tos with bal­anced light­ing. This is most ev­i­dent when shoot­ing panora­mas. How­ever, you can over­ride this and man­u­ally set the ex­po­sure or fo­cus plane. Sim­ply tap and hold on the screen to get AE/AF (Auto-ex­po­sure/Auto-fo­cus) lock at that point be­fore you shoot. This works in video mode too.


Most cam­eras let you pre­view one fil­ter at a time, the iPhone 5s can show a set of 9 fil­ters in real-time. In the cam­era app, click on the icon with three over­lap­ping cir­cles at the bot­tom right. This brings up the fil­ter grid with live ef­fects. Just se­lect your pre­ferred fil­ter be­fore you shoot. Best of all, ap­plied fil­ters are saved in a layer; you can change or re­move it al­to­gether by se­lect­ing the photo from your cam­era roll and click­ing Edit.

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