iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course
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iOS 8 Camera Basics

Camera is one of the most essential iOS apps. Thanks to the ever-improving quality of iOS cameras, many people have abandoned standalone cameras entirely, instead using their iOS devices to capture cherished moments.

To take a photo (or video), start by figuring out the meaning of the icons on the main Camera screen .

① 	Here’s a look at the Camera controls on an iPhone (the iPod touch is similar): **(A)** Photo and Video Viewer, **(B)** Take Picture (shutter), **(C)** Filters, **(D)** Viewfinder, **(E)** Flash, **(F)** HDR, **(G)** Timer, and **(H)** Camera Chooser. Camera on the iPad has similar controls, but a different layout.

① Here’s a look at the Camera controls on an iPhone (the iPod touch is similar): (A) Photo and Video Viewer, (B) Take Picture (shutter), (C) Filters, (D) Viewfinder, (E) Flash, (F) HDR, (G) Timer, and (H) Camera Chooser. Camera on the iPad has similar controls, but a different layout.

Picking a Camera Mode

Before you press the round Take Picture button (B), above, you’ll want to set up your shot. Start by picking a mode.

The mode is indicated by a yellow label next to the Take Picture button.

You switch between modes by swiping across the Viewfinder (vertically if your device is in landscape orientation, as shown above), or by tapping a label.

New! Camera Features in iOS 8

Camera Mode Descriptions

② 	The Square camera mode takes square photos, which are perfect for certain photo sharing services—that is, if you can get your infant to remain still.

② The Square camera mode takes square photos, which are perfect for certain photo sharing services—that is, if you can get your infant to remain still.

③ 	When taking a panorama, you must move the device slowly and steadily from one side to the other.

③ When taking a panorama, you must move the device slowly and steadily from one side to the other.

Tip: Tap the white arrow to reverse the direction in which you move to capture the panorama.

Camera Options

In addition to shooting modes, the Camera app provides a number of options for taking and tweaking photos:

④ 	To take a time-delay photo, enable the timer, tap the Take Picture button, and wait for the countdown to finish.

④ To take a time-delay photo, enable the timer, tap the Take Picture button, and wait for the countdown to finish.

⑤ 	You can apply one of these filters to your photo as you shoot it. Don’t worry if you don’t like the result, because you can remove the filter later.

⑤ You can apply one of these filters to your photo as you shoot it. Don’t worry if you don’t like the result, because you can remove the filter later.

Tip: You can later remove a filter effect while viewing the picture in Photos by tapping Edit in the upper right, then Revert.

Snapping a Photo

  1. Switch to the desired camera mode.
  2. Make sure you’ve turned on (or off) any of the options described above, like the timer or flash.
  3. Tap an object in the Viewfinder to focus on it. A square reticule appears, indicating where the camera is focusing. Slide your finger up or down the screen to adjust exposure .
    ⑥ 	Tap the Viewfinder to reveal the square focus reticle, which indicates where the camera is focused.

    ⑥ Tap the Viewfinder to reveal the square focus reticle, which indicates where the camera is focused.

    To zoom in or out, pinch in or out on the screen. A slider appears to show the zoom level; once visible, you can adjust it manually as well.

  4. ⁠Take the photo: tap the Take Picture button or press either of your device’s volume buttons.

Tip: Press and hold the Take Picture button for burst mode, which takes multiple photos—ten per second—until you let go.

Your photo is saved to the Photos app in Albums > Camera Roll. A burst-mode photo appears under a single thumbnail; tap it, and then tap Select to see all photos in the series.

Taking a Video

  1. If possible, set the device on a stable surface, or use a tripod.
  2. Switch to Video mode.
  3. To begin recording, tap the large red button or press either of your device’s volume buttons.

    A counter at the top of the screen lets you know how long you’ve been recording.

  4. Tap the red button again to stop recording .
⑦ 	While recording video, tap the red button to stop taking video, or the white Take Picture button to snap a photo while continuing to shoot video.

⑦ While recording video, tap the red button to stop taking video, or the white Take Picture button to snap a photo while continuing to shoot video.

Your video is saved in the Photos app, in Albums > Videos.

Taking a Time-Lapse Video

  1. Try to rest the device on a ledge or other solid base, or use a tripod.
  2. Switch to Time-Lapse mode.
  3. Tap the red Take Picture button or press either of your device’s volume buttons, and hold the camera still.
  4. The camera starts shooting and continues until your device runs out of space or battery, or until you press the red Take Picture button again to stop it .
⑧ 	While you take a time-lapse video, a ticker appears around the Take Picture button, which morphs into a stop button. Tap it to stop taking a time-lapse video.

⑧ While you take a time-lapse video, a ticker appears around the Take Picture button, which morphs into a stop button. Tap it to stop taking a time-lapse video.

The Camera app stitches the images together to make a time-lapse video. You can find the video in the Photos app, in Albums > Videos.

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