Macworld Masterclass: Get best results from the iPhone’s cameras

Always get the best shot with your iPhone 4S camera

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  • anno Intro
  • Taking Photos 001 002 Step 1: Get started
  • Taking Photos 003 004 Step 2: Grid lines
  • HDR Step 3: HDR
  • Taking Photos 005 006 Step 4: Flash
  • self portrait Step 5: A portrait of the artist
  • Taking Photos 007 008 Step 6: Zoom and exposure
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Apple made many improvements to the iPhone when it designed the 4S. Of course, the external bits mostly look the same, but underneath it’s a radically different beast.

One of the parts of the phone that received a major overhaul was the camera. Not content with a new 8-megapixel sensor, Apple upgraded the device’s optics, too. This means that as well as a much better chip for capturing images, the lens itself has been massively improved.

All this and the new, more powerful A5 processor combine to give speedy performance and improved image quality. No longer do you tap the camera app and have to wait and wait. Instead, you can get snapping in around one second.

It used to be that a mobile phone’s camera was good enough for a few snaps when the quality of the picture wasn’t all that important, but with the iPhone 4S the image quality is just as good as some of the more expensive compact cameras. It’s pushing a fair few digital SLRs for picture quality as well.

Using the iPhone 4S as your go-to camera needn’t mean you have to make any compromises, as its hardware and software combine perfectly to help you get the best shot in any situation.

Getting to grips with the camera app is easy, and getting quick shots is quite simple. You can, however, take your photography to the next level and get really impressive pictures from the iPhone without much effort at all.

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Apple made many improvements to the iPhone when it designed the 4S. Of course, the external bits mostly look the same, but underneath it’s a radically different beast.

One of the parts of the phone that received a major overhaul was the camera. Not content with a new 8-megapixel sensor, Apple upgraded the device’s optics, too. This means that as well as a much better chip for capturing images, the lens itself has been massively improved.

All this and the new, more powerful A5 processor combine to give speedy performance and improved image quality. No longer do you tap the camera app and have to wait and wait. Instead, you can get snapping in around one second.

It used to be that a mobile phone’s camera was good enough for a few snaps when the quality of the picture wasn’t all that important, but with the iPhone 4S the image quality is just as good as some of the more expensive compact cameras. It’s pushing a fair few digital SLRs for picture quality as well.

Using the iPhone 4S as your go-to camera needn’t mean you have to make any compromises, as its hardware and software combine perfectly to help you get the best shot in any situation.

Getting to grips with the camera app is easy, and getting quick shots is quite simple. You can, however, take your photography to the next level and get really impressive pictures from the iPhone without much effort at all.

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Get started

Open the Camera app. Line up your subject and tap the shutter button with the camera icon. If you’re trying to capture fast-moving action, tap and hold the button, then release it when you want to take a picture.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Grid lines

To help keep things level, you can overlay a grid on the screen, which makes it easier to capture shots and helps you to construct an elegant composition. Go to the options panel and flick Grid to On.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: HDR

HDR images offer a much better visual range by sandwiching together three shots into one. The results can be staggering, but image sizes are larger. As in the previous step, turn HDR On to use this option.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Flash

Mastery of the flash can be key to improving your photography. The flash can be set to fire as and when the camera thinks it’s necessary (Auto), all the time, or never. Simply tap to choose.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: A portrait of the artist

Both of the iPhone’s cameras can be used to take shots. For a self portrait, tap on the camera icon at the top right of the screen. Tap the same icon to return to the front camera.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Zoom and exposure

You can zoom in digitally before you take your shots. Pinch on the screen to activate the camera zoom. Decide where the camera should concentrate its efforts, and expose your image by tapping on the screen. The square denotes the focus and exposure zone.

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