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Photos (built-in app)

How do I use HDR photo capabilities?

iPhone 4


HDRYou can use the iPhone 4's HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability to take pictures under sub-par conditions (too much or too little light). When you turn HDR on, your iPhone will take three pictures in quick succession with different exposures and then blend them together to produce the best image. Here's how to use it:

  1.  Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap on HDR at the top center of the screen to turn it on (tap again to turn it off).
  3. Tap on the bottom-center camera icon to take a picture.

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How do I change the point of focus in Camera?

iPhone 4

AutoFocusThe iPhone 4 has a built-in autofocus feature that automatically centers on an object or person in a photo. You can make the Camera focus on anything you see on the screen by following these steps:

  1. Open the Camera app to display the image your camera is "seeing." The Camera interface displays a thin rectangle over the portion of the image that it is focused on (roughly in the center of the screen).
  2. Tap on the area of the image you want the camera to focus on.

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How to take a screenshot image of an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, without any third party apps.

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Now that we’re at the threshold of  iOS 4.3, one simple tip that ought to be revisited is an easy but still not well-known method native to the iOS that allows you to take a screenshot or screen image and save them in the Photo application for easy transfer via email.This method, which has been in use since iOS 2.0, still works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the latest iOS versions. There is no need for any third-party applications. This works even when you are in the middle of a game.



Stop taking pictures and start taking works of art with CanvasPop!

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If Yogi Berra were to assess today's use of cameras he might say: "Nobody takes photographs anymore... they're too busy taking pictures."  If you're like me, you have thousands of digital pictures stored on hard drives and online galleries but only print a tiny fraction of them.  Once in a while we'll find "a keeper" and enlarge it to 11"x14" and frame it, but by and large, photos stay on the computer and maybe a digital photo frame.



Finally a real Flashlight app!

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Before there was an app store, one of the first apps created for jailbroken iPhones was a Flashlight app by the excellent Erica Sadun.  It basically used the screen display as a light emitting device.  We have finally come full circle with the iPhone 4 which has an actual LED for use as a flash.  An enterprising developer, Michael D'Ulisse of More Blu Sky saw this as an opportunity to create a real flashlight app that projected light.



iOS Tip #3: The writing is on the wallpaper

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Wallpaper, or custom backgrounds, can be a nice way to personalize your phone and it is surprising it took so long for this ability to reach the iPhone.  Perhaps it is even more surprising that custom wallpapers are not available on the iPhone 3G, even with iOS 4.0, but I guess Apple has to draw the line somewhere.  In a reply to a customer email, Steve Jobs himself said it was a performance issue.



Projecting a good image - AAXA Micro Projector Plus review

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Keynote on the iPad might encourage you to take your show on the road and present without a traditional computer.  In preparation for a talk I’m giving at the local Apple Users Group, I have been experimenting with Keynote and the M1 Micro Projector Plus from AAXA ($299 to $339 at www.aaxatech.com).

 



Create and Share Your art and Photos

These apps let you enhance photos and post them online

Apple computers have long been associated with high quality digital imaging. The iPhone, since its emergence into the world just two and half years ago, has been following in the footsteps of its much larger desktop and laptop brethren. But just how far can one go with digital imaging and an iPhone?


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G Design releases iPhone Tripod Attachment

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With the holiday season upon us, you better be prepared to bust out that iPhone for the spur of the moment family photo and/or video. And here is a ingenius new product to help you take that perfect photo or video. The U+3G iPhone Holder from G Design LLC is the perfect accessory to help attach your iPhone to a tripod. Not one of those small mini tripods mind you, but the larger sizes for camcorders and high end cameras. The holder accommodates all versions of the iPhone (original, 3G, 3GS).



Attach multiple photos to an e-mail

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email photosWith OS 3.0, you can now attach up to 5 photos to an e-mail message, up from one in the previous version of the OS. Follow these steps:

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