iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Using Your iPhone's Camera

Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week I will cover some tips and shortcuts for using the camera on your iPhone.

1. Pinch to zoom

I was walking with a friend recently when she spotted a bird she wanted to take a photo of. She pulled her iPhone out of her pocket, but then realized the hawk was too far away and would only show up as a dot in her photo. She said she wished she could zoom in on it. "But you can," I told her. In the Camera app, pinch to zoom in and out of a scene up to 5x. You can also use the zoom slider on the bottom. Just be aware that the more you zoom in on the object the lower the photo quality gets.

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2. Use your headset as a remote shutter for the Camera

If you decide to become an avid iPhoneographer, you may decide to use a tripod at some point to steady the camera. Instead of tapping the screen to shoot the photo which could shake the camera, use your Volume+ button on your Apple headset as a shutter. Just plug it in and shoot away.

3. Tap to focus the camera

Many times the camera decides on it's own what to focus on. If it doesn't choose the object you want in focus, tap on the screen while shooting video or photos where you want it to focus. If the camera is too close to the object and it's still blurry after tapping the screen, try backing away until it comes into focus and then move closer.

4. Swipe for Camera Roll

You can view the last picture you took in the Camera app without having to go the Photos app. Just swipe towards the right to jump straight into your Camera Roll. Want to get back to the Camera app to take more pictures? Simply swipe to the left past the last picture you just took. 

5. Send more than one photo at a time

Ready to share those great photos you took? Want to send several images at once? Open up your photo albums, and tap on the edit button on the top right. Tap on the images you want to send and then tap Share. You’ll get the option to share via Facebook, email, message, or print.

And don't forget, if you want to capture an image quickly just swipe up on the camera icon on the lock screen. 

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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.