The latest operating system for the Apple mobile devices, iOS 8, was released last week. The new software update has a number of exciting new and/or improved camera features. Here they are.
The Camera App now includes a self-timer. This lets you to set either a 3- or a 10-second delay when shooting photos, allowing you an option for snapping a photo of yourself (besides the long-arm selfie).
Self-timers can also come in handy when you are shooting with a longer shutter speed, such as when you are photographing in a low light situation. In that case, you can reduce the chances of camera shake if you keep your hands off the camera as the shutter button is pressed. A self-timer will do exactly that.
The self-timer feature will work on any device since iPhone 4S
To use the self-timer, choose the clock icon at the top of the newly designed Camera App interface.
Now set the shutter delay to either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.
Now, compose your shot and press the shutter button. You will see the light on the back of the phone flash on and off as the timer counts down on the screen. When the countdown is finished, the iPhone will snap the photo. If you are using an iPhone 5s or one of the new iPhone 6's, the photo will be taken using burst mode, meaning that the camera will snap 10 shots in quick succession.
Up until now, you tapped on the iPhone screen to set a focus point within the scene and that same point would be used to determine exposure for the image.
But with iOS 8, focus and exposure controls are separate. You can now set the focus point first and then, using a separate control, manually adjust the image exposure.
Here's how it works.
Compose your scene. Now tap on the screen to set the focus point. When you do, a yellow square will appear along with a sun icon.
Adjust the exposure to your liking by moving the sun icon up (to increase exposure) or down (to decrease exposure).
Time-lapse photography is a new feature of iOS 8, available on any device since iPhone 4S.
Time-lapse photography is a photographic technique where you take numerous photos of a single scene at set intervals of time. These still images are then combined into a video. When the video is viewed, time appears to be moving fast.
Creating a time-lapse video in iOS 8 couldn't be easier.
First, swipe through the camera modes, located just above the shutter button, until you find the Time-Lapse mode (its to the left of Slo-mo mode).
Hit the red record button and let the camera record the scene for as long as you like. The process is essentially automatic. All you have to worry about is to hold the phone really steady (or put it on a tripod). Hit the red button again to stop the recording. The time-lapse video will automatically be created and saved to the Photo app. That's it! You're done…
iOS 8 brings a faster burst mode to older iPhones.
Previously, the high-speed burst mode—10 frames per second—was only available for iPhone 5s owners. Older iPhones had a version of burst mode, but it was significantly slower. That changed in iOS 8, with the quicker burst mode now available for the older models.
In addition, burst mode is now available on the front-facing camera on iPhone 5s
Up until now, the ability to snap panoramic images has been limited to iPhones. iOS 8 extends that capability to any iPad or iPad mini with a Retina display.
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