Shoot to Thrill!

Many casual photographers have done away with their digital cameras and are beginning to use their cellphone cameras as their primary picture-taking device. After all, smartphone cameras these days, especially on high-end phones like the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, are powerful enough to give some mid-range digital cameras a run for their money. And who wants to carry two devices when they can carry just one, especially if it’s the one that is always with them.

The cameras that go into smartphones also keep improving, along with the software. The iPhone 5 had a great camera, but the newer iPhone 6, with its auto focus feature, has an even better one. Similarly, iOS 7 supported some great photo effects and editing features, but iOS 8 supports more effects and has a better photo editor.

Taking photos with an Apple device running iOS 8 is pretty much automatic – all you need to do is point and shoot. But if you are a perfectionist and aren’t satisfied with what you’re getting, you can click better pictures with iOS 8 device with the help of 5 pro tips we’ve compiled for you.

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Capture More Stable Photos with Burst Mode
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If you own an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, the iPhone 6+ or the iPad Air 2, you can use the Burst mode feature to take high-quality pictures. Burst mode, like the name suggests, lets you click a series of photographs in a burst. You can choose an image from the burst with the best lighting and quality – your device will auto-suggest it or you can choose one manually too. We’ve all been in a group photo in which a single person has blinked and spoiled the entire photo. With burst mode, you won’t have this problem.

To use burst mode, open your camera app, point it, and hold the shutter icon on your screen. Your camera will enter the burst mode and start taking pictures. A series of numbers will appear on your screen, letting you know how many pictures have been added to that burst. When you stop holding down the button, you have the option of choosing the best one.

Click Brighter or Darker Pictures by Adjusting Exposure
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In iOS 8, you have the option of separately setting the exposure to get more or less light in your photo. This mode is a godsend, as you can now set the exposure and the focus, unlike in iOS 7 where you were forced to do it together.

To adjust exposure, simply swipe up or down on your screen. Swiping up will increase exposure, making the photo brighter, and swiping down will reduce it. The exposure feature now also works in tandem with the auto focus feature. Just tap on an object the camera is looking at (like a vase on a table) to make the camera focus on it. Once the focus is locked, you can change the exposure just for the focused object by swiping up or down on your screen.

Take Easy Selfies with the Timer

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Look ma, no hands! – Now take better selfies with Timer on iOS 8.Image: iMore

In iOS 8, Apple has added a timer feature to the camera app. The camera will automatically take pictures after the set time, which can be 3 seconds and 10 seconds. The mode will let you take better selfies, as all you have to do is start the timer and hold up the camera before you.

This mode is god-sent if you often click pictures in low light settings. Typically low light settings call for longer shutter speed. The timer comes in handy as it eliminates the chances of camera shake. The timer also lets you take shot in difficult positions, as you don’t actually have to be looking into the screen for the feature to work.

To start the timer, tap the clock icon at the top corner of your screen. Then tap the shutter button. The camera will automatically take a photo after the timer counts down.

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You Can Create Awesome Time-Lapse Videos
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Perhaps the coolest feature iOS 8 introduced was the time-lapse. With the time-lapse feature, your device will take a picture once every few seconds over a prolonged period. These pictures will be stitched together automatically by the device in the form of a video. The next time you want to share that sunset with your family and friends, just turn on time-lapse and point your phone at it.

You will find the time-lapse feature in the imaging options. Select the feature and then tap record. Keep your camera steady for best results. You will find the stored video in a Videos subfolder in Albums.

Don’t Forget to Edit Your Photos

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All your photos will look better if you touch them up a little, with the help of the camera app’s built-in editing tools. iOS 7 had some pretty useful yet basic editing tools, and for anything beyond basic you had to have the iPhoto app. With iOS 8, iPhoto takes a bow making way to the Photo App, which incorporates all its features and host of advanced editing options.

The filters introduced in the earlier version continue to stay and the new photo adjustment controls let you fine tune your pictures for intensity, light, and color with a simple slider.
iOS 8 has a nifty search feature to look up images based on location.

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You can now use the crop tool to straighten tilted images by rotating a new dial that appears beside the photo (some of your bad shots could perhaps use this treatment, right?). You can also let your phone automatically adjust the exposure on a clicked picture by using the smart adjustment tool (it looks like a miniature wand). You can also now manually adjust the exposure, color and contrast on your photo, something which was only possible before with the help of third-party apps.

In Conclusion

The manual exposure feature, the timer and time-lapse feature are exclusive to iOS 8, while Apple’s newest devices only support the burst mode. With these features, you can take some great photos and then fix up not so good ones with the editing tools. For maximum effect, you could also grab an app that gives you access to even more features, like the highly rated Camera+ app.