The Must Have Camera App

By Amy

Nov 23

get better photos with the camera+ app 

Find out why the the Camera+ app is better than the native iPhone camera app.

I LOVE this app!

It's super cool!

Want to know the best part about it?

You'll have to watch the video and see if you can figure it out!​

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Fine Tuning the Menu


In the bottom right corner there are series of lines. Tapping this that will bring up your menu. There you can go through several things. I am not going to go through the stuff at the top; you can read through that yourself.

Volume Snap

You may want to enable the volume snap which would allow you to snap a photo by using the volume buttons on the side of the phone.

Zoom

The "zoom" feature is actual the digital zoom on the screen, although I typically don’t recommend using it. There is one time that it can be beneficial, so having that on there is a nice addition.

Grid 

Enabling the grid function is also a great option to have open so that you can use those lines to help you find the rule of thirds.

Horizon Level

Another great option is the horizon level.  This will help tell you whether or not the phone is on an angle or if it’s straight, which will cut down on editing time.

Geo Tagging

Personally, I don’t like having geo tagging option on because what happens is this allows your phone to tag your location at the time of the picture capture. So, if you're shooting these photos at home, it’s now going to have your home address attached to the photo. And if you don’t remember to take that out, you will be giving all the creeps out there access to where you live. So, if you turn it on, make sure you cover yourself by removing the Exif data before you go ahead and upload your photos to the web.

Workflow

Another, option you need to consider is the workflow. I personally keep it on classic, otherwise every time you take a pic, it will give you the option to automatically share. Maybe you like that, but I want to edit my photos first and I would rather continue snapping a photo. I'll decide what I want to upload later. 

Auto Save

The auto save option is important here.  If you chose "lightbox and camera roll" it will save it twice; once to your phone's camera roll and once within the app's lightbox.  I personally just want the lightbox option as I will take several photos and pick which one I like the best.  Afterwards, I will export and edit it. 

Quality:

I suggest you leave that at normal otherwise it’s going save some really large or really small file sizes.  

If you pick pro, it’s going to save a lot of data which will give you the most ability to alter it while editing, but the file will also take up a lot of space causing your phone to slow down.  

With optimize it is going to set the file size that is best used on a screen and if you ever decided to print a photo, it wouldn't look very good.

Therfore, save it as "normal" and you can alter it later as you like, without it bogging down the phone's speed

So those are just a few of the options, you can go through the rest if you like yourself. 

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Fabulous Camera+ 


So this is the part that I think makes this app pretty unique!

If you tap on the screen to set focus, like you would with any other camera app, you will bring up the focus icon.  What's great is that by tapping the plus sign, you get the ability to change where you place focus separately from exposure.

Exposure is basically how bright or dark the photo is. Your camera will automatically try to set what it thinks is the right exposure so you get a well-lit scene. But sometimes that’s not what you actually want.

Therefore, to be able to take control of exposure separate from focus is fantastic!

Remember, you usually want to set your exposure to meter for the highlights because if it’s too bright, you will lose a lot of the detail.

Once you like how the exposure and focus points are placed, you can hit the little lock symbols for each. 

However, if you want to change your mind, you can always tap the little lock symbol which will bring the exposure and focus points back up and changeable.

Another option you have is towards the bottom.  It's a slider with the letters EV on it.  You can also use this EV slider to change the exposure of the scene.  The EV stands for exposure value which allows you to adjust the brightness or the darkness of your scene by moving the slider at the bottom left or right.

Once you like it, tap the button towards the bottom of the screen, not your home button. And it will snap the photo. 

To the side of the shutter button is anther "+" symbol.  By tapping this, it will bring up another set of options.  Within this is the stabilizer feature.

The stabilizer feature will tell your phone not to snap the picture until is senses that the camera is still.  This will limit the change of getting a blurry photo.  However, it may also inhibit your ability to get the picture at the right time.  

Timing versus Blurry photos...that's your call.  Personally, I like it activated.  You can tell it's working because when you hit the shutter button, you will see a ring around the button light up.  Green is still=picture taken, yellow almost still and red too much movement.  The camera will not snap a photo while it is sensing movement.

Another great option is that you can actually change the shutter speed and ISO by dragging your finger left or right at the bottom.  If you have the menu set to shutter priority, you are able to change the shutter speed and the camera will adjust the ISO so it achieves a properly lit scene.  The faster you make the shutter speed (i.e. 1/1000 of a second) the higher the ISO will have to go in order to capture more light because the shutter is closing faster.  If you lower the shutter speed down (i.e. 1/15 of a second) the shutter will stay open longer, allowing more light to enter and the camera will not need to compensate by bringing up the ISO as much.  By keeping that ISO low, you are able to reduce the amount of grain or noise that the photo shows.

By tapping the flower in the bottom left corner after a photo is taken you are given options to edit, share, export and see the info.​

The info which is also known as your exif data will tell you the specific settings that were used when the photo was taken, the size, the file type, and if enabled, it'll show you the geo tagging location.

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite camera app is! I'd love to hear it!!​

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Amy is the owner extraordinaire at Learn Blog Photography and Amy Paris Photography. She's a single mom to an amazing teenage son. She's passionate about photography and skiing (downhill), the faster the better! Sign up for a FREE 30-min call to light up your photos & biz! bit.ly/2udzBXB