As far as the iPhone’s camera capabilities are concerned, iOS 9 was a revolutionary software update that gave the iPhone’s well-received camera a great boost with new features and an improved performance. We shall take a look at some of these features and how they’ve improved the iPhone’s camera experience overall.
Manual Exposure Adjustment
This new tool in the Camera app now allows you to manually adjust the exposure to make the focus of the image you are about to capture lighter or darker, providing better composition for the photo in the process. This is a huge improvement from the previous set-up where you had to set focus and exposure together, which was often frustrating if you were looking into setting the focus for one part of the scene but set the exposure for another part of the frame.
To do this, you just tap on the part of the screen where you wish the focus will be on and a yellow box with a sun icon appears. You just swipe on the sun icon up to increase or down to decrease the exposure on that part of the frame.
The native Camera app now includes a self-timer, allowing you to set a 3 second or 10 second delay when taking photos. If you’re taking a selfie or if you’re taking photos in low light with the risk of camera shake along the way, then the self-timer is a useful feature.
To set this feature, just tap the self-timer button (clock icon) on the camera, then set the delay to either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.
Time Lapse Video
In iOS 8 you can now also create time-lapse videos which enable you to film a scene over a period of time and then speed up the footage so that everything appears to move much more quickly.
You can easily access this feature in the camera menu, from which you can adjust settings and take videos basically the same as you use your camera.
iOS 8 has made photo organizing a bit better with its new capabilities. One of them is the addition of a new album folder in your iPhone: “deleted items.” Basically, any photo that you delete will go into the Recently Deleted album.
And if you accidentally delete a photo, you don’t have to worry about possibly losing them forever. You can go to the Recently Deleted album. Tap Select, then select the photo or photos you want to recover and tap Recover. The photos will be restored to the Recently Added album.
Items in the Recently Deleted album will be permanently erased from the album after 30 days. But if you wish to permanently delete images from the album before the 30 day time limit, select the photos, then tap Delete.
The cropping feature of the iPhone has also been improved, especially with the additional feature added to it which allows you to straighten photos as well easily, thanks to the dial that pops up in the editing window.
More photo editing tools
Another cool feature in iOS 8 is the Manual Adjustments button that provides some more advanced photo editing capabilities for the iPhone. You can access it at the Photos album and clicking on the gear icon. gives you three options: Light, Color and B&W. Tapping the arrows next to each option displays a lot of settings that you can alter manually like brightness, contrast, shadow, etc., allowing you to do more advanced photo editing on the iPhone.
If you are using your iPhone for photography extensively, like what some photographers like Dave Packer do, then you will surely love these features. Take time to learn their functionalities and compose better photos with these tools.