I am usually the last person to download and update the operating system on my phone. This time, I was so curious about the camera app updates that I updated before my tech savvy husband! The new iOS 8 camera app has added a few features, which attempt to make the built-in iPhone camera more competitive with camera apps such as VSCOcam and Camera+.
Time-lapse photography is a way to showcase time passing. Creating a time-lapse, involves shooting a series of photographs are taken at a regular interval and and showing them in a quick sequence video. This enables the photographer to show their subject moving through time at an accelerated rate.
To access the time-lapse function, scroll to the far left of the of the camera settings. Select your subject and hit record. This feature is simple, straight forward and fun!
2. Capture Timer
The iOS 8 camera update contains a camera timer that you can set for either 3 or 10 seconds. This creates a delay between the time you hit the shutter button and the time the photo is taken. The timer works with both the back and the front facing cameras. This feature would be useful for propping your camera up and taking a group picture with no one left out!
The capture timer feature can be accessed by clicking the clock icon (second icon in from the top right)
3. Exposure Adjustment
Last week, I posted a tutorial on selecting focus and exposure with the iPhone camera. The iOS 8 camera update allows you to adjust exposure on your focus point before taking a photo. To adjust the exposure, select a focus point and wait for the sun icon to pop up. Nudge the sun icon up along the axis to lighten the image or down along the access to make it darker.
4. Burst Mode
Burst mode is now available on both the front and back facing iPhone 5s camera with the iOS 8 upgrade. To use burst mode, hold down the shutter button and take a whole whack of pictures! Burst mode is my favourite iPhone camera feature. It is perfect for taking pictures of squirmy babies and helps ensure that not all my photos of Luca turn out blurry.
5. Editing and Organizing Photos
With iOS 8, the options for editing options have improved dramatically. Users can now straighten photos and adjust the exposure, colour and contrast of their images. Users also have editing control over highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast, saturation and more with the update.
In addition to new the editing capabilities, the iOS 8 camera update allows you to tag your favourite photos with a heart. Once you tag a photo it becomes a part of the favourites album, making it easier to find and identify. I find this feature useful for a my disorganized camera roll.
The built-in iPhone camera has some cool new features, most notably built-in exposure and additional editing capabilities. These new features help the iPhone camera come closer to the standards set by more sophisticated camera replacement and editing apps. While these features are a great improvement from the camera of the previous operating system, apple still has a ways to go before I would be willing to shoot and edit with the built-in apps on a regular basis.