This month on the JOBY Blog, we’re all about iPhoneography. We think phonography is totally rad—three cheers for creative expression on the go! Plus, nothing beats a lightweight and decent camera that you always have with you. We put our heads together with some other phone photography experts to bring you tips and tricks, awesome apps, video tutorials, and maybe even a contest or two. Stay tuned!
Off we go! If you read nothing else from this series, read this. This super simple tip will transform your iPhoneography, guaranteed.
Auto-Exposure / Auto-Focus Lock in the Native Camera App
So you want to take a picture of your kitchen table and and the pretty tulips sitting on top of it. But, it looks like this—dark, with emphasis on the brick wall behind your subject instead of the subject itself. Here’s what you do …
Tap on the tulips to focus on them. Hold down and the camera will lock both focus and exposure on those tulips, instead of the wall behind them. This will bring your tulips into focus and correctly expose them all in one swift move. Click the camera shutter and you’ve got the perfect shot you envisioned.
It’s that easy and that awesome.
Here’s another example. The camera focused on the red brick wall in the foreground, but at this exposure, sky is totally blown out. Bummer.
So I locked focus and exposure on the lighter buildings in the background, bringing back in the sky. Now I have a more balanced photograph with more information. Plus, it’s much closer to what I saw in the moment.
Auto-Exposure / Auto-Focus Lock in Camera+
If you want even more control over the focus and exposure, Camera+ allows you to separately lock focus and lock exposure.
First, tap to choose the focus point. Then hit the + icon in the upper right corner of the focusing square. Your focus and exposure controls will separate. Move the focus square onto the main subject of your photo, and then move the exposure circle around the frame until you’ve found the exposure that suits your fancy.
You should end up with something like this—focus point where you want it and an exposure that brings out the best in your subject matter.
Update! SmugMug’s new FREE app Camera Awesome also allows users to separately lock focus and exposure.
Stay tuned for more awesome tips from the JOBY Team and our smart photo friends! Happy shooting!