LTP 105: Remember Your Camera App Settings! 2

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In this solo show Bart shares his recent re-discovery of the iPhone camera app’s settings screen. It’s easy to forget those settings exist, and they can enable some very powerful more advanced features in the built-in camera app. Bart also recommends two remarkable episodes of the Street Shots Photography podcast.

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2 thoughts on “LTP 105: Remember Your Camera App Settings!

  • nosillacast

    I always love the solo shows, and this one was no exception. It’s a great reminder to look at Camera settings. Two points to consider:

    Bart’s description of the chevron that drops down to show you the menus is not available on iPhones. I forget exactly when this was implemented but if you don’t have a downward chevron from the top of the Camera app, or you have one but it doesn’t reveal the controls Bart described, it’s likely that your phone doesn’t support the functions. I believe it was the iPhone XS and later that it was implemented.

    Bart also said that he finds the “View outside of frame” feature useful. It is useful, but only if you understand it because you can easily draw the wrong conclusions from this feature. With it toggled on, you’ll see a frame where the image will be captured, and you can see the scene on either side (assuming you’re in landscape mode). This shows you that maybe you want to rotate the camera right/left to capture a nice tree on the right to better frame your photo.

    That is what you’ll see in 4:3 mode. If you change to 16:9, it will _look_ like you are capturing the entire scene including what was outside of the frame. But that’s _not_ what’s happening. 16:9 is actually a CROP of the 4:3 image. Nothing wrong with shooting in 16:9 but you’re actually losing information, where if you’d shot in 4:3 you could crop in post and have more control.