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- Opening Tip: Finding Apps on your Phone
- Beginner’s Lesson: Photography Essentials
- Closing Tip: Valentines Day Photo Frames
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|Quick Tip: Find an App on your Phone
You can find other things on your phone too, like contacts, or emails. I find this search feature most useful for finding Apps. I want to open the Dropbox app, but hunt though I might, I just don’t see it.
|Beginner’s Lesson: Camera Essentials
When you take pictures with your smartphone, you are actually using an App. Every camera comes with a “native” app, but you can use others if you like. Just download another app.
When you show your photos on a computer or TV screen, the only way to have it fill the screen is to have a horizontal (aka landscape) photo. It makes a huge difference.
1.Taking a Photo, set focus, Zoom or Crop?
2.Take a Selfie
3.Take a video
5.Take a Panorama
■iPhone special feature: Live Photo
To take a photo: (clean the lens!) open the camera app, frame your shot, tap the shutter button. the round white button on the screen. (you can also use the real buttons that are your volume controls)
Setting focus and exposure just by tapping the screen.
Flash is a lightning bolt icon on your screen. Tap it and you’ll see Auto On Off. We think you should leave it Off unless you really need it.
To take a video, put the camera into Video mode. Right by the shutter button you will see the list of all the different modes. You can swipe right/left to see all the options, then tap on Video and you’ll see the shutter button turn into a Red round button. Tap it once to start video capture, tap it again to stop.
|iPhone Live Photos
When you’re taking a photo with an iPhone 6s or above, you have the option to capture a “Live” photo. To do that, you tap the bullseye icon so it turns gold.
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To capture one frame of the live photo and save as a new still photo, use the App called Lively. When you open it, you will see all the Live Photos in your camera roll and you have 3 options: Gif (for animation) Movie (to get those 3 seconds as a separate video) and Frame – to capture one frame of the video portion and save as a new still photo.
Select the frame you want and then tap Export Frame, then Save.
To take a photo: (clean the lens!) open the camera app, frame your shot, tap the shutter button. the round button with camera icon on the screen. (you can also use the real buttons that are your volume controls)
Setting focus just by tapping the screen. Some Androids will also set exposure when you Tap – my Samsung does not, just focus.
Zoom in by spreading your fingers.
Flash is in the settings – the gear icon. You’ll see lots of options here. Flash is one. Tap it and it cycles thru Auto On Off. We think you should leave it Off unless you really need it.
Voice Control: on the Samsung, you have the option to speak “Shoot”, or “Smile”, or “Cheese” This is very handy when your arm is stretched out to take a selfie and you can’t reach with the other hand to tap the shutter button. Find the setting for Voice Control under the Gear icon for settings. Realize that there are more settings than you first see – scroll down to see more. Tap Voice Control to turn it on.
Panorama: on the Samsung, Panorama is found under Mode. Select Panorama and then tap the shutter button to begin capturing the panorama. Watch the photo build in the rectangle on screen. Note: you can also create a vertical panorama (waterfall?) by moving the camera up rather than sideways.
Watch the video for Samsung’s camera Panorama feature.
Video: oops, I forgot to show taking video during the show. On Samsung, when you tap the video icon, it starts capturing, then then tap another button to Stop, or you can pause during shooting.
Photosphere – this is a built in feature of the Google Camera on a Google phone, like Jim’s Nexus 6. Here is the Photosphere Jim took. As you can see by my disembodied head – it takes some practice to get good at taking photospheres!
PhotoSpheres can be used in Google Maps Streetview. Learn more here.
Why does my iPhone 6+ not have the Live Photo button?
A: It only works with iPhone 6S and above: 6S, 6S+, 7 and 7+ It requires the 3D touch screen.
Bill comments that PhotoSphere would be great underwater. Hey! Google’s already done that, take a look Streetview Great Barrier Reef. Scroll down and wait a bit for the 360 picture to load.
PhotoSpheres are also good for photographing homes for sale, or RVs! Or doing an inventory of your household belongings. You may know them as Virtual Tours – the Samsung camera has a 360 capability and that’s what it’s called, Virtual Tour. It works very similarly to the PhotoSphere.
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