Photography Tricks For Bloggers


By Bethany Gleg

The new iPhone 6 has a myriad of cool features but the most valuable to any social media addicted women is the camera. Thats right, we all know the smartphone camera has changed the way we socialize and present ourselves, and I for one like to take good selfies ;) This is a a tutorial on the new features of the iPhone 6 you can use to get the best looking pictures out of your shiny new phone.

Although much better than the iPhone 5 the 6 isn’t completely capable of replacing a professional grade camera. If your looking to get that special picture just right I would recommend simply camera hire for a short term project or looking into buying a entry level DSLR. You can check out an article like this and start from there.

But for most of us, we are packing our smartphone everywhere and its possible to get really fantastic pictures with it. Most of the time the iPhone will suffice.

The Basics
The basics of the iPhone 6 camera are largely unchanged from the iPhone 5S, but added software features (outlined below) help set the iPhone 6 camera apart from its competition. At its core is an 8 megapixel camera. 29 millimeters of focal length and a dual LED flash help it focus in up­ close situations and the rear-­facing camera has full 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second and 720p HD at 240 frames per second. The front­-facing camera sees an upgrade to 1.2 megapixels and high dynamic range (HDR) functionality to take better video in high or low light settings.

Just like its competitors, the Samsung LG G3 and the Galaxy S5, the iPhone 6 has added more auto-focusing pixels to its camera that will make the time between opening the camera application and a successful, clear shot much faster. While the autofocus pixels aren't yet perfect, they make the iPhone 6 camera more of a point ­and­ shoot marvel than its predecessors in the iPhone line. The iPhone 5 and 5S' focusing capabilities weren't limited, but the iPhone 6's new focusing capabilities give it another notch in its camera marketing belt to compete with Samsung and LG's newest products.

Better Front Facing Camera
Because of the popularity of self ­photography, Apple upped the ante with its front-­facing camera. Just like the rear­facing camera, HDR, autofocus, and high definition are all available for selfies and FaceTime video conversations.

iMessage Improvements
Semi-­related to the new iPhone 6 camera are improvements made to the iMessage application that poises Apple to better compete with popular messaging application, WhatsApp. iMessage now includes the ability to send short videos to other iMessage users, making full use of the upgraded front-­facing camera.

Slow Motion
Slow motion isn't new to cellphone cameras, but Apple introduced one of the slowest frame rates on the market with the iPhone 6. Slowing things down to 240 frames per second, slow-­mo footage is now extremely smooth to watch on both the iPhone and after it's imported for video processing. Also possible is the ability to record at 120 frames per second as well. The feature was quietly added in the iOS update, but it's unclear who Apple intends to target with the ability to record worse quality slow motion video within the phone's default feature list. Perhaps another iOS update will remove the function entirely.

Full 1080p HD Video
High definition iPhone video is nothing new, but the 60 frames per second 1080p video capturing capabilities on the iPhone 6 are beautiful. Finally catching up to the quality of traditional DSLRs, the high definition iPhone video camera is now a great way to capture day ­to ­day video. However, for videographers looking to replace a cheap DSLR to do pickup shots for short films, the iPhone 6 still doesn't quite hit the bar. Refocusing video mid­-shoot using Apple's new autofocus feature is problematic, as the application doesn't always figure out exactly what it should be looking at. Apple lauded the ability to refocus video midway through shooting at the iPhone 6 release event, but it isn't yet perfect.

Change the Exposure Levels
Finally, Apple has added the ability to change the exposure level of the camera. By using a swiping gesture, photographers can swipe up or down to reduce or increase the amount of light coming into a photo. A noted downside is that the functionality isn't quick to respond. It takes multiple swipes to reduce the exposure by a significant amount and some actual photographers noted that this is in contrast to the way exposure levels are reduced or increased on an actual camera. Whatever the case, being able to change exposure from a phone camera
means less editing on the back end.

Bethany is an avid writer and photography enthusiast - connect with her on Google+ or Twitter

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