[Part 3/3] The Three iOS 8 Shooting Essentials You Must Know

 

Do you ever get the perfect focus (and brightness) while taking a photo only for the iPhone to recalculate and automatically change everything?

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In the first part of this series we talked about how to organize your favorite photos. The second part of the series we talk about How to get Get the perfect brightness in your iPhone photos and in this third and final part of the series we’re going to talk about :

 

How to Lock in the Perfect Focus and Brightness (so it doesn’t keep auto-adjusting)

 

The iPhone Camera sometimes has a mind of it’s own and it can be frustrating when it keeps auto-focusing.

 

This can be especially frustrating when shooting your kids or moving subjects when all you want to do is lock it in and keep shooting the same brightness and focus, without have to keep readjusting between each shot.

What if there was an easy way to lock the iPhone camera so you can get every shot to turn out consistently the way you want?

Well I have good news for you… There is!

You can lock the exposure and focus so that the camera temporarily stops recalculating between shots and you can finally get every shot to turn out the way you want! Here’s how:

 

1. Press on the screen on your subject and hold for 2 seconds until you see writing come up on the top of the screen in a yellow box that says “AE/AF LOCK”.

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AE stand for Auto-exposure and AF stands for Auto-Focus and lock stands for… well, lock.

This means that once you lock the AE/ AF, the camera will no longer “auto” adjust those settings. You will have the exposure and focus that you locked in, until you decide to tap the screen and change it.

2. You can also apply the same brightness slider adjustments mentioned in part 2 of this series. But the difference is they will be locked in this time instead of changing after a few seconds.

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What is the most useful iPhone photography trick you’ve learned recently? Share in comments below.