Have you ever missed capturing the perfect photo or video opportunity because you got hung up getting to your smartphone’s camera app in time? There are likely shortcuts in your phone’s software and settings. Some may not be obvious. Here’s a quick guide to getting the speed you need so you don’t miss your moment.
Camera needed Get it now? The camera app can be accessed on iPhones running iOS 14 or later. Simply swipe left from your lock screen to access the camera app. The app can also be opened by pressing the camera icon at the bottom-right corner on the lock screen.
On many Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones running Android 11, you can open your default camera app by rapidly pressing the phone’s power button or Side key twice. (If not, open the Android system settings and check the Gestures options, or confirm that Samsung’s Side key settings have the Quick Launch feature enabled for the camera.)
You can also tell your phone’s assistant to open the camera for you. Android’s Google Assistant will even snap the shutter or start recording on command, as will the Bixby assistant on Samsung Galaxy phones.
Many phones also have an additional shutter button, which doubles as the volume buttons.
Smartphones usually have at least one rear-facing camera that can be used for self-portraits. To switch between them, tap the circular-arrows icon in the camera app or tell the voice assistant to “take a selfie.”
Recent Google Pixel models allow you to hold the phone and twist twice to switch between front and back cameras. To switch between the front and back cameras on newer Samsung Galaxy phones you can swipe up or down in camera app.
If your phone has multiple rear cameras (wide-angle standard and telephoto), tap on the screen to choose one. To adjust the angle, move your finger over the zoom slider. Tap the screen to access the controls for exposure or focus.
Want to jump straight into video recording? With an iPhone XR or later, press and hold the camera’s shutter button to record a QuickTake video, or slide your finger to the right to lock the video recording so you can still snap photos. To record on a Google Pixel or certain Samsung Galaxy phones press and hold the shutter button.
In Samsung’s Single Take mode on newer Galaxy phones, tap the shutter button once and move the camera around. The phone will capture 10 seconds of video and photos from different angles.
Enhance Your Selfies
Your phone might have settings that allow you to automatically improve your self-portraits. You can adjust the angle of your selfie on the iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 by tapping the arrows.
Google Camera on Pixel phones has a zoom function, as well as settings for selfies to enhance your appearances and illuminate your face. To access these settings, tap the arrow at bottom of the screen. Many of Samsung’s Galaxy phones also include options in the camera settings for the color tone and angle of self-portraits.
Capture the Action
Some subjects, such as athletes, toddlers, or animals, are very fast-moving. When you don’t have the inclination to make a video, you can quickly capture a stream of continuous still photos in “burst” mode and then go back and select the perfect shot from the batch.
On recent iPhone models, swipe the Camera app’s shutter button to the left to start snapping photos; on the iPhone X and earlier, long-press the shutter button. After you have released the button, open the thumbnail in the camera roll. Tap the Select button to swipe through the images in a burst and select the ones you want to keep. Samsung Galaxy phones can take burst photos in the same way. Swipe the shutter button to open the thumbnail image.
Google doesn’t have a dedicated burst mode for its Pixel phones running Android 11, but you can pull out favorite frames from a video or motion photo. Open the Google Camera app, tap the arrow at the top of the screen and enable Motion Photos (which, like Apple’s Live Photos or Samsung’s Motion Photo, capture several frames of action when you press the shutter). Then tap the Settings icon, choose Advanced and turn off “Social media depth features.”
After you’ve taken your image or clip, open it and swipe up on the screen. Select “Shots in this photo” or “Shots in this video. ” Swipe through the sequence until you find your favorite, then tap the save option.
Features vary based on your own phone’s hardware and software, but taking a few minutes to explore your camera’s shortcuts can save time later — when you really need it.
Source: NY Times