In this lesson for Photography with the Camera app on the iPhone we look at the various settings the Camera app has including how we can turn on QR code detection.
Access Camera Settings
The camera settings are located in the Settings app on your iPhone, so you’ll need to go to your home screen if you are in your Camera app. Once you tap on settings, you can scroll up until you see Camera, or you can swipe down to access the search fiend in the Settings app. Type in Camera and you’ll be able tap on Camera settings.
Preserved Settings allow you to preserve various settings for your camera when you leave the camera. This includes Camera Mode, Filter and Lighting, and Live Photo.
If you turn on Camera Mode, your camera will preserve or go back to the last mode you were in when you left the camera. If you turn this off, it will go back to the standard Photo Mode as a default.
Filter and Lighting
When this is turned on, your camera will remember what filter or light setting you last used. With this off, it just resets the camera and it will not apply any filtering or light setting unless you decide to yourself.
With this turned on, you camera will remember if you turned Live Photo on or off. If you turn this off, Live Photo will be turned on automatically.
With the Grid turned on, we can more easily frame our shots using the grid. The grid will not show up in your actual photo, it is only used to help us frame the shot.
Scan QR Codes
Whit this turned on, we can use our camera to scan QR codes. When you scan a QR code, your iPhone will ask you to open the webpage or app that the QR code is linked to.
Record Video allows you to set the frame rate and resolution of your videos. The higher the frame rate and resolution, the larger the file will be. You’ll see some examples of file sizes when you tap in this to get a better idea of how much space your video will take.
Record Slo-mo allows you to set the frame rate and resolution of your videos just like in Record Video. Again, the higher the frame rate and resolution, the larger the file will be. You’ll see some examples of file sizes when you tap in this to get a better idea of how much space your slo-mo video will take.
With Formats you can set the format your photos and videos are. Apple introduced new formats in iOS 11 that will make your photos and videos smaller. There is one catch though, they aren’t as compatible as this is a new format. If you are running into issues the you share your photos and videos, you’ll want to select most compatible. Just remember that your files will be larger when you select this.
When we turn this on, your camera will autmaticly determine if HDR should be applied to your photo when you take it. You will not have the option of turning it off in the Camera app. If you want more control with HDR, you’ll want to turn this off. This way you can turn HDR on and off while in the Camera app.
Keep Normal Photo
This is also for HDR. When you take an HDR photo, if you want to also keep the original photo that does not have HDR, you’ll want to turn this on. You will end of with duplicates when this on, so you’ll want to make sure you delete the original or HDR photo after taking it to keep your Photos to a manageable size.
Those are the settings for the camera app on the iPhone.
See this lesson in Action
If you want to see how this works in action, I show you how this all works in the video above.