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Camera and Photo Enhancements

Camera and Photo Enhancements

Apple has also made a lot of enhancements to the iPhone’s camera and the Photos app. If you use your iPhone to take pictures, you’ll like these new features.

First, you can now access your iPhone’s camera from the Lock screen, without actually opening your phone. Just turn on your iPhone and double-tap the Home button. This displays a Camera icon next to the unlock slider (see Figure 5). Tap this icon to activate the camera. Once you’re in the Camera app, use the Volume Up button to take pictures.

Figure 5 Accessing the camera from the Lock screen.

When you’re taking pictures, you can now display grid lines onscreen, to help you better compose your photos. Just tap the Options button and tap “on” the Grid option.

Once you’ve taken a picture, you can do a bit of editing directly from your iPhone. When you’re viewing a picture from within the Photos app, tap the Edit button at the top of the screen (see Figure 1.6). You now have the following options:

Figure 6 Editing a picture from the Photos app.

  • Tap the Rotate icon to rotate the picture counterclockwise in 90-degree increments.
  • Tap the “magic wand” icon to auto-enhance the photo.
  • Tap the Red Eye icon to remove red eye effect.
  • Tap the Crop icon to crop or free rotate the picture. Tap and drag a gridline to crop the photo; use two fingers to rotate the picture onscreen. You can even fit a picture to stand photo sizes by tapping the Constrain button and then selecting a size.

Simple stuff, but useful – and all completely new to iOS 5. You probably didn’t know that, did you?

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