PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Make The Most Out Of Your iPad’s Camera


There is nothing more exciting than exploring all of the wonderful features that the iPad has to offer. Unfortunately, the iPad doesn’t come with a user guide. While part of the fun is figuring out how to make the most out of your tablet, some things are practically a secret. We are here to help you discover some of those secret features. Last week, we explained how to mirror your iPad to Apple TV. Did you download Real Racing 2?

This week, we are going to fill you in on all of the fun features your camera has.

When the iPad first came out three years ago, I was not impressed with the camera. It took poor quality pictures, didn’t have a front-facing option, and who wants to take pictures with 10-inch camera, right?

Now that I’ve upgraded two additional times, and realize just how much I love my iPad, I’ve also grown to love the camera. Here at PadGadget, we have some resident photographers who just love to take pictures with their iPad.

If you have an iPhone, you Probably know about the basics: Tap the screen to focus, tap the icon in the lower right corner to switch to the front-facing camera, toggle the camera/video icon to switch to video recording, pinch to zoom, and tap to focus. These features should be fairly obvious.

But, did you know that you can lock the focus on an object so that, when you take a picture, the camera will stay focused on that specific spot, no matter what movement takes place around it? To activate the lock focus, touch the iPad’s screen at the spot you want to keep clear. Hold your finger on the screen for a few seconds and the focus square will glow a faint blue. Now, the focus is locked.

Your camera’s shutter will stay open as long as you are holding down the trigger. This acts as a sort of slow shutter feature. Set your lock focus on a stationary subject and allow movement to take place in the background. Touch and hold the shutter button for a few seconds and it will keep the locked focus subject clear while allowing the background movement to blur.

You can also get better lighting for your picture by tapping the darkest part of the image on the screen. If you are in a dimly lit room, tap the dark corner and the camera will focus on that area, causing it to adjust for the light and brightening up the overall shot.

If you want to hold onto your iPad with both hands instead of trying to use one hand to tap the shutter trigger on the screen, you can snap a picture using the volume controls on the side of your tablet. It doesn’t matter whether you use volume up or down. Either one will trigger the camera’s shutter and you’ll be able to snap faster pics with a steadier hand.

You can quickly access your most recent photo by swiping from left to right on the iPad’s screen. This will quickly transfer you to your camera roll, When you want to go back to the camera, tap “done” in the upper right corner.

That’s it for this week’s iPad tips. Check out PadGadget’s Photobooth column to find out about fun and exciting apps that help you make the most out of your iPad’s camera.


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  • stevenlue

    The shutter does not “stay open as long as you are holding down the trigger.” The picture is taken when you release the trigger. No matter how long you hold it down the picture will be the same.