The Camera in iOS 8

The iPad's camera takes either video (1280p HD) or still images (5 megapixel) . There is also a Facetime camera at 1.2 megapixels for those "selfies" or videoconferencing calls. Photos and videos will appear in the photos app where you can do some basic editing, create Albums or Photostreams.


Camera Buttons and Modes

  1. The different camera modes on the iPad: time Lapse, Video, Photo, Square, Panorama.
  2. The Shutter button. This will look diferent depending on the mode chosen.
  3. The photos or video can be accessed here. It's a shortcut to the Camera Roll of the Photos app.
  4. Turn on HDR for photos. This takes three photos( one over exposed, one under exposed, one normal). It keeps the bes of the three photos.
  5. Self timer.
  6. Change the cameras - from Front facing (for selfies and video conferences) to the back camera.\
  7. Tap a photo to set the exposure and focus.

Better exposure control. The first feature is the ability to better control focus and exposure. In iOS 8, when a user taps on the screen to focus a photo, a small sun icon will show up next to the box. This icon is moveable by dragging your finger either up or down, which in turn adjusts the exposure level up or down. Simply put: Sliding the sun up or down lightens or darkens the brightness of the photo you're about to take.

Time lapse is the new slo-mo. Similar to switching between camera modes (photo, square, slo-mo, and so on), you can switch to time-lapse mode within the camera app by swiping from left-to-right until the option is highlighted. Set your iOS device on a solid surface, free of any vibration or movement with the lens pointed towards whatever you want to record, and tap on the red record button. The device will then begin dynamically capturing photos at an interval of its choosing. When you're finished, tap the red button again and marvel at your masterpiece. Remember, the longer you record, the longer your time-lapse video will be. Time-lapse videos have a small icon in the lower-left corner of the thumbnail to help you quickly identify them in the Photos app.

Self timer: You'll need to be using either Photo or Square mode for it to show up.)Tapping on the timer icon will reveal two different options: 3 and 10 seconds. Select the countdown time of your preference, then tap on the shutter release. The flash on your device will blink letting you know it's counting down, and when it hits 0, it will capture a burst of 10 photos.

Bonus tip: High Dynamic Range mode isn't new to iOS, with previous versions of the camera app having a simple on or off setting. Now when you tap on HDR, you will see an Auto option. With Auto enabled, you're leaving the device to decide when HDR mode is needed and when it's not.

Camera Settings

Shared Photostreams iOS 8

How can you provide your photos to your friends or family? Not by email, not by burning to a DVD, not by printing them. Go digital! You can share photos and videos with other iOS users. These users can also contribute to the photostream - adding more content, making a comment, "liking" a photo. 

Those with an iOS device or MAC and an iCloud account can directly contribute to the shared content.  Those who don't can still see and download the shared photos and videos via a public link on the internet. Provide the link and any web browser on any computer platform can see the photos and video.

For more detail, see the following post:  Setup and use shared photostreams.


Editing Photos iOS 8

The Photos app in iOS 8 also makes post processing easier and more powerful, with the addition of editing features and extensions. This lesson shows you how to use the editing tools: The Crop tool is no longer just for cropping. You can now straighten crooked images too.  Photo editing tools include auto enhancement and filters but also the addition of smart adjustments: Light (you can alter exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast and black point), Colour (colour, saturation and cast) and B/W (this provides a variety of black and white adjustments such as intensity, neutrals, tone and grain. This video will also explain how to use photo extensions. This means you may no longer need to open a separate photography app to use its editing tools. Now, you can add its tools to the Photos app.


Scanning with the iPad's Camera

App Store link to DocScan HD Pro

App Store link to DocScan HD Pro

You can use the iPad or iPhone's camera to take a picture of some text - in a magazine, newspaper, or scan your handwritten notes and turn them into editable text via a .pdf document or an image (jpeg). Your scans can be printed, opened in another app, uploaded to cloud services (Dropbox, Skydrive, Box and Google Drive, posted on Facebook, emailed and faxed. Multiple page documents can also be scanned as multiple page .pdfs.

Get the app: DocScanHD from the app store. It is free but you will need to purchase the Pro version if you want to have all the export options. Current cost is $3.99.