In this article, I’ll explain how to take photos with Camera+ and how to edit them.
1. The Camera+ Interface
Camera+ is very easy to use but I’ll still go over it so you know what every icon means.
Along the top of the screen is a row of icons for the main camera controls. Those icons are flash, macro mode, portrait mode, aspect ratio, and selfie-camera.
The slider on the right is the zoom control and the big round button at the bottom is the shutter control.
To see them, tap the menu icon at the bottom right to open the app settings, then tap “Advanced Controls” and “Always Show”.
Next to the shutter button, there’s a plus icon. Tap this to see other camera settings like shooting mode, grid display, level display, geo-tagging, and RAW.
Tap the same icon again to close this menu.
The flower icon at the bottom left takes you to the photo editing section of the Camera+ app.
2. How to Take Photos With Camera+
Now let’s start taking photos with Camera+.
2.1 Basic Settings
First, decide if you want to use flash. I don’t like how photos taken with flash look, so I turn it off if possible.
Tap the flash icon to access the settings. The lightning bolt icon forces the flash to be on for every shot.
The lightning bolt with a line through it turns the flash off for every shot.
The auto icon lets the camera decide whether or not to use flash. The last icon, the torch, turns on the iPhone’s torch, illuminating the scene continuously.
You’ll need this if it’s too dark for Camera+ to focus.
If you want to take photos of small objects close by, turn on macro mode. Tap the flower icon to turn on macro mode. This way, the Camera+ app magnifies the subject with the digital zoom.
The icon second from the right sets the aspect ratio. This means you can change the shape of the image. Tap the icon to scroll through portrait, square, or landscape orientation.
Square and landscape are cropped versions of the portrait orientation. Your photos won’t be in the highest possible resolution. It’s better to hold your phone horizontally for landscape orientation and edit later.
Finally, you can zoom in if you want but I advice not to. Your iPhone and Camera+ use a digital zoom which results in low quality images.
It’s better to move closer to your subject instead of using the zoom controls. It’s also easier to keep the image steady and get a sharper image.
2.2 Advanced Settings
By default, Camera+ will focus automatically but you can set the focus manually too. Tap anywhere in the preview screen to set the focus.
If you still don’t like how the Camera+ app focuses, tap on the focus icon above the flower icon. Drag the slider under the viewfinder to make fine adjustments to the focus. This is useful in macro situations.
Return to autofocus by tapping the AUTO icon.
Camera+ also changes the exposure when you tap to focus but you can make the image brighter or darker manually too. Tap the plus symbol on the currently selected focal point.
A circular orange Exposure icon appears. Drag this anywhere you like in the scene. Drag it somewhere dark to make the scene brighter. Drag it somewhere bright to make the scene darker.
Once you like how it looks, lock the exposure by tapping the small padlock icon.
Finally, set the white balance. White balance decides how warm or cool the captured colours look in your photos.
Sunset or sunrise photos will generally look warmer than photos taken at noon or on an overcast day.
You can choose from a list of white balance presets or set it manually. To select a white balance preset, tap the WB icon. Scroll through the presets until you find the most appropriate one for the lighting conditions.
To do it manually, swipe to the end of the list of presets and tap the plus icon. The list of presets is replaced with a sliding Kelvin scale. Drag the scale left or right to change the colour temperature.
The lower the Kelvin value, the cooler the colours will be rendered. The higher the Kelvin value, the warmer the colours will be.
3. How to Edit Your Photos With the Camera+ App on Your iPhone
Camera+ comes with a range of editing tools to fine-tune your images. Here’s how to start editing in Camera+.
Tap the flower icon in the bottom left corner. You’ll see all of your Camera+ images in a filmstrip format. Tap the photo you want to edit, then tap “Edit”.
The five main editing categories will appear: Scenes, Crops, The Lab, Filters, and Frames.
Tap the Scenes icon if you want to use the presets that come with Camera+. Scroll through the possible effects and tap a preset to apply one to your image.
If you don’t like the effect, tap a different preset, or tap None to remove the edits.
Next, use the Crop tool to remove the edges of your image using one of many standard aspect ratios. You can also use the Freeform option and set the crop dimensions yourself.
Once you’ve chosen a crop setting, drag the white handles on the edges or corners until you’re happy with the crop.
The Lab contains a wide range of manual adjustment tools. They include Tint, Sharpen, Highlights & Shadows, Vignette, and Clarity.
You can experiment but it’s best to learn more about these options first.
All of these tools are also available in professional editing software. The possibilities are limitless. I’d suggest to read about the basics of photo editing first before you dive into these tools.
Finally, you can add Filters and Frames. Filters are one-tap effects but you can adjust the intensity manually. Some of those filters require an in-app purchase before you can use them.
Tap a filter to apply it to your photo. Use the Advanced icon to adjust the intensity of the filter.
Frames allow you to create a border around your photo. Additionally, you can add captions.
Explore the available frames by tapping on each frame category. To apply one, tap on the frame preview.
Camera+ is definitely one of the best iPhone apps to take photos. It combines a camera app and an advanced editing app in one. All you need to do is to install it on your iPhone and start taking photos.
It’s easy to use and in no time, you’ll take your smartphone photos to the next level. You don’t need to buy an expensive DSLR or mirrorless camera anymore to take great photos.