Get ready for a trio of tips that’ll help you launch the iPhone’s camera app in a flash, hit the shutter button with perfect aim, and sneak a lightning-fast peek at the photos you just shot.
Let’s get snapping, starting with…
Update [4/1/14]: Some of these tips are now out of date. Click here for my latest iOS 7 camera tips for iPhone & iPad.
1. Launch the camera from the iPhone’s lock screen
You’re out and about with the kids when one of your little ones does something especially photo-worthy.
But by the time you’ve unlocked your iPhone and swiped your way to the Camera app, the moment’s over.
Next time, try this:
- Click the Home key or the sleep/wake button to light up the iPhone’s lock screen; you should see a little camera icon sitting to the right of the familiar “slide to unlock” slider.
- Tap and hold the camera icon, then swipe up—and when you do, the iPhone lock screen will slide up like a window shade, revealing the camera viewfinder. Go ahead and snap away.
Note: In case you’re wondering, no—an iPhone thief can’t use the camera shortcut to bypass your passcode. You’ll still need to enter your PIN to browse your previously-snapped photos, place a call, or access the home screen.
2. Use a volume button as the shutter release
You’ve been tapping, tapping, tapping away at the iPhone’s camera, only to realize later that you failed to squeeze off a single shot.
Well, chances are your fingertip missed the virtual shutter button on your iPhone’s slippery touchscreen.
Here’s a solution: instead of dealing with the on-screen shutter release, try clicking one of the volume buttons to snap a photo.
And yes, either volume button will do.
3. Swipe to see your latest photos
You just took a series of baby photos and you want to see if any of them came out … but you also want to be ready for any unexpected grins.
Well, you could always tap the little image thumbnail in the bottom-left corner of the viewfinder screen to review the shots you just snapped, then press the blue camera button to go back to the viewfinder.
Here’s a faster way, though:
- From the camera viewfinder, swipe from left to right, and you’ll instantly jump to the latest picture in your camera roll.
- Swipe the other way, and you’ll wind up back at the viewfinder, ready to snap photos again.
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