Use the manual exposure control in iOS 8 to come up with better photos

Use the manual exposure control in iOS 8 to come up with better photos
In addition to numerous exciting things, such as support for third-party keyboards, better Spotlight Search, and App Extensions, iOS 8 has also brought a rather cool and useful setting to the camera app: manual exposure. What does it do? Well, it simply lets you quickly tweak the exposure setting (those who know nothing of photography terms can think of it as 'brightness') of the camera just prior to taking the image.

The thing that makes this new feature very cool is that it's so easy to use, plus it can come in really handy when shooting in some tricky lighting situations. Let's go into a little bit more detail, though...

The iPhone has had a semi-automatic exposure setting for years now. The way it worked was: you touch the area of the photo where you want to phone to focus, and it also uses that area to set the correct exposure for the camera, so that this particular area appears fine in the image. Most of the time, this level of control would be perfectly sufficient to allow you to take a pretty nice image. However, there can be some tricky scenarios where the software wouldn't set the right amount of exposure, or when you'd feel that the image could use some brightening or darkening, despite the fact that the auto-exposure has done a relatively good job.

That's where the new manual control comes in, and it's so intuitive to use. Once you have tapped on the screen in order to set the focus and exposure, a small sun icon appears next to the focus area. From then on, you simply swipe your finger up or down to adjust the level of exposure. Once you're happy with the result, just tap the camera shutter to take the photo. Let's take a look at some examples, which prove the usefulness of this new feature!


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22 Comments

1. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

And who says Auto Mode is Better than Manual Mode? :)

2. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Other flagships don't get this much support! Why???

9. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

HTC One M8 has full manual support.

20. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

I mean support by PA!!!!!!!!!!!!

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They do in the form of great apps, try Camera FV-5 for Android for instance

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you! +1

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Now I'm a bit curious in what you meant. Did you mean why don't other flagships have these features or did you mean why other flagships don't get the same support from PA like the iPhone does?

21. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

"did you mean why other flagships don't get the same support from PA like the iPhone does?" Exactly!!!!!

19. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

Well that's the wrongest thing someone said since darkjedi last posted. Literally every single android and WP I have owned or used for the last four years (which is how long I've been using smart phones) offers manual camera mode. Once again, welcome to several years ago, iOS slaves.

22. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

I mean support by PA!!!!

3. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

May want to clean up that first sentence of your second paragraph.

5. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

haha, i feel u

6. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

And the 4th in the 3rd.

4. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

I am very impressed with this very new technology as it is came from Apple #iNNovation

7. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

apple users should be very impressed by this because this is the first time for them,but for android users this is just so so outdated feature,LOL

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Ah, #iNNovation eh? Acer already have this feature on their phones lol. #iPouredthecoldwater

17. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Ps : i am just makeing fun on iFans So dont take my talk seriously

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Lol that article picture is funny, fits the title (better photos part)

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know it's such Android Vs Apple bait... Very calculated PhoneArena.com! +1

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They don't call it an Arena for nothing ;)

15. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

yea still doesnt change the fact that they lied about the camera lol.

18. rangoj

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Manual exposure is avaliable on nexus 5 and Moto G / X for over a year! Iphone didn't have this until now?! :) :D

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