The camera in your iPhone is so good, that you’re probably getting good results without much effort. However, with just a little extra effort and know-how, you can get amazing results.
One of my favorite photography apps is Camera+, which you use instead of your iPhone camera when you’re taking pictures. It leverages the hardware features of your camera and also saves to your photos app, so your photos are all in one place.
Camera+ improves on almost every aspect of the built-in camera app, but my favorite feature is the macro capabilities. With your normal iPhone camera, you can get decent results about 2 inches away from a subject.
But take that same subject with the Camera+ app and apply the macro feature and you’ll get clear, extreme close-ups.
I pull out the Camera+ app whenever I’m near flowers or plants and look for an insect, which is always exciting to capture.
The free version is a good way to get started. You’ll have access to most of the features and can upgrade to the $2.99 paid version later. Also, there is a separate iPad version that is $4.99. I don’t take pictures on my iPad so I don’t have the iPad version.
I use Camera+ for the macro features, which I describe below. However it has some awesome editing features that are found in the scene settings, like the clarity filter, which is one of the apps best features.
Here’s how to get started with the Camera+ App:
Step 1 - Download the Camera+ App
Step 2 - Review Settings
Go to Settings (3 lines on bottom right) and find the Save option. I select camera roll so the photos are saved in the photos app. If you plan to use the Camera+ editing features, you'll have to save to Lightbox. I also select revert to original so I can access the original photo if necessary. When prompted, allow access to your camera and photos.
Step 3 - Open Camera+ app
Use the Camera+ app instead of your iPhone camera to take a picture.
Step 4 - Select macro to get closer
Select the macro option in the upper left to get closer to your subject.
Step 5 - Zoom in further
You’ll see the slider on the right where you can zoom in even further.
Step 6 - Touch to focus
The app will automatically focus. If blurry, move back from the subject a little bit. Touch the screen to focus on a specific area if necessary.
Step 7 - Take the picture
Press the shutter button in the bottom center to take the picture. Your photo will be in the Photos app of your iPhone.
Camera+ is one of my favorite photography apps, especially the macro feature. Give it a try and have fun exploring all of it’s capabilities.
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