No matter how amazing of a photographer you are, there are those times where it just isn't realistic to drag around a DSLR. I'm constantly taking both kids out by myself, and with one baby on my back and one baby walking next to me holding my hands, I don't have even one hand to be holding onto my DSLR - much less two to actually use it.
So what do I do?
The only thing I can do at that point - revert to my iPhone.
But the innate problem with iPhone cameras is clear - the quality is often bad. Now, the 8 Megapixel ability of my iPhone 5 is definitely better than the old point and shoot I have sitting around - but it isn't anywhere near the ability of today's point and shoots. I often find though that when shooting photos with my iPhone camera, that they end up blurry, grainy, and just in general poor in quality - and I often miss the photo I was hoping to catch.
Until I learned this tip.
If I'm taking photos with my iPhone and striking out, I instead switch to video. I take a video for a minute or so - hopefully catching those moments in between all of my kids' movement - and then turn the camera off. Later on, I'll go back to that same video and edit out some photos. To do so, I follow these steps:
- Open the video through your photos app on your iPhone.
- When you have the video open, use your finger to scroll the little white bar at the top through the video.
|I know, I need to charge my battery :)|
- Once all you see on your screen is the photo you'd like, simultaneously press both the round home button and the top right power/on-off button at the same time. The screen should white out for just a moment.
- If you then go back to your phone's photo album, your new photo will be in your album.
- You can edit on the iPhone or send it to your computer to edit on better software there.
Using this technique, I've been able to catch quite a few photos that I otherwise was too slow to catch with the regular iPhone camera. If you're in a bind without access to a camera and can't get a shot of your mobile child - try this method!