Tap To Focus on Your Phone

Not to long ago I was teaching someone how to use the cameria on her iphone and I explained tap to focus and that it can be used to tap on faces to focus the shot. She was having some trouble with oddly focused and blurry photos. i tried to explain that it could be used in any photo taking situation to alter the image but I couldn’t think of a good example bedsides shooting from a house out of a door or window. Yesterday. I accidentally took a pretty dramatic example.

how to tap to focus with an iphone

These photos were taken out of a car window while driving down the highway, so obviously they aren’t the most amazing photos in the world, but they do serve as a good example of why you should play around with focal points. I took the upper photo and looked at my phone and thought the mountain on the right looked too dark so I tapped the bottom of the screen (my phone was held in the landscape orientation) to see if that would adjust it a little. It shifted the photo completely. These photos were taken seconds apart with no changes other than tapping the screen once.

Now, I am no iPhone photography expert, but I have taken my fair share of good, bad and holy crap you took that with a phone photos. This isn’t a tutorial by any means, just an illustration of what the feature can do. When focused on faces, phones provide easy yellow boxes on which you can tap to focus on a face but you can still tap anywhere you like for different effects. I know with iPhones, the focus will automatically be in the setting of the frame unless adjusted.

There are two easy ways to think about focus with your phone. Tap on an object to focus on the object and have something in the foreground or the background be in less focus. Or you can tap on a dark area to brighten the photo/tap on a light area to darken the photo. I am sure there are more technical terms, but that is how I understand it.

Play around with focus a bit, if you haven’t before. It is tons of fun and sometimes leads to unexpected results. Feel free to leave additional advice on tap to focus in the comments.

And here is another version, just because I love my mountains.

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