How to Use the Apple Watch to Control your iPhone Camera

apple watchApple watch is the flagship smartwatch created by Apple Inc. and which was released just recently. This luxurious timepiece is considered by many as the best smartwatch today. It has a spectacular design with plenty of features that iPhone users will surely love using.  Let me repeat iPhone users – since this Apple Watch only works when connected with your iPhone 5 (or more recent versions) via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Some of its remarkable features include:

  1. Health apps such as accelerometer, heart monitor sensor and gyroscope to help you track your daily movement and body condition
  2. Touch-screen interface with additional “digital crown” on the side which serves as the “home button” key for easy manipulation
  3. It has a built-in speaker and microphone for making and receiving calls
  4. Another small button below the digital crown on the right side which functions as the communication tool for receiving and sending messages
  5. It can function as a remote control for Apple TV and other same brand devices
  6. Siri – your personal digital assistant which can answer your questions, make calls and send messages for you, etc.
  7. Camera remote used for easy access of your iPhone camera.
  8. Apple Pay feature wherein you can send payment once you have added your credit or debit card details
  9. Camera Remote app which can function as a remote control for your iPhone camera.

For those who love to take pictures using their iPhone, they can easily capture and even view images from their iPhone using the Camera Remote app in their Apple Watch. Even this Kent Wedding Photographer owns one and loves it.

Here are the steps to use the Camera Remote app:

  1. Connect your Apple watch to your iPhone 5 via Bluetooth or Wi-fi.
  2. Open the Camera Remote application in your Apple Watch.
  3. Choose between the two options: Instant Snap and 3-second delay. With instant snap, the subject will be photographed right away while with 3-second delay the subject has 3 seconds to prepare for the shot.
  4. Before you shoot, you can take a look at the “live view” display so you will know what your iPhone will capture.
  5. To adjust focus or exposure, you can press any part of the preview. This helps in finding a good focal point for your shoot.

Apple Watch is also great in taking selfie pictures because you can just place the iPhone on a tripod and press on the Camera Remote app in the Apple Watch once you are ready. It can also be done in taking group shots like in weddings. Wedding Photographer Nottingham had tried it once.

Additionally, you can use the 3-second delay of the Camera Remote app together with the iPhone’s burst mode shoot to take more than 1 image. That way you can choose which pictures look best.

The Apple watch is indeed a great device for photo enthusiasts and fitness buffs but then it is not necessary to buy especially for those who don’t have any extra to pay for it. Apple watch is somehow costly so you will have to think twice or a couple of times before getting one.

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Aperture Priority Mode

DSLRs have become a lot more popular these days thanks to their superior image quality and reduced prices in recent times. Unlike earlier times, when DSLRs were only used by professional photographers, people nowadays find it extremely easy to operate these cameras and master the art of photography. The major reason behind this is the automatically controlled system which come installed in latest generation DSLRs which can control everything from aperture, sensitivity, exposure etc. With the automatic system in place, even a amateur photographer can take very good shots despite having only basic knowledge of the camera.

Apart from the fully automatic mode, DSLR come equipped with many programmable modes such as Aperture priority mode, shutter priority mode etc. While shutter priority is suitable for high speed photography, it is the aperture priority mode that is mostly used for creating very artistic photography effects.

So before explaining What is “Aperture-Priority” mode on your DSLR camera, I would like to first introduce you to the three basic factors in every DSLR known as the exposure triangle. Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO constitute the exposure triangle and by adjusting these three setting you can control the amount of light being captured in the camera. Mastering the exposure triangle will give you immense opportunity to play with light and shoot pictures exactly the way you want.

Aperture setting determines the amount by which the lens opens and allows light to enter the camera sensor. But apart from this basic feature, aperture is also responsible for a very important effect in photography called Depth of field. Having a wide aperture gives you very shallow depth of field and you can click very artistic images by blurring out the background from you subject, this effect is particularly used in portrait photography, but at the same time you have to control the shutter speed and ISO setting so as to compensate for the wide aperture and to prevent your image from getting over exposed.

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So you have to control all three aspects on the DSLR to get a perfect image and you should know how to balance these settings. But most of the time, this process is very tedious and time consuming. Many amateur photographers find it difficult to find a perfect balance between these three settings and tend to over expose or under expose their images.

To solve this problem and help budding photographers, DSLRs come equipped with a setting called Aperture priority mode. This is an automated mode which allows the user to adjust the lens aperture according to his/her requirement. All the other setting are compensated by the camera processor which finds the best setting suitable in that environment and sets ISO and shutter speed according to the selected aperture setting. This is really helpful as the photographer can now focus on capturing the frame perfectly without worrying about the auxiliary camera setting.
For instance, if you want a nice bokeh effect, you jus have to set your camera to aperture priority mode, select the widest aperture and click. By analysing the environment, the camera will compensate for the shutter speed.
These automated modes help in clicking photographs quickly which is very helpful if you are covering an event like wedding, reception etc.

While professional photographers may still stick to complete manual mode as it provides complete control over the camera, the Aperture priority mode is a very good option for photographers that want to capture good images without getting too deep into the details.

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