Over the past few years, I’ve seen some good photos taken with iPhones. So, when I got one back in July, I was pretty excited. Then, in late October when I got my iPad and bought the Aviary app to edit and enhance photos, I was really excited to start taking, enhancing and sharing my iPhone photos.
Only problem: my iPhone pictures all sucked. Like bad. Every once in awhile a landscape photo with no real point of focus would turn out kind of okay but still not good enough to share with anyone. I kept wondering: How were all these other people getting good iPhone pictures?
Then, last weekend, I started watching some of the tutorials that came with the Corel Paintshop program I got for Christmas. When I saw a tutorial on taking better iPhone pictures, I clicked on it. On the second tip, that tricky light bulb of mine came on. I wasn’t clicking on the screen to get the camera to focus on what I wanted!
I immediately grabbed my iPhone and the flowers I’d bought for macro practice and headed out to the deck. I clicked on the camera app, touched the flowers on the screen, clicked the button and presto! I got a clearer macro shot than I’ve been getting with my new camera.
Daniel (my 15-year-old) walked out on the deck just as I was viewing my new photo.
“Look at the picture I just took with my iPhone!” I said.
He looked. “Oh, cool.” Clearly unimpressed.
“I just learned that you tap on the screen to focus. This is the best picture I’ve ever taken with my iPhone,” I explained.
He gave me that oh-my-god-you-are-so-old-and-lame look. “Yeah, you’ve got to click on the screen to focus the camera.” He didn’t say “duh” but it was implied in his tone.
How? How do kids just know how to use all these gadgets without being told? Or, maybe it’s just me that has trouble figuring these things out. The obvious does often escape my foggy mind. In any case, I’m having fun playing with my iPhone and the Aviary app and I’m still excited by my marvelous discovery of the obvious.