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4 tips to discover the incredible potential of your phone camera


Your smartphone's photography tools can go beyond the most commonly used photo shoots such as vertical or low-light photography.

With an updated operating system, you can perform audio command selections, create wide-screen images, record video at different operating speeds, and visually search for things online.

The precise range of features depends on the camera software you're using as well as your phone type. Here's a quick tour of things you can do with virtual apps like Google Camera for Android and Apple's IOS camera app on the iPhone.

Get help without using your hands

Your phone's default assistant can handle part of your attempt to take the picture quickly. For example, with Google Assistant, just say "OK, Google, take a picture" or "OK, Google, take a selfie", and you'll see a camera, show the countdown and take the picture.

You can also tell the assistant to share photos, start recording a video, and do more, and Google Assistant is available on Android.

Apple's "Siri" also responds to many requests, it can open the camera app for iPhone if you say "Siri, take a picture", but it leaves you the actual pressure on the capture button.

IOS 12 or the latest version can use Apple's free Shortcuts app to create commands that the assistant can turn on when asked to do so, such as opening the camera and then automatically emailing the image after it's taken.

Bixby, a plugin on a number of Samsung Galaxy phones, can also take photos and videos on demand.


Go with Panorama

Want to take a bigger picture than the camera screen? You don't need an additional app or a phone with a wide-angle lens, you just need to use the panoramic position of the camera, where you take a series of photos and the program combines them into one large image.

Open the Google Camera app and drag to the left along the horizontal menu at the bottom of the screen, press the modes button, select Panorama, and press the shutter button while moving the phone slowly to take the picture.

In apple's camera app, swipe to the left, select Pano, and follow the instructions on the screen. You can also ask Google Assistant or Siri to open the camera directly in panoramic mode.

Google's menu also includes the Photo Sphere option to move into a full circle and capture a 360-degree scene.

Click the shutter button on the Photo Sphere screen, and let the program guide you.

Video at different speeds

Google and Apple camera software includes modes to add cinematic effects to your video, and the interval setting speeds up the playback of slow events such as sunsets or storm surges.

A slow-motion setting is recorded naturally and then reduces the speed of motion in the clip, adding drama to sports scenes and animal oddities.

To access the settings in google camera, swipe to the left in the horizontal video menu and select Slow Motion, Normal, or Time Lapse, along with the speed you want; smaller rates like 5x are usually better for short recordings.

In apple's camera app, swipe to the right of the menu until you reach Time Labs or SloMotion, then press the quick switch button in the top corner to adjust the resolution and speed.

Keeping your phone steady results in better time intervals, so consider using a tripod if you don't have a fixed place to support your device. Slow-motion usually works better outdoors, away from certain types of indoor lighting that can cause a flash in the video.

Find out things

Google Lens, a photo recognition software powered by artificial intelligence, may already be on your phone, as it's listed in Google's camera, and google images for Android.

When the camera is pointing at something (or opening a photo you've already taken) and clicking on the Google Lens box icon, the program analyzes the image and searches for relevant information online. Google Lens can identify animals and plants, search for products, learn about landmarks, etc.

Google Lens can also translate text into an image and use augmented reality to show words in your favorite language. He is not the "best translator", but he often does.