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How to take better photos with your iPad

How to take better photos with your iPad

2/21/2014

One of the great conveniences of the new generation of mobile devices is that they consolidate a whole range of functions that used to be carried out by different tools. No longer do you need to carry around a cellphone plus an iPod, a gaming device or any other gadget you might find useful. With the number of new mobile payment card apps that are steadily becoming available, smartphones and tablets may even eliminate the need for wallets in the not-too-distant future.

Nevertheless, the number of people who own both a smartphone and a slate is increasing. Tablets are more popular than ever, and though they may be a little bulkier to carry around than a handset, they are certainly more compact than a laptop, their main competitor, and can do a number of things that standard computers simply can't - including take photos. And if the recent holiday season has left you with a brand new iPad you're still not quite sure how to make the most of, here are a few tips to help get you on your way toward tablet photography greatness.

Hold still
Limiting the motion of the camera is a fundamental principle of taking high-quality shots and avoiding blurriness. But as tech writer Jeff Carlson noted in a post for Peachpit, keeping your device steady is one of the most commonly experienced barriers to getting good results with iPad photos. He pointed out that there's a way for the amateur photographer to get around this issue without investing in - or having to lug around - a tripod.

"Instead of tapping the shutter button when it's time to grab the photo, compose the picture and then touch and hold the button," Carlson wrote. "It doesn't trigger until you release the button, so simply lift your finger to get a shakeless shot."

That said, if you're looking for something a little closer to perfection with your iPad shots, a tripod will likely be necessary. But for those who want to take memorable photos on the go, Carlson's tip should do the trick.

Get familiar with the built-in camera app
It's also advisable to get acquainted with other best practices for using Apple's standard camera software on the iPad. Carlson pointed out, for instance, that it's key to know how to set the point of highest exposure.

"As you're lining up a shot, tap once anywhere in the scene to set the focus and exposure point. The app will try its best to figure these out, but it's always good to be able to override them," he wrote.

If you follow this tip, you're likely to get better contrast and richer color.

Broaden your arsenal
As well-made as Apple's default camera app is, especially when it leverages the improved resolution of the iPad Air's camera, let's face it: the same old options can get a little boring. Here are three apps that can help introduce some variety into your tablet photos.

  1. Snapseed: Macworld noted that this long-standing camera app - it's been around since 2011 - makes it easy to edit photos on your slate.
  2. Camera+ for iPad: This program, Carlson noted, helps you get a bit more sophisticated by separating exposure and focus points, as well as providing an image stabilizer, for more professional-quality shots.
  3. Perfect B&W: For those who like the classic feel of black and white and are looking to replicate it on the iPad, Macworld recommended Perfect B&W, which lets you grayscale your shots without losing the original color versions.

With all those great photos on your iPad and perhaps no equivalent to carrier-provided iPhone insurance to cover your slate, consider backing up your data and securing your device's value with one of ProtectCELL's tablet protection plans.

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