Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8 →

I am an amateur photographer, and go by the old adage of “The best camera is the one that’s with you”.

I find that the iPhone as it is takes extremely impressive photos. But with the easy-to-use new editing features of Instagram, it is easier than ever to edit a photo from the phone and publish it to the web. Every photo in my photoblog has been taken with my iPhone (these days an iPhone 5S), edited with Instagram, and posted to my website with Instagrate.

But getting a great picture sometimes means I need to take 10 or 20 photos, especially for a small wildflower, where the iPhone has trouble focusing with a busy wilderness background.

In fact, I have found that often I must trick the iPhone into focus (both my iPhone 4 and 5S), by holding my hand behind the flower. The difference between the flower and my hand allows the iPhone to more easily focus on the flower. The iPhone will momentarily hold the focus, giving me time to pull my hand away, and capture a flower’s beauty in a photo.

With that said, I am very excited to hear that manual camera controls will be more accessible in iOS 8. From the article:

To be clear, iOS 8 will expose just about every manual camera control possible. This means that ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and exposure bias can be manually set within a custom camera application.

(via The Loop)