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How to Shoot Pictures with Your iPad 2

To start shooting pictures on the iPad 2 or third-generation iPad, tap the Camera icon on the Home screen. The screen resembles a closed camera shutter. When that shutter opens an instant later, you’re peering through one of the largest viewfinders imaginable in the near-10-inch display. Here’s what to do next:

  1. For the purposes of this exercise, make sure that the Camera/Video switch at the lower-right corner of the screen is turned to Camera mode.

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    If not, slide the switch from right to left.

  2. Use the viewfinder to frame your image.

    In the example the image is of the user's pet dog.

  3. Tap the portion of the screen in which you see the face or object you want as the image’s focal point.

    A small rectangle (not shown in the figure) surrounds your selection, and the iPad automatically adjusts the exposure and focus of that part of the image.

  4. (Optional) To zoom in or out, tap the screen with two fingers and spread (unpinch) to zoom in or pinch to zoom out.

    The iPad 2 and third-generation iPad have a 5X digital zoom, which basically crops and resizes an image. Such zooms are nowhere near as effective quality-wise as optical zooms on many digital cameras. Be aware that zooming works only with the rear camera still in Camera mode; it doesn’t work with the front camera or when you shoot video.

  5. (Optional) To see grid lines to help you compose your picture, tap the Options button and then tap the Grid switch (so that it says On).

    The grid lines and Options button (but not the Grid switch) are shown in the figure.

    To toggle between the front and rear cameras, tap the Front/Rear Camera button on the bottom-right corner of the screen. See the Front/Rear Camera button in the figure.

    The front camera is of lower quality than its rear cousin, but it’s perfectly adequate for the kinds of demands you put on it, including FaceTime and Photo Booth.

  6. When you’re satisfied and ready to snap an image, tap the shutter release button on the middle-right side of the screen.

    As an alternative, use the volume rocker on the side of the iPad as a shutter release substitute, which some people, under certain circumstances, will find more comfortable. Just be careful not to cover the lens with your fingers.

    If you use the onscreen shutter button, you often get better results when you hold down a finger against the button while composing a shot and then release it only when the moment is right. You’re less prone to shake the iPad and blur your pictures than when you’re tapping the screen.

    You hear a shutter sound unless you turned the side switch to silent. The image you shoot lands in the Camera Roll in the lower-left corner of the screen.

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