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How to Take Photos with Your iPad 2

The iPad 2 comes with two cameras that allow you to capture video and photos. And because one camera is front-facing and the other is rear-facing, you can switch between them to capture images of yourself holding the iPad or images of what you're looking at. The front-facing camera captures VGA video and 3-megapixel photos; the rear-facing camera captures high-definition video and 5-megapixel photos.

When you capture photos, they appear in the Photos app's Camera Roll, where you can view them, e-mail them, and so on.

When you use an iPad camera, you can switch it between a standard camera and a video camera, and choose whether to use the front or back camera. To work with the standard camera to take pictures, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Camera app icon on the Home screen to open the app.


    If the Camera/Video slider setting at the bottom-right corner of the screen is shifted to the right, slide it to the left to choose the still camera rather than video.

  2. Move the camera around until you find a pleasing image, and then tap the Capture button at the bottom center of the screen.

    You've just taken a picture and it has been stored in the Photos app automatically.

    Tap the screen in a particular area of an image before taking your photo to have the camera adjust focus on that area using the autofocus feature.

  3. Tap the icon in the top-right corner to switch between the front camera and rear camera.

    You can now take pictures of yourself.

  4. Click the Capture button and release it to take another picture.

    Remember to smile!

  5. To view the last photo taken, tap the thumbnail of it in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

    The Photos app opens and displays the photo. Flick right to display other photos you've taken.

  6. Tap the Menu button.


    A menu that allows you to e-mail the photo, assign it to a contact, use it as iPad wallpaper, print it, or copy it appears.

    Additional options are available:

    • Tap the Delete button if you want to delete the photo.

    • Tap the Done button to close Photos and return to the Camera app.

    • Tap the Home button to return to the Home screen.

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