Your HTC One's Camera Settings - dummies

Your HTC One’s Camera Settings

By Bill Hughes

By just using the options on the viewfinder, you can have a great time snapping good-looking pictures that are surprisingly easy to either view on your HTC One or send to someone else.

It would be impossible to cover all the combinations of settings in the Camera app. There are 2.43 billion possible combinations of filters, lighting, and modes. If you were to start now and take a picture every 10 seconds, you would not run out of combinations for over 700 years. Realistically, neither you nor your phone will last that long.

If you want to get a little fancier, tap the three vertical dots in the lower-left corner (the menu icon). The viewfinder displays some nice, simple options seen in the following figure for your basic photography:


  • Main Settings: This icon, the box that says Auto, lets you choose some options to get better pictures. This includes settings for portraits, landscapes, nighttime images, and macro (closeup) shots.

  • Film Speed (ISO) Setting: This is a hold-over from the days of analog cameras and film. Photographers bought film types to meet the kind of lighting. There was “fast” film for dim lighting or “slow” film for better detail during good lighting. Generally, a setting of 100 was slow and a setting of 400 was fast. For most cases, just leave this setting at Auto.

  • Exposure Value (EV): This setting lets you darken or brighten up your images. The range is between -2.0 and +2.0, where -2.0 is noticeably darker and +2.0 is noticeably brighter. It is easiest to use the 0 setting and let the camera set the best brightness.

  • White Balance: Your camera can compensate for different lighting sources. Compared to direct sunlight, fluorescent lights tend to add a green or blue tint. The AWB (automatic white balance) setting can figure out the lighting conditions and make the whites look more white (versus gray or yellowish). Alternatively, you can tap this icon and set white balance manually.

  • Artistic Effects: This icon lets you apply digital filters for artistic effect. Keep in mind that you can take a normal picture and add these filters later.

  • Settings: This is the icon to get to the control camera settings, such as where you want to store the images in memory.

  • Shooting Mode: Sure you can add effects later, but HDR (high dynamic range) is cool in many circumstances and deserves to be on the viewfinder. HDR automatically enhances the color in the photo. Usually, this is great. Other times, like in low light, it is a waste of time.