This may be too basic of a tip for most of you, but there’s bound to be a few folks out there who haven’t heard this one. I ran into someone in real life (gasp!) the other day who hadn’t known that he could hold his iPhone in landscape mode, like a real point and shoot camera, and click the button now located in the upper right of the iPhone to take a photo.
It was like a light went on over his head as soon as he tried this. If you haven’t heard of this great way to take a snapshot, now’s the time to give it a try.
It’s super simple to do. Just rotate the camera clockwise to the right from a portrait orientation (Home button on the bottom). This will be easier if you’re a right-handed person, of course, but you can hold the iPhone with either hand this way, leaving your second hand to either stabilize the device, tap on the touchscreen to create a focus point, or just keep it warm in your pocket. Take the photo with the Volume up button, now the button farthest to the top right of your re-oriented iPhone.
This trick works equally well on the iPad and iPad mini, though you will look silly to everyone around you if you take too many photos with your magical tablet device.
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