How to lock focus in the Camera app for iPhone and iPad
The Camera app on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad comes with auto-exposure and auto-focus. That lets you get the proper balance and sharpness on most of your photos, most of the time. But sometimes whatever it is you're trying to photograph is too busy, too jittery, or otherwise too difficult for your camera to latch on to. When that happens you can try to focus and expose on an easier subject, lock that focus and exposure, move your camera, and then take your photo. It's called AE/AF Lock (auto-exposure/auto-focus lock) and it's especially good for kids, pets, macros with a lot of objects at different depths, and other challenging situations!
How the lock the focus in the iPhone and iPad Camera app
- Launch the Camera app like you normally would to take a photo.
- Press and hold on your focal point until you see an AE/AF Lock banner appear at the top of the screen.
- Remove your finger from the screen and tap the shutter button when you're ready to take your photo.
- Unlock the focus and exposure again at any time by tapping anywhere on the screen.
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