iPhone Boot Camp No. 1: The Best Way to Take a Picture

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[This is the first part of an ongoing series for new and veteran iPhone owners alike.  The vast majority of our clients are now using iPhones and iPads, and we’re frequently asked about tips and tricks to get the most out of them.  Hopefully you’ll discover something new along the way.]

It’s been a nagging problem since the original iPhone was released: a Kodak moment comes along, and you hurry to grab your camera and capture it.  Only your camera is now your iPhone.  You pull it out of your pocket, turn the screen on, swipe to unlock it, hunt for and tap the Camera app…and wait…and wait…and by the time it’s ready, the moment has passed.

With the release of iOS 5 for iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S, Apple has introduced a very clever shortcut to eliminate the long wait.  Now, instead of going through all those motions, here’s all you need to do:

  1. With the screen locked (as if you had just taken it out of your pocket), double-press the home button.
  2. A camera icon will appear next to the unlock slider:
  3. Tap it to launch directly into the Camera app and snap your photo or take a video.  When you’re finished, just press the lock button on top of your iPhone to lock the screen again.


BONUS TIP: When using the Camera app, there are now two ways to snap a photo.  The on-screen button still works, but iOS 5 now adds camera shutter functionality to the volume-up button: