iPhone 4 Portable Genius

  • Publish Date: 2011-03-29
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Paul McFedries
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The Genius is in.

You don't have to be a genius to use the iPhone 4 on Verizon. But if you want to get the very most out of yours, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work and start ramping up the pace. Want to use FaceTime video calling? Manage your contacts, appointments, and eBooks collection? Get the most out of the audio, video, and photo features? Take control of syncing your iPhone? You'll find cool and useful Genius tips, full-color screenshots, and pages of easy-to-access shortcuts and tools that will not only save you loads of time, but also help you enjoy your iPhone 4 to the max.

Portable GENIUS

Fun, hip, and straightforward, the Portable Genius series gives forward-thinking Apple users useful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don't skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your Apple digital lifestyle.

From the Book: Just Say No to Blurry iPhone Photos
On your Verizon iPhone 4, the main camera on the back of the phone is 5 megapixels, and it also includes a built-in LED flash for photographing low-light or dark scenes. By contrast, the previous generation iPhonethe 3GScomes with a single 3-megapixel camera and no LED flash.

So the iPhone camera hardware is gradually getting better, and the iPhone generally takes pretty good shots. However, probably the biggest problem most people have with iPhone photos is blurry images, which are caused by not holding the phone steady while taking the shot.

Here are six things you can do to minimize or hopefully eliminate blurred shots:

1. Widen your stance to stabilize your body.

2. Lean your shoulder (at least) or your entire side (at best) against any nearby object, such as a wall, doorframe, or car.

3. Place your free arm across your torso with your forearm parallel to the ground, then rest the elbow of your shooting arm (that is, the one holding the iPhone) on the free arm, which should help steady your shooting arm.

4. Hold your breath while taking the shot.

5. Remember that your iPhone takes the shot when you release the Shutter button, not when you press it. Therefore, press and hold the Shutter button and only release the button when youve got your subject composed and you've steadied yourself as best you can.

6. After you release the Shutter button, keep the phone steady until the photo thumbnail appears in the lower left corner of the screen. If you move while the iPhone is finalizing the photo, you'll blur the shot.

Keep some or all of these pointers in mind while shooting with your iPhone, and you'll soon find that blurry iPhone photos are a thing of the past.