How To Take iPhone Photos & Set Up The Camera With Voice Control

Users can control the iPhone camera with verbal commands, and Apple has recently improved this feature. This means it's easy to change camera settings and operate the controls hands-free. It can be handy when holding the phone at arm's length when using a tripod or a selfie stick. Voice Control is also a vital accessibility feature for anyone having trouble pressing the on-screen buttons.

Apple has made the iPhone much more accessible over the last few years, adding more options to make the screen easier to read and sounds easier to recognize. In addition, input methods have expanded, allowing the use of keyboard, mouse, game controller, and assistive devices to enter text, move an on-screen cursor, and control the iPhone remotely. Dictation is also possible, along with gesture control and button presses, simply by speaking.

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It's this same Accessibility option, Voice Control, that allows using verbal commands to adjust camera settings and take photos. Apple includes several options in the Accessibility tab of the Settings app. The Overlay option provides a choice of two types of numbered labeling of controls but picking 'Item Names' is best since it becomes possible to control the camera without seeing the screen. If Voice control has never been used, tap 'Setup Voice Control.' While this feature can be enabled from this screen, it begins working immediately when enabled, so it's better to add the feature to Control Center or use Siri to switch it on and off when needed. In the Control Center tab of Settings, adding Accessibility Shortcuts will make the Voice Control toggle easier to find.

Once the setup is complete, users can activate Voice Control within the camera app by telling Siri to 'Turn on Voice Control' or by swiping down to open the iPhone's Control Center, then tapping the Accessibility control and enabling it there. Labels will appear near each control. For example, saying 'Tap Take Picture' is the equivalent of pressing the shutter button, and the label 'Take Picture' is overlaid above the button, providing a visual reminder of the keywords. Other labels include the somewhat awkwardly named 'Camera Chooser' that switches between front and rear cameras, 'Zoom' to cycle through the iPhone's rear cameras for ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto. In addition, 'Flash,' 'Live Photo,' and more are available and visible on-screen. Of course, the touchscreen continues to work while Voice Control is enabled, so whichever is easiest can be used.

For some controls, swiping is needed. To switch to video, portrait or any other camera mode with spoken commands, simply say 'Swipe Left' or 'Swipe Right' to move to that function. Saying 'Swipe Up' will open the bar below the camera viewport that allows adjusting exposure, aspect ratio, flash, timer, and more. The verbal command 'Tap Flash' results in numbers appearing beside the upper flash icon and the lower one and saying '1' or '2' triggers that control. Exposure is a precision slider, so tapping and swiping won't work. It's easiest to drag with a finger. However, it is possible to adjust this by using a number grid and issuing 'Start Drag' and 'Drop' commands ending with the beginning and ending grid numbers. Grid use makes sense if completely hands-free use is needed, but setting up the camera by hand is best for most photographers, then using the iPhone's Voice Control to make it easy to switch between cameras, change modes, and take photos and videos.

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Source: Apple

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