More than a year ago I looked at my album of 15,000 or more photos on my Mac and realised there were very few of me. I decided that for a year I’d take at least one photo of myself, a selfie, every day. These weren’t for publication, but just for myself. While I have put a couple online most of them are simply in my selfies album.
My selfie is usually taken with my iPhone. These days that’s a 6S, which has a pretty good front camera (5 megapixels). Rather than using the default Cameras app, I prefer ProCamera for all photos because it offers much more control and better features.
There’s one thing that’s been bugging me though, to the extent I was considering making a feature request. Then yesterday, by accident, I discovered the solution was already in the app.
You see, I often take photos while I’m walking the dogs. In the screenshot you can see Oshi on the left and Sasha on the right. I have my phone in my right hand and the dog leads in my left. I’m operating the phone one-handed, as usual.
Now, to take a selfie with ProCamera you can either tap the camera switcher button at top right of the screen, or you can tap that tiny double-arrow at bottom left to call up a menu of camera mode options, including Video, Photos and several options I never use. Over at the right end, just before Scan, is Selfie. That meant that to switch between Photo and Selfie, the only two options I use as a rule, I had to scroll left and right.
I checked the ProCamera Settings, but there was no way to change the display of those items.
Luckily yesterday the dogs made some unexpected movement that made me scroll too far to the right and I made a fantastic discovery. After Scan comes a left-facing arrow, and to the right of that, a row of More dots.
Tap those More dots and, wonder of wonders, there’s a set of options to turn button display on and off and to rearrange the buttons.
Look at that! I’ve moved Selfie right up next to Photos, left Video, Lowlight and Scan turned on in case someday I need them, and turned off the ones I don’t need. Now when I tap that double arrow I have Photos and Selfie right next to one another.
This information is probably in the manual, but who reads those things these days?
So here it is for you.
If you take photos with your iPhone then I strongly recommend ProCamera. If you use the app, then be aware you can choose which camera mode buttons to display, and in which order.