How to take photos on iPhone and set up the camera with voice control
IPhone users can configure Apple’s voice control to take photos, record videos, and change any setting by simply speaking a series of commands.
Users can control the iPhone camera with verbal commands, and Apple recently improved this functionality. This means it’s easy to change camera settings and use the controls hands-free. It can come in handy when you hold the phone at arm’s length while using a tripod or selfie stick. Voice control is also a vital accessibility feature for anyone who has trouble pressing onscreen buttons.
Apple has made the iPhone much more accessible over the past few years, adding more options to make the screen easier to read and sounds easier to recognize. Additionally, input methods have expanded, allowing the use of a keyboard, mouse, game controller, and assistive devices to enter text, move a cursor around the screen. and control the iPhone remotely. Dictation is also possible, as well as gesture control and button presses, just by speaking.
It’s that same accessibility option, Voice Control, that lets you use verbal commands to adjust camera settings and take photos. Apple includes several options in the Accessibility tab of the Settings app. The Overlay option offers a choice of two types of numbered control labeling, but it is better to choose âItem Namesâ as it becomes possible to control the camera without seeing the screen. If voice control has never been used, press âConfigure voice controlâ. Although this feature can be activated from this screen, it starts working immediately when activated. So it’s better to add the feature to Control Center or use Siri to turn 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.
Use iPhone voice control for photos
After setup is complete, users can turn on voice control in the camera app by telling Siri to turn on voice control or swipe down to open iPhone Control Center and then by tapping on accessibility control and activating it there. Labels will appear near each control. For example, saying âPress to take a photoâ is equivalent to pressing the shutter button, and the âTake a photoâ label is superimposed above the button, providing a visual reminder of the keywords. Other labels include the somewhat awkwardly named “Camera Selector” which switches between front and rear cameras, “Zoom” to cycle through the iPhone’s rear cameras for ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto cameras. In addition, âFlashâ, âLive Photoâ and more are available and visible on the screen. Of course, the touchscreen continues to function while voice control is activated, so whichever is simpler can be used.
For some controls, scanning is necessary. To switch to video, portrait or any other camera mode with voice commands, simply say âSwipe Leftâ or âSwipe Rightâ to switch to this function. Saying “Swipe Up” will open the bar below the camera window which allows you to adjust the exposure, aspect ratio, flash, timer, etc. The verbal command âTap Flashâ causes numbers to appear next to the upper and lower flash icon, and a â1â or â2â triggers this check. The exposure is a precision slider, so typing and dragging will not work. It is easier to slide with one finger. However, it is possible to adjust this by using a number grid and issuing “Start Drag” and “Drop” commands that end with the start and end grid numbers. Using the grid makes sense if fully hands-free use is required, but it is best for most photographers to set up the camera by hand and then use the iPhone Voice control for easy switching between cameras, changing modes and taking photos and videos.
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