No matter what I do in the end, my art starts with a photograph. That’s why mobile is so fantastic, because I always have the camera with me when I see something interesting. And it’s also why the camera app I is so important, because its functionality greatly influences the photographs I can capture with my device.
It’s no secret that I love the ProCamera app. It has the functionality I want in a camera app (more than I need, actually), as well as being quick and easy to use. (If you want to learn more I’ve shared some basic features in this blog post and there is more in my book.)
And the app just keeps getting better… Now you can adjust your camera mode priority order and it translates to a custom Quick Action with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s! Yay! So when I do press on the ProCamera icon, I have the modes I use most popping up, for quicker mode selection and access:
Even if you don’t have an iPhone 6s, you’ll want to customize the order of your camera modes, because it rearranges the order of the modes for selection within the app at the same time. Here’s how:
From the ProCamera main screen, tap the mode selector icon (two arrows), then scroll the mode selector bar all the way to the right and select the menu (three dots). (And ignore my messy studio! No time to clean it up right now.)
When the “Rearrange Camera Modes” menu opens, use the grab bars on the right to slide an individual mode up and down relative to the others. Put your most frequently used modes at the top of the list. You can also turn off any modes you don’t use, by moving the selector switches to the left (they turn white when they are off). Tap “Done” when you finish ordering your modes.
You can see my priority order: Photo, HDR, Night and QR Code Scan. I don’t want to turn off Video and Selfie, but they are at the bottom of my list.
Now, when you open the mode selector from the main app screen, the modes are in your prioritized order:
And when I open the Quick Action menu from the home screen using 3D Touch, the menu is customized, with my choice of modes in priority order. The highest priority is closest to the icon, so I don’t have to move as far to select it. Yay!
This means I can get open the right mode in the app quicker, allowing me to capture the moment. Awesome.
I knew that apps would start giving us customization on the Quick Action menu. And I’m not surprised that ProCamera, which is so well supported, is one of the first and most useful.
OK, your turn. Go forth, customize, and photograph!