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Camera+ Basics: The Shooting Screen

February 6, 2018 by 71 Comments

About Noel Rosenthal

I take pictures of cats and yarn.

Welcome to Camera+ Basics! I’m here to help you learn about how to use Camera+. Whether you’re a new or veteran user I hope you can learn a few tips and tricks. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact , and I’ll add to and revise this as new questions are asked so that it’s the most up to date and comprehensive guide.

The Shooting Screen

Since the shooting screen is pretty much the first thing you see when you launch Camera+, I thought it would be a great place to start!

Focus and Exposure

When it’s launched, Camera+ defaults to autofocus, but even though it’s invisible, you can change how the focus and exposure work by just tapping the screen. This brings up the touch focus box, and you can change where the focus is in your photo by dragging it around the screen. If you tap with 2 fingers (or tap the “+” in the top right of the box) you can bring up the exposure control separately. Now you can focus on one part of the image by dragging the focus box, and expose based on a different part by dragging the exposure circle. If you accidentally bring up the exposure circle, you can get rid of it by dragging it back onto the focus box, or double tap on the screen to reset your controls and return to auto focus mode.

Here’s the rundown of what everything else on the shooting screen does:

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Tap this button to select whether or not you want the flash to fire. There are icons which represent the following options: always on, always off, automatic, and flashlight mode. In flashlight mode, the light on your phone remains on constantly, which may drain your battery if used for long periods.


This button toggles macro mode on and off. Macro mode is used for taking extreme close ups of your subject.


This button toggles portrait mode on and off, and only appears if your device is capable of using it. Portrait mode focuses in on your subject, and emphasizes it with a slight blur to the background. When portrait mode is on, extra depth information about your photo is saved and special editing tools are available to adjust and enhance the effect

4Aspect Ratio

Tapping this button toggles between 3 available aspect ratios for your photos. The options are normal, square, and 16:9 (cinematic).

5Camera Side Selection

This button toggles between the back (normal) and front (selfie) camera.


The zoom bar allows you to adjust how far in or out your photo is zoomed. This bar may be turned off.

7Back Camera Selection

This control is only present on phones that have a dual camera on the back (normal camera). This allows you to toggle between wide angle, telephoto, and dual camera (automatic) modes.


Tapping this brings up the menu, where you can really customize how Camera+ works. This topic deserves it’s own post so I’ll leave it at that for now.

9Shooting Modes

Tapping this button will give you a number of options to adjust your shooting mode. Along the top are toggles to activate or deactivate the following

  1. Grid overaly
  2. Horizon level
  3. Saving location data
  4. Saving RAW versions of each photo

The bottom row is a dial that changes how the shooting screen works. Here are the available modes:

  1. Timer: Tap the time in the center of the screen to change between preset amounts of time. Tap the shutter to begin countdown.
  2. Stabilizer: The phone will detect when you are no longer moving, and take the photo at the first opportunity after the shutter is pressed.
  3. Normal: If you accidentally get stuck in any other mode, change to this one to go back to normal!
  4. Burst: Hold the shutter to take many photos in rapid succession.
  5. Smile: Tap the shutter, and the phone will wait until everyone smiles to take your photo.

10Shutter Button

Tap this to take a photo. Easy!


The Lightbox is another topic that deserves an entire post devoted to it. But briefly,by default photos you take are stored in the Camera+ Lightbox, where you can select and edit your best shots, weed out the bad ones, and only send what you want to your camera roll. Tapping this button will take you there, but force tapping it will show you the last photo taken and give you a few options. That way you can see how your shot came out as quickly as possible.

If you still have questions about the shooting screen, please contact support and ask away. You may even see the answer here in the future!

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  1. Thank you for this post, Noel. You’ve answered a bunch of my questions, before I even asked them, and several other questions, before I even thought of them. Excellent post!

  2. Hi,

    I dont have all the options fot camera+2 app. I only have de macro option. But not number 3.
    Can u help me asap

  3. Thanks for your helpful guide. I was looking for help about focus and exposure of Camera+ and you have nicely specified it in this guide. Would be please to learn more from you.

  4. Noel,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post these much needed instructions. You have answered all the questions I had about Camera +. Best regards.

  5. I have an iPhone XS Max with iOS 12.0.1 with two cameras in the back. But I don’t see the back camera selection. I just see a big white slider dot. How do I change my settings to see the toggle?

  6. I have an iPhone XS, and I want to ask regarding the Zoom – Does Camera+ 2 supports the Optical Zoom offered in the XS ? or is using only the digital enhancements of the Zoom feature?

  7. Thank you the guide it is always very important to have perfect and high quality photos especially if someone plans to have them for design or posts

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