Photography redefined: Apple’s new battery case allows shooting videos and capturing frames on the go

The new lineup of cases from Apple also enhances the battery performance of iPhone 11.

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The new battery cases feature a larger camera cutout to accommodate the protrusion that houses the new cameras.
Apple, on November 20, launched its lineup of battery cases for the latest iteration of iPhones – the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and the 11 Pro Max. They resemble last year’s cases, but feature a larger camera cutout to accommodate the protrusion that houses the new cameras. They are available in the same colours as last year’s versions – white, black, and pink. Wireless charging is also supported.

Moreover, a physical button on the new battery cases automatically opens up the iPhone’s camera app even if the phone is locked. If the phone is turned around horizontally for a landscape shot, one’s right index finger would naturally rest right near the button, making it easier to shoot on the go without unlocking the phone. Holding the button down will result in a video being recorded using the QuickTake feature that debuted on the 2019 range of iPhones.

Double tapping the power button launches the camera app, helping users shoot frames on the go.
Double tapping the power button launches the camera app, helping users shoot frames on the go.


The new battery case costs USD 129, irrespective of the model of the iPhone one is perusing. Apple said that battery life will be enhanced by up to 50 per cent if the cases are used. The iPhone 11 series offers significantly better battery life when compared to its predecessors, and a battery case would augment its already impressive performance.

They can come in handy when on extended trips like camping or hiking, or when one is traveling to colder climes where battery discharge is faster.

Additional to lending the device extra ruggedness and battery life, the new case offers extra functionality to enhance the photography experience using the device. As Android users will be wont to know, double tapping the power button launches the camera app, helping users shoot frames on the go. Apple will be hoping that the new battery case will be a hit with photography enthusiasts.

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Picture Perfect: Try Trick Photography With Your Smartphone
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Your phone camera is a lot more capable than you think.

While it may not offer as much control as a DSLR yet, you can use you phone to capture photos with amazing trick effects.

ET tells you tips and apps to get unique captures using your phone camera.
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The idea behind HDR or High Dynamic Range is to enhance detail in an image (especially the shadows and darker areas) and make it appear more vibrant.

Typically, this is done by taking multiple photos with different exposure level and then combining them into one. On a majority of smartphones today, the HDR feature is built into the camera interface so you don’t need a separate app.

In case your smartphone does not have HDR feature, try an app called ‘A Better Camera’ by Almalence — it offers HDR for both stills and videos. iPhone users can enable or disable Auto HDR in the camera settings.

Head to Settings > Camera and you will see the option of Auto HDR along with the option to save the normal photo in addition.
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Tilt Shift lets you take miniature photos and is ideal for shooting cars or a cityscape from atop a building. It is important that you find the right place to shoot and make sure that the area you keep in focus has lots of bright colours to make it stand out.

Android users can try the Tilt-Shift Camera app by mrgnpza. This free app lets you adjust the focus area and lets you choose between linear or circular zones.

Various apps such as Instagram, Snapseed and Pixlr also offer the option to add the tilt-shift effect. If case you are an iOS users and want better control, you can get the Glass Tilt Shift app which costs US $2.99.
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You’ve probably seen photos with beautiful light trails or a photo of a waterfall/river in which the water appears to be in motion. This is done by a technique called long exposure which requires control over the shutter speed.

In auto mode, any camera (including a DSLR) will tend to keep the fastest shutter speed that freezes everything in place. You will need to slow the shutter down with a manual mode. The first thing to keep in mind is that your camera needs to be steady — placing on a flat surface or stand/tripod is best.

Android users can check if the smartphone has a Pro/Manual mode. If yes, then open it and increase the shutter speed (make it a second or more). Next, go to the ISO setting and select the lowest available value. That’s it, you just need to find a subject — you can use a highway, shoot stars or even do light painting by pointing a light towards camera and moving it around in the air.

You will need to experiement with different shutter speeds for different scenarios. In case your Android phone does not have a manual mode, you can use apps like Long Exposure Camera 2 or Camera FV-5 Lite.

iOS users can use the Live Photo feature to create long exposure photos. Just enable Live in the camera interface and take a photo. Head to the Gallery, tap the photo you have taken and swipe-up — you will see four options including long exposure. Select it and your photo will be converted to one with a long exposure.

This might not give you the best results each time as the shutter speed is not that long. Alternatively, you can try out third party apps such as LongExpo, Slow Shutter Insta and Ultra Slow Shutter Cam.
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In a panorama sequence, you can take a wideangle panorama with your subject appearing multiple times in the frame for a cool looking shot. Since almost all smartphones today come with a panorama mode, you don’t need to install any extra app.

Start shooting a panorama from one corner with your subject standing in one pose. Once you have panned enough to have the subject out of the frame, stop moving and let your subject circle around behind you to a new position in the frame.

Repeat this process a few times in a single panorama photo and you will get a panorama sequence. Your subject will appear in different poses in a single panorama photo.
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