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Using VolumeSnap and your headphones as a remote control for Camera+

by Lisa Bettany
December 17, 201118 comments

VolumeSnap on Camera+ makes shooting a breeze.

One of the challenges with taking great iPhone photos is trying to take clear photos with minimal camera shake. Using the on-screen shutter button was challenging and extremely frustrating, especially in low light or whilst eating chicken wings. To solve this problem, especially the “greasy fingers on screen issue”, Camera+ added the ability to take a photo using the volume controls on your iPhone. After a few initial “hiccups”, we are thrilled to have VolumeSnap back in Camera+!

VolumeSnap allows you to hold your iPhone like a real camera steady your shots with both hands and quickly snap shots avoiding camera shake. The great part about VolumeSnap is that it also works with the volume up control on your headphones. Just plug in your headphones and snap photos with the volume up “+” button.

Use your headphones volume controls as a cable release.

While we’ve seen some huge improvements on the low light capability of the iPhone 4S, sometimes it’s necessary to use a tripod to avoid getting blurry photos when there isn’t enough ambient light like in a dimly lit room, outside at night, or shooting macros. For these shots, you can use your headphones as a cable shutter release to snap the photo without touching your iPhone creating camera shake.

Use VolumeSnap on your headphones to avoid camera shake with macros.

Ahh, the iPhone self-taken shot. I think we all tired of our seeing giant out-of-focus arms in self-taken iPhone shots of us and our bf/gf/bff/frenemy. Just pop in your headphone and trigger the shot from a distance that’s flattering your your arm as well as your face. Remember you can also tap to get a better exposure if your shot is blowing out.

Sunset shooting using VolumeSnap.

Snapping photos with your headphones is an excellent way to get incredibly candid street shots or in places where some mean security will yell at you for taking photos which happens to me almost every day. No need for full ninja gear anymore, you can listen to music while surreptitiously snapping shots with your headphones. Works like a charm!

Do you have any useful tips for using VolumeSnap to get great shots? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Stan
    12:22pm, December 17, 2011

    Love it! Thanks!

    Wouldn’t have thought of the headphones trick.

  2. Traci Lawson
    1:17pm, December 17, 2011

    I haven’t used the headphone VolumeSnap trick, except to try it out. My main problem with taking sneaky candids is that the big bright iPhone screen gives you away to everyone beside and behind you. Particularly awkward on the subway. So, I use the Camera+ Timer, hit the 5 second shutter button, and turn the screen off, then aim. Works great!

  3. Ken
    1:30pm, December 17, 2011

    Must b for iOS5 only! Doesn’t do anything at all on my iPhone 4 running 4+. Or, am I just not aware of how to initialize the function?

  4. Johntheone
    3:15pm, December 17, 2011

    But I like my Ninja Gear! :(

  5. Mikkel
    3:57pm, December 17, 2011

    You can use the volume button on a bluetooth keyboard as well. Anyone tried with bt headphones?

  6. Chris
    6:37pm, December 17, 2011

    Just started using Camera+ today and so far am very impressed. However, I can’t seem to find a manual for the program and I wasn’t sure whether the touch-focus works with the iPad 2.

  7. Aaron MacNeil
    11:52pm, December 17, 2011

    @chris its impossible for the iPad, iPad 2 iPod touch or any iPhone before the 3GS to use the tap to focus. The lense doesnt support it.

  8. malibeg
    6:22am, December 18, 2011

    sorry lisa my english isnt good.

  9. Trissie
    5:37pm, December 18, 2011

    Loooove the app! =) Can’t do without it and nothing compares to it! Enjoying the new snap through headphone feature! =)

  10. Viv Rosser
    3:20am, December 25, 2011

    Thanks for that information! I am not sure if I will use it but it’s nice to know, I just tried it and it works a dream on the iPhone 4, it is such an amazing phone how many other things will it do ? I await your further revelations cheers.

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  14. Marcin
    9:19am, January 10, 2012

    Thank you for this great recommendation, one question, VolumeSnap is part of iOS5 right. I am aware of it on the iPhone, I’m guessing the headphone is just an extension.

  15. evozero
    4:13am, January 15, 2012

    I have to admit that I’m not exactly a fan of Apple products. This VolumeSnap feature (and the headphone remote trick) is tempting me though. I use a Android app called Vignette, which has a feature that allows the screen to be switched off, for discreet street photography. Hope Camera+ will consider implementing this feature. It would tempt me to buy a 4S (and get Camera+)

  16. Rod
    12:16am, February 10, 2012

    The camera+ app worked for a couple of pictures when I first installed it on my IPhone 4. It only blinks now and “nada”. Suggestions anyone?

  17. Tom Schmittdiel
    9:06am, February 18, 2012

    Just bought your app but I cannot find the scene mode. Can you assist? Thanks.

  18. basavaraj.b
    4:22am, June 13, 2012

    thanks great camera+ app.

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