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Take a photo using manual settings

With manual settings, you have control over the shot. You can adjust the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity, manually focus on a subject, change the white balance, and change the EV compensation.
  1. In the BlackBerry Camera app, tap The menu icon > Manual Mode.
  2. Tap a manual setting on the left side of the screen.
  3. Slide your finger left or right on the screen to adjust the setting.
    If you want to return a setting to its automatic setting, tap The auto icon.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with other manual settings.
  5. When you're satisfied, to take a photo, tap The capture icon.
After you take your picture, the manual settings stay the same until you close the app or switch to auto mode. To switch to auto mode, tap The menu icon > Auto Mode.

Tip: You can use keyboard shortcuts in manual mode. For more info, check out Keyboard shortcuts: BlackBerry Camera.

Adjust the shutter speed for a shot

The shutter speed adjusts how long light is absorbed by the camera by setting how quickly the camera's electronic shutter opens and closes. On the shutter speed dial, shutter speeds are represented as a fraction of one second. If the shutter speed is slow (for example, ½ of a second), your photo might be bright, but moving subjects might be blurry, so it's important to hold your device as steady as possible. If the shutter speed is fast (for example, 1/500 of a second), moving subjects might not be blurry, but your photo might be dim. In general, consider using a fast shutter speed for outdoor, brightly-lit action shots, and a slow shutter speed in low-light conditions.
  1. In the BlackBerry Camera app, in manual mode, tap The auto shutter speed icon.
  2. Slide your finger left or right on the screen.

Change the ISO sensitivity for a shot

The ISO setting controls the camera's sensitivity to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive the camera is to light, while the higher the ISO number, the more sensitive it is to light. For example, you should use a low ISO number in bright sunlight, and a high ISO number in low-light conditions.

The best exposure for a shot requires a balance between shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. You can use a fast shutter speed with a high ISO sensitivity, or a slow shutter speed with a low ISO sensitivity. How you should adjust these settings depends on the lighting conditions and how still your subject is.

  1. In the BlackBerry Camera app, in manual mode, tap The auto ISO icon.
  2. To adjust the ISO sensitivity, slide your finger left or right on the screen.

Tip: The higher the ISO number, the grainier your photos appear. In low-light conditions, try keeping the ISO number low and using the flash.

Focus on a subject manually

You can tap a subject on the screen to focus on the subject automatically, but if you want a little more control, you can focus on a subject manually.
  1. In the BlackBerry Camera app, in manual mode, tap The auto focus icon.
  2. To adjust the focus distance for the camera lens, slide your finger left or right until the subject is in focus in the viewfinder.

Change the white balance for a shot

You can adjust the warmth (or color temperature) of a photo to suit the lighting conditions. The BlackBerry Camera app can adjust white balance automatically, but in manual mode, you can adjust white balance in two different ways:
  • Preset white balance: Use a preset value for certain lighting conditions. For example, if you're taking a photo inside under incandescent lights, tap The incandescent light icon. If you're taking a photo outside on a sunny day, tap The sunlight icon. Choose the right preset for your lighting conditions.
  • Kelvin white balance: Use Kelvin values to choose a specific color temperature. In general, 3200 Kelvin works well for shooting indoors, 5600 Kelvin works well for taking photos outside on a sunny day, and 7600 Kelvin works well for shooting in the shade.
In the BlackBerry Camera app, in manual mode, tap The auto white balance icon.
  • To adjust the Kelvin values, slide your finger left or right on the screen.
  • To use the preset values, tap The switch to preset values icon. Tap the preset value that's best for your lighting conditions.
  • To switch between preset values and Kelvin values, tap [K] or The switch to preset values icon.

Adjust the EV compensation of a shot

EV compensation changes the overall brightness of your image by automatically adjusting shutter speed and ISO sensitivity for you. If you already set both shutter speed and ISO sensitivity, the EV compensation setting is disabled.
  1. In the BlackBerry Camera app, in manual mode, tap The exposure icon.
  2. Slide your finger left or right on the screen.