Photography app with aperture setting?

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LucyMcMurray New Member • Posts: 1
Photography app with aperture setting?

Hello! Can anyone recommend a good phone photography app where you can set manual settings, including APERTURE? Everything I have found so far features an 'exposure' setting but not in the form of f-stops. I am trying to teach photography to a bunch of students who only have their phones so it needs to resemble real annual settings as much as possible. Thanks!

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Telyx Senior Member • Posts: 1,060
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Most if not all phone cameras have a fixed aperture, so you probably won't find a camera app with aperture settings.

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LucyMcMurray wrote:

Hello! Can anyone recommend a good phone photography app where you can set manual settings, including APERTURE? Everything I have found so far features an 'exposure' setting but not in the form of f-stops. I am trying to teach photography to a bunch of students who only have their phones so it needs to resemble real annual settings as much as possible. Thanks!

Isn't that like teaching carpentry to people whose only tool is a Swiss Army pocket knife? Or teaching tourists going to Italy Latin?

If I were you, I'd focus on composition, choice of light, focusing, perspective and such things that are independent of camera.

Good luck and good light.

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Tom Axford Veteran Member • Posts: 7,669
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LucyMcMurray wrote:

Hello! Can anyone recommend a good phone photography app where you can set manual settings, including APERTURE? Everything I have found so far features an 'exposure' setting but not in the form of f-stops. I am trying to teach photography to a bunch of students who only have their phones so it needs to resemble real annual settings as much as possible. Thanks!

You cannot use a phone camera to experiment with aperture settings.

A larger camera is necessary to achieve a reasonable range of aperture values.  There simply isn't room inside a phone to provide any significant variations in aperture (that is a gross simplification of the technological problems involved, but it is still essentially true).

geru Senior Member • Posts: 1,188
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LucyMcMurray wrote:

Hello! Can anyone recommend a good phone photography app where you can set manual settings, including APERTURE? Everything I have found so far features an 'exposure' setting but not in the form of f-stops. I am trying to teach photography to a bunch of students who only have their phones so it needs to resemble real annual settings as much as possible. Thanks!

How to use manual mode on your smartphone camera

It seems that most newer smartphones have a built in app that allows the user to manually control their settings.

The link above is specifically for Android but I'm sure IOS (apple) would have a similar ability to set manual settings manually.

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geru wrote:

LucyMcMurray wrote:

Hello! Can anyone recommend a good phone photography app where you can set manual settings, including APERTURE? Everything I have found so far features an 'exposure' setting but not in the form of f-stops. I am trying to teach photography to a bunch of students who only have their phones so it needs to resemble real annual settings as much as possible. Thanks!

How to use manual mode on your smartphone camera

It seems that most newer smartphones have a built in app that allows the user to manually control their settings.

The link above is specifically for Android but I'm sure IOS (apple) would have a similar ability to set manual settings manually.

About aperture, the article states: This is something most won't have to worry about, as aperture usually can't be controlled in smartphones. The only exceptions come from Samsung [...] However, Samsung ditched it [dual aperture] in the Galaxy S20.

The article is so lacking in precision and knowledge, that I would not base teaching on it.

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Mark Scott Abeln
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As others mentioned, no smartphones that I’m aware of have an adjustable aperture.

There are a number of smartphones that do have multiple cameras on their back, and these typically have different f/stops as well as focal lengths, which confuses the matter greatly as you likely can’t use the f/stops as an independent factor.

The reason for all of this is that smartphone lenses are not only shot wide open, but that they are heavily in diffraction territory. Consider that most of these lenses are “full-frame equivalent” of f/11 or f/16 and so there is little need for anything greater.

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