The iPad snaps fantastic photographs. It has two built-in cameras - one facing forwards, and another looking towards you - and the large display makes it easy to line up shots.

Taking snaps on the iPad couldn't be easier. Tap the Camera app icon on the home screen, line up your shot and tap the white shutter button on the right. You'll hear a shutter 'click' and the photo will be saved to your Camera Roll. You can tap the small photo in the bottom right of the screen to view it, or from the Home Screen use the Photos app to view all your images.

Taking pictures is a breeze, but taking good ones becomes a little easier with a few tricks.

Here are some dependable tips for taking better-looking photographs on an iPad.

 

Step 1: Tap to focus

Step 1: Tap to focus

Like all digital cameras the iPad has a great autofocus. It does a wonderful job of detecting faces, but sometimes you want it to focus on a specific object, like something on a landscape or person.

Just tap the object in the screen to focus on that point. A yellow square appears, marking the point where you tapped. This will always be in focus.

 

Step 2: Pinch to zoom

Step 2: Pinch to zoom

A surprising number of people don’t realise the iPad has a zoom feature, because it’s so hidden away. There are no on-screen buttons for zooming in and out but you can zoom using a pinch-to-zoom gesture (where you place a finger and thumb on the screen and pinch out).

Once you've pinched the screen you can zoom in and out using the white Zoom Slider at the bottom of the screen.

The zoom is digital rather than optical, so it enlarges the pixels, which can lead to a reduction in quality so use it cautiously.

 

Step 3: Switch to square

Step 3: Switch to square

The new iPad camera has a fashionable square shot mode that is reminiscent of Polaroid photographs.

To use it just slide your finger up the screen and it'll switch to Square mode and the main window will change from a rectangle to a square - square shots are especially good for portraits.

Slide your finger back down the screen to move back to regular shots, just be careful not to slide too far or you'll switch to Video mode.

 

Step 4. Turn HDR on

Step 4. Turn HDR on

The best way to improve the quality of your iPad shots is to use High Dynamic Range or HDR mode. It is a special feature that can create fabulous photographs which you access by tapping HDR above the Shutter.

HDR mode takes up more space on the iPad because it actually takes three different photographs at once and combines the best of them into one shot. If you look in the Camera Roll in the Photos app you will see all three shots as well as your HDR one

 

Step 5: Continuous shooting

Step 5: Continuous shooting

If you have a fast-moving subject, hold down the Shutter button. The iPad makes a fast-clicking noise and takes a series photographs at once. This can be perfect for subjects like motorcars or young children.

 

Step 6: Turn on the grid

Step 6: Turn on the grid

The iPad camera has a special mode called Grid. Go to Settings - Photos & Camera and tap the button next to Grid.

When you next the Camera app you’ll see white lines across the screen, replicating the 'Rule of Thirds' photographic grid.

Try to line up faces and objects where the lines cross or put the horizon on a horizontal line. This will help you frame a picture immaculately.