How to Use VSCO Camera – How to Control its Features

The VSCO camera is a great option for taking pictures, it has the ability to compete with the camera of any high quality phone. Here we will learn about the VSCO camera, how to use it professionally, how its features facilitate us, and why we choose it. 

  • First open the VSCO app.
  • Click the camera icon at the top of the Studio screen.
  • Here you can see two modes, photo mode and DSCO mode
  • Photo mode is for capturing images and DSCO mode is for creating animations like videos.

Below we have mentioned the features of VSCO, we will also learn how to control them.

1.1 Focus & Exposure

To take a photo, it is necessary to set the focus of the camera, so that it can focus on the main point and other parts become blurred. Exposure allows you to control the brightness of images, keeping them balanced (neither too bright nor too dark).

If you want Focus and Exposure on the same point, just tap on that point once on the screen.

To get Focus and Exposure on separate points, tap both points with two fingers. 

It also gives you different options like:

  • You can drag the position of Focus and Exposure at any point
  • Lock the Focus and Exposure setting by tapping them twice
  • This will help you in taking multiple photos of the same scene
  • To unlock the settings, drag the positions or tap somewhere else. 
  • Double-tapping can take you out of the separate focus and exposure mode.

1.2 Manual Camera Controls

Below the viewfinder are some options that allow you to control the camera manually, now you will learn how to use the VSCO camera settings.

1.3 RAW Format

If you want to get a high quality image then use the Raw icon to take pictures, this option allows you to get images in Raw file format which are not compressed. 

The advantage of taking photos in RAW is that you get more control and editing options than normal photos. It is recommended to take pictures in RAW if you want to get standard pictures, but they are larger in size and take up more space in mobile.

1.4 Grid & Tiltmeter

Grid lines and tilt meters allow you to check that everything is balanced and your shot is lined up, this is only possible when your mobile is level, this is the main function of a tiltmeter. Tap the grid icon to switch to grid and tile meter. There are various grid display options that you can access by tapping on the grid icon. When the icon appears as a grid, you will see grid lines in the viewfinder.

Some Key points: 

When the grid icon appears with a single horizontal line, you’ll see a tiltmeter on your screen, which helps you check if your camera is level.

When you rotate your mobile, you can see the leveling line rotating in the middle of the screen. When the main line turns green, it indicates that your phone is on the level surface.

When your phone is not level, two red lines tell you if your phone is tilted forward or backward. Draw red lines with two white lines on either side of the screen to level the mobile. When your phone is upright, lines will turn green.

1.5 Flash

Flash is used to brighten the dark scene, it should be used carefully as more flash can cause shadows. We can avail four flash options in VSCO that we will discuss here.

  • When the flash icon appears with an “X” next to it, the flash goes off.
  • The letter “A” means auto flash, if there is not enough light, the flash will turn on automatically.
  • If it comes without a letter, it means the flash is on
  • The letter “T” stands for Torch mode, which provides a continuous beam of light.

1.6 Exposure Compensation

Exposure compensation is an option that allows us to control the brightness of images by simply dragging the slider. Tap “A” to the right of the slider if you want to return to the automatic display. Tap the arrow to the left of the slider to exit exposure compensation.


1.7 White Balance

This option lets you cool or warm your photos to your liking. The process is simple and following:

Click on WB icon

Play with slider to adjust the color

Tap “A” to the right of the slider if you want to return to the Auto White Balance.

Tap the arrow to the left of the slider to exit exposure compensation.


1.8 Manual Focus

In Manual Focus you can set the focus via slider, this option is more useful for focusing on close-up photos. The process of using a slider is similar to white balance and exposure compensation.


1.9 Shutter Speed

This feature is used to capture any moving scene such as moving bikes, swimming, playing etc, fastly or slowly. You can adjust the shutter speed via slider, A slow shutter speed allows you to create stunning display images, any movement in the scene will appear as a motion blur. 

Fast shutter speed freezes motion, use fast shutter speed to take sharp pictures of moving subjects.


1.10 ISO

The ISO setting is used to control the camera’s sensitivity to light with the usual method (slider). Left drag is used to make the camera less sensitive while Right drag is for high sensitivity.

Key points:  

  • Always use a low ISO setting in bright conditions
  • Use high ISO settings in low light

If you use the ISO setting contrary to the suggestion, your image may be over-exposed.

1.11 Preview Your Photos

You can see your captured images by tapping on the image thumbnail at the bottom left of the screen.

When you open an image, you get three icons including the Edit, Options icon where you can get three options (save, delete and share), and Exit the image preview.

1.12 VSCO Camera Vs. Other Camera App

The VSCO camera has more manual controls than any quality built-in camera app. VSCO is a great choice if you want to control white balance, shutter speed, ISO and manual focus.

But the VSCO camera lacks some of the features you’ll find in other phones like the iPhone. The major drawbacks of VSCO are: It does not have burst mode, self-timer, HDR, portrait mode or live photos, and it cannot shoot wide panoramic photos, time lapses or slow motion footage

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