Taking pictures without being noticed can poise some genuine reasons but only if acted in a way that isn’t creepy. Although, at times when caught taking pictures at events without prior approval can lead to abuse or legal actions.
But other times your reasons are genuine and taking some shots without being noticed would be the next best thing to do. You might want to take some shots of your kid to capture memories. But because of his/her shyness with the camera, getting it right would be only by not being noticed. Or maybe you are in a crime scene and you would like to capture the face of the perpetrators in such a way you wouldn’t get caught, or you just felt to take some shot for fun. Whatever your genuine reasons might be, you have to do it like a pro. Below are some of the ways it can be done in the most discreet way.
Disable The Shutter Sound
The first thing to do is to disable the most obvious giveaway of taking photos; the camera shutter sound. Because smartphone cameras have no moving parts, the sound itself is just software-based audio feedback to mimic a shutter click. Turning it off is usually as simple as toggling a setting. Most modern Android and iOS device will respect your current volume setting, so if you set your device to mute or vibrate, the shutter sound goes away. On older devices, you may need to delve into the camera app’s settings to disable the shutter sound.
Disable Your Flash Light
After disabling the shutter sound, the next most obvious photo-taking giveaway is the camera flash. Although not all smartphones even have a flash, so if yours doesn’t have one, feel free to skip this step. But if you do, there’s no way to take a stealthy photo while it’s on.
The flash setting is usually tough giving a universal step-by-step instruction as it depends on the camera app you’re using. But having it turn off is quite simple. Just look around its interface for the flash icon (looks like a lightning bolt) and tap to disable. That’s how it works in most apps. If not, you might have to dig into the app settings to disable it.
Partially Hide Your Phone
The camera lens on a smartphone is quite small and is usually located towards one side of the phone’s body, usually the top area. Typically having two cameras mounted at the back and front of a smartphone. Nevertheless, you can tuck most of the phone away, leave the camera lens peeking, and still be able to secretly take pictures.
Maybe you want to get prepared ahead of time, you can carve the inside of a book leaving out only a small hole for the camera lens and place the book in a position for best shots coupled with a camera app that allows you to secretly take pictures.
Use a Stealthy Camera App to Secretly take Pictures
If all of the above is too cumbersome, then you might be better off with a stealthy camera app. These are designed to make the whole process as easy as possible. No need to fiddle with settings, no risk in accidentally taking a shot before silencing the shutter sound etc.
If you’re a user of Android devices, Spy Camera OS 3 is about as good as it gets. It’s free to use and comes with two notable features. It runs in the background (so you can take photos while chatting or playing music) and it can auto-shoot when it detects faces. Photos can be auto-emailed too. Or you prefer something simpler, then Hidden Camera Snapshot works well enough.
For users of iOS devices, Easy Calc Camera Eye is a solid option. It’s also discreet and shows up as “Easy Calc” in your apps so it raises no suspicions. The app has multiple camera shooting modes (such as delayed, sequenced, or motion-detected), and it can auto-protect photos with a PIN. An alternative app is Online Hidden Camera, which comes with a little cost but has a number of nifty options.
Thanks for reading and drop a comment below on any tips and tricks you think I missed.