Take photos with a PC
Store photos on SkyDrive
Share and print photos
If your PC has a built-in camera or a connected webcam, you can use the Camera app to take photos and videos.
From the Start screen, open the Camera app.
If you want to look at the photo, drag the screen to the right or click the left arrow.
All photos and videos you take with the Camera app are saved to your camera roll. You'll find the Camera roll folder in the Pictures folder on your PC. If you'd like to back up your camera roll to SkyDrive, see Store photos on SkyDrive.
When you're signed in and your PC is locked, swipe down on the lock screen or click and drag down to get to the Camera app.
If you want to ssee the rest of your camera roll or change settings, tap or click the Unlock button, sign in to your PC, and open the Camera app.
If you can't get to your camera from the lock screen, do the following:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Lock screen.
Set Use camera from the lock screen to On.
Options when taking a photo or video
You can make one-time adjustments before you take a photo or video, like a flash or timer. You can also set some options so they're on or off all the time, like showing grid lines and including location info in the file. You'll only see options that are available on your camera.
One-time options: These appear automatically when taking a photo or video. Your options might include:
Change to a different camera
Set the self-timer
Change the exposure
Turn the flash on, off, or to auto
Use Spot adjust to change what gets emphasized
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Tap or click Options.
Adjust the settings. Your options might include:
Change the photo aspect ratio
Show or hide grid lines
Turn location info on or off
You can use the Camera app to take panoramic photos on most PCs with a built-in, rear-facing camera. Panoramas are a great way to capture a horizon or skyline. You can even create an immersive panorama that captures an entire space. For best results, keep the camera in the same place as you tilt and rotate it, as if it’s on a tripod. Move slowly and steadily when lining up the image, and then pause to capture it. If your body blocks the viewfinder, keep the camera in the same place and step around it until you’re out of the way. See Camera app and webcams: FAQ to watch a video showing best practices for taking a panorama.
Determine where you want to start your panorama, and then point the camera there.
Slowly tilt or rotate the camera in any direction to line up the next image.
When you align the new image with the existing images, the camera automatically takes the next image.
Repeat the previous two steps until you've completed your panorama.
Tap or click the check mark.
The Camera app stitches together the images and saves the panorama in the camera roll. To view panoramas, you'll need to use the Camera, Photos, or SkyDrive apps or post them to
On certain tablets, the Camera app automatically takes a several photos in a row (known as a photo loop) every time you take a photo. This loop includes images that are captured right before and after you take a photo. If your device supports this, every time you take a photo you’ll see a rectangle showing the default image in the lower-left corner. You can then review the images and save your favorite one. If you don’t have time to review them, the default image will be automatically saved to your camera roll.
To review the images and save the one you want:
Take a photo.
Tap or click the preview image in the lower-left corner.
Turn the dial to review the images.
When looking at the one you want to save, tap or click the Save button in the dial.
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