'FrontFlash' Simulates a Camera Flash for the Front-facing Camera
Hey Apple! The rear-facing camera has an LED flash for low-light photographs, so why not the front? – Well… you would probably blind yourself. So that’s probably why they left it out.
On the other hand, there are ways to simulate
a camera flash that won’t necessarily blind you as much. For example, a new free jailbreak tweak called FrontFlash
by iOS developer PoomSmart will simulate a camera flash by forcing a white display with maximum brightness for the duration of capturing a photograph with the front-facing camera. As soon as the picture has been taken, the display returns to the Camera application interface and the brightness returns to the value it was at before taking the photograph.
Because the screen turns white, and the display’s brightness turns all the way up, the tweak effectively helps illuminate front-facing photograph pictures in low light situations. It’s not as blinding as an LED flash on the front of the device would be, and it’s still somewhat effective at what it aims to do.
When you are using the Camera application and you turn on the front-facing camera rather than the rear-facing camera, you will notice that a flash button is added to the top left just like if you were taking a rear-facing camera photograph. It behaves the same way as it does when you are using a rear-facing camera, offering you manual and automatic settings.
FrontFlash comes with a preferences pane allowing you to enable or disable the front-facing "flash" for taking photographs or shooting video individually:
If you would like to give FrontFlash a try, it's available for free in Cydia's BigBoss repository. We highly recommend this tweak for people that use their front-facing cameras a lot!