Taking photos with your iPhone camera is easier than you think. In this article, you will find the 15 best iPhone camera features with tips on flash, zoom, photography and more.
The first iPhone has a simple camera and there is no flash or zoom feature. Gradually the camera on the iPhone (and iPad), has become better, so you can leave your camera at home and carry the phone to take pictures. In this article, you’ll find 15 tips on what you can do with your iPhone’s camera, along with tutorials and explanations from Apple.
- #1. Take better pictures from the upper corner
- #2. Use a black and white filter
- # 3. Take pictures with iPhone
- # 4. Focus the subject
- # 5. Adjust the exposure of the image
- # 6. View image filters in real time
- # 7. Open Camera application faster
- #8. Take pictures easier without shaking
- # 9. Use more shooting modes
- #10. Zoom in with the iPhone camera
- # 11. Use the flash
- #12. Capture HDR
- # 13. Use the grid
- # 14. Take photos of Live Photos
- # 15. Capture images in RAW, HEIF and advanced imaging applications
#1. Take better pictures from the upper corner
The most common type of photo shoot from the top down is the photo shoot, where you can capture the top of the dish you are calling. But one of the biggest problems you face when shooting this angle is that you will see the shadow of your hand because the light usually comes from above. Apple advises you to turn on the grille inside the camera so everything is aligned nicely. The video below will explain this.
#2. Use a black and white filter
Sometimes your subject becomes better when you use a black-and-white filter, especially when it comes to subjects with a lot of contrast. In the video below you can see how you approach it: select black & white filter, find contrast between subject and background and then press capture. On the Apple photography guide website, you’ll find more videos on how to make beautiful photos and videos.
# 3. Take pictures with iPhone
The camera interface of the iPhone is very intuitive to help those who do not know how to take pictures can produce beautiful photos. But there are some useful things to mention here, such as taking pictures with the volume button. Photos you take with your iPhone will be automatically saved in the camera roll. There you can view, edit, zoom in, send photos by e-mail, or set photos as wallpaper. The iPhone also automatically saves location information so that you can later view it on the map where it was taken.
Here’s how to take photos with your iPhone:
- Click the Camera icon on the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. This icon looks like a camera lens. Then, I will show you how to open the Camera application faster.
- Swipe left or right to select the capture mode. For example normal mode, square, panorama or portrait. Portrait mode is only available on dual camera devices such as iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus or iPhone X.
- Choose a subject that you want to capture, such as someone. Then look at the screen to see if you can see the subject clearly.
- Press the shutter button white or use the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone. Using the volume button to take pictures is extremely helpful if you take selfie pictures.
- The captured image will appear in the lower left corner of the screen. Click on it if you want to see the photo immediately. If not, you will find the pictures later in the camera roll. If you have enabled the iCloud Gallery feature, you will also see all the photos on your other Apple devices.
# 4. Focus the subject
With iPhone’s camera, you can choose exactly which subject you want to focus on. Usually this will happen automatically, because Apple will analyze the image and find that you want to take a picture of a horse or landscape from which to focus for precision. This happens before you press the capture button.
If you want to focus on another part of the photo, you can do this by clicking on it in the capture interface.
# 5. Adjust the exposure of the image
By pressing the screen, you can also adjust the exposure. If some part of the image is very dark, you can press that dark area to improve exposure. Now, you see a sun icon on a slider, drag the slider up to increase the brightness or drag down to lighten the area of your choice.
As a result, the dark side is lightened up and other parts of the image may be overexposed (so bright), so you should experiment a bit to find the right balance between light and shadow. Dark in your photo before shooting.
# 6. View image filters in real time
While taking a photo, swipe from the bottom up to see different photo filters working in real time, as shown in the image below. You can see the effect of an image filter applied immediately, so that you know if the filter is suitable for what you are shooting.
# 7. Open Camera application faster
There are several options to help you open the Camera application even faster. Here are some ways to try it out:
- Via the Control Center: Swipe from the bottom of the screen up to open the Control Center and click on the Camera icon.
- Via Siri: Ask Siri to open the Camera app by saying “Hey Siri, Open Camera”, note that you have to set up Siri first.
- Via 3D Touch: Click on the Camera icon with 3D Touch and it will give you different options, such as selfie, slow motion or portrait.
#8. Take pictures easier without shaking
While photographing, you may feel uncomfortable when your photo is blurred just because your hand vibrates lightly while shooting. Fortunately, there are six different ways to capture photos with the iPhone camera:
- Through Apple Watch: open the camera app on your Apple Watch and take a photo while your iPhone is being placed on a tripod.
- Use the volume buttons on the side of the device: press the volume up or down buttons can be photographed.
- Use the earpiece volume buttons: When you plug in your iPhone headset you have created a remote control. You do not need a really nice headset, but just use the buttons on the cable to take pictures.
- Use self-help sticks: Most self-help sticks have buttons for taking pictures on sticks.
- Use the Bluetooth button: These buttons are sometimes sold with a bat, but you can also buy it yourself. Pair this button via Bluetooth to iPhone and use it to activate the camera.
- Timer function: Set a time of 3 or 10 seconds before taking a picture. Therefore, you still have time to make sure everyone is ready.
# 9. Use more shooting modes
You can use all the additional modes when taking pictures. Below are a few examples:
- Panorama: This mode produces extremely large images, such as landscapes.
- Portrait: for everyone, pets and things you want to capture with depth of field.
- HDR images: Images taken with this mode will be better balanced between the light and the dark.
- Live Photo (Livephotos): This photo will include a short video in it.
#10. Zoom in with the iPhone camera
You can use the zoom capability on your iPhone by:
- Place your two fingers on the camera screen and drag to both sides, just like zooming. A slider will appear at the bottom of the screen where you can adjust the zoom. This feature is available on single-camera devices on the back.
- For dual camera devices, you’ll have a 1x zoom button at the bottom of the camera screen. If you click on it, you are zoomed to 2x zoom. You can zoom further with the pinching and zooming method that you mentioned above, up to a 10x zoom.
It is important to distinguish between optical zoom and digital zoom. On the iPhone 7 Plus and recently new devices with dual cameras, you can zoom up to 2x at will, which is thanks to the second camera.
You can zoom in 10x more, but this will be a digital zoom. This zooming is thanks to the software and therefore, I do not encourage you to use it because the quality it brings is not really good. You can use it if you want to capture something that is far away from you that you can not see, but with photos you shoot in normal conditions, it really should not be.
# 11. Use the flash
Since launching iPhone 4, iPhone’s camera has flash. Thanks to the flash, you can take better pictures in low light conditions. You have three options for flash: Off, On or Automatic. In the third option, iPhone determines whether your image needs flash, so it automatically flashes if the light is low.
Recent developments are the True Tone flash and Slow Sync (slow sync flash) available on the iPhone 8 or later.
True Tone flash has appeared on the iPhone 6 and it helps the light emitted from the flash matching the skin tone of the person you want to capture. To do this, Apple has used flash with four small LEDs inside, if your eyes can see them.
Slow Sync flash will combine slower shutter speeds (shutter open for a relatively long time, to create special motion effects for the image). It allows the object in front of the glass to be clearly seen in moderate light and the background can be seen quite clearly.
#12. Capture HDR
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. When HDR is turned on, the camera will capture multiple photos in the same subject, and then they will be combined to produce the best shot.
The dark areas on the image will be supplemented with light and the brighter parts will be darkened. HDR can work thanks to the support of iOS software (since iOS 4.1). Click HDR in the capture interface and you’ll see the option to enable or disable the HDR the same way you use the flash.
If you choose to take HDR photos, the iPhone will always capture two photos: normal and optimized HDR photos. From here, you decide whether you want to save both or delete the ones you do not like. If you want, you can also set the iPhone to take only one HDR image.
# 13. Use the grid
When you enable grid mode in the capture interface, you can be sure that the horizon will always be right on your photo. This feature has been added by Apple since iOS 5. Grid is disabled by default; You can enable it via Settings – Camera – Grid (Settings – Camera – Grid). The grid will not appear on the image, which only supports you during the capture process.
# 14. Take photos of Live Photos
You can also capture live photos with your iPhone’s camera. These are short motion pictures, so you can see what happened in your photo. You can enable this feature through iPhone Camera application from iPhone 6s and above (including iPhone SE).
# 15. Capture images in RAW, HEIF and advanced imaging applications
Apple offers developers the ability to create applications where you can control aperture, exposure, shutter speed and more. In these advanced camera applications, you have more options for self-adjusting. For example Camera +, ProCamera or Manual. Those who want to take full advantage of their iPhone camera can choose the most professional photography application.
iPhone can also take pictures in RAW format. To capture images in this format, you will also have to use external applications such as Adobe Lightroom or Camera +.
However, it is important to know that Apple has moved to the HEIF format in iOS 11, as a legacy version for JPEG. All of the images you capture on your iPhone stored as HEIF files will be less than half the size of old formats, but the quality will remain the same.