As technology gets more advanced, the quality of photos taken by our smart phones are beginning to rival that of digital cameras. However, there is a technique to taking great photos on your iPhone. Here is our brief guide to making the most of your iPhone’s camera. By Jessica Derwent
iPhones have a great zoom range. Simply use two fingers on the camera screen and move inwards or outwards for up to 10x zoom – ideal for wildlife shots.
Unlock your phone quickly
Swipe left to access your camera even faster. Or you can ask Siri to ‘take a photo’ or ‘take a selfie’ to quickly launch your camera. Once you are on the camera you can alter the exposure and focus by tapping on the screen and holding to lock exposure and focus. This is especially useful when you’re shooting a specific point in a scene with a lot of movement. To display a grid that can help you align shots, go to Settings then Photos & Camera, then turn on Grid.
Lighten up your screen
Tap on the screen where you want the image to be focused and a yellow box will appear which brightens the image.
Take a photo when you’re recording
Tap on the white circle to the left of your record button while on recording mode. This does not interfere with the recording and the photos taken will appear in your photo collection as normal.
Capture something in motion
Burst mode allows you to continuously capture 10 photos per second. Just go to the camera and hold down while you take a photo. You can also take a photo by pressing on one of the volume buttons, which allows you to hold your phone at a steadier angle, ensuring a higher quality photo. This also works with the volume buttons on headphones.
Use the depth effect
If you have the iPhone 7 Plus, Portrait mode guides you in real-time with a live preview of the depth effect, including how to best distance the camera from the subject. The further your subject is from your background, the more pronounced the blur effect would be. Shoot against a non-solid background to get the most out of the depth effect.
Try Live Photos
This is available on iPhone 6 and 7, allow you to take a three-second-long photo by recording 1.5 seconds before and after you take a photo. You can now add a filter to your Live Photos, and adjust its exposure with the iPhone 7 plus. Live Photos is an automatic feature on the iPhone 6s and later, you can disable it by tapping on the small circle (looks like a target) at the top of the screen when on the camera mode or you can go to settings then Photos & Camera then Preserve Settings.
Edit the colour, tone and look
If you want to change the colour, tone and look of your photo view the photo and tap on the screen, there is an icon between the heart and the bin where you can add filters and adjust brightness.
You can also edit your photos by tapping on the icon between the heart and the bin. You can crop, rotate, and alter your photo as much as you like, either replacing the original or saving it as a new photo.
Capture a landscape
Panorama mode is ideal for capturing vast and still landscapes. Scroll left when on camera mode to PANO. Hold down the white button and move your phone in a straight line. You are guided with an arrow and line that appear on the screen. Be careful not to get anything moving in the shot as this has some strange effects!
The most important thing to remember is to experiment with your iPhone camera and see what best suits you – and have fun. Happy snapping!