If you take photos with your iPhone, these are the most important iPhone camera settings you should use for better photos.
Think you already know everything about the iPhone camera?
If you’re a professional photographer who likes to play around with camera settings to get the best out of it, this might be it. For everyone else, there’s always something new to learn about photography.
So if you want to become an iPhone power user, keep reading. We are going to introduce you to several iPhone camera settings that you can use to take the best photos.
1. Save the settings
Do you have a favorite camera mode or custom filter? If so, it’s frustrating to have to reselect the camera app every time you open it. Once you’ve set up your camera, the fleeting moment you wanted to capture can be gone forever. The first trick is to use the Save Settings feature on your iPhone.
To set it, open the Settings app and go to Camera -> Preserve Settings. You have several options to choose from: Camera Mode, Creative Controls, Exposure Adjustment, Night Mode, and Live Photo.
The options may be slightly different depending on your iPhone model, but Apple provides a brief explanation below to help you if you’re not sure what they mean.
2. Enable Grid Lines
Most people who enjoy the art of photography are familiar with the use of the rule of thirds in photography. This is one of the essential rules to follow when taking a photo. Simply put, it dictates that you place the subject of the photo at one of the four intersections of lines on a 3×3 grid.
However, to get the most out of this rule, you’ll need to enable an on-screen guide in your iPhone’s camera settings so you can see the four intersections. Guide lines are also useful for other compositional issues, such as keeping the horizon level or making sure walls and buildings are exactly 90 degrees.
To turn on these guide lines, go to Settings > Camera > Grid and turn the toggle switch to the on position.
3. Burst mode
Have you ever tried to take a photo of a fast moving object on your iPhone? Often, the object is long gone before your phone can process the image. And even if you do manage to get a shot, your subject is often blurry.
The solution is to use Burst Mode. This mode takes a series of photos quickly and consecutively, which gives you the right to choose from the photos. You can keep the best and discard the rest.
To use burst mode, go to Settings > Camera and enable Use Volume Up for Burst. Then press your finger on the volume up button while shooting. Burst mode automatically engages and continues until you release your finger.
4. Turn on Live Photo
You can also use Live Photo to help when aiming for the perfect shot. Although a Live Photo looks like a regular photo in Photo Library, the moment you captured at the time of the photo will come alive with a long press on the screen, and you’ll see moments before and after the photo. In the Camera app, simply tap the circular Live Photo icon in the top right to turn it on.
It can also be a useful alternative to burst photos if you don’t want dozens of similar photos clogging up your photo albums. This is because Live Photo records a second and a half before and after a snapshot is taken. You can then convert your live photo to a still photo later.
5. Lock focus and exposure
If you want to improve your photography skills, you need to experiment with focus and exposure. It’s impossible to consistently take professional photos without at least a basic understanding of how these two functions work. Failure to learn these essential iPhone camera settings will ruin your smartphone photography.
Simply put, exposure is the amount of light that reaches the phone’s electronic image sensor, while focus determines how sharp the photo is and how focused it is on the subject.
On your iPhone camera, you can lock both values manually. This means you can personalize your photos more effectively and no longer have to worry about the app automatically ignoring you.
To manually lock focus and exposure, open the Camera app and tap and hold the focal point of your photo. After a few seconds, you will see the AE/AF lock banner at the top of the screen. Tap anywhere on the screen to unlock it again.
6. Change the Exposure Bias
We explained how you can manually lock the exposure to prevent your device from automatically canceling it. But how to change the exposure bias to lighten or darken the image? To get started, open the camera app and tap anywhere on the screen until the focus point appears.
Next to the focus point, you will see a sun symbol. Tap and hold the sun icon, then slide it up and down to adjust the brightness. Your iPhone’s camera settings allow you to set the f-stop from -8 to +8.
7. Use the iPhone camera timer
The timer is perhaps one of the least used iPhone camera settings. If you enjoy taking selfies, this tool is great and useful. Instead of trying to do arm acrobatics to fit everyone in the shot, you can use a nearby ledge, place the phone on it, and still have plenty of time to position yourself.
To use the timer, tap the arrow icon in the top bar of the camera window, then tap the timer icon that appears at the bottom. You can choose a 3 or 10 second timer. Make your selection and save your image. The timer will not start until you press the shutter button.
8. Mirror your front camera image
Many of us may not admit it, but taking a good selfie takes time and effort to find the angle that shows us off best. Also, not all people are naturally photogenic. Putting on a natural yet photo-worthy smile can be a challenge.
After going through all of this, you’ll definitely get confused when you see an image that’s been projected. Selfies tend to look less attractive when mirrored.
To avoid this outcome, make sure to turn on Mirror Front Camera in your iPhone’s camera settings so that photos are captured as you expect.
9. Mute the camera
It’s unclear why cell phone manufacturers think we want to hear a fake camera shutter every time we take a picture.
Unfortunately, there is no setting for the iPhone camera that allows you to turn off this sound permanently. Instead, you have two ways to avoid it. You can use the Mute button on the side of your device or you can use the volume buttons to mute the sound completely.
If you’re using the latter, you’ll need to do this before opening the camera app because the volume buttons take a picture in the app.
10. Enable geo-location in your photos
Are you a traveler? If so, you might find it helpful to tag your photos with the location where you took them. This will help you master all your emotions for years to come.
The iPhone allows you to turn on geotagging, but it’s not very clear where to find this setting, as it’s not in the camera app or the camera settings menu. Instead, you should go to the Privacy menu. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Camera and select When using the app.
Remember, you can turn this feature on and off without affecting the location data your phone has already assigned to existing photos.
Learn how to take great photos with your iPhone
We hope the tweaks and tweaks we’ve covered have introduced you to some iPhone camera features you didn’t know about before.
These settings or more complicated ones that are beyond the scope of this article will not make you a better photographer and will only slightly improve your user experience. Ultimately, it is your mastery that makes good photos with good subjects, and the only way to get that mastery is through more practice. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your iPhone and try all the features in this article.
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