The iPhone cameras have many useful features that many people don’t know about. Let’s see how you can improve the process of video and photography on your smartphone.
Turn on HDR
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range — extended dynamic range. Here, instead of one photo, the camera takes three: an overexposed photo, an underexposed photo, and another one with a normal exposure.
Together, these three photos create an image with greater depth of field and more vibrant colors.
To enable HDR, go to Settings and then to the Camera section.
Avoid using zoom and flash
Instead of scaling, you can use the crop tool in edit mode.
If you need more light in your photos, try using an external source instead of a flash, or also adjust the lighting in the photo editing section.
Take a picture while shooting
To take a photo while recording video without stopping it, tap the white circle on the right side of the screen in Video mode.
Take photos with EarPods and AirPods
You may already know that you can use the volume buttons on your iPhone to take pictures. Similarly, you can take pictures using the buttons on your EarPods. Perfect for selfies.
If you use AirPods, you can use voice input. First, don’t forget to connect your headphones to your phone using bluetooth, then go to the Camera on your iPhone. Then hold the lock button on your phone, or just say “Hey Siri” to call the assistant, and then say “Take a photo.”
Shoot video in 4K
Go to Settings and go to the Camera section and then to the Video Recording section. Here you can select the recording quality and frame rate.
Keep in mind that when shooting in 4K, the phone drains faster and such videos take up much more space due to the large file size.
Portrait mode for a blurred background
The extra shallow depth of field is the perfect way to blur the background and bring out the main subject in the frame.
1. You can choose different types of lighting
Natural light, studio, stage and others
2. You can adjust the strength of the photo blur both during the shooting and after.
In Camera mode, you will see an f icon in the upper right corner. Here you can adjust the amount of background blur.
To adjust this setting for a photo you’ve already taken, go to Photos, select one of the images, click Edit in the top right corner, and then click the f icon in the top left corner.
3. You can adjust the amount of light while shooting
(in all types of lighting except natural)
In the upper right corner you will see a hexagon icon — click on it and adjust the amount of light.
If you still decide to use the zoom, then you have more than x0.5 and x1 magnifications.
Press and hold x1 in Camera mode and a zoom dial will open in front of you, which you can adjust as you like.
Apple Watch as a remote control
Open the Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch. The app should also open on your iPhone.
Use your watch to frame photos, set a timer, set the flash, and switch between the front and rear cameras.
In addition, you can view the captured image or take a picture using the device. For the watch to work, it must be within the correct radius of your phone — no further than 10 meters.
Apple Watch as a viewfinder
Have you decided to start shooting vlogs, but at the same time you can’t afford to buy a camcorder with a swivel screen? But, perhaps, you have an iPhone and an Apple Watch available — then this life hack is for you!
Mount your iPhone on a tripod and put your watch on the phone itself. See how one of the Twitter users did it in the photo below. This is how the Apple Watch can function as a viewfinder.
Of course, you can shoot yourself on the front camera and see what is happening on the screen without additional means. But if you have an Apple Watch, then you can use the rear camera while maintaining video quality.