Camera technology in your fingertips

I recently went on vacation and I was using my iPhone camera alot. It was easier than getting out my big bulky camera. However, I was having mixed emotions about how time extensive it was to unlock my phone and find the camera app and making sure it was on the right mode before snapping a shot. I started to question, am I using my iPhone camera to its full potential? 

I decided to research how to effective use my iPhone camera, because I’m sure others are probably experiencing the same issue I am. Apparently, the iPhone camera settings are so well hidden that you might not even realize they exist. But once you find them, you’ll be able to take your photography to a whole new level. 

I found out there ARE hidden iPhone camera features that most iPhone users know nothing about. Intriguing! Let’s read on.

Home screen camera option

  • On the home screen “wake up” the phone and swipe left across the screen

Switch the camera grid “on” for better compositions

  • It ensures you get horizons level in your landscape photos. And you can use it to compose your shot according to the rule of thirds.
  • To turn on the camera grid, open the Settings app, select Camera, and make sure the Grid option is on (green).

Want Higher-Quality Images? 

  • Focus + Exposure
    • Tap the screen where you want to sharpen your focus
    • Once you’ve found your focus point swipe up to make the image brighter or down to make it darker

Action Shots, never fear

  • Use the Burst Mode
    • You’re bound to get at least one good photo

I need a portrait!

  • Create that shallow depth effect with the portrait mode
  • Make sure the person is anywhere from 2-8 feet away from the camera for best results. 

If you have an iPhone, I challenge you to try some of these helpful, hidden features. It might help you out in the long run. As for me I am going to see if I can’t capture a panorama that’s one for the books.