Tips

June 22, 2019
Portrait Mode is a feature on the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, and XS Max that gives photos a professional look by blurring the background (known as the bokeh effect). While Portrait Mode on the iPhone is a software version of what DSLR camera lenses can do, it works pretty well most of the time. But perhaps you took a photo in Portrait Mode that didn’t turn out so well. You can turn off Portrait Mode after taking the photo since it is just a software feature. Here’s how to turn off Portrait Mode after taking a photo on the iPhone.
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June 15, 2019
Apple introduced the Live Photo feature with the iPhone 6S, and it's still a fun and popular feature of the native iPhone Camera app. Unless you've unselected Live Photo settings in the Camera Settings, the Live Photo function is on by default when you open the Camera app, so you need to turn off Live Photo if you want a traditional still shot. Sometimes, though, we all forget to turn off Live Photo; now what? No worries, you can delete the Live Photo version of your picture and keep the still photo. 
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March 06, 2019
While some people consider their iPhone a camera first and a communication device second, not everyone has embraced iPhone photography. If that's you and you want to get started using your iPhone camera, you've come to the right place. Whether you're taking a photo of a pet, sunset, or yourself, your iPhone can be used as a point-and-shoot (in this case, point-and-tap) camera. And once you've mastered the steps below, check out this more advanced article on How to Shoot Clearer, Better Photos on Your iPhone.
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February 07, 2019
Want to know how to flip the FaceTime screen on an iPhone? FaceTime video calls automatically use the front view camera, which is great for talking face-to-face, but sometimes you want to show the other person a quick house tour or the odd sleeping position your cat picked. Sure, you can flip your iPhone around, but it's hard to tell exactly where your camera is pointing when you use that method. Here's how to flip the FaceTime camera during a call.
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January 28, 2019
When you're taking photos with your iPhone, sometimes you have to finagle your phone a bit to get the right shot by tilting it or holding it on its side to use the volume buttons to snap a picture. But while the photos usually appear right-side up in the iPhone's Photos app regardless of how you were holding the phone when you snapped the picture, sometimes they don't. And sometimes the photos appear upside down when you're trying to upload the photos to your computer or when you send them in an email. Here's how to fix upside-down photos on your iPhone.
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January 25, 2019
The FaceTime app is the free Apple live chat app, and it's a fun way to connect with friends and family when hearing their voice just isn't enough. This video chat app, one of the best, is even better with FaceTime filters. There are lots of filters for FaceTime to choose from, so you'll always find something to fit your mood, including a cartoon filter, a few black and white choices, and much more. We've already shown you how to FaceTime, how to group FaceTime, and how to use Memoji, Animoji, and stickers during your FaceTime call. Now, let's get started learning how to put filters on FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad. 
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January 16, 2019
iOS 12 has added tons of helpful and fun new features to your iPhone's software, one of my favorite new ones is the ability to add cool effects and Animojis (and Memojis!) while taking a picture or video in the Messages app.
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December 29, 2018
Typical vintage filters for photos slap on a yellow tint and call it a day. VSCO, a photography app that doubles as a photo editor, imitates analog camera settings to make your images look like natural film photos. The app also offers VSCO X, a yearly subscription that bulks up the app to include over 100 filters and tools to edit your photos to look like professional pieces.
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December 26, 2018
Did you know you can use your iPhone's volume buttons to snap photos? Learning how to get the best angle for a photo on an iPhone can be tricky. Using the iPhone volume buttons can make it easier to take a picture when holding the iPhone at an awkward angle. Here's a quick tip on how to take a photo with your iPhone's volume buttons.
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December 12, 2018
This is a favorite tip of mine for the iPhone. You can shoot video and take a still photo while you’re recording. There have been many times when I was shooting video and wanted to take a quick snapshot. Luckily, doing so on an iPhone is super easy. Here’s how to take a still photo while shooting video on your iPhone.
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December 03, 2018
With iOS 11, Apple added new Live Photos features, including the ability to turn your Live Photo into a long-exposure photo, mimicking the effect of a long-duration shutter speed in a traditional camera. Long exposure is most often used for pictures where the photographer wants to see motion blurs or light trails, or to better capture low-light scenes. Surely you’ve seen those beautiful photos with stars forming circles in the sky or a river with water that looks like smoke—those are photos that used long exposure photography. With previous iOS versions, iPhone users needed a long-exposure app to capture the long-exposure effect, but not any more! I’m no photographer; but this feature allows me to make any Live Photo look almost as good as a real long-exposure picture. Here’s how to use the Live Photo Long-Exposure Effect on the iPhone.
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November 20, 2018
With Apple's Live Photos, you’re not always exactly aware of what’s being filmed. Since an iPhone Live Photo captures 1.5 seconds before and after a shot is taken, it’s easy to accidentally catch the blur from lowering your phone, or worse, something you don’t want anyone to see. Before iOS 11, you could edit a Live Photo by turning it into a still, or simply delete it. But starting with iOS 11 and continuing with iOS 13, you can trim live pictures just like you would a video. Here’s how to make edits to a Live Photo on your iPhone.
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October 10, 2018
Whenever I see a breathtaking landscape, my first instinct is to pull out my iPhone and attempt to capture a picture of it. So many times I’ve snapped away with my camera, brimming with excitement, only to look into my Camera Roll and find that my pictures were disappointing at best. After all, there’s only so much you can capture in a standard shot on the iPhone. Luckily, the iPhone's native Camera app can take panoramic pictures, so you don't need a special panoramic camera app or photo joiner app to stitch pictures together. Let's get started learning how to take a panorama photo on iPhone and iPad.
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September 18, 2018
  If you have an iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro Max with 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, you can easily select the exact amount of zoom you'd like to use with each shot with the zoom slider. With Ultra-Wide thrown into the mix, your zoom menu has changed to make it easier for you to swap back and forth between your cameras. Learning how to use the zoom on the iPhone gives you more freedom to play with photography, so let's get started learning how to use the zoom slider on your iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
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August 20, 2018
Maybe you've learned a bit about iPhone photography already; you already know how to take good pictures, but now you're ready to learn some tips and tricks to take really awesome pictures. If you're hoping to master some photography techniques that will result in creative, artsy, amazing photos, then it's time to start paying more attention to lighting. When it comes to photography, there’s no doubt that light is one of the most crucial aspects of creating a great image with your iPhone, but did you know you can also have a lot a fun with it? Whether you’re new to iPhoneography or you’ve been working at it for years, here are some lighting tricks you should try for great, unusual images.
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August 13, 2018
Some of my favorite features of the iPhone are the Camera and the Photos app, though I haven't fully utilized all their features. I'd like to learn more photography tips so I can fully utilize my smartphone to take great pictures, or at least good ones! But how to take good pictures on my iPhone when I've never been much of a photographer? Luckily Apple shares lots of photography tips and tricks, and here's one I want to pass on to you; how to take an overhead shot on your iPhone. Let's get started! 
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July 25, 2018
I’ve heard it said over and over again that the best camera is the one you have with you. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. I have an amazing DSLR and yet I find that the majority of my pictures are taken with my iPhone. Unfortunately, our iPhones still struggle in a lot of ways that more advanced cameras don’t. One of those ways is the iPhone’s intolerance for low-light situations. If you’re sick of blurry, unclear images, then here are a few tips and tricks that have really helped me out. Here’s how to shoot clearer, better photos on your iPhone.
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July 24, 2018
iOS 11 makes scanning documents in the Notes app pretty darn easy. The Scan and Sign feature is very helpful for storing paper items electronically, allowing you to access printed information from anywhere and even sign and share your documents as needed. Here’s how to scan and modify documents in Notes with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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July 20, 2018
The Photos app on your iPhone has so many useful functions and features. You can use this built-in photo editor to crop, adjust lighting, apply filters, and more. Sometimes, though, in the middle of editing a photo, you can start to forget how your original picture looked, and wonder if the changes you're making are really an improvement! Luckily, you can compare a before and after image while you're in the middle of editing a photo. Let's get started learning how to compare the photo you're editing to your original picture, right in the Photos app of your iPhone. 
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July 03, 2018
Maybe you want to make a video with your iPhone camera, but you don't need it to be high resolution. After all, high-quality videos look gorgeous, but they also take up a lot of storage space. If you have the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus or later, 4K video, in particular, takes up large chunks of storage. Whether you want to save storage or ensure you’re recording the highest-quality video possible on your phone, it's great to have the option to change your iPhone's video-resolution settings. Here’s how to change the video resolution on your iPhone.
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June 22, 2018
Did you know you can record slow-motion videos on your iPhone? No slow-motion app is needed, you can use the Slo-Mo setting in your iPhone's native Camera app. Recording slow-motion video on iPhone is a great way to get a shot that would have otherwise gone by too quickly or to just get a great laugh watching and re-watching your slo-mo videos (pets and kids are the funniest slo-mo subjects.)  Depending on which iPhone model you're using, you can record slow-motion video at 120 or 240 fps (frames per second.)
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June 20, 2018
One of my very favorite iPhone features is a simple one, the camera! It's convenient and fun to have a camera in my pocket all the time, and to be able edit my photos right on my iPhone for the best results. Recently I learned that it's possible to use compatible third-party camera and photo-editing apps as an extension, right from my Photos app. And while many of the best photo-editing apps cost money, there are lots of free photo-editor apps with Photos extensions to choose from as well. Let's get started learning how to enable a third-part photo-editor app extension, so you can have as much fun with iPhone photography as I am. 
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May 18, 2018
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have a selfie flash for illuminated pictures of your face. If you find yourself in a low-light area, but you absolutely must take a selfie photo, you can turn the flash on to snap a photo that isn’t too dark. You can also set your selfie flash to auto so that the camera decides when it should and shouldn’t be used. But if you find the auto setting isn’t always right, you can turn the selfie flash off on your iPhone too. Here’s how to turn the selfie flash on and off on your iPhone.
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