Tips

April 06, 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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February 13, 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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February 08, 2018
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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February 07, 2018
Do you want to know how to open the Camera app on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro quickly? Or are you wondering how to access the flashlight? This tip will teach you how to access both your flashlight and camera, right from the Lock screen. Before the iPhone X, you had to swipe left on the Lock screen to open the iPhone Camera, but things changed when Apple got rid of the Home button. When looking at the Lock screen on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro, you’ll see two icons on either side near the bottom: a camera and a flashlight. Having quick access to the Camera app and flashlight on your iPhone 11 is a great feature that utilizes some of your extra screen space. But how do you open the Camera app or turn on the flashlight from the Lock screen? Your instinct may be to tap each icon, but you’ll need to make it a 3D Touch or a long press. Here’s how to access the flashlight and camera from the Lock screen on your iPhone 11 or earlier iPhone without a Home button.
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January 13, 2018
If you've been wondering, "how do I scan a QR code on my iPhone?", you're in luck. Before iOS 11, you needed a third-party app to be able to scan QR codes on an iPhone or iPad. No longer! You can finally use the stock Camera app on your phone or tablet to scan QR codes, and it’s pretty easy to do so. QR codes usually appear as encoded black and white squares that, when scanned, present more information on a topic in the form on a web-page, contact information, video, or just about anything. Once you've learned how to scan a QR code with your Camera app on an iPhone or iPad, you might like to find out how to add a QR scanner to your iPhone's Control Center.
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January 11, 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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January 06, 2018
The camera roll on my iPhone is jam packed with pictures of my dogs—there's just something about those fuzzy faces that demands to be adored and photographed so that the pictures can be adored as well. Then of course there's the sharing; #instadog #socute #sorryyouguysicantrestrainmyself. I've been known to take dog photos with Instagram, share them to Facebook, then text and private message them to friends and family that really must see the latest iteration of canine cuteness right away. Therefore it is with great delight that I announce the discovery of my new favorite app, BarkCam, the "Instagram for Dogs." 
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December 11, 2017
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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November 10, 2017
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 20, 2017
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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October 17, 2017
If you're an avid iphoneographer, there are certain camera settings you may want to be standard in your Camera app on iPhone. In the past, Live Photo was the only setting that stuck. But with iOS 11, you can preserve a few different camera settings so that you need not enable your preferred settings every time you go to take a picture. Here’s how to preserve camera settings with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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May 12, 2017
Having a difficult time remembering where that picture from your spontaneous trip to the beach was taken? Or at what time you captured that beautiful sunset? The great thing about geotagging on iPhone is that you’ll never be left wondering when or where a particular photo was taken again—but for many, that might not be such a good thing. If revealing your location is a concern, you can easily turn this feature off. Here’s how to keep your camera from tracking your location on iPhone.
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March 03, 2017
Did you know that in the Photos app you can apply a filter, tweak an effect like contrast, or even remove those changes to reset the picture? You're not stuck with the settings you pick when you take a picture—you can change them simply by opening the Photos app, selecting a photo to edit, tapping the Edit option at the top right of the screen, and then swiping left or right through the exposure options below the picture to apply effects. The Photos app puts the power right in your hands, with no need for third-party photo editing apps! Here’s how to apply filters and tweak contrast in the Photos app on your iPhone.
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February 22, 2017
If you have the iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone SE, or iPhone 7 (Plus), you’re probably already aware of how to take Live Photos. But did you know you can take a live photo selfie as well? The front-facing camera on iPhone is able to take Live Photos just like the rear-facing camera. And it’s just as easy to do too. Here’s how to take a Live Photo selfie on iPhone.
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February 15, 2017
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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January 19, 2017
Want to take a quick selfie? You can get to the Camera app with the front-facing camera pointed at you in two taps with this tip. If you have an iPhone with 3D Touch, you can jump right to the Selfie setting in Camera from Control Center. Next time you want to take a selfie, use this tip to quickly get to the place you want. Here’s how to take a selfie from Control Center using 3D Touch.
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November 10, 2016
Depth of Field on the iPhone 7 Plus is a awesome feature meant to mimic professional shots of DSLR cameras. It looks good to us because it is natural to our eyes. Focus on an object or person in the room around you. Notice how their face is in full focus; now use your peripheral vision and notice that everything behind them is slightly blurry and out of focus. Depth of Field, also know as the bokeh effect, on iPhone 7 Plus makes any photo look more professional and crisp. Here’s how to use Depth of Field on iPhone 7 Plus.
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August 31, 2016
In the photography world there’s something called "the rule of thirds." The iPhone’s camera grid helps you create a balanced composition that adheres to this rule of thirds by displaying a faint grid over the capture frame. You can turn on the camera grid on iPhone easily within settings. When I originally wrote this article, my iPhone camera grid was turned off. But I’ve kept my iPhone 7’s camera grid on since. When taking photos, the rule of thirds can be applied with or without a grid, but the camera grid makes it easier to see if your horizon lines and subjects are placed at the proper intersections for optimal balance in the shot. We’ll talk a little bit more about what the rule of thirds is and then jump into how to get a grid on your iPhone’s camera.
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July 05, 2016
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 29, 2016
A little known trick of the Apple Watch is that you can use it as your shutter remote for taking pictures with your iPhone. When you open the Camera app on your Apple Watch, you’ll see whatever the iPhone’s camera can see. This is perfect for taking family photos since you can station the iPhone on a tripod, join the group, and tap the button or activate the three-second timer right from your Apple Watch. Here’s how to take iPhone photos using your Apple Watch.
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June 28, 2016
Gone are the days when sharing photos and videos meant tediously transferring them from your camera to your computer via wires and SD cards. Thanks to email, AirDrop, and the ability to upload content directly to social media, sharing memories with your friends and family has become easier than ever.  Apple has taken that ease even further, allowing you to instantly send photos and videos directly from the Messaging app. Here’s how to instantly send photos in messages.
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