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7 iPhone Camera tips which will make you pro-photographer

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7 iPhone Camera tips which will make you pro-photographer 
One of the best features of iPhone is its camera, iPhone is featured with one of the best cameras in the world, the pic and video generated from the camera are exceptionally adorable. Many iPhone users prefer iPhone camera over DSLR for clicking the photographs. The main reason behind this is iPhone don’t need extra space in your travel baggage.

Today we have brought the seven tips for the iPhone users to make you pro-photographer with your mobile device.

What are the camera specs?

The iPhone 7 sports Apple’s latest 12-megapixel camera, an update on the 12-meg snapper found on the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE. It’s now better for low light photography, as you’ll see in our iPhone 7 camera review and comparison.

Conversely, the iPhone 7 Plus packs two 12-megapixel lenses, which work together to produce even more impressive photos. You get a f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens, which is the main camera lens, plus a f/2.8 aperture telephoto lens which adds a 2x optical zoom to the phone (On top of the 10x digital zoom).

These zoom features are particularly handy when shooting wildlife, architecture and so on. The 7 Plus can also shoot video with the 2x optical zoom, as well as up to 6x digital zoom. However, the iPhone 7 has no optical zoom and maxes out at 5x digital zoom, which isn’t available for video.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus also boast built-in optical image stabilization, to cut down on blurry photos due to hand shakes as well as tremble video footage. You have HDR support to deal with tricky contrast and a powerful Quad-tone LED flash for night shots.

Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets can also shoot up to 4K Ultra HD resolution video, although by default they shoot Full HD footage at 30 frames-per-second. Check out our tip on changing resolution for instructions on switching to 4K movie capture.

How do I use the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ camera?

The great thing about the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera is that you really don’t need instructions. It’s very much a point-and-shoot snapper; just open the camera app, aim it at your subject and tap the on-screen shutter button to take a snap.

You have a few camera features that you can toggle on and off, lined up along the left-hand side of the camera app. These are, from top to bottom:

  • Filters - Use these to change the look of your photos instantly. This works by altering the color saturation and other factors.
  • Timer - Add a 3-second or 10-second timer so you can take a group photo with yourself included.
  • Live Photo - This middle icon toggles Apple’s Live Photo mode on and off. More on this later.
  • HDR mode - This is best left on auto. HDR helps to deal with tricky contrast by taking three separate photos, all with different exposure levels and then stitching them together. In this way, you get less oversaturation and murky areas in your high-contrast photos.
  • Flash - Can be turned on, off or left on auto mode.
  • You can also check out your most recent photos by tapping the preview window in the bottom right corner of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ camera app. And if you want to switch between the front and rear cameras, tap the icon in the top right corner.

How to switch to Slow Motion, Timelapse, and other camera modes

You have a small selection of special camera modes which you can switch between at any time, simply by swiping your finger up or down the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus’ screen. These special camera modes are (in order from top to bottom):

  • Pano - Short for Panorama. Hold your iPhone 7 in portrait mode and then tap the shutter button and move your phone horizontally at a slow and steady rate.
  • Square - Simply a photo mode that shoots pics with a square aspect ratio.
  • Portrait - This camera mode is exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus so you won’t find it on the iPhone 7. The reason for this is the need for two camera lenses, something the iPhone 7 lacks. Check out our section on what Portrait mode is for more info.
  • Photo - The default camera mode. Capture photos by tapping the shutter button.
  • Video - Swipe your finger up once to swap to video mode, which allows you to record home movies.
  • Slo-Mo - A slow motion video mode. You can manually change the section of the video which is played back in slow-mo after you’ve already shot it. More on this later.
  • Time-lapse - A greatly speeded up video, which is particularly effective when shooting a street scene or something with a lot of motion over an extended period.

Are there any proper manual controls?

If you want to manually fiddle with the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus’ camera settings, then we have bad news. While you can focus on a specific area with a tap, thus overriding the phone’s autofocus, there’s not much more you can do to tweak your snaps while shooting.

However, it is possible to change the exposure level with a swipe of your finger. Just manually focus on your subject by tapping them in the viewing window and you’ll notice a box appears around them, along with a sun icon on the right side. Press your finger to this icon and slide up to boost the exposure, or down to make things darker.

Fast access from the lock screen or Control Center

In iOS 10, you can quickly load up the camera app without actually unlocking your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. Handy for any impromptu action shots.

To do so, just tap the iPhone’s power or home button, or raise the phone, so the lock screen flashes up. From the lock screen, swipe your finger left across the screen and the camera app will appear. Now just shoot away!

If your phone is already unlocked, don’t faff around finding the camera icon on your desktops. Just flick your finger up from the bottom of the iPhone 7’s screen to bring up the Control Center, and you’ll spy a camera icon in the bottom right corner. Tap that to access the camera app.

3D Touch shortcuts

Although 3D Touch is still a grossly underused feature, it can be handy on the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus when it comes to camera shortcuts.

Prod the camera icon on your desktop or the Control Center nice and hard. You’ll see a sub-menu pop-up, which can be used to jump straight into video mode or slow-mo mode. You can also activate the FaceTime camera to take a swift selfie, rather than fiddling around switching cameras inside the app.

Not exactly a major time-saver, but worth bearing in mind all the same.

What are Live Photos and how do they work?

Apple’s Live Photos feature captures a second or two of live action with each photo that you take. This is a decent feature if you’re constantly snapping your kids, as these little snippets can be quite comedic when you’re scrolling through your virtual photo album.

Of course, bear in mind that Live Photos also take up more storage space, so you’ll want to use this feature sparingly if you have a 32GB model of iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

To activate or deactivate Live Photos, just tap the central icon on the left edge of the iPhone’s camera app.

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