Shooting modes explained
Pick the right mode to get the best shots
Switch between these basic modes in the Camera app by swiping left and right anywhere on the screen. If you have an iPhone 5s or later, holding the shutter takes many pictures so you can pick the best one. HDR shots merge three exposures and can provide more richness; switch it on at the top of the app, and choose, in Settings, whether the non-HDR shot is also saved. Finally, the self‑timer isn’t just useful for group selfies, but also for reducing shake from pressing the shutter. For this, activate the threesecond variant, press the shutter then steady yourself.
Photo This is the basic photo mode, and even this has some useful extra features. Remember what you’ve read about setting exposure, HDR and timed shots,
and turn on the ‘rule of thirds’ grid in Settings to help with good composition.
You needn’t do a full panoramic sweep; a smaller arc can simulate a
wide-angle lens. The picture will ‘bulge’ in the middle when shooting.
Sweep slowly in dim light. Tap the arrow to reverse shooting direction. Video On the most recent iPhones, you can switch, in Settings, between
recording 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 1080p at 30fps, and 720p at
30fps. Consider picking a lower quality on a low-capacity iPhone.
Square Though for some, shooting in a square format is a conscious creative decision which imposes interesting limitations on the process, for most of us it’s better to shoot in the regular 4:3 format and crop later if desired. Time-lapse You can’t adjust settings for this mode, though Apple is doing something clever to ensure you get a good result – see http://bit.ly/ ZcCsMF. Consider using Hyperlapse (free) for smoother videos. Slo-mo Similarly, on recent devices, switch between 1080p at 120fps (which equates to about quarter speed) and 720p at 240fps (eight times slower than live) in Settings. You’ll need plenty of light for slow-motion video.