Shoot­ing modes ex­plained

Pick the right mode to get the best shots

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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 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.

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