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iPhone Life Magazine - - How To - BY RHEANNE SCH­LEE

We all love tak­ing pic­tures and cap­tur­ing spe­cial mo­ments, and thanks to our iPhones, do­ing so is now eas­ier than ever. Whether you're ca­su­ally snap­ping shots with your friends or orches­trat­ing elab­o­rate photo shoots, these steps will help you master your iPhone's cam­era and start tak­ing beau­ti­ful pic­tures in no time.

TAKE BET­TER PHOTOS

To be­gin, tap the Cam­era icon or swipe up from the cam­era sym­bol on your lock screen. Switch be­tween the front and back cam­era in­stan­ta­neously by tap­ping the cam­era-and-arrow out­line in the top right cor­ner. If you want to de­vi­ate from the iPhone's stan­dard pic­ture­tak­ing mode, swipe right or left in the viewfinder to re­veal more op­tions, such as panoramic or square-cropped photos, as well as op­tions for shoot­ing video— in­clud­ing time-lapse and slo-mo. To cap­ture a photo, tap the white cir­cle be­low the viewfinder or press the vol­ume up/down but­ton. You'll no­tice a preview box in the lower left cor­ner; tap it to view your re­cently cap­tured shots.

When in video mode, tap the red cir­cle to record. The video du­ra­tion will play at the top; tap the red but­ton again to stop record­ing. You can also take pic­tures while record­ing by press­ing the white cir­cle on the bot­tom left of the screen, and view both your videos and pic­tures in the All Photos al­bum.

FIL­TERS

Ap­ple's fil­ters are a fast way to give your shot a dif­fer­ent look. You can ap­ply one of eight fil­ter op­tions in real time or af­ter the fact by tap­ping the over­lap­ping cir­cle icon. For a wider ranger of more so­phis­ti­cated fil­ters, try VSCO Cam (free).

ZOOM

To zoom, place two fin­gers on the screen and spread them apart. Do­ing so will bring up a bar: slide right to zoom in, left to zoom out. Re­mem­ber, zoom­ing in on your sub­ject tends to com­pro­mise qual­ity, so try mov­ing closer when­ever pos­si­ble.

FO­CUS & EX­PO­SURE

The cam­era au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the fo­cus and ex­po­sure on your sub­ject, fram­ing it with a yel­low square, but when au­to­matic fo­cus and ex­po­sure fail, you can man­u­ally se­lect your sub­ject. To do this, tap the part of the screen that you want to fo­cus on. A ver­ti­cal line with a sun will ap­pear along­side your fo­cus box. When you see this, swipe up to lighten your im­age; swipe down to darken it.

If you'd like to play with depth of field and light­ing, you can also man­u­ally set and lock your fo­cus and ex­po­sure. Tap the screen to man­u­ally choose your sub­ject; to lock it there, press and hold un­til the yel­low square pulses and AE/AF Lock ap­pears on the screen. This tool is use­ful for artis­tic ef­fects or to help coun­ter­act a back­lit scene.

HDR & FLASH

Flash is another tool you can use to cor­rect low-lit or back­lit scenes. Tap the up­per left cor­ner to ad­just your flash to Auto, On, or Off. You can also try HDR (High Dy­namic Range) mode, which com­piles three dif­fer­ent ex­po­sures, re­cov­er­ing de­tail in dark as well as light parts of an im­age.

HDR works best for high-con­trast land­scape scenes. To be­gin us­ing, tap HDR On at the top of the screen or HDR Auto to let your de­vice con­trol the set­ting. When HDR is en­abled, you can save both regularly ex­posed and HDR ver­sions of shots to your Photos app by go­ing to Set­tings > Photos & Cam­era and tog­gling Keep Nor­mal Photo on.

SELF- TIMER

You'll also no­tice a timer icon at the top of your screen that lets you set up your shot and get in the frame be­fore the pic­ture's taken. When you tap on the icon, you'll be able to choose be­tween a 3- or a 10-sec­ond timer. Once you se­lect the time you pre­fer, tap the shut­ter to be­gin the count­down.

BURST MODE

To take mul­ti­ple shots in Burst Mode, tap and hold the shut­ter but­ton in the Cam­era app to cap­ture 10 frames per sec­ond. A counter will pop up, let­ting you know how many photos you've taken so far. Your burst im­ages will then be clus­tered to­gether and can be iden­ti­fied by an icon read­ing “Burst” at the top left of the im­age. You can choose the im­ages you would like to keep by tap­ping Se­lect and check­ing off the im­ages you like. When you tap Done, you'll be asked whether you would like to Keep Ev­ery­thing or Keep Only Fa­vorites. We sug­gest keep­ing only your fa­vorites, as burst im­ages take up a lot of space.

OR­GA­NIZE & EDIT YOUR MEDIA

To start view­ing the im­ages you've taken, head over to the Photos app, where you can or­ga­nize and tweak your pic­tures and videos. On the bot­tom, you'll see a tab called Photos, which au­to­mat­i­cally files your im­ages us­ing time and place

and or­ga­nizes them into Years, Col­lec­tions, and Mo­ments. Tap a Year to see the Col­lec­tions within; tap a Col­lec­tion to see the Mo­ments within. To see where you took your shots, tap the lo­ca­tion name by the group of photos and you'll see thumb­nails of photos on a map.

You'll also see a tab called Al­bums, which in­cludes All Photos, Fa­vorites, Bursts, Videos, Re­cently Deleted, and any other al­bums you've cre­ated or from third-party photo edit­ing apps. All Photos is re­spon­si­ble for stor­ing all the photos and videos you've taken, while your Fa­vorites al­bum is filled with all of the im­ages you've “fa­vor­ited” by tap­ping the heart-shaped sym­bol be­low each photo and video. Your Re­cently Deleted folder is es­pe­cially use­ful. Any im­age you delete sits in this al­bum for up to 30 days, so if you ac­ci­dently delete one of your fa­vorite shots—no wor­ries! You can re­store deleted items by se­lect­ing the im­ages you'd like to re­cover and then tap­ping Re­cover at the lower right.

HID­ING PHOTOS

To hide pri­vate photos, sim­ply tap and hold on any photo and a pop-up will ap­pear, giv­ing you the op­tion to ei­ther Copy or Hide your photo. Your hid­den items will no longer ap­pear in your Years, Col­lec­tions, or Mo­ments, but they will still be vis­i­ble in your All Photos and Hid­den al­bums.

SEARCH PHOTOS

To search your im­ages, go to Photos and tap the search icon. Then en­ter the time, lo­ca­tion (if you have lo­ca­tion track­ing en­abled), or al­bum name cor­re­spond­ing to the photo you're look­ing for into the search field. For in­stance, if you type “home,” a col­lec­tion of all the photos you've taken at your home ad­dress will pop up.

SHAR­ING

When view­ing a photo or video, tap the up­ward-arrow icon for shar­ing op­tions that let you text, email, tweet, Air­Drop, or post to Face­book. You can also share im­ages to your third-party apps by tap­ping More and en­abling your apps of choice. To send mul­ti­ple im­ages, first tap Se­lect at the top right of an im­age group­ing, then tap the photos you'd like to in­clude.

You can also use iCloud Photo Shar­ing to ex­change photos and videos with friends and fam­ily right within the Photos app. To get started, go to Set­tings, Photos & Cam­era, and turn on iCloud Photo Shar­ing. In the Photos app, se­lect im­ages you'd like to share, tap the Share but­ton, and press iCloud Photo Shar­ing. Ti­tle your stream and add a note in the Com­ment field. Next, se­lect con­tacts with whom you'd like to share your al­bum. Who­ever you in­vite will be able to view and add im­ages, videos, and com­ments in the Shared tab along the bot­tom of the Photos app.

And don't worry, your non-iUser friends don't have to miss out on all the fun. You can send them links to a view-only web­site of your stream by open­ing your stream, tap­ping the Peo­ple tab at the bot­tom, and turn­ing on the Public Web­site op­tion. From there, press Share Link to text, email, tweet, or Air­Drop your URL.

EDIT­ING PHOTOS

To edit a photo you're view­ing, tap Edit in the up­per right cor­ner. You have the op­tion to crop or ro­tate the im­age, boost light­ing and sat­u­ra­tion, and ap­ply fil­ters. When done, tap Save to keep changes; tap Can­cel to dis­card them. If at any point af­ter edit­ing an im­age you de­cide you want to go back to the orig­i­nal, sim­ply tap Edit, and then tap Re­vert. If you have third­party photo edit­ing apps such as Pixlr (free) or Litely (free) on your de­vice, you can ac­cess them di­rectly from Photos by tap­ping Edit and then se­lect­ing the three dots at the top right. To en­able more apps, tap More. This fea­ture al­lows you to edit photos within the na­tive app and by­pass hav­ing to upload im­ages else­where.

Lock your fo­cus and ex­po­sure by press­ing and hold- ing the screen over your sub­ject un­til the yel­low square pulses and you see the words AE/AF Lock.

Get closer to your sub­ject by us­ing the slid­ing

bar zoom.

Ap­ply fil­ters in real-time by tap­ping the over­lap­ping

cir­cle icon.

The Photos app au­to­mat­i­cally files your im­ages us­ing time and place and or­ga­nizes them into Years,

Col­lec­tions, and Mo­ments.

If you en­able iCloud Photo Shar­ing in your de­vice Set­tings, you can ex­change pic­tures and videos with friends in the Shared tab of your Photos app.

To ro­tate your im­age, se­lect the crop icon and turn

the dial left or right.

The Man­ual Ad­just­ments icon lets you tweak Light­ing and Color, as well as make B&W ad­just­ments.

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