3 Power Tips On How To Adjust Your iPhone Camera Settings

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Quick tips on how to adjust the most useful settings on your iPhone camera

There?s a popular saying in the world of photography that ?the best camera is always the one that you have with you the most.? In many?cases, that?s the camera people have in their smartphones. Thankfully, the iPhone camera is a pretty impressive tool for taking photos. While it lacks the settings of more powerful DSLRs or compact cameras such as lens length, aperture, white balance and shutter speed, it still allows users to access a number of tools. That said, try out some of these handy tips on how to adjust the settings on your iPhone camera.


Upon using an iPhone camera, you have the option to enable the HDR (high dynamic range) setting on top of the viewfinder. Dynamic range is the spectrum or range of light that an eye, or in this case, a camera sensor, can read. HDR is a great tool for taking good images in different levels of light.

This iPhone camera setting works by taking three separate images then merges them together while choosing areas with the best lighting. While it may be tempting to keep HDR enabled all the time, remember that by doing so, it may eat up a lot of storage. If your iPhone is running on iOS 7 and above, consider setting it to ?HDR Auto? so the device can automatically detect the best times to use it.

Exposure and Focus

Exposure controls a photo?s brightness. To set this on the iPhone camera, all you have to do is tap once on the viewfinder?s area you?d like to put focus on. If the view changes or if you move, the camera will automatically recalibrate and choose a new exposure and focus point. In iOS 5 and above, the iPhone camera app offers an AE/AF lock where you can set an autofocus and auto-exposure feature. To enable this, just tap and hold on the screen until an AE/AF lock appears at the screen?s bottom portion.


The LED flash of the iPhone camera has saved many nighttime photos, often at the expense of light blinding your subjects or adding the dreaded red-eye. The iPhone?s flash can effectively illuminate subjects up to 6 feet away, beyond that you?ll have to physically move toward them. Some people tend use the flash more often as needed, resulting to overly lit photos that not many people find attractive. As such, here are some scenarios where you must avoid using it:

  • In areas with lots of glasses; if a window, a mirror, TV or computer screen is nearby, the flash will just bounce off the light and creates a ball of blurry light that will ruin your photo. In this case, deactivate the flash and look for an actual light source.
  • At large gatherings and event; when you?re in a concert or in any large venue, chances are lighting already comes from multiple sources ? in this case, flash is basically ineffective. If you still want a well-lit image, activate HDR instead.


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