Many people these days use their iPhone as their primary camera as the lenses of modern smartphones capture images with impressive quality. Even if the camera is pretty good by default, there are some settings you can change to take even better photos and videos on your iPhone. As we read in detail how to do this.
While you can switch between camera modes and change some options directly in the native Camera app, some settings can only be found in the iOS Settings app. For that, open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the Camera menu.
turn on grid
Framing a person or object in a photo or video is not as easy as it sounds. However, having the grid enabled in the Camera app changes everything. The grid makes it easy to position your iPhone correctly, center your main focus, and more.
Look for the Grid option in the Composition section and toggle it on. You will now see grid lines every time you open the Camera app on your iPhone.
ProRaw and ProRes
Since the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple has been letting users capture images in PRORAW format directly in the Camera app. For those unfamiliar, a RAW photo is basically the original image taken from the sensor, with minimal or no post-processing. It contains all the data about things like brightness, shadows and colors which can then be edited in image editing software like Adobe Lightroom.
With the iPhone 13 Pro, Apple has also added support for ProRes video, a codec with minimal compression that ensures high-quality files that are better suited for post-editing.
You can enable both ProRAW and ProRes in the Format menu under Camera app settings. If you have an iPhone 14 Pro, you can also choose between taking PRORAW photos with 12-megapixel or 48-megapixel resolution. After turning on these options, you’ll see ProRAW and ProRes buttons in the Camera app. When you want to capture photos and videos using these formats, just tap them.
It’s worth noting that none of these options are available for non-Pro iPhone models. Also note that ProRAW photos and ProRes videos take up more space on iPhone storage than regular formats.
mirror front camera
By default, every picture you take using your iPhone’s front camera is flipped. This is because, instead of capturing exactly what you see on the screen, the iPhone flips the image so that things like text are displayed correctly. However, if you prefer to take selfies exactly as they appear in the Camera app preview, you can.
All you have to do is turn on the Mirror Front Camera option in the Composition section of the Camera app’s settings. When this option is on, your selfie will look exactly as you see it in the preview.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro have a macro mode built into the ultra-wide lens, which lets users capture really close-up images. This mode turns on automatically based on the distance between the iPhone and the object you’re pointing at, which can be irritating to some people. Luckily, you can choose to manually turn this option on only when you want to use it.
To do this, enable the Macro Control option in the Camera app settings. Now the Macro button will appear when the iPhone is really close to an object, and it will only activate when you tap on it.
Apple introduced Photographic Styles with the iPhone 13. These are presets with different tone and warmth values that can dramatically change how your photos look while preserving things like sky color and skin tone.
You can choose a photographic style directly from the Camera app or in Settings by tapping on the Photographic Styles option under the Photo Capture section.
change video resolution
The Camera app on the iPhone lets you quickly switch between different resolutions and frame rates before shooting a video. However, changing these options from the Settings app lets you choose even more resolutions and frame rates.
For example, you can set your iPhone to record video in 720p resolution to save storage space, shoot slow motion video in 1080p resolution at 240 fps for better quality and smoothness, or 24 fps or It can also capture cinematic videos in 4K resolution at 30 fps. iPhone 14.
Simply tap the Record Video, Record Slo-Mo, or Record Cinematic menu in Camera Settings and choose the option that works best for you.
There are lots of adjustments you can make when you’re taking photos or filming movies with your iPhone, such as changing the exposure level, choosing a filter, or enabling PRORAW. By default, these settings are reset every time you close the Camera app. But if you want to keep them on, there is a way to do so.
Simply tap on the Preserve Settings menu in the Camera app settings. There you can select the options you want to have the same settings every time you open the Camera app.
Bonus: Swipe Up for More
When you’re about to take a photo or record a video with the Camera app, try swiping your finger up on the screen to reveal a menu with additional options. There you can change photographic styles, aspect ratios, apply filters, set aspect ratios, and more.
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