Many people use their iPhone as their primary camera these days, as modern smartphone lenses capture images in impressive quality. Even if the camera is good enough by default, there are a few settings you can change on your iPhone to take even better photos and videos. Read on as we detail how to do just that.
While you can toggle between camera modes and change some options right in the native camera app, some of the 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 the grid
Framing a person or an object in a photo or video may not be as simple as it seems. However, having Grid enabled in the Camera app changes everything. Grid makes it much easier to hold your iPhone in the right position, center your main focus, and more.
Find the Grid option in the Composition section and turn it on. You will now see the grid lines every time you open the Camera app on your iPhone.
ProRAW and ProRes
Starting with iPhone 12 Pro, Apple allows users to capture images in the ProRAW format directly in the Camera app. For those unfamiliar, a RAW photo is basically the original image captured by the sensor, with minimal or no post-processing. It contains all the data about things like brightness, shadows, and colors that can be edited later in image-editing software like Adobe Lightroom.
With iPhone 13 Pro, Apple also added support for ProRes video, which is a minimally compressed codec that ensures higher-quality files that are better for post-editing.
You can enable ProRAW and ProRes in the Formats menu within the Camera app settings. If you have an iPhone 14 Pro, you can also choose between taking ProRAW photos at 12-megapixel or 48-megapixel resolution. After turning these options on, you’ll see ProRAW and ProRes buttons in the Camera app. Just tap them when you want to capture photos and videos using these formats.
It’s worth noting that neither of these options are available for non-Pro iPhone models. Also keep in mind that ProRAW photos and ProRes videos take up much more space on iPhone storage than regular formats.
mirror front camera
By default, every photo you take with 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 capture selfies exactly as they appear in the Camera app preview, you can.
All you need to do is turn on the Front Camera Mirroring option in the Composition section of the Camera app settings. With this option enabled, your selfies will look exactly as you see them in the preview.
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro feature a Macro mode built into the ultra-wide lens, allowing users to capture really close-up images. This mode is activated automatically depending on the distance between the iPhone and the object you’re pointing at, which may annoy some people. Fortunately, you can choose to turn this option on manually only when you want to use it.
To do this, enable the Macro Control option in the Camera app settings. The Macro button will now appear when the iPhone is really close to an object, and will only activate if you touch it.
apple introduced photographic styles with iPhone 13. These are presets with different hue and warmth values that can drastically change the look of your photos while preserving things like sky color and skin tones.
You can choose a photo style directly from the Camera app or in settings by tapping the Photo Styles option in the Photo Capture section.
Change video resolution
The Camera app on iPhone lets you quickly switch between different resolutions and frame rates before you shoot a video. However, changing these options from the Settings app allows you to choose even more resolutions and frame rates.
For example, you can set your iPhone to record video in 720p resolution to save storage space, record slow-motion video in 1080p resolution at 240 fps for better quality and smoothness, or even capture cinematic video in 1080p resolution. 4K at 24 fps or 30 fps on the iPhone 14.
Simply tap the Record Video, Record Slow Motion, or Record Cinematic menus in the camera settings and choose the option that best suits your needs.
When you take photos or film with your iPhone, you can make many adjustments, such as changing the exposure level, choosing a filter, or enabling ProRAW. By default, every time you close the Camera app, these settings are reset. But if you want to keep them, there is a way to do it.
Just tap on the Keep settings menu in the Camera app settings. There you can select which options you want to keep the same settings every time you open the Camera app.
Bonus: swipe up for more
When you’re about to take a photo or video with the Camera app, try swiping up on the screen to reveal a menu with additional options. There you can change photo styles, aspect ratio, apply filters, set aspect ratio, and more.
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