7 iPhone Camera Hacks For Taking Stunning Photos


Hi, this is Emil Pakarklis,
the founder of iPhone Photography School. And in this video,
you’re going to discover seven hidden iPhone camera features that
every photographer should know. Now, you probably already know how
to use the camera of your iPhone. And it’s really easy to
take a quick snapshot. But if you want to take your iPhone
photography to the next level you have to go beyond
taking quick snapshots and learn how to take full control
of the camera of your iPhone. And as you are about to see in this video,
the most essential controls of your iPhone camera are actually completely hidden and
most people don’t even know about them . But before we get started, I want you to
know that I wasn’t always the guy teaching thousands of people how to take
outstanding photos with the iPhone. I didn’t always have 93,000
followers on Instagram. And honestly, not too long ago I didn’t even know
how to take interesting photos myself. But as I kept working to improve my iPhone
photography, I discovered seven essential camera features that Apple has pretty
much hidden from casual iPhone users. So that only the best photographers will
be able to find these hidden features and use them for taking incredible photos
that leave everyone else speechless. So the first hidden iPhone camera feature
we’re going to discuss is swiping your finger left in order to open
the camera app from the lock screen. So right now you are looking at the lock
screen of my iPhone and from here if we wanted to open the camera app you
would first have to unlock your iPhone. And you can do this using the Touch
ID which sometimes works and other times it doesn’t work so well or
you could enter your passcode. But either of these options is somewhat
unreliable and both take time. So a better way to start
taking photos immediately is to simply swipe your finger across
the screen from right to left and you’ll see that the camera
app opens immediately. And by using this feature, you can
literally go from taking your iPhone out of the pocket to the first
photo in two seconds or less. And this feature is absolutely
critical because if you are using it, you can often capture the kind of moments
you wouldn’t be able to capture otherwise. Simply because there
wouldn’t be enough time for you to get your iPhone out and
start taking photos. Now, if you’re using an older version of
iOS which is the operating system running on your iPhone,
this feature might not work for you. But what you have to do then
is locate the camera icon at the bottom right hand
corner of the lock screen. And simply hold your finger on that
camera icon at bottom right and gently swipe your finger up. And you will also be able to open
the camera app very quickly. And you’ll be able to go from taking
your iPhone from out of your pocket until the first photo in two seconds or
less. Now, this feature is very simple. But it’s very, very important. It literally helped me take
hundreds if not thousands of photos. I would have not otherwise
been able to take, all because I’m using this feature to
quickly open the camera app of my iPhone. So the photo you’re looking at now is
actually one of the iPhone photos that I took last year. And of course, all the photos you’re
going to see in this video were shot and edited on iPhone. And this particular photo, I didn’t
know this was about to happen, but what happened there is that a car
just drove past me really fast, and I saw all this dust
coming from the car. And I immediately recognized this was
a unique photo opportunity because cars don’t go on this road very often. So I grabbed my iPhone,
swiped the camera icon up, and I was able to capture this photo. And because of this, I ended up with actually what
is one of my favorite photos. This photo did really well on Instagram. I think it had almost 2,000 likes. And there’s even a huge
print of this in our office. But had I not used the swipe up
from the lock screen feature, I would have probably missed this photo
while I’m typing in the passcode. So that’s why I’m such
a big fan of this feature. Now the second hidden iPhone
camera feature we’re going to talk about is a little bit more technical. And this is setting focus and exposure. So right now, I am once again
going to pick up my iPhone and I’m going to show you exactly what I
mean by setting focus and exposure. Okay, so right now you’re looking at some
flowers on the tripod in our office at iPhone Photography School. And what you can see here is that
the flowers are in the foreground and they’re much brighter than
the office in the background. And you know I can take some photos but
the thing is in this situation, I don’t really know where
the iPhone has set focus and whether the right parts of
the flowers are going to be in focus. And I also don’t have any
control over exposure until I actually started adjusting it manually. And just to make sure that you
always get your photos sharp and you get the kind of results you’re looking
for predictably, I strongly recommend that you get in the habit of setting focus and
exposure in your iPhone photos. So how do you set focus? Well actually it’s really simple. All you have to do is tap your finger on
the part of the image that you want to be in focus and the iPhone will
automatically set focus on that point. So right now you can see I have
tapped my finger at my coworker’s feet actually and you can see the iPhone
has focused on this part of the Image. And you will now see that the flowers
in the foreground are out of focus. So I took a photo now. And you’ll see that
the iPhone has refocused. And once again, I don’t know where
the iPhone has focused this time. But it’s probably not exactly right. So if I want to adjust focus here,
I definitely have to do it manually. And I can experiment with
a few different options here. For example I can focus
on my coworker’s feet, or I can focus on this flower here
on the right, and each of these points is going to give me a totally
different focus and different image. So, it’s quite important to figure
out which part of the photo you want to be really sharp, and
set focus on that part of the image. So right now you can see I’ve even set
focus on the trees outside the window, and that’s possible, too. And obviously, the flowers in
foreground are totally blurred out. But what you might not know is that
when you set focus with the iPhone, you’re also setting exposure. So right now I’ve tapped on the window and essentially the exposure
is set on the window. And this essentially determines
how light or dark the image is. So right now I’m gonna tap my finger on
the flower in the foreground again, and you’re going to see that the image will
immediately become a little bit darker. Simply because by setting focus
on the flower on the foreground, I’m also setting exposure on that point. Now what’s also interesting about exposure
on iPhone is that you can adjust it. So all you have to do to adjust exposure
is to touch the screen with your finger and either slide your finger
down as I’m doing right now. And if you do that,
the image is going to become darker and you are reducing exposure. Or you can slide your finger up,
and in that case, the image is going to become brighter and
that way you’re increasing exposure. And this is another way you
can control how dark or light your image is going to become. Okay so right now, just to demonstrate how
exposure works on the iPhone, I’m going to set focus and exposure on the chair of
my coworker, which is relatively dark. And the consequence, the entire image
becomes a little bit brighter, and you can now see that the flowers in the foreground
are brighter than they were before. So if I wanted to correct for
that, I could. So I could actually make sure that
the flowers are correctly exposed, even though the focus
is not set on flowers. And in that case, all I have to do now is
simply swipe my finger down the screen and you will see that the image gets darker. And now the flowers are once
again properly exposed but they are not in focus at the moment. Now, obviously this is not what we want
here because the flowers are the most important part of the image. So I have to pick one flower and make sure
that this one flower is in perfect focus. So I’m going to pick
the flower at top left. And once I have set focus on the flower,
I’m going to slightly adjust exposure. And the general guideline with exposure
is that if you’re not sure, you want to expose your image to be just a tiny bit
darker because if an image is darker, you can always correct that
through post processing. But if you have any white over exposed
areas as we did before on the flowers, what is going to happen is that, no information
will be saved in these parts of the image. And as a consequence there is no way you
can recover detail from over exposed areas so they’re simply white. So to make sure that doesn’t happen, and also to kind of make
the background stand out less, in this image it makes more sense decrease
exposure, which is what we’ve done now. And now that I’m happy with exposure,
I’m going to go ahead and take a photo and you’ll see what
this looks like in just a moment. Okay, so right now you’re looking at the
first photo we took in the previous video demonstration. And you’ll see that here we have
set focus on my coworker’s feet and as a consequence the flowers in
the foreground are out of focus. And here is the same photo, but this time
the focus is set correctly and also, we’ve reduced exposure a tiny bit, and you’ll
see that the flower is perfectly in focus. It’s extremely sharp, and
also the rest of the image is darker, meaning that the flowers stand out
more against the dark background. And by the way,
these are just flowers in our office. Yes, they do look really nice but
a point I’m trying to make here is that you don’t have to travel to
exotic places to do photography. If you have some flowers at home, that’s all you need to get
started with iPhone photography. But now let me show you
one more example of what kind of difference exposure
can make in your photos. So the photo you’re looking at now is
a beautiful winter photo I took recently. And the thing with this photo
is that I actually had to manually adjust exposure or
else it simply would not work. So right now we’re looking at
these two photos side by side. And in photo on the left what I did was,
set focus on the tree but then I manually increased
exposure by swiping my finger up. Whereas the photo on the right,
in this case I did not adjust exposure. And you can see that
the difference is huge and certainly the photo on the left
looks a lot more pleasing. And here the snow which
is white in real life, actually looks white on photo, whereas
the photo on the right is totally blue. And if you’ve seen snow, you know
that snow does not have that color. So this is another example of why
it’s important that you take control. Not just the focus, but also of exposure
to make sure that you get sharp and well lit iPhone photos. Now the third hidden camera feature we’re
going to talk about is locking focus and exposure. So you just learned how to set focus and
exposure. But it turns out that the native camera
app of your iPhone also allows you to lock focus and exposure and
that’s what we’re going to look at next. Okay, so right now we’re looking at
the same flowers in our office and I’m going to quickly set focus and
exposure for this photo. And now that I’m happy with
the result I’m going to take a photo. And what happens as I take a photo is that
the iPhone automatically resets focus and exposure. So you can that there were
some changes on the screen and now all the focus and exposure that I had
set is gone simply because I took a photo. And this, obviously, is not perfect. Because I like those focus and
exposure settings, and perhaps I want to take another photo, but now I have to spend a lot of time
getting the settings right again. And the way you can prevent this
is by locking focus and exposure. So how do you lock focus and exposure? Well, actually it’s really simple. All you have to do, is tap your
finger on the screen of the iPhone, where you want to set focus. But instead of releasing your finger. You have to hold it down on the screen,
for just a couple of seconds as I’m doing it right now. And what you’ll see is that, this text AE/AF lock is going to
appear at the top of your screen. And that means you’ve successfully
fully locked focus and exposure. So right now, you can go ahead and adjust
exposure by swiping your finger up and down the screen. Which is what I’m doing now. And once you’re happy with the exposure,
you can go ahead and take a photo. And what you’ll see right now is that,
you can take a photo and after the photo is taken, the iPhone
will not reset focus and exposure. What’€™s also interesting here is that, no matter what you do,
the iPhone will not reset focus. So, you effectively disabled
the autofocus function of the iPhone. And as I move my hand in front of the
screen, you will see that nothing happens and the focus and exposure stay
just the way they were before. What I can also do is
even pick up my iPhone, try to take some other photo or
go somewhere else. But no matter what I do, the focus and
exposure will remain unchanged. So now I’ve placed my iPhone
back where it was before. And you’ll see that
still we have focus and exposure set on the flower
just the way we wanted to. Now if you want to get out of this,
it’s pretty easy to do that. All you have to do is simply tap
your finger on the screen and the focus and
exposure lock will be turned off. So this is how you set and
lock focus and exposure on the iPhone. This functions is particularly important
whenever you have a lot of movement or action in the scene and you don’t want the iPhone
to reset focus and exposure simply because
something in the scene moved. Let’s say you have people like
I have in this example and we also have some birds here. And for this photo it was really important
for me to actually set focus manually. Because if I don’t do that
the iPhone might accidentally set focus on the reflection, which is
much closer than the actual subjects. So I wanted to make sure that the focus
is correctly set on the actual subjects. And in terms of exposure I
wanted to make sure that the subjects are silhouetted
as they are in this case. And to do this while everything
is moving in this scene I actually had to lock focus and exposure. And that’s exactly what
I did in this photo. And that’s why it worked out so well. And by the way, this photo was taken
with iPhone 4S a few years ago, and no, you don’t need the latest
iPhone to take great photos. And here’s another photo where I
had to use the same technique. So here we have a cyclist, a person I
don’t know, cycling through the scene. And to make sure that everything was sharp
and in focus and that the exposure doesnt get messed up simply because someone
is cycling through the scene. What I had to do was actually set
focus and exposure in advance and then wait for
the person to go through the scene. And then I was already ready to capture
the perfect photo without having to worry about focus and exposure while
the person is cycling through the photo. Now the next technique I want to
talk about is taking HDR photos. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. And it’s a camera technique
that allows you to take photos where both the highlights or
the bright parts of the image and the shadows or the dark parts
of the image are well exposed. So let me show you how this technique
works with a quick video demonstration. Okay so right now,
you’re looking at my iPhone again. And here we have the forest,
which is quite dark. And we also have a relatively
bright sky at the top. And bright sand at
the bottom of the screen. So in terms of exposure, this is kind of
a challenging situation because we can not expose everything correctly. So either the sky and
sand are going to be really bright, or the forest is going to be really dark. So a solution for this is enabling HDR. Now if you look at the left hand side
of the screen, towards the bottom, you’ll see the letters HDR. And if you tap your finger
there you’ll see that by default the HDR is set to auto. And you don’t want to keep the HDR on
auto, because essentially that means that the iPhone will decide whether
you’re using HDR or not. And that is not ideal. Instead you want to be
doing this yourself. And you want to consciously decide
if HDR should be on or off. Now for landscape photos, and
challenging photo situations where some parts of the image are much brighter
than others, I recommend leaving HDR on, but for all other situations you
can pretty much leave it off. But for this we’re going to turn HDR on, and right now I’m just going to take
a photo and it just so happens that there’s a bird flying through the scene,
so let me take a couple of more photos. And now let me open
the photos we just took by tapping my finger at the bottom
right hand corner of the screen. So right now you can see that this photo
we just took has the HDR icon next to it at top left, and that’s how we know
that this is the HDR version of the photo. Now, if we go to the left,
you will see another photo which is pretty much identical,
but this is not the HDR version. So, my iPhone is setup so that every time I take a photo,
it saves two versions of the same photo. One with HDR and one without and
that’s what I recommend doing and in the moment I’ll show
you how to set that up. Okay, so now, as I keep going to the left
you can you see that I have another HDR photo, and here is the non
HDR version of that same photo. And what you can also see is that
if we zoom in a little bit and get closer on the HDR photo, you’ll see
that the forest is properly exposed, and as you zoom in you can see
more detail on the forest. You can see that the trees are green,
which is how they should look, as opposed to being completely black,
and in general you can just see a lot more details in the forest, and
the forest is exposed properly. Whereas if we go to the other photo which
is not HDR, you’ll see that the forest is much darker and as you zoom-in there,
there is less detail and in general you can see that the forest is
under exposed, but in the HDR version, both the forest and the sand in
the foreground are exposed correctly. So as I said before, HDR is really
useful in landscape photography. For example, here you can see
an example of a landscape photo. This one does not have HDR on, and if you look at the sky you’ll see that
there’s quite some overexposed areas in the sky which are essentially
areas that are completely white and where we don’t see any detail anymore,
which is not a good thing in photography. But now look at the sky carefully as I’m
switching to the HDR version of the same photo. And you’ll see that the HDR
version is exposed properly, and we don’t have any issues with exposure. And in general you can just say that this
photo is better exposed thanks to HDR. So here’s another example. This is the non-HDR version of the photo. And here is the HDR version of the photo,
and as I said before, HDR is probably best used for landscape photography, but
there are some drawbacks to using HDR. And if you look at the grass in
the foreground now, you’ll see that it does not have as much detail and
contrast as the non-HDR version had. So if you look at the photo closely now,
paying attention to the grass on the left. I’m switching to the non-HDR again, and
you’ll see that the non-HDR version this time has more detail and
more contrast in the foreground. Which could actually be a good thing, but
at the same time the sky is blown out, meaning that it’s totally white at the top
left and that is not a good thing. So, here you’d have to make
a creative choice about which version of the photos you’d prefer, but
no matter which version you like better, what you want to do is make sure that
the iPhone always saves both the HDR, and the non-HDR versions of the images for
you. And to do that what you need to do
is open the settings on your iPhone, scroll down until you find Photos &
Camera, and then go all the way down and in the bottom of the screen you’ll find
the option to keep the normal photo. And you want to make sure that
this slider is turned on and if it’s on, your iPhone will
save both the HDR and the regular version of the photos that you
take using HDR mode of your iPhone camera. Now the next hidden iPhone camera feature
I want to talk about is burst mode. And this is really, really awesome. It’s actually one of my favorite
hidden iPhone camera features. So let me pick up my iPhone and
let me show you how burst mode works. So, right now what you’re
looking at is a beach scene and you can see that I’ve already set and
locked focus exposure on the sand where I know that a person
is approaching from the left. And what you can now see that our subject,
which is a person I don’t actually know, is walking through the scene
from left to right. And I’m trying to take some photos
of the person, but the person will be gone pretty soon and I will have
missed the opportunity to take this photo. And with human subjects who
are walking through the scene, there’s quite a big difference in
terms of when you press the shutter. Now what you want to
do in photos like this is to press the shutter when the legs
of your subjects are wide apart. Because for some reason that just looks
a lot more pleasing to the human eyes. Where as if the legs are overlapping,
that just doesn’t look so good. And to do this it’s pretty hard to press
shutter at the exact right moment, especially since this person will be
gone from the scene really soon, and then I won’t have time to
take this photo again. So what I’m doing in situations like this, when it’s important to get
the exact right moment and when there’s some kind of movement in
the scene is, I’m using the burst mode. So to activate the burst mode,
what you want to do is tap and hold your finger down on the shutter
button which is what I’m doing now. And you’ll see that a whole bunch of
photos are quickly being taken, and you’ll see the number next to
the shutter button that shows how many photos you’ve already taken. So as you can see I just took 34
photos in a matter of seconds. And now let me open the camera roll and
let’s take a look at these photos. So at first you might think “Oh no 34 photos!
How am I gonna go through that?” But actually it’s really easy to do that. So, here you can see that
this is a burst photo that consists of actually
34 separate photos. And at the top you can select
the select option, and once you do that this allows you to select your favorites,
so you don’t have to keep all 34 photos. And at the bottom of the screen. You can slide through these photos really
quickly, until you find the ones you like. You’ll find that, there’s one photo, where the iPhone has already
placed a dot under the photo. And this will typically
be the sharpest photo that the iPhone thinks is the best photo. But obviously the iPhone doesn’t
understand which photo actually looks best, so it simply picks the photo
that it knows is the sharpest one, and what you can now do is select
the photos you want to keep. So right now I just tap my finger at the
bottom right of this photo and you’ll see that blue check mark appear, and that
means that I’m going to keep this photo. And this way you can go
through all of the photos and keep any of the ones you want to actually
keep and then discard everything else. So I’m looking for photos where
the subject’s legs are wide apart, because I think those
look better visually. So I’m going to select these photos
that I like and discard everything else. So once I find a photo that I’m happy
with, I’m just going to tap the okay check mark, and everything else will be
discarded the moment I press done. So here, I’m just making my final
choices And before I discard everything, I just want to make sure that
I’ve kept the ones I like. And once I’m confident about that,
I’m going to tap done at the top right. And I’m going to keep
only the five favorites. And right now, everything else just got
deleted, and I only have five photos and everything else is gone. So you don’t have to worry that your
iPhone will be full of photos just because you took a burst mode photo. But now let me show you some examples
of iPhone photos that I have taken using the burst mode feature. So here this first photo is actually
taken at the same beach and once again we have a subject that I don’t
know walking through the scene. And here I wanted to make sure that the subject is
right in front of that road because that looks better visually and I wanted to make
sure that the subject is in full stride. And this is such a short moment and
if I mess this up, I’ll have to wait for a long time until someone
else appears on the scene and because of that here I used burst mode. And I took a whole bunch of photos and
I could then pinpoint to the one photo, where the composition is perfect, and where subject’s legs are wide apart which
looks really nice in a photo like this. So here’s another example of
a photo I took using burst mode, and obviously, any kind of action shots,
sports events, or anything where there’s a lot of movement,
is perfect for using the burst mode. And finally, here’s an interesting burst
mode photo that I took just recently. And here, a guy was apparently
trying to take some jumping photos with his girlfriend and unfortunately the
girlfriend, and I don’t know these people, but the girlfriend did not
know about the burst mode, and the guy had to keep jumping for 20 times because the girlfriend could
never get the shot exactly right. And I saw that this keeps happening and
then I decided to actually take a photo of them taking these jumping photos,
and since I was using a burst mode I could actually get the exact right moment
the first time I was taking photos whereas they had to keep practicing this
until they got the exact right shot. So, if you’re doing any
kind of jumping shots. You definitely want to use burst mode, and
that way your subject won’t have to jump another ten times until you get the
shutter pressed at the exact right moment. Now, the next hidden iPhone camera feature
I’m gonna talk about is taking photos with the volume buttons. So, let me show you what that
looks like on a quick video. So, here you can see that I’m standing
on the balcony of our office and I’m just going to take some
photos to demonstrate to you, how the volume button
shutter release works. So, the good thing about this
is that I get to hold my iPhone just like I would hold a regular camera,
which is really convenient. And what I can do is simply use the volume buttons on the side of
the iPhone as the shutter release, and as I press down the volume buttons,
the photo is automatically taken. Now what I can also do is get really
close to the surface, as you can see me doing right now, and if I now rotate
my hands I can still capture a photo, and press the shutter easily, but the
iPhone is not really close to the surface. And now if you just look at my arms
carefully you’ll see that I’m once again, using the volume button shutter
release to take photos. And this way I can more easily
press the shutter while my iPhone is actually really
close to the surface. Now in case you’re wondering
why I’m holding my iPhone so close to the surface,
this is the reason why I’m doing that. As you can see, I was able to create
a pretty interesting and creative photo on the balcony for our office building so you
don’t have to go too far, or you don’t have to go to famous places in order to take
photos. As long as you know what you’re doing you can take great photos with
your iPhone no matter where you are even if you’re at your office,
which is where I’m recording this video. So, as you can see by now,
placing my iPhone close to wet surfaces is one of my favorite photography
techniques, but to do this right, you definitely have to lock focus and
exposure, or else the iPhone will set focus on the surface itself and everything
in the background will be out of focus. So you want to make sure that you
lock focus and exposure, as I showed you earlier, but if you do this, you can
take some really extraordinary photos. For example, this photo I took with
my iPhone 4S several years ago. This is still one of my favorite photos
to this day, and the reason I’m showing you this is that, as long as you know
what you’re doing, you don’t need a fancy camera or even the latest iPhone
in order to take great photos. And finally, the last technique I want to show you
is taking photos with your headphones. So let me take you behind
the scenes in our office and show you how this feature works. Okay, so for feature number seven, I actually want to take
you behind the scenes, and show you the set up we had for recording
some of the earlier demonstrations. So you’ll see here that we
have two studio lights. We have our flower, as the subject. And because we have these lights so
close to the flower, the flower’s brightly illuminated,
which makes the photo sharper, and which also allows me to demonstrate
effective exposure for you. And here we have the iPhone on a tripod. So that when I record the video
the iPhone doesn’t shake too much, and of course when you’re using a tripod
you’re also going to get a sharper photo. Now one of the problems you have when
you’re shooting with a tripod is that, when you actually touch the screen to take
a photo, the iPhone moves a little bit, or if you are going to use these
volume buttons right here, then the iPhone is going
to move even more. And your goal in photography is try to
reduce the movement of your iPhone as much, as possible so that you can get
the sharpest photos possible. And the solution for this is to
actually plug in your Apple headphones. So these are the white headphones that
come when you first buy the iPhone. If you just plug them in and
open the camera app. What you can then do is
actually take photos using these volume buttons on
the headphones of your iPhone. So right now, so that I don’t have
to touch the screen of my iPhone, I can just press the volume buttons,
either volume up or volume down, and a photo is taken every time I do that. And this is particularly useful
when you’re working on a tripod, or if you’re doing street photography and
you want to remain unnoticed so that other people don’t even
know you’re taking a photo. Okay, so here’s a quick example
of a street photo I took using the volume buttons
of my Apple headphones. I was actually pretending I’m listening to
music and I don’t even know these people. They are strangers in New York City, but I
saw that this moment was potentially very interesting which is why
I got out my iPhone. And, as I was pretending to be listening
to music, I could actually take a photo of these people without them even
noticing that I’m taking a photo. And that’s the reason why
you can see candid emotions on the faces of these people. And here’s another example
of the same thing. Here you can see a photographer selling
photos on the streets of San Francisco. And I was able to get actually
pretty close to him, and he didn’t even notice that I was taking a
photo even though he is a photographer and that’s because I was pretending to be
listening to music on my headphones, while I was actually taking a photo of
this man using my Apple headphones. I hope you enjoyed the hidden camera
features we talked about in this video. This techniques have helped me take
some of my best iPhone photos. And now that you know these techniques,
you too can use them for taking outstanding
photos with your iPhone. With that said,
this is just the beginning. There’s only so much I can share
with you in this short video. And while I didn’t hold anything back,
there’s so many other techniques I didn’t
have time to share with you today. And actually there’s something
even more important than any of the techniques we talked about. You see, the techniques we covered
today are extremely powerful. But the only way to really take your
iPhone photos to the next level, is by changing the way you
look at the world around you. Some people say they have nothing to
take photos of where they live, or that the iPhone can’t take great photos, but
of course, none of that is actually true. There are amazing photo
opportunities everywhere you go. You just have to know how to use them. And that’s exactly why I created iPhone
Photo Academy, which is the only online course that will help you take incredible
iPhone photos that everyone adores, and that you’ll be proud
to look at years later. Now, I have to warn you that iPhone Photo
Academy always sells out quickly, and the registration will only stay open for
a few more days. So, if you want to find out
more about this course, you should do it now while
the registration is still open. So go ahead and click on that big yellow,
funny looking button below this video and it will take you to the next page,
where you can learn more about iPhone Photo Academy, and
see if this course is a good fit for you before the registration
closes in just a few days. So go ahead and click on that button
below, and I’ll see you on the next page.

Posts created 2006

65 thoughts on “7 iPhone Camera Hacks For Taking Stunning Photos

  1. Thank you Emil for this wonderful information on how to take really great pictures with our Iphones. I especially liked the part on using the head set. Very, very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 1. Swipe Left To Access Camera From Lock Screen 1:14
    2. Set Focus And Exposure 4:03
    3. Lock Focus And Exposure 11:02
    4. Take HDR Photos 15:13
    5. Burst Mode 20:35
    6. Take Photos With Volume Buttons 26:24
    7. Take Photos With Headphones 28:55

  3. Great tutorial! I've been an iPhone user for years, and had no clue that some of these features existed. Fantastic!

  4. Great thank you Emil for this wonderful information. What a good and relaxing explanation. Some of it know. But all over very helpful.

  5. HI really enjoyed ur vid but my earbuds did not take a pic. I must say though they r not apple earbuds. That must be the diff. thx for the help

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  7. I didn't know about the volume buttons, and being able to use the headphones as a remote. That is a very useful feature.
    Subbed so I can learn more tricks.
    Still using an iPhone 5s that's been dropped 100 times 🙂

  8. Thank you for the great tutorial! This is a wealth of wonderful information. I do have one question. In your last point, "using headphones to take a photo" you show how to use headphones that connect directly to the phone. I have an iPhone X and would have to use Bluetooth headphones, will that do the same thing?

  9. This was most helpful. I'm always looking for new ways to use my iPhone and this is sure one of them. I subscribed and look forward to more information.
    Thanks,

  10. An amazingly informative video!! My favorite tip was the headphone tip but every one of them will improve my iPhone photos immensely! Thank you SO much for sharing your wonderful knowledge of photography!!

  11. Thanks for sharing all this great information, can you tell me what is happening when my iPhone takes photos that when you first look at the picture it moves? I also keep getting the word ‘live’ on my screen?

  12. Thank you!!!!! Learned a lot with this 1 video. I been taking burst photos by accident. Now I actually know how to use it. Love being able to take photos with my headphones!! 👍

  13. I'm trying to take a photo of the city skyline in the distance, but it always looks further in the photo than it really is? Is there a way to take this picture with the Iphone?

  14. When I’m trying to take any pictures at night & there’s any light in the background they dominate the picture & you can’t see what you’re trying to focus on…is there a feature/technique to eliminate this?

  15. How do I capture a frame from one of my videos. I can see something at the bottom of the video, but not sure what do .

  16. Those tips were excellent! Thanks. I tried them all out on my iPhone 6. But, the best part is that all but the last tip also work on my HTC U11, with its super camera! * By the way the HTC U11has the edge motion that activates the camera just by squeezing the sides and shutter release can also be programed for a squeeze. Of course you can just say "cheese" and the camera will shoot the pic or set it to shoot once the subject smiles.

  17. You also can get an iPhone tripod with a Bluetooth shutter remote on Amazon starting about $10 for both. The remote is great for getting in the shot yourself or just being away from the camera.

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