Use 2x Telephoto Zoom to Get Closer to
If you have an iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, or an
iPhone X, you can enjoy the benefit of optical
zoom thanks to these devices’ two rear-facing
cameras. One has a wide-angle lens, and the other has a tele-
photo lens with 2x optical zoom.
With optical zoom, you can bring your subject twice as
close without losing any image quality. With digital zoom,
you’re merely enlarging the pixels from the original image, resulting in reduced image quality. So, after 2x zoom, the more
you zoom, the more quality you’ll lose. If you want to get closer to your subject, move physically closer or use the 2x optical
zoom option. Here’s how:
1. Open the Camera app and swipe to Photo.
2. Tap on the 1x button and you will quickly see the 2x
view. Tap and hold that 2x button and you can swipe left
to increase the zoom up to 10x, or you can swipe right
to decrease it. When you’re anywhere between 1x and
2x (with a dual-lens iPhone), you won’t lose any image
quality. When you go above 2x, you will begin to lose
3. To return to 1x, tap the 2x button.
One important thing to know about iPhones with dual
rear-facing lenses is that even though they have a 2x telephoto lens, they don’t always use it! That’s because in low-light
conditions, the iPhone may decide it’s better to continue using the wider aperture of the wide-angle (non-telephoto) lens
but with digital zoom, rather than switching to the telephoto
lens. Unfortunately, you have no control over this—apart from
shooting where there’s more light.
Light Up the Scene Using Flash
Your iPhone camera’s flash is not the most
exciting of iPhone camera effects, but it definite-
ly has its place. If you want to add some light
to your image, look for the little lightning bolt
when you’re in the Camera app. You have the choice to turn
your Flash to Auto, On, or Off. The use of Flash will take some
experimentation on your part. If you have an iPhone 8 Plus
or iPhone X, you’re in luck. They both utilize Slow Sync Flash.
Slow Sync Flash means your iPhone takes a photo with a slow-er-than-normal shutter speed while firing the flash. Because the
shutter is open a bit longer, the background is exposed for longer, making it brighter. The flash helps to freeze the subject, but
it’s still important to have your subject keep fairly still.
Create Long Exposures with Live Photo
If you have an iPhone 6s or later, you can get
creative with one of the most powerful iPhone
camera effects—Live Photo mode. This option
allows you to record the 1. 5 seconds before and after you take
an image. By having this feature activated, you can see your
still images come to life with motion and sound. To turn on