left to right, try Pano mode to include it all.
1. Open the Camera app and swipe to Pano mode.
2. You’ll notice a guide bar in the middle of the screen to
help you take your photo.
3. If you want to start your photo from the left, be sure
the arrow is pointing to the right. If you want to start
from the right, tap the arrow to change its direction.
4. Tap the shutter button and slowly but steadily move
your camera along the straight yellow line from one side
of your shot to the next until you’re done. You’ll want to
move your iPhone continuously along this line without
5. Try to keep the arrow on the yellow guide bar. This
is easier said than done. It will be much easier to get a
great image if you have a steady hand as you’re moving.
Try a vertical pano to capture something really tall, like a
tree or building. The same principles mentioned above apply,
just turn your camera to the landscape position and scan vertically.
Create Beautiful, Professional Portraits
If you have an iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, or iP-
hone X, you can enjoy using Portrait mode to
capture beautiful portraits with a blurred back-
ground. There are a few things to remember to
make sure you get the best results, however.
Keep the proper distance from your subject. When you
open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait mode, an on-screen prompt tells you whether you’re at an acceptable distance or not.
Keep it simple. If your subject is complicated—let’s say
they have strands of hair sticking out in all directions—some
of that hair may blend into the background when that was not
your intention. Pay particular attention to the edges of what
you want to be in focus. If you don’t like what you see, move
around a bit (closer or farther away) until you get the look you
• Add Portrait Lighting. Portraits generally need plenty
of light for the best results. Portrait Lighting (available on
the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X) produces the effects of
real studio lighting based on fundamental photographic
principles using depth sensing cameras and facial mapping. These effects can be applied before or after you
take a Portrait Mode image.
Use Slo-Mo to Highlight Movement
When you want to emphasize movement
and really show the details behind some mo-
tion, the Slo-Mo feature is what you need. To
begin recording, open the Camera app and
swipe to Slo-Mo. Then start recording just like you would
any video. With Slo-Mo, however, you’re shooting video with
more frames per second. This way, you can slow down specif-
ic parts later.
Here’s how to edit your Slo-Mo video:
1. Launch the Photos app.
2. Find the Slo-Mo video you want to edit.
3. Tap the Edit menu button at the top of your screen.
4. Look at the slow-motion portion of the video in the
timeline, represented by sliders to the left and right.
5. Drag these sliders to the points where you want the
video to move in and out of slow motion.
6. Once you’re happy with your selections, tap Done.
Whenever you want to record a video, consider Slo-Mo to
emphasize certain parts. For instance, if you’re recording your
child or pet running, maybe you will want to slow it down
when they take a leap over a puddle to emphasize that athletic action.
Expand Your Creativity
Taking pictures with your iPhone can be as simple as opening
the Camera app and snapping away. But if you want to discover
the many different ways you can use your iPhone to expand
your creativity and create visually stunning images, look to the
variety of iPhone camera effects at your fingertips. �
David Kindervater initially wrote this tutorial for iPhonePhotography School.com,
which is a website dedicated to helping people take incredible iPhone photos. Please
visit iPhonePhotographySchool.com for more iPhone photography tutorials.