tion with your camera, such as a shot of your friends as they
cruise by on a roller coaster or of your nephew as he jumps
off of a pier. Fortunately, the iPhone’s Burst Mode feature
helps you achieve that perfectly timed photo.
To activate Burst Mode, open the Camera app, frame your
shot, and then hold down the shutter button (as opposed to
tapping it once) and your camera will take multiple photos.
If your volume is on you will hear a series of rapid clicks for
each photo you take. You’ll also see a photo count flash on the
screen as you hold the button down. While the subject was
moving in front of you, you'll have captured the whole thing.
Once you’ve snapped all the pictures you want, go to the
Photos app to review your shots and pick out your favorites.
Your collection of burst images will say Burst at the top right
corner, along with the number of photos contained within the
burst. Tap Select on the bottom. From here, you can select
your favorites and delete the rest, so that you do not fill your
2. Use P;;ait Mode to Capt;e
The ability to adjust your camera’s aperture to create a shallow depth of field is one of the main reasons photographers
use expensive DSLR cameras. With the release of the iPhone
7 Plus, Apple has now given the iPhone similar capabilities,
combining Apple’s software with the iPhone’s dual-lens camera system to create a softly blurred background behind subjects. Apple has named this feature Portrait Mode because,
yes, it is great for portraits—but don't stop there! This mode
is also great for any photo that has a single subject in the foreground that you want to draw attention to.
To use Portrait mode, open the Camera app and select
3. Keep Lighting ; Y;r Side
Portrait from the slider menu along the bottom. Next, tap the
screen to select your area of focus. You will see the words
Depth Effect in the bottom of your frame. That indicates that
you are in Portrait Mode. Choose something that is roughly 8
feet away (the camera will guide you to do this as well) and
keep your subject as still and well lit as possible. There are a
few things to avoid when using Portrait mode. The feature is
not meant for action shots or for taking photos in low light.
Additionally, since the 7 Plus uses a digital process to blur the
background, complicated subjects can confuse the camera.
For example, the software may have trouble with a person
under a tree branch with a lot of leaves surrounding them.
The camera is reading everything that is on an equal plane
(or distance) from the photographer. So it may keep all of the
leaves in focus and only some of your subject. Singling out
one simple subject is the key to taking great summer photos
with Portrait mode.
One of the most important factors in a photo is lighting.
Just knowing a few basic rules can really make a difference in
your photos. In the summer, the days are longer, giving you
more time to play with natural light. However, mid-day light is
stronger and harsher, which can work against you in certain
circumstances. The key to capturing a good shot in summer
lighting is positioning yourself and your subject correctly in
relation to your light source.
Let’s pretend we are out at the lake on a pretty summer
evening. We are standing with our toes in the water and we
can see the sun setting on the opposite side of the lake. If I ask
my son (the subject) to run out to the end of the pier, he will be
located in between myself (the photographer) and the sun (the
light source). When the subject is located directly in front of the