These camera settings help you take better photos on iPhone

Many people use their iPhone as their primary camera these days, as the lenses on modern smartphones capture images with impressive quality. Even if the camera is good enough by default, there are some 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 switch between camera modes and change some options directly in the native Camera app, some settings can only be found in the iOS Settings app. To do that, open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the Camera menu.

Enable the grid

Framing a person or an object in a photo or video may not be as easy as it seems. However, when Grid is enabled in the Camera app, everything changes. Grid makes it much easier to keep your iPhone in the right position, center your main focus, and more.

Look for the Grid option in the Composition section and enable it. Now you will see the grid lines every time you open the Camera app on your iPhone.

These camera settings will help you take better photos and videos on your iPhone.

ProRAW and ProRes

Since iPhone 12 Pro, Apple allows users to capture images in ProRAW format directly in the Camera app. For those unfamiliar, a RAW photo is basically the original image captured from the sensor, with minimal or no post-processing. It contains all the data about things like brightness, shadows, and colors that can later be edited in image editing software like Adobe Lightroom.

With iPhone 13 Pro, Apple also added support for ProRes video, a codec with minimal compression that produces higher quality files better for post-processing.

These camera settings will help you take better photos and videos on your iPhone

You can enable both ProRAW and ProRes in the Formats menu in the Camera app settings. If you have an iPhone 14 Pro, you can also choose between taking ProRAW photos with a resolution of 12 megapixels or 48 megapixels. After enabling these options, you will see the ProRAW and ProRes buttons in the Camera app. Just tap it if you want to take pictures and videos with these formats.

It’s worth noting that none 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 in iPhone storage than regular formats.

Mirror front camera

By default, any photo you take with your iPhone’s front camera will be flipped. This is because, instead of capturing exactly what you see on the screen, the iPhone flips the image so that things like text appear correctly. However, if you prefer to capture selfies as they appear in the Camera app preview, you can.

All you have to do is enable the Mirror Front Camera option in the Composition section of the Camera app’s settings. When this option is enabled, your selfies will look exactly like the preview.

Macro control

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro have a Macro mode built into the ultra-wide angle lens, which allows users to get really close-ups. This mode turns on 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 enable this option manually only if you want to use it.

To do this, enable the Macro Manager option in the Camera app settings. Now the Macro button appears when the iPhone is very close to an object, and it only activates when you tap it.

These camera settings will help you take better photos and videos on your iPhone

Photographic styles

Apple introduced Photographic styles with iPhone 13. These are presets with different tones and warmths that can dramatically change the look of your photos, while preserving things like sky color and skin tones.

You can choose a photographic style directly from the Camera app or in the settings by tapping the Photographic Styles option under the Photo Capture section.

These camera settings will help you take better photos and videos on your iPhone

Change the video resolution

The Camera app on iPhone allows you to quickly switch between different resolutions and frame rates before recording a video. However, by changing these options in the Settings app, you can choose even more resolutions and frame rates.

For example, you can set your iPhone to record videos at 720p resolution to save storage space, record slow motion videos at 1080p resolution at 240 fps for better quality and smoothness, or even capture cinematic videos in 4K resolution at 24 fps or 30 fps on iPhone 14.

Just tap the Record Video, Record Slo-mo, or Record Movie Record menus in the camera settings and choose the option that suits you best.

Keep settings

When taking photos or filming with your iPhone, there are many adjustments you can make, such as changing the exposure level, choosing a filter, or turning on ProRAW. Each time you close the Camera app, these settings are reset by default. But if you want to keep them on, there’s a way to do that.

Just tap the Keep Settings menu in the Camera app’s 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

These camera settings will help you take better photos and videos on your iPhone

When you’re about to take a photo or record a video using the Camera app, swipe your finger up the screen to see a menu of additional options. There you can change photographic styles and aspect ratio, apply filters, set the aspect ratio and more.

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