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Top 3 iPhone Camera Hacks

The native camera on our iPhone’s are more powerful than we think. With the right understanding of how to use them to their full potential, we can take incredible photographs worthy of sharing. Here I will teach you how to turn your grid of to help you better compose your shots, manually focus, lock focus, and override the exposure so you can choose to darken or lighten a shot in the moment with some extra secret tips thrown in at the end too!

1. Enable your camera grid lines

Turning on your camera grid will help you to frame and compose a shot perfectly.

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.

  2. Pull down to expose the search bar and type in camera.

  3. Slide the switch next to grid to green to turn it on and you’re ready to roll.

  4. Go in to your camera app and you’ll now see the 4 lined grid ready to guide you with your shots.

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2. How to choose your exposure / brightness

The iPhone native camera app allows us to manually override our exposure so we can choose how bright or dark they are. Remember: capturing a slightly darker image saves more information in the image which give us more to play with when editing later as opposed to capturing a very bright image and then trying to darken it down later, there won’t be enough information to fill in the gaps.

  1. Open the Camera app

  2. Tap anywhere on the the screen and you’ll see a yellow square with a sun symbol next to it.

  3. Click on the sun symbol and a slider will appear.

  4. Drag your finger up  to increase the brightness and down to darken. Ta-dah!


3. How to select and lock focus & exposure

  1. Open the Camera app.

  2. Set up your shot then tap and hold on the area of the screen you want your focus to be until you see the yellow AE/AF Lock banner appear at the top of the screen.

  3. To unlock the focus and start again, just tap anywhere or the screen and it will release the lock.

  4. Click the shutter whenever you're ready to take the shot.


I hope you found that helpful!

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