Every year Apple releases a new iPhone, with the camera, being the most distinct feature that is advertised. It’s true that Apple is known for releasing professional effects year after year, on the camera that comes with the new iPhone model.

Nonetheless, many users, though excited to purchase the latest iPhone model, remain unaware how to properly use the, let’s face it, professional camera, that comes with the device. You even have the options to adjust camera settings on your device, in order to personalize your photo taking experience.

If you want to learn how to take professional photos, or simply want to learn about all the capabilities your Camera application can offer, then read along below to discover how to properly tailor the iPhone camera settings, in order to fit your needs.

Preserve Camera Settings to Favorite Mode

Is there a certain camera mode that you use often? Let’s be honest, if you have an iPhone 7 Plus or onwards, Portrait Mode is an innovative mode that allows you to blur the background on the photo you’re taking. If you use this mode, or any other mode often, it can be a hassle to constantly switch to your favorite mode.

While it may only take a few seconds, sometimes if you want to capture a fleeting moment, those few seconds are make or break. Luckily, you can preserve your camera settings to the last mode or filter you used. In order to get started, follow the instructions below.

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on Camera.

3. Tap on Preserve Settings.

Camera Mode

4. You’ll see three toggle buttons labeled, Camera Mode (to preserve the camera mode you last used), Filter (to preserve the last filter you used), and Live Photo (to preserve the Live Photo setting). Feel free to enable or disable the options that best suit your needs. The toggle button should be green when enabled.

Enable Grid Lines

If you’ve studied photography, you’ve probably heard of the rule of thirds. This rule says that you should place your subject in one of the four intersections of lines on a 3 x 3 grid. Did you know you can enable grid lines on your iPhone camera? These grid lines are also useful for composition issues, such as checking the horizon level or making sure buildings are at 90 degrees, exactly. In order to enable grid lines, follow the instructions below.

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on Camera.

Grid

3. You’ll see a toggle button labeled Grid. Press on this toggle button to enable it. The button should be green when enabled.

Use Burst Mode for Moving Objects

If you’ve tried to take photos on your iPhone camera of fast moving objects, you’ve probably taken blurry photos, or photos where your subject is gone before you had the chance to capture it. Luckily, there’s a solution to this.

By using Burst Mode, you can take a rapid-fire series of photos, that’ll leave you with many options to choose from when you’re done with your photo session. Feel free to delete the extra photos, that didn’t capture your subject properly.

In order to use Burst Mode, all you have to do is keep your finger pressed on the shutter button when taking your photo. You also have the option to hold either one of the volume buttons in order to accomplish this. Please note Burst Mode will continue until you release your fingers off the buttons.

Lock Exposure and Focus

Proper exposure and focus on your photos are a deal breaker when you want to take professional photos. Focus refers to the sharpness of your photo, while exposure measures how much light reaches the electronic image sensor. Using your iPhone, you have the ability to manually lock these values, in order to prevent your Camera application from overriding you and the settings you chose.

In order to manually lock focus and exposure, tap and hold on your photo’s focal point. After a few seconds, there will be a AE/AF Lock pop up towards the top of the screen. In order to unlock this, all you have to do is press anywhere on the screen.

Change Exposure Bias

Now that you’ve learned how to lock the exposure on your camera using the method above, it’s important to learn how to change the exposure bias. This is fairly simple, and only requires a few motions with your finger. In order to change the exposure bias, follow the instructions below.

1. Open the Camera application and tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the focus point.

2. You’ll notice a sun icon, by the focus point. Tap and hold on the icon, and slide it up and down in order to adjust the exposure bias.

Enable Geo-Location on Your Photos

If you’re a frequent flyer and travel enthusiast, you may want to tag your photos with the location they were taken in. This will make things easy when you look at your photos, months or even years from now. By adjusting your iPhone settings you can enable geotagging.

This feature isn’t well-known, as it’s not obvious how to enable this option. This is because you can’t enable this option through the Camera application or through Camera settings. In order to enable this option, follow the instructions below.

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

Tap on Privacy

2. Tap on Privacy.

3. Tap on Location Services.

4. Tap on Camera.

Select While Using the App

5. Select While Using the App.

If you wish to later turn this option off, then you can follow the same steps above in order to disable this option. There’s also no need to worry, as disabling this option won’t affect the location data that your iPhone already attributed to photos you previously took.