iPhone 8Tips & Tricks

How to take pictures like a Pro with your iPhone 8

Take your photos to the next level with powerful camera features and editing tools. There are some excellent features within the iPhone camera that help you improve your photography skills. All you have to do is explore your iPhone’s camera and utilize it to the fullest.

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To quickly open Camera, swipe left from the Lock screen. Frame your shot and tap the Shutter button, or press one of the volume buttons to take the photo.

If you see an opportunity for a quick selfie — say your favorite celebrity walks by — just tap camera  to switch to the front-facing camera.

Frame your shot

Choose the right mode for each shot — try Pano for a landscape, or Video to capture the action. If you really want to fine-tune your shot, you can manually adjust the focus and exposure. Tap where you want to set the focus, then slide your finger up or down to change the exposure.

Take amazing portraits

If you have iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus, use Portrait mode to take photos where the background blurs and your subject stays sharp. With iPhone 8 Plus, you can also choose studio-style lighting effects with Portrait Lighting (beta). Swipe the hexagon to switch from Natural Light to new options — try Contour Light for dramatic shadows, or Studio Light for a clean look.

Perfect your favorites

Tap Edit, then crop, adjust lighting and color, add filters, and more.

Deciding whether to keep your changes? Just touch and hold the photo to get a peek at the original and see how it compares to your edited version.

Add effects to Live Photos

You can turn your Live Photos into fun videos you can share. Open a Live Photo in the Photos app, swipe up, then tap an effect. Try Loop for continuous action, or Bounce to play the action backward and forwards. Or choose Long Exposure to create a still photo with a cool blur effect.

You can also tap Edit to change the keyframe, turn the sound off or on, and make other edits.

You can take photos and videos with the rear iPhone camera or the front-facing FaceTime camera. To quickly get to the camera, swipe left from the Lock screen.


Choose a photo mode. Camera has several photo modes so you can shoot standard and square-format photos, and panoramas. To choose a mode, swipe the screen left or right, or tap Photo, Square, or Pano.

On iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus, you can also choose Portrait mode, which includes a depth effect that focuses on your subject and blurs the background.

Take a photo. There’s more than one way to take a photo:

  • Swipe left on the Lock screen to make the camera screen appear, then take the picture. Press the Home button to return to the Lock screen.
  • Open Camera, choose Photo, Square, or Portrait (iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus), then tap the Shutter button, or press either volume button.

3D Touch. In Control Center or on the Home screen, press camera, then choose a quick action.

Ask Siri. Say something like:

  • “Open Camera”
  • “Take a photo”

Adjust the shutter-sound volume. Adjust the volume of the shutter sound using the Ringer and Alerts settings in Settings > Sounds (called Sounds & Haptics on models with system haptics). Or mute the sound using the Ring/Silent switch. (In some countries, muting is disabled.)

Add a photo filter. You can apply a filter before you take a photo in Photo, Square, and Portrait mode. Tap filters, then below the viewer, swipe the filters left or right to preview and choose a filter. You can remove or change filters in Photos.


Keep it straight. To display a grid that can help you align shots, go to Settings > Camera, then turn on Grid.

Zoom in or out. (iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus) The dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras capture full-resolution video and stills at 1x and 2x zoom. To quickly switch, toggle 1x or 2x. You can zoom even further with digital zoom — up to 10x for photos and up to 6x for videos. For finer zoom and to zoom beyond 2x, touch and hold the zoom control, then slide left and right. You can also pinch the screen to zoom in and out. On other iPhone models, pinch the screen to zoom in and out.

Capture a portrait. On iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus, choose Portrait mode, frame your subject, then tap the Shutter button.


Turn Depth Effect on or off for a photo. View the photo (one that was shot in Portrait mode) in full screen, tap Edit, then tap Portrait to turn the effect on or off.

Tip: It’s easy to find photos you captured in Portrait mode that have Depth Effect turned on. In the Photos app, tap Albums, then tap the Portrait album.

Use Portrait Lighting. (beta) On iPhone 8 Plus, you can highlight your subject with a stunning effect. In Camera, choose Portrait, then drag the hexagon to choose the lighting.

  • Natural Light: The face is in sharp focus against a blurred background.
  • Studio Light: A clean look, where the face brightly lit.
  • Contour Light: The face has dramatic shadows with highlights and lowlights.
  • Stage Light: The face is spotlit against a deep black background.
  • Stage Light Mono: Like Stage Light, but the photo is in classic black and white.


Take a Live Photo. Live Photos captures what happens just before and after you take your photo. On models that support Live Photos, choose Photo, tap the circle at the top to turn on Live Photos (yellow is on), then tap the Shutter button. The screen indicates the duration of the exposure. You can edit Live Photos in the Photos app. In your albums, Live Photos are marked with “Live” in the corner.

Take Burst shots. With the camera in Photo or Square mode, touch and hold the Shutter button to take rapid-fire photos in bursts. Lift your finger to stop. The counter shows how many shots you’ve taken. You can take burst photos with the rear camera and the front-facing FaceTime camera. To select the photos you want to keep, tap the burst thumbnail, then tap Select. Gray dots below the thumbnails mark the suggested photos. Tap the circle in the lower-right corner of each photo you want to save as a separate photo, then tap Done. To delete the burst of photos, tap the burst thumbnail, then tap trash can.

To choose which burst photos to upload to your Photo Stream, go to Settings > Photos.

Take a selfie with Retina Flash. On models with Retina Flash, turn on the flash, switch to the front-facing FaceTime camera, then tap the Shutter button (the display flashes on exposure).

Take a panorama photo. (Rear camera) Choose Pano, tap the Shutter button, then pan slowly in the direction of the arrow, keeping the arrow on the center line. To finish the pan, tap the button again. To pan in the other direction instead, first tap the arrow. To pan vertically, rotate iPhone to landscape orientation. You can reverse the direction of a vertical pan, too.

On iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus, toggle between 1x and  2x to shoot a Panorama at 1x and 2x zoom at full resolution.


Use the capture timer. Use the capture timer to give yourself time to be in the shot. First, stabilize iPhone where you want, then frame your shot. Tap timer, tap 3s or 10s, then tap the Shutter button.

Preserve camera settings. You can preserve the last camera mode and photo filter settings you used so they’re not reset when you next open Camera. Go to Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings, then turn on Camera Mode. You can also preserve Live Photo settings on models that support Live Photos.

Compress photos to save space. (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus) To save space, iPhone captures photos and videos in new high-efficiency formats called HEIF and HEVC automatically. To change image and video format settings, go to Settings > Camera > Formats, then choose either High Efficiency (saves more space) or Most Compatible.

Take a screenshot. To capture what’s displayed on your screen, simultaneously press and release the Home button and the side button or Sleep/Wake button (depending on your model). Tap the screenshot, then tap Done and choose Save to Photos or Delete Screenshot. If you save the screenshot, you can view it in the Screenshots album or All Photos album (if you’re using iCloud Photo Library).

Read a QR code. Camera automatically detects a QR code when it’s in the picture frame. Tap the notification that appears to go to the relevant website or app.



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