Take pictures like a pro with iPhone 7 camera: 5 tips from Apple

Brandishing their iPhones, customers at an Apple Store in Nanjing, China, take photographs of a new red iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has released a new photography guide to help users maximise the iPhone camera's effectiveness. PHOTO: REUTERS
Brandishing their iPhones, customers at an Apple Store in Nanjing, China, take photographs of a new red iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has released a new photography guide to help users maximise the iPhone camera's effectiveness. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Smartphone cameras have become an ubiquitous tool to record important life moments, funny incidents and even harsh injustices in the era of social media-driven upheaval.

Apple is at the forefront of this charge, with the camera of its iPhone line being "top-notch", according to ST's Deputy Tech Editor Trevor Tan.

The tech giant recently released a series of instructional videos that demystify the more advanced features of the iPhone 7's camera.

Here are some of the highlights from the series:

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1. Shooting a great portrait

Apple says: Switch from "Photo" mode to the iPhone's dedicated Portrait mode by swiping the slider just above the shutter button, near the bottom of the display.

Ensure that the subject's face is aligned with the guide lines and the Depth Effect indicator near the bottom of the screen lights up before shooting the picture.

This will ensure that the portrait pops with startling details against a slightly blurry background.

2. Quick-draw selfie with one hand

Apple says: Swipe left on the lock screen to access the camera app, before switching to the front-facing camera.

Either volume button may be used to click the shutter.

3. Getting both moving and still pictures at the same time

Apple says: Switch to Video mode and begin recording. A shutter button will appear at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Each time it is pressed, the iPhone will take a still photograph while filming.

4. Capturing vertical panorama

Looking up at a spectacular cliff and hoping to retain forever the breathtaking sight?

The iPhone camera is capable of doing such shots vertically.

Just rotate the phone to the landscape orientation and switch to Pano mode, before panning the phone upwards in a slow and steady manner.

5. Look ma, no hands

Get one up on a single-handed selfie by using the iPhone's timer.

Begin by switching to the front-facing camera and placing it on a steady support, such as against a chair.

Press the timer icon, which allows you to set a delay of either 3 or 10 seconds.

The countdown starts when you tap on the shutter button.

Source: Apple