iOS 8 Tips: 10 Secrets to Take Better-Looking iPhone Photos

The free iOS 8 update adds a few key new iPhone camera features to help you take better-looking iPhone photos. You don’t need to buy a new iPhone to use these iOS 8 tips, but if you have an iPhone 6 you’ll be able to shoot even slower slow motion videos.

With the free iOS 8 update, Apple adds a new mode for capturing time-lapse videos on iPhone and improves your options for controlling the iPhone camera like a pro.

If you’ve ever looked at the iPhone photos your friends shared on Facebook and wondered how they were able to take such a great-looking photo, we’re about to show you the secrets to making great iPhone photos.

Learn how to use the iOS 8 camera app to take better-looking iPhone photos with these tips.

No need to download any special iPhone camera apps or memorize complicated steps. The basics of taking better-looking iPhone photos in iOS 8 are just a tap and a slide. After that, we’ll show you how you can see the person in your photo even if they’re initially in a shadow, how to use burst mode, and how to shoot time-lapse and slow-motion videos.

iOS 8 Tips: iPhone Camera Guide

If you spend nine minutes watching this iOS 8 tips video for iPhone camera, it will walk you through the basics of taking better-looking iPhone photos.

Here’s a quick rundown of what this iOS 8 tips video teaches you about the iPhone camera. Some of these features aren’t new, but they’re still essential for capturing better-looking iPhone photos.

  1. – take multiple photos combined by the camera to present a photo that shows dark and light objects and adds details to the shadows.
  2. – You can touch and hold a point to lock the focus and exposure, this is useful if you need to adjust the focus or exposure and then change the position of the subject to get a better looking photo.
  3. – The most important thing you can do to take better looking iPhone photos is to touch the subject. This sets the focus on that person or object and automatically adjusts the exposure. We’ll show you how to manually change the exposure below, but often tapping the right spot will reveal the difference between day and night.
  4. – The video also covers how you can take panoramas on iPhone with iOS 8. This allows you to move the camera from side to side to capture a wide angle view of landscapes and other objects.
  5. – You can use filters by tapping the filter option to the right of the shutter button while adjusting your photo. This allows you to add an Instagram-like filter when setting up the shot for an easier way to capture the photo you want.
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From here, we’ll dive into new modes like the iOS 8 time-lapse photography option, how to use the new timer in the camera app, and how to set manual exposure and why you want to do it.

iOS 8 Manual Exposure

Once you start tapping to focus and adjust exposure, you’ll notice that you take much better iPhone photos, but you can still improve the photos by manually adjusting the exposure. After tapping to focus and adjust exposure, you can tap the little sun icon on the right and swipe up to add more light to the photo or down to darken the photo.

With this tip and other items in this guide, you’ve unlocked the secret to taking better-looking iPhone photos without purchasing any apps or accessories.

iOS 8 Camera Timer

The iOS 8 camera app includes a timer so you can make sure you’re in the picture or prepare for the perfect selfie.

Here's how you can use the timer in the iOS 8 camera app.

Here’s how you can use the timer in the iOS 8 camera app.

Open the camera app and tap the little clock icon in the menu bar on the left in landscape mode and at the top in portrait mode. Choose between a 3-second or 10-second timer, or turn it off if you don’t need it.

iOS 8 Accelerated Guide

In iOS 8, Apple adds a new camera mode called time-lapse. This takes a series of photos at regular intervals to capture motion, which it can then display in time-lapse. This is great for showing action on a busy city street, a blooming flower, an oncoming storm, or any other lively scene.

The video above outlines how to use the new iOS 8 accelerated mode on iPhone. See below for an example where we add music in a movie editing app for a more dramatic and interesting video.

The best way to shoot one of these is to use a tripod so you can hold the camera steady, but it’s definitely not an accessory.

iOS 8 Slow Motion Video

Apple added a slow motion mode to iOS 7 last year, and with the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 we can now shoot even slower motion videos on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The video below covers the basics of using it.

We’re using iPhone 6s in this video that shoots 240 Frames Per Second, but you can also use iPhone 5s to shoot 120 Frames Per Second video.

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iOS 8 Burst Photo

You can take loads of photos with iOS 8 on iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. All you have to do is hold down the shutter or volume down button and it will take a series of photos at an incredible speed. Then you can choose the best photo or photos to keep and share.

If you’re always trying to make a kid smile, capture the perfect pet photo or a great moment at a sporting event, this is the easiest way to do it.