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7 Hidden iPhone Camera Features That Every Photographer Should Use

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  • Hi, this is Emil Pakarklis, the founder of iPhone Photography School.
  • And in this video, you're going to discover seven hidden
  • iPhone camera features that every photographer should know.
  • Now, you probably already know how to use the camera of your iPhone.
  • And it's really easy to take a quick snapshot.
  • But if you want to take your iPhone photography to the next level
  • you have to go beyond taking quick snapshots and
  • learn how to take full control of the camera of your iPhone.
  • And as you are about to see in this video, the most essential controls of your iPhone
  • camera are actually completely hidden and most people don't even know about them .
  • But before we get started, I want you to know that I wasn't always the guy teaching
  • thousands of people how to take outstanding photos with the iPhone.
  • I didn't always have 93,000 followers on Instagram.
  • And honestly,
  • not too long ago I didn't even know how to take interesting photos myself.
  • But as I kept working to improve my iPhone photography, I discovered seven essential
  • camera features that Apple has pretty much hidden from casual iPhone users.
  • So that only the best photographers will be able to find these hidden features
  • and use them for taking incredible photos that leave everyone else speechless.
  • So the first hidden iPhone camera feature we're going to discuss is swiping
  • your finger left in order to open the camera app from the lock screen.
  • So right now you are looking at the lock screen of my iPhone and from here if
  • we wanted to open the camera app you would first have to unlock your iPhone.
  • And you can do this using the Touch ID which sometimes works and
  • other times it doesn't work so well or you could enter your passcode.
  • But either of these options is somewhat unreliable and both take time.
  • So a better way to start taking photos immediately
  • is to simply swipe your finger across the screen from right to left and
  • you'll see that the camera app opens immediately.
  • And by using this feature, you can literally go from taking your iPhone out
  • of the pocket to the first photo in two seconds or less.
  • And this feature is absolutely critical because if you are using it,
  • you can often capture the kind of moments you wouldn't be able to capture otherwise.
  • Simply because there wouldn't be enough time for
  • you to get your iPhone out and start taking photos.
  • Now, if you're using an older version of iOS which is the operating system running
  • on your iPhone, this feature might not work for you.
  • But what you have to do then is locate the camera icon at
  • the bottom right hand corner of the lock screen.
  • And simply hold your finger on that camera icon at bottom right and
  • gently swipe your finger up.
  • And you will also be able to open the camera app very quickly.
  • And you'll be able to go from taking your iPhone from out of your pocket
  • until the first photo in two seconds or less.
  • Now, this feature is very simple.
  • But it's very, very important.
  • It literally helped me take hundreds if not thousands of photos.
  • I would have not otherwise been able to take,
  • all because I'm using this feature to quickly open the camera app of my iPhone.
  • So the photo you're looking at now is actually one of the iPhone photos that I
  • took last year.
  • And of course, all the photos you're going to see in this video were shot and
  • edited on iPhone.
  • And this particular photo, I didn't know this was about to happen, but
  • what happened there is that a car just drove past me really fast,
  • and I saw all this dust coming from the car.
  • And I immediately recognized this was a unique photo opportunity because cars
  • don't go on this road very often.
  • So I grabbed my iPhone, swiped the camera icon up, and
  • I was able to capture this photo.
  • And because of this,
  • I ended up with actually what is one of my favorite photos.
  • This photo did really well on Instagram.
  • I think it had almost 2,000 likes.
  • And there's even a huge print of this in our office.
  • But had I not used the swipe up from the lock screen feature,
  • I would have probably missed this photo while I'm typing in the passcode.
  • So that's why I'm such a big fan of this feature.
  • Now the second hidden iPhone camera feature we're going to talk
  • about is a little bit more technical.
  • And this is setting focus and exposure.
  • So right now, I am once again going to pick up my iPhone and
  • I'm going to show you exactly what I mean by setting focus and exposure.
  • Okay, so right now you're looking at some flowers on the tripod in our office at
  • iPhone Photography School.
  • And what you can see here is that the flowers are in the foreground and
  • they're much brighter than the office in the background.
  • And you know I can take some photos but the thing is in this situation,
  • I don't really know where the iPhone has set focus and
  • whether the right parts of the flowers are going to be in focus.
  • And I also don't have any control over exposure until
  • I actually started adjusting it manually.
  • And just to make sure that you always get your photos sharp and
  • you get the kind of results you're looking for predictably, I strongly recommend that
  • you get in the habit of setting focus and exposure in your iPhone photos.
  • So how do you set focus?
  • Well actually it's really simple.
  • All you have to do is tap your finger on the part of the image that you want to be
  • in focus and the iPhone will automatically set focus on that point.
  • So right now you can see I have tapped my finger at my coworker's
  • feet actually and you can see the iPhone has focused on this part of the Image.
  • And you will now see that the flowers in the foreground are out of focus.
  • So I took a photo now.
  • And you'll see that the iPhone has refocused.
  • And once again, I don't know where the iPhone has focused this time.
  • But it's probably not exactly right.
  • So if I want to adjust focus here, I definitely have to do it manually.
  • And I can experiment with a few different options here.
  • For example I can focus on my coworker's feet, or
  • I can focus on this flower here on the right, and each of these
  • points is going to give me a totally different focus and different image.
  • So, it's quite important to figure out which part of the photo
  • you want to be really sharp, and set focus on that part of the image.
  • So right now you can see I've even set focus on the trees outside the window,
  • and that's possible, too.
  • And obviously, the flowers in foreground are totally blurred out.
  • But what you might not know is that when you set focus with the iPhone,
  • you're also setting exposure.
  • So right now I've tapped on the window and
  • essentially the exposure is set on the window.
  • And this essentially determines how light or dark the image is.
  • So right now I'm gonna tap my finger on the flower in the foreground again, and
  • you're going to see that the image will immediately become a little bit darker.
  • Simply because by setting focus on the flower on the foreground,
  • I'm also setting exposure on that point.
  • Now what's also interesting about exposure on iPhone is that you can adjust it.
  • So all you have to do to adjust exposure is to touch the screen with your
  • finger and either slide your finger down as I'm doing right now.
  • And if you do that, the image is going to become darker and
  • you are reducing exposure.
  • Or you can slide your finger up, and in that case,
  • the image is going to become brighter and that way you're increasing exposure.
  • And this is another way you can control how dark or
  • light your image is going to become.
  • Okay so right now, just to demonstrate how exposure works on the iPhone, I'm going to
  • set focus and exposure on the chair of my coworker, which is relatively dark.
  • And the consequence, the entire image becomes a little bit brighter, and you can
  • now see that the flowers in the foreground are brighter than they were before.
  • So if I wanted to correct for that, I could.
  • So I could actually make sure that the flowers are correctly exposed,
  • even though the focus is not set on flowers.
  • And in that case, all I have to do now is simply swipe my finger down the screen and
  • you will see that the image gets darker.
  • And now the flowers are once again properly exposed but
  • they are not in focus at the moment.
  • Now, obviously this is not what we want here because the flowers are the most
  • important part of the image.
  • So I have to pick one flower and make sure that this one flower is in perfect focus.
  • So I'm going to pick the flower at top left.
  • And once I have set focus on the flower, I'm going to slightly adjust exposure.
  • And the general guideline with exposure is that if you're not sure, you want to
  • expose your image to be just a tiny bit darker because if an image is darker,
  • you can always correct that through post processing.
  • But if you have any white over exposed areas as we did before on the flowers, what is
  • going to happen is that, no information will be saved in these parts of the image.
  • And as a consequence there is no way you can recover detail from over exposed areas
  • so they're simply white.
  • So to make sure that doesn't happen, and
  • also to kind of make the background stand out less,
  • in this image it makes more sense decrease exposure, which is what we've done now.
  • And now that I'm happy with exposure, I'm going to go ahead and
  • take a photo and you'll see what this looks like in just a moment.
  • Okay, so right now you're looking at the first photo we took in the previous video
  • demonstration.
  • And you'll see that here we have set focus on my coworker's feet and
  • as a consequence the flowers in the foreground are out of focus.
  • And here is the same photo, but this time the focus is set correctly and also, we've
  • reduced exposure a tiny bit, and you'll see that the flower is perfectly in focus.
  • It's extremely sharp, and also the rest of the image is darker,
  • meaning that the flowers stand out more against the dark background.
  • And by the way, these are just flowers in our office.
  • Yes, they do look really nice but a point I'm trying to make here is that
  • you don't have to travel to exotic places to do photography.
  • If you have some flowers at home,
  • that's all you need to get started with iPhone photography.
  • But now let me show you one more example of
  • what kind of difference exposure can make in your photos.
  • So the photo you're looking at now is a beautiful winter photo I took recently.
  • And the thing with this photo is that I actually had to
  • manually adjust exposure or else it simply would not work.
  • So right now we're looking at these two photos side by side.
  • And in photo on the left what I did was, set focus on the tree but
  • then I manually increased exposure by swiping my finger up.
  • Whereas the photo on the right, in this case I did not adjust exposure.
  • And you can see that the difference is huge and
  • certainly the photo on the left looks a lot more pleasing.
  • And here the snow which is white in real life,
  • actually looks white on photo, whereas the photo on the right is totally blue.
  • And if you've seen snow, you know that snow does not have that color.
  • So this is another example of why it's important that you take control.
  • Not just the focus, but also of exposure to make sure that you get sharp and
  • well lit iPhone photos.
  • Now the third hidden camera feature we're going to talk about is locking focus and
  • exposure.
  • So you just learned how to set focus and exposure.
  • But it turns out that the native camera app of your iPhone also allows you to lock
  • focus and exposure and that's what we're going to look at next.
  • Okay, so right now we're looking at the same flowers in our office and
  • I'm going to quickly set focus and exposure for this photo.
  • And now that I'm happy with the result I'm going to take a photo.
  • And what happens as I take a photo is that the iPhone automatically resets focus and
  • exposure.
  • So you can that there were some changes on the screen and
  • now all the focus and exposure that I had set is gone simply because I took a photo.
  • And this, obviously, is not perfect.
  • Because I like those focus and exposure settings, and
  • perhaps I want to take another photo, but
  • now I have to spend a lot of time getting the settings right again.
  • And the way you can prevent this is by locking focus and exposure.
  • So how do you lock focus and exposure?
  • Well, actually it's really simple.
  • All you have to do, is tap your finger on the screen of the iPhone,
  • where you want to set focus.
  • But instead of releasing your finger.
  • You have to hold it down on the screen, for just a couple of seconds
  • as I'm doing it right now.
  • And what you'll see is that,
  • this text AE/AF lock is going to appear at the top of your screen.
  • And that means you've successfully fully locked focus and exposure.
  • So right now, you can go ahead and adjust exposure by swiping your finger up and
  • down the screen.
  • Which is what I'm doing now.
  • And once you're happy with the exposure, you can go ahead and take a photo.
  • And what you'll see right now is that, you can take a photo and
  • after the photo is taken, the iPhone will not reset focus and exposure.
  • What'€™s also interesting here is that,
  • no matter what you do, the iPhone will not reset focus.
  • So, you effectively disabled the autofocus function of the iPhone.
  • And as I move my hand in front of the screen, you will see that nothing happens
  • and the focus and exposure stay just the way they were before.
  • What I can also do is even pick up my iPhone,
  • try to take some other photo or go somewhere else.
  • But no matter what I do, the focus and exposure will remain unchanged.
  • So now I've placed my iPhone back where it was before.
  • And you'll see that still we have focus and
  • exposure set on the flower just the way we wanted to.
  • Now if you want to get out of this, it's pretty easy to do that.
  • All you have to do is simply tap your finger on the screen and
  • the focus and exposure lock will be turned off.
  • So this is how you set and lock focus and exposure on the iPhone.
  • This functions is particularly important whenever you have a lot of movement or
  • action in the scene
  • and you don't want the iPhone to reset focus and
  • exposure simply because something in the scene moved.
  • Let's say you have people like I have in this example and
  • we also have some birds here.
  • And for this photo it was really important for me to actually set focus manually.
  • Because if I don't do that the iPhone might accidentally
  • set focus on the reflection, which is much closer than the actual subjects.
  • So I wanted to make sure that the focus is correctly set on the actual subjects.
  • And in terms of exposure I wanted to make sure that
  • the subjects are silhouetted as they are in this case.
  • And to do this while everything is moving in this scene
  • I actually had to lock focus and exposure.
  • And that's exactly what I did in this photo.
  • And that's why it worked out so well.
  • And by the way, this photo was taken with iPhone 4S a few years ago, and
  • no, you don't need the latest iPhone to take great photos.
  • And here's another photo where I had to use the same technique.
  • So here we have a cyclist, a person I don't know, cycling through the scene.
  • And to make sure that everything was sharp and in focus and that the exposure doesnt get
  • messed up simply because someone is cycling through the scene.
  • What I had to do was actually set focus and exposure in advance and
  • then wait for the person to go through the scene.
  • And then I was already ready to capture the perfect photo without having to worry
  • about focus and exposure while the person is cycling through the photo.
  • Now the next technique I want to talk about is taking HDR photos.
  • HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.
  • And it's a camera technique that allows you to take
  • photos where both the highlights or the bright parts of the image and
  • the shadows or the dark parts of the image are well exposed.
  • So let me show you how this technique works with a quick video demonstration.
  • Okay so right now, you're looking at my iPhone again.
  • And here we have the forest, which is quite dark.
  • And we also have a relatively bright sky at the top.
  • And bright sand at the bottom of the screen.
  • So in terms of exposure, this is kind of a challenging situation because we can not
  • expose everything correctly.
  • So either the sky and sand are going to be really bright, or
  • the forest is going to be really dark.
  • So a solution for this is enabling HDR.
  • Now if you look at the left hand side of the screen, towards the bottom,
  • you'll see the letters HDR.
  • And if you tap your finger there you'll see that
  • by default the HDR is set to auto.
  • And you don't want to keep the HDR on auto, because essentially that means that
  • the iPhone will decide whether you're using HDR or not.
  • And that is not ideal.
  • Instead you want to be doing this yourself.
  • And you want to consciously decide if HDR should be on or off.
  • Now for landscape photos, and challenging photo situations where
  • some parts of the image are much brighter than others, I recommend leaving HDR on,
  • but for all other situations you can pretty much leave it off.
  • But for this we're going to turn HDR on,
  • and right now I'm just going to take a photo and it just so happens that
  • there's a bird flying through the scene, so let me take a couple of more photos.
  • And now let me open the photos we just took
  • by tapping my finger at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
  • So right now you can see that this photo we just took has the HDR icon next
  • to it at top left, and that's how we know that this is the HDR version of the photo.
  • Now, if we go to the left, you will see another photo
  • which is pretty much identical, but this is not the HDR version.
  • So, my iPhone is setup so
  • that every time I take a photo, it saves two versions of the same photo.
  • One with HDR and one without and that's what I recommend doing and
  • in the moment I'll show you how to set that up.
  • Okay, so now, as I keep going to the left you can you see that I have another
  • HDR photo, and here is the non HDR version of that same photo.
  • And what you can also see is that if we zoom in a little bit and
  • get closer on the HDR photo, you'll see that the forest is properly exposed,
  • and as you zoom in you can see more detail on the forest.
  • You can see that the trees are green, which is how they should look,
  • as opposed to being completely black, and in general you can just see a lot
  • more details in the forest, and the forest is exposed properly.
  • Whereas if we go to the other photo which is not HDR, you'll see that the forest
  • is much darker and as you zoom-in there, there is less detail and
  • in general you can see that the forest is under exposed, but in the HDR version,
  • both the forest and the sand in the foreground are exposed correctly.
  • So as I said before, HDR is really useful in landscape photography.
  • For example, here you can see an example of a landscape photo.
  • This one does not have HDR on, and
  • if you look at the sky you'll see that there's quite some overexposed areas
  • in the sky which are essentially areas that are completely white and
  • where we don't see any detail anymore, which is not a good thing in photography.
  • But now look at the sky carefully as I'm switching to the HDR version of the same
  • photo.
  • And you'll see that the HDR version is exposed properly, and
  • we don't have any issues with exposure.
  • And in general you can just say that this photo is better exposed thanks to HDR.
  • So here's another example.
  • This is the non-HDR version of the photo.
  • And here is the HDR version of the photo, and as I said before, HDR is probably
  • best used for landscape photography, but there are some drawbacks to using HDR.
  • And if you look at the grass in the foreground now, you'll see that
  • it does not have as much detail and contrast as the non-HDR version had.
  • So if you look at the photo closely now, paying attention to the grass on the left.
  • I'm switching to the non-HDR again, and you'll see that the non-HDR version this
  • time has more detail and more contrast in the foreground.
  • Which could actually be a good thing, but at the same time the sky is blown out,
  • meaning that it's totally white at the top left and that is not a good thing.
  • So, here you'd have to make a creative choice about which
  • version of the photos you'd prefer, but no matter which version you like better,
  • what you want to do is make sure that the iPhone always saves both the HDR,
  • and the non-HDR versions of the images for you.
  • And to do that what you need to do is open the settings on your iPhone,
  • scroll down until you find Photos & Camera, and then go all the way down and
  • in the bottom of the screen you'll find the option to keep the normal photo.
  • And you want to make sure that this slider is turned on and
  • if it's on, your iPhone will save both the HDR and
  • the regular version of the photos that you take using HDR mode of your iPhone camera.
  • Now the next hidden iPhone camera feature I want to talk about is burst mode.
  • And this is really, really awesome.
  • It's actually one of my favorite hidden iPhone camera features.
  • So let me pick up my iPhone and let me show you how burst mode works.
  • So, right now what you're looking at is a beach scene and
  • you can see that I've already set and locked focus exposure
  • on the sand where I know that a person is approaching from the left.
  • And what you can now see that our subject, which is a person I don't actually know,
  • is walking through the scene from left to right.
  • And I'm trying to take some photos of the person, but the person
  • will be gone pretty soon and I will have missed the opportunity to take this photo.
  • And with human subjects who are walking through the scene,
  • there's quite a big difference in terms of when you press the shutter.
  • Now what you want to do in photos like this
  • is to press the shutter when the legs of your subjects are wide apart.
  • Because for some reason that just looks a lot more pleasing to the human eyes.
  • Where as if the legs are overlapping, that just doesn't look so good.
  • And to do this it's pretty hard to press shutter at the exact right moment,
  • especially since this person will be gone from the scene really soon, and
  • then I won't have time to take this photo again.
  • So what I'm doing in situations like this,
  • when it's important to get the exact right moment and
  • when there's some kind of movement in the scene is, I'm using the burst mode.
  • So to activate the burst mode, what you want to do is tap and
  • hold your finger down on the shutter button which is what I'm doing now.
  • And you'll see that a whole bunch of photos are quickly being taken, and
  • you'll see the number next to the shutter button that shows how many
  • photos you've already taken.
  • So as you can see I just took 34 photos in a matter of seconds.
  • And now let me open the camera roll and let's take a look at these photos.
  • So at first you might think "Oh no 34 photos! How am I gonna go through that?"
  • But actually it's really easy to do that.
  • So, here you can see that this is a burst photo
  • that consists of actually 34 separate photos.
  • And at the top you can select the select option, and once you do that
  • this allows you to select your favorites, so you don't have to keep all 34 photos.
  • And at the bottom of the screen.
  • You can slide through these photos really quickly, until you find the ones you like.
  • You'll find that, there's one photo,
  • where the iPhone has already placed a dot under the photo.
  • And this will typically be the sharpest photo
  • that the iPhone thinks is the best photo.
  • But obviously the iPhone doesn't understand which photo actually looks
  • best, so it simply picks the photo that it knows is the sharpest one, and
  • what you can now do is select the photos you want to keep.
  • So right now I just tap my finger at the bottom right of this photo and you'll see
  • that blue check mark appear, and that means that I'm going to keep this photo.
  • And this way you can go through all of the photos and
  • keep any of the ones you want to actually keep and then discard everything else.
  • So I'm looking for photos where the subject's legs are wide apart,
  • because I think those look better visually.
  • So I'm going to select these photos that I like and discard everything else.
  • So once I find a photo that I'm happy with, I'm just going to tap the okay check
  • mark, and everything else will be discarded the moment I press done.
  • So here, I'm just making my final choices And before I discard everything,
  • I just want to make sure that I've kept the ones I like.
  • And once I'm confident about that, I'm going to tap done at the top right.
  • And I'm going to keep only the five favorites.
  • And right now, everything else just got deleted, and I only have five photos
  • and everything else is gone.
  • So you don't have to worry that your iPhone will be full of photos just
  • because you took a burst mode photo.
  • But now let me show you some examples of iPhone photos that I have taken
  • using the burst mode feature.
  • So here this first photo is actually taken at the same beach and
  • once again we have a subject that I don't know walking through the scene. And here I
  • wanted to make sure that the subject is right in front of that road because that
  • looks better visually and I wanted to make sure that the subject is in full stride.
  • And this is such a short moment and if I mess this up, I'll have to wait for
  • a long time until someone else appears on the scene and
  • because of that here I used burst mode.
  • And I took a whole bunch of photos and I could then pinpoint to the one photo,
  • where the composition is perfect, and
  • where subject's legs are wide apart which looks really nice in a photo like this.
  • So here's another example of a photo I took using burst mode, and
  • obviously, any kind of action shots, sports events, or
  • anything where there's a lot of movement, is perfect for using the burst mode.
  • And finally, here's an interesting burst mode photo that I took just recently.
  • And here, a guy was apparently trying to take some jumping photos
  • with his girlfriend and unfortunately the girlfriend, and I don't know these people,
  • but the girlfriend did not know about the burst mode, and
  • the guy had to keep jumping for
  • 20 times because the girlfriend could never get the shot exactly right.
  • And I saw that this keeps happening and then I decided to actually take a photo of
  • them taking these jumping photos, and since I was using a burst mode I
  • could actually get the exact right moment the first time I was taking photos
  • whereas they had to keep practicing this until they got the exact right shot.
  • So, if you're doing any kind of jumping shots.
  • You definitely want to use burst mode, and that way your subject won't have to jump
  • another ten times until you get the shutter pressed at the exact right moment.
  • Now, the next hidden iPhone camera feature I'm gonna talk about is taking photos
  • with the volume buttons.
  • So, let me show you what that looks like on a quick video.
  • So, here you can see that I'm standing on the balcony of our office and
  • I'm just going to take some photos to demonstrate to you,
  • how the volume button shutter release works.
  • So, the good thing about this is that I get to hold my iPhone
  • just like I would hold a regular camera, which is really convenient.
  • And what I can do is simply
  • use the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone as the shutter release,
  • and as I press down the volume buttons, the photo is automatically taken.
  • Now what I can also do is get really close to the surface, as you can see
  • me doing right now, and if I now rotate my hands I can still capture a photo,
  • and press the shutter easily, but the iPhone is not really close to the surface.
  • And now if you just look at my arms carefully you'll see that I'm once again,
  • using the volume button shutter release to take photos.
  • And this way I can more easily press the shutter while
  • my iPhone is actually really close to the surface.
  • Now in case you're wondering why I'm holding my iPhone so
  • close to the surface, this is the reason why I'm doing that.
  • As you can see, I was able to create a pretty interesting and creative photo on
  • the balcony for our office building so you don't have to go too far, or you don't have to
  • go to famous places in order to take photos. As long as you know what you're
  • doing you can take great photos with your iPhone no matter where you are even
  • if you're at your office, which is where I'm recording this video.
  • So, as you can see by now, placing my iPhone close to wet
  • surfaces is one of my favorite photography techniques, but to do this right,
  • you definitely have to lock focus and exposure, or else the iPhone will set
  • focus on the surface itself and everything in the background will be out of focus.
  • So you want to make sure that you lock focus and exposure, as I showed
  • you earlier, but if you do this, you can take some really extraordinary photos.
  • For example, this photo I took with my iPhone 4S several years ago.
  • This is still one of my favorite photos to this day, and the reason I'm showing
  • you this is that, as long as you know what you're doing, you don't need a fancy
  • camera or even the latest iPhone in order to take great photos.
  • And finally,
  • the last technique I want to show you is taking photos with your headphones.
  • So let me take you behind the scenes in our office and
  • show you how this feature works.
  • Okay, so for feature number seven,
  • I actually want to take you behind the scenes, and
  • show you the set up we had for recording some of the earlier demonstrations.
  • So you'll see here that we have two studio lights.
  • We have our flower, as the subject.
  • And because we have these lights so close to the flower,
  • the flower's brightly illuminated, which makes the photo sharper, and
  • which also allows me to demonstrate effective exposure for you.
  • And here we have the iPhone on a tripod.
  • So that when I record the video the iPhone doesn't shake too much,
  • and of course when you're using a tripod you're also going to get a sharper photo.
  • Now one of the problems you have when you're shooting with a tripod is that,
  • when you actually touch the screen to take a photo, the iPhone moves a little bit, or
  • if you are going to use these volume buttons right here,
  • then the iPhone is going to move even more.
  • And your goal in photography is try to reduce the movement of your iPhone as much,
  • as possible so that you can get the sharpest photos possible.
  • And the solution for this is to actually plug in your Apple headphones.
  • So these are the white headphones that come when you first buy the iPhone.
  • If you just plug them in and open the camera app.
  • What you can then do is actually take photos
  • using these volume buttons on the headphones of your iPhone.
  • So right now, so that I don't have to touch the screen of my iPhone,
  • I can just press the volume buttons, either volume up or volume down, and
  • a photo is taken every time I do that.
  • And this is particularly useful when you're working on a tripod, or
  • if you're doing street photography and you want to remain unnoticed so
  • that other people don't even know you're taking a photo.
  • Okay, so here's a quick example of a street photo I took
  • using the volume buttons of my Apple headphones.
  • I was actually pretending I'm listening to music and I don't even know these people.
  • They are strangers in New York City, but I saw that this moment was potentially very
  • interesting which is why I got out my iPhone.
  • And, as I was pretending to be listening to music, I could actually take a photo of
  • these people without them even noticing that I'm taking a photo.
  • And that's the reason why you can see candid emotions
  • on the faces of these people.
  • And here's another example of the same thing.
  • Here you can see a photographer selling photos on the streets of San Francisco.
  • And I was able to get actually pretty close to him, and
  • he didn't even notice that I was taking a photo even though he is a photographer and
  • that's because I was pretending to be listening to music on my headphones,
  • while I was actually taking a photo of this man using my Apple headphones.
  • I hope you enjoyed the hidden camera features we talked about in this video.
  • This techniques have helped me take some of my best iPhone photos.
  • And now that you know these techniques, you too can use them for
  • taking outstanding photos with your iPhone.
  • With that said, this is just the beginning.
  • There's only so much I can share with you in this short video.
  • And while I didn't hold anything back, there's so
  • many other techniques I didn't have time to share with you today.
  • And actually there's something even more important than
  • any of the techniques we talked about.
  • You see, the techniques we covered today are extremely powerful.
  • But the only way to really take your iPhone photos to the next level,
  • is by changing the way you look at the world around you.
  • Some people say they have nothing to take photos of where they live, or that
  • the iPhone can't take great photos, but of course, none of that is actually true.
  • There are amazing photo opportunities everywhere you go.
  • You just have to know how to use them.
  • And that's exactly why I created iPhone Photo Academy, which is the only online
  • course that will help you take incredible iPhone photos that everyone adores,
  • and that you'll be proud to look at years later.
  • Now, I have to warn you that iPhone Photo Academy always sells out quickly, and
  • the registration will only stay open for a few more days.
  • So, if you want to find out more about this course,
  • you should do it now while the registration is still open.
  • So go ahead and click on that big yellow, funny looking button below this video and
  • it will take you to the next page, where you can learn more about
  • iPhone Photo Academy, and see if this course is a good fit for
  • you before the registration closes in just a few days.
  • So go ahead and click on that button below, and I'll see you on the next page.

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