How to Use the Camera on iPhone iPad or iPod Touch

Introduction

Go beyond the simple point-and-shoot nature of your iPhone, iPad's, or iPod's camera by following our step-by-step guide of the Camera app's features. Learn how to capture selfies, square images, and panoramas while using camera features such as burst mode, photo filters, grids and more. 

This guide will depict images from both iPhone and iPad devices. While the quality of the camera your device comes equipped with will vary, the actual usage of the camera app within iOS is the same.

Taking a photo on the ipad. Vector

1 How to Take a Photo

  1. Open the Camera app. The Camera app can also be accessed quickly from your device's lock screen by swiping left. No need to unlock first.
    iOS camera app.
  2. For simple point-and-shoot photo taking, frame the scene you want to take just like normal and simply press the Shutter button on the screen.
    iPhone camera app with the shutter button highlighted.
  3. The physical Volume Up button on the side of your iOS device as a shutter button for taking photos as well.
    iOS device showing the volume up button
  4. To switch to the front-facing camera, use the Flip Camera button to the right of the shutter button. Photos can be taken with the same shutter button on-screen, or the physical volume up button on the side of the device.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the flip camera button.
  5. Tap the Thumbnail button at the bottom left to preview and edit the most recently taken photo.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the most recently taken photo thumbnail.

2 How to Take Burst Mode Photos

Burst mode takes a series of photos in rapid succession. This is great for capturing motion shots or even group photos, where choosing the best "moment" within that series of burst photos can be the difference between a great photo and a missed moment.

  1. Launch the Camera app from the home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. When taking a photo, HOLD DOWN the Shutter button to take a burst of photos.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the shutter button.
  3. Tap the Thumbnail image to open the most recently taken photo.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the most recently taken photo thumbnail.
  4. Your iOS device will show a single photo as the thumbnail, as it automatically chooses what it feels is the best photo from the burst. However, you can actually choose which photos you like best within that burst.
    iOS burst mode stack of photos
  5. Tap Select at the top of the photo preview to begin looking at each photo from the burst of photos that were taken.
    iOS cropped image of the Select option.
  6. You will now see all the photo thumbnails across the bottom that were captured during your burst shot. Swipe to the left or right to move between each shot. You can tap the Circle button in the lower right corner of a photo to select it as one you would like to keep.
    iOS burst mode selection image.
  7. Tap Done in the upper right hand corner when you've selected each photo from the burst you would like to keep.
    iOS burst stack showing the Done button highlighted.
  8. Tap Keep Everything if you'd like to hang onto all the photos from the burst you did NOT select (in case you want to go through them again later), or tap Keep Only X Favorites to get rid of everything EXCEPT the ones you selected.
    iOS burst mode keep everything or keep only a few selected.
  9. Once you've done this, all the photos you chose to keep from the burst will now show as individual photos in your photo history.
    iPhone camera roll screen illustrating changes made.

3 How to Set Flash

  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap the Flash button.
    The iOS camera showing the flash button highlighted.
  3. Set it to On if you would like to use the flash or Off if not. If you would like to let the device decide whether or not to use flash, select Auto.
    iOS flash menu

4 How to Set a Timer

  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap the Timer button across the top of the camera interface.
    iOS camera interface showing the timer settings highlighted.
  3. Select either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.
    iOS timer option
  4. Tap the Shutter button when you're ready for the countdown to start.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.

Your device's flash will light up every second and then flash rapidly for the last 3 seconds of the countdown. Once the countdown ends, your iPhone, iPad, iPod will take the photo in burst mode so you have a good amount of photos to choose from in case someone moves.

5 How to Take a Square Photo

  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Swipe Left to change modes to Square.
    iOS camera interface with an arrow pointing left.
  3. Tap the Shutter button or Volume Up button to take your photo as normal.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.

6 How to Take a Panorama

  1. Launch the Camera app on your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap Pano to change the camera to Pano mode. You may need to swipe left to see the Pano icon.
    iOS camera interface showing the PANO button highlighted.
  3. Tap the Arrow button to change the capture direction of your panorama if need be.
    iOS panorama showing the white arrow
  4. Tap the Shutter button to start taking your panoramic photo.
  5. Begin turning or moving your device in the direction of the arrow on your screen to capture as much of your surroundings as you'd like. Pay close attention to the arrow and the yellow guide line as you move your device, as this will help center and steady the capture process. You will receive feedback on-screen if you are moving to fast or too slow during the process of moving or rotating your device.
    iOS panorama image showing the slow down message
  6. Tap the Shutter button again to end the panorama.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.
    Final panoramic image result.

The Camera app does not support full 360º panoramas. You can take up to a 240º panorama in one shot.

7 How to Use Live Photo Filters

  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap the Filter button in the top right of the camera interface.
     iOS camera interface showing the filters icon selected.
  3. Select the filter you would like to use. Each filter will have a preview of what it will look like on-screen.
     iOS photo filters.
  4. Tap the Shutter button to take the photo.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.

8 How to Record Video

  1. To begin, tap on your Camera Icon to open it.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Slide the bottom menu to Video.
  3. The shutter button will turn from white to red.
  4. Tap the shutter button once to start recording and tap it again to stop.
    iOS camera interface showing the video option.

9 How to Use the Photos App

You can find your entire photo collection in both the Photos app and the Camera app on your iOS device:
  1. Open the Photos app.
    iOS photos app icon.
  2. Tap the Photos tab at the bottom of the screen. You'll see your photos and videos organized into Moments, Collections, and Years.
    iOS photos tab icon.
  3. You can also access your photos from the Albums tab. Tap All Photos, and your photos and videos appear in chronological order.
    iOS album and all photos view.

10 How to Edit Photos

  1. Open the Photos app.
    iOS photos app icon.
  2. Tap the Edit Photo Icon
    Edit photo icon.
  3. Then you can adjust your photo's size, angle, light, and more.
  4. If you don’t like how your changes look, tap Cancel and you can revert back to the original.
Ways to Edit:
Auto Enhance
Auto enhance icon.Auto-enhance will instantly improve your picture’s exposure, contrast, saturation, and other qualities. It's the fastest way to make your photo even more amazing.
Crop/Rotate
Crop and rotate icon.You can drag the corners of the grid tool to set your own crop, then move the wheel to tilt or straighten your photo.
Photo Filters
Photo filters icon.Tap to experiment with your device's built-in photo filters. Give your photo a different color effect, such as Vivid or Drama. Or try classic black and white looks like Mono and Silver tone.
Smart Slider
Smart slider icon.Use the smart slider to find just the right lighting and color. 

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Go beyond the simple point-and-shoot nature of your iPhone, iPad's, or iPod's camera by following our step-by-step guide of the Camera app's features. Learn how to capture selfies, square images, and panoramas while using camera features such as burst mode, photo filters, grids and more. 

This guide will depict images from both iPhone and iPad devices. While the quality of the camera your device comes equipped with will vary, the actual usage of the camera app within iOS is the same.

Taking a photo on the ipad. Vector
  1. Open the Camera app. The Camera app can also be accessed quickly from your device's lock screen by swiping left. No need to unlock first.
    iOS camera app.
  2. For simple point-and-shoot photo taking, frame the scene you want to take just like normal and simply press the Shutter button on the screen.
    iPhone camera app with the shutter button highlighted.
  3. The physical Volume Up button on the side of your iOS device as a shutter button for taking photos as well.
    iOS device showing the volume up button
  4. To switch to the front-facing camera, use the Flip Camera button to the right of the shutter button. Photos can be taken with the same shutter button on-screen, or the physical volume up button on the side of the device.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the flip camera button.
  5. Tap the Thumbnail button at the bottom left to preview and edit the most recently taken photo.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the most recently taken photo thumbnail.

Burst mode takes a series of photos in rapid succession. This is great for capturing motion shots or even group photos, where choosing the best "moment" within that series of burst photos can be the difference between a great photo and a missed moment.

  1. Launch the Camera app from the home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. When taking a photo, HOLD DOWN the Shutter button to take a burst of photos.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the shutter button.
  3. Tap the Thumbnail image to open the most recently taken photo.
    iPhone camera app highlighting the most recently taken photo thumbnail.
  4. Your iOS device will show a single photo as the thumbnail, as it automatically chooses what it feels is the best photo from the burst. However, you can actually choose which photos you like best within that burst.
    iOS burst mode stack of photos
  5. Tap Select at the top of the photo preview to begin looking at each photo from the burst of photos that were taken.
    iOS cropped image of the Select option.
  6. You will now see all the photo thumbnails across the bottom that were captured during your burst shot. Swipe to the left or right to move between each shot. You can tap the Circle button in the lower right corner of a photo to select it as one you would like to keep.
    iOS burst mode selection image.
  7. Tap Done in the upper right hand corner when you've selected each photo from the burst you would like to keep.
    iOS burst stack showing the Done button highlighted.
  8. Tap Keep Everything if you'd like to hang onto all the photos from the burst you did NOT select (in case you want to go through them again later), or tap Keep Only X Favorites to get rid of everything EXCEPT the ones you selected.
    iOS burst mode keep everything or keep only a few selected.
  9. Once you've done this, all the photos you chose to keep from the burst will now show as individual photos in your photo history.
    iPhone camera roll screen illustrating changes made.
  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap the Flash button.
    The iOS camera showing the flash button highlighted.
  3. Set it to On if you would like to use the flash or Off if not. If you would like to let the device decide whether or not to use flash, select Auto.
    iOS flash menu
  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap the Timer button across the top of the camera interface.
    iOS camera interface showing the timer settings highlighted.
  3. Select either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.
    iOS timer option
  4. Tap the Shutter button when you're ready for the countdown to start.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.

Your device's flash will light up every second and then flash rapidly for the last 3 seconds of the countdown. Once the countdown ends, your iPhone, iPad, iPod will take the photo in burst mode so you have a good amount of photos to choose from in case someone moves.

  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Swipe Left to change modes to Square.
    iOS camera interface with an arrow pointing left.
  3. Tap the Shutter button or Volume Up button to take your photo as normal.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.
  1. Launch the Camera app on your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap Pano to change the camera to Pano mode. You may need to swipe left to see the Pano icon.
    iOS camera interface showing the PANO button highlighted.
  3. Tap the Arrow button to change the capture direction of your panorama if need be.
    iOS panorama showing the white arrow
  4. Tap the Shutter button to start taking your panoramic photo.
  5. Begin turning or moving your device in the direction of the arrow on your screen to capture as much of your surroundings as you'd like. Pay close attention to the arrow and the yellow guide line as you move your device, as this will help center and steady the capture process. You will receive feedback on-screen if you are moving to fast or too slow during the process of moving or rotating your device.
    iOS panorama image showing the slow down message
  6. Tap the Shutter button again to end the panorama.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.
    Final panoramic image result.

The Camera app does not support full 360º panoramas. You can take up to a 240º panorama in one shot.

  1. Launch the Camera app from your home screen.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Tap the Filter button in the top right of the camera interface.
     iOS camera interface showing the filters icon selected.
  3. Select the filter you would like to use. Each filter will have a preview of what it will look like on-screen.
     iOS photo filters.
  4. Tap the Shutter button to take the photo.
    iOS camera interface with the shutter button highlighted.
  1. To begin, tap on your Camera Icon to open it.
    iOS camera app.
  2. Slide the bottom menu to Video.
  3. The shutter button will turn from white to red.
  4. Tap the shutter button once to start recording and tap it again to stop.
    iOS camera interface showing the video option.
You can find your entire photo collection in both the Photos app and the Camera app on your iOS device:
  1. Open the Photos app.
    iOS photos app icon.
  2. Tap the Photos tab at the bottom of the screen. You'll see your photos and videos organized into Moments, Collections, and Years.
    iOS photos tab icon.
  3. You can also access your photos from the Albums tab. Tap All Photos, and your photos and videos appear in chronological order.
    iOS album and all photos view.
  1. Open the Photos app.
    iOS photos app icon.
  2. Tap the Edit Photo Icon
    Edit photo icon.
  3. Then you can adjust your photo's size, angle, light, and more.
  4. If you don’t like how your changes look, tap Cancel and you can revert back to the original.
Ways to Edit:
Auto Enhance
Auto enhance icon.Auto-enhance will instantly improve your picture’s exposure, contrast, saturation, and other qualities. It's the fastest way to make your photo even more amazing.
Crop/Rotate
Crop and rotate icon.You can drag the corners of the grid tool to set your own crop, then move the wheel to tilt or straighten your photo.
Photo Filters
Photo filters icon.Tap to experiment with your device's built-in photo filters. Give your photo a different color effect, such as Vivid or Drama. Or try classic black and white looks like Mono and Silver tone.
Smart Slider
Smart slider icon.Use the smart slider to find just the right lighting and color. 
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