Learn how to use the Portrait, Panorama, Slow Motion, and other camera modes on your device.
Choosing the right mode for shooting
The various camera modes available directly on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will help you achieve the perfect result when taking photos and videos. To switch between modes, swipe left or right. The following modes are available: “Photo”, “Video”, “Time Lapse”, “Slow Motion”, “Square”, “Portrait” and “Panorama”.
Before you begin, make sure you have the latest version of iOS installed.
"Photo" is the standard mode that is selected when the "Camera" program is opened. It is used to take ordinary photos and Live Photos that come to life when touched.
The camera automatically adjusts image focus and adjusts exposure for the selected subject. Thus, the photos from the very beginning are well lit.
You can change the focus and exposure of the camera for a selected portion of the frame. Before taking a picture, tap the area on the screen whose settings you want to configure. Then, if you want to keep the focus and exposure at the same point, press and hold on the screen until “Exposure / focus lock” appears.
On iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, you can use the QuickTake feature to easily shoot video in photo mode. On other iPhone models, you can press and hold the shutter button to take continuous shots. To stop shooting, simply release the shutter button.
Portrait mode creates the effect of depth of field. This allows you to create photos that retain the sharpness of the subject with a beautiful background blur effect. Portrait mode is available on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus. Owners of iPhone X or later can also take selfies in Portrait mode. Learn how to identify your iPhone model.
To use the Portrait mode, open the Camera app and switch to Portrait mode. If the program advises you to move further from the subject, do it. When the Depth Effect box turns yellow, take a picture.
Now, images taken in Portrait mode on iPhone X and later, as well as the iPhone 8 Plus, can be made even more mesmerizing thanks to the studio-quality lighting effects. After shooting, click "Edit" and select one of the effects: "Studio Light", "Contour Light", "Stage Light" or "Stage Light. Mono". And on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and later, you can create a beautiful classic look using the “Light tonality. b & w” effect.
On the iPhone XR, the effects “Stage Light”, “Stage Light. Mono" and "Light Key. B / W" are not supported on the rear camera.
In the “Square” mode, the frame on the camera screen becomes square. This is a photo format optimized for most social networking applications. Thus, the photograph taken can be immediately published on your favorite social network.
On iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, click the arrow () to view other options, including Square mode.