Camera on iPhone 7+ and iPhone X (2019)

iPhone Camera

The camera on iPhone 7 Plus, 8, 8 plus an iPhone X

In this Blog Discovering the image-editing tools built into the Photos app Learning about the Camera app’s Selfie and Live Picture features Taking advantage of the improved Portrait mode with the new Portrait Lighting feature on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.


In this blog, we have to explain how to disable Camera on iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X and also how to change camera settings on iPhone X.



In this blog, the phrase, “newer iPhone and iPad models” refers to iPhone 6s series; iPhone 7 series; the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X; and the more recently released iPad Pro models.


Working with the Cameras

Whether you’re using one of the latest iPhone models or an older iPhone (or any iPad model for that matter), you can take crystal-clear photos and create large and vibrant full-color prints from your digital image files, or share those images using options offered by the Photos app’s Share menu.


The iPhone X is the first Apple mobile device to include a front-facing, 7MP TrueDepth camera (which can be used to take photos, shoot video, or participate in video calls via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, or Skype). It can also be used to create and record Animojis.


Both the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X include two separate rear-facing cameras (offering a wide-angle and telephoto lens) and a redesigned Quad- LED True Tone to flash with Slow Sync, which is designed to provide better results than older iPhone models when you’re shooting in low light.



The iPhone 7 Plus also offers two, 12MP rear-facing cameras, but the image sensor and lenses on the iPhone 7 Plus are not as well equipped to handle low light as on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Also, the flash on the iPhone 7 Plus does not offer the advanced Slow Sync feature.


What’s New

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all feature Apple’s A11 Bionic chip as its processor. When it comes to digital photography, this chip, along with other enhanced features within the phones, make it easier than ever to capture clear images when you’re shooting in low light or while you (the photographer) is in motion, such as when you’re taking a photo while in a moving vehicle.


To switch between the rear-facing wide-angle and telephoto lenses on an iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, tap the circular Zoom icon near the bottom center of the viewfinder screen, just above the shooting mode menu.


Alternatively, place and hold your finger on the circular Zoom Intensity icon, and a zoom slider appears. Use this zoom slider, or a reverse-pinch/pinch finger gesture, to zoom in or out from the Camera app’s viewfinder screen.


When you switch to the telephoto lens, it is set to 5x magnification. You can then increase the zoom intensity up to 10x. To switch back to the wide-angle lens, tap the circular icon.


When using the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, the default is for the Camera app to always use the wide-angle lens with 1x (zero) zoom magnification. Use the reverse-pinch finger gesture or the zoom slider to adjust the zoom between 1x and 10x without manually switching between the rear-facing cameras.


The iPhone automatically switches from one camera to another when it’s necessary. On an iPad, the zoom slider is displayed along the left margin of the viewfinder screen.



When you’re using higher levels of the optical or digital zoom (higher than 5x, for example) with the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, be sure to hold the smartphone very still as you press the shutter button to snap a photo.


Even the slightest movement can cause the image to appear blurry or pixelated, particularly in low- light situations (when you aren’t using the flash). The Camera app’s built-in image stabilization sometimes compensates for this (mainly in well-lit situations), but not always.



The Camera Selection icon displayed in the bottom-right corner of the viewfinder screen is still used to switch between the front- and rear-facing cameras


The cameras built into the iPhone 7 series and iPhone 8 series now include what Apple refers to as Optical Image Stabilization, improved body, and face detection, as well as other features that work behind the scenes to help you automatically take clearer, more vibrant photos in a broader range of shooting situations.



The iPhone X offers what Apple refers to as Dual Optical Image Stabilization, an even more advanced version of Optical Image Stabilization, which helps to compensate for unwanted camera movement or shaking while shooting.


The iPhone 7 series, iPhone 8 series or iPhone X has four auto-adjusting LEDs to create the True Tone flash rather than just two. This enables the smartphone to better analyze the available light, and then use the flash to simulate but brighten the ambient light when taking a photo.


This new Quad-LED True Tone flash should help reduce red-eye, overexposed subjects, and unwanted shadows that a typical camera flash often causes. In some cases, though, you can capture more authentic colors and lighting by turning on the HDR shooting mode instead of using the flash.



When you’re using one of the latest iPhone models and viewing the Home screen, you can place and hold your finger gently on the Camera app icon to reveal a Touch 3D menu that enables you to access the Selfie picture taking feature, record a video, record a slo-mo video, or take a portrait by tapping one of the listed options.



Shooting Photos or Video

All iPhones and iPads have at least two built-in cameras—one in the front and one on the back of the device, but the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X each have three built-in cameras. The front-facing camera makes it easier to snap photos of yourself (that is, take a “selfie,” or participate in video calls via FaceTime or Skype).


The rear-facing camera (which can take much higher-resolution photos or video) enables you to photograph or record whatever is in front of you. Tap the camera-shaped Camera Selection icon to switch between cameras.



The iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all have two, 12MP rear-facing cameras. This means that every image uses 12 million individual pixels (colored dots) to compose and display the image.


The cameras built into the iPhone X (and the functionality offered by them) is the most advanced to date, allowing you to take clearer, more vibrant photos in a wider range of lighting and shooting situations.


The main camera viewfinder screen, which occupies the main area of the screen, appears as soon as you launch the Camera app on an iPhone or iPad. What you see in this viewfinder is what will be captured in your digital photo (or video).


On the iPhone, along the top and bottom of the screen are several command icons and options. On an iPad, most command icons and options are displayed along the right margin of the screen.


Understanding the Shooting Modes

From the Shooting Mode menu offered on the latest iPhone models, your options include Time-Lapse, Slow-Mo, Video, Photo, Square, and Pano. Use your finger to manually scroll left or right to select your shooting mode. The active shooting mode is highlighted in yellow directly above the Shutter button.


On an iPad, the available shooting modes are displayed below the Shutter button in the right margin of the viewfinder screen. Scroll up/down to view and access them.



If you’re using one of the latest iPhones, the Selfie shooting mode enables you to snap a photo and use the smartphone’s entire screen as your flash.


You can access this feature from the Home screen using the Camera app’s 3D Touch menu, or anytime you’re using the front-facing camera (as long as the flash option is set to On or Auto). Here’s how you can use the six shooting modes:


Time-Lapse—Enables you to set up the Camera app to automatically keep snapping one photo at a time (the time interval is dynamically set by the iOS device) until you manually turn off this function.


This feature works best if you mount the iOS mobile device on a tripod or use it with a stand. It’s great for capturing changes that happen in a single scene over time, such as a sunrise or sunset. The content created when using the Time Lapse feature is stored in the Photos app as a video, not as a series of photos.



When shooting with Time Lapse mode, the longer you leave the feature turned on (so the Camera app keeps taking photos automatically over an extended period of time), the longer the interval is between shots.


Typically, if you leave this feature turned on long enough, the images are condensed into a 30- to 40-second mini-movie that shows the animated time-lapsed images.


Slo-Mo—Enables you to shoot high-action video but play it back in slow motion. When using one of the latest iPhone or iPad models, you can capture slow-motion video in 1080p resolution, at up to 240 frames per second. This shooting mode is ideal if you’re shooting a fast-moving subject or a high-action activity.


Video—Enables you to shoot HD-quality video using your iPhone or iPad. Depending on which device you’re using, you can shoot 4K resolution video at up to 60 frames per second.


Keep in mind that your iPhone or iPad is ideal for shooting relatively short video clips. These HD video files take up a tremendous amount of storage space, so if you want to shoot long home videos, consider using a dedicated video camera.



In Settings, you can select the video shooting resolution. The options vary based on the device you’re using. To adjust the default video resolution on an iPhone or iPad, launch Settings, tap the Camera option and then tap the Record Video option or Record Slo-Mo option.


Keep in mind that the higher the resolution you select, the larger your video files will be. Larger files require more internal storage space in your mobile device.


Photo—Used for taking most pictures, this shooting mode allows you to snap regular, rectangular-shaped digital images at the highest resolution the front- or rear-facing camera that’s built into your iPhone or iPad is capable of.



The shooting resolution of the rear-facing camera can capture images and video at a much higher resolution than the front-facing camera. So, unless you’re taking a selfie (a photo of yourself and whatever is behind you), you’ll typically capture clearer, more vivid, and more detailed images and video using the rear-facing camera.


Square—Automatically crops images as you’re shooting photos to be compatible with services such as Instagram. You wind up with square images.


Pano—Launches the Camera app’s panoramic mode, which is ideal for shooting vast landscapes, skylines, or large groups of people. You wind up with a long, rectangular image.



In addition to the Time-Lapse option, the Camera app on more recent iPhone and iPad models offers a Timer option. To turn on the timer, tap the Timer icon, and then set it for 3 or 10 seconds. Doing this determines how long the Camera app waits between the time you press the Shutter button and when an image is actually taken and saved.



The Live Photo feature of the Camera app enables you to snap a photo but capture it as a two- to three-second mini-movie (with sound) that can later be viewed as an animated image on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, or Apple Watch that’s using the Photos app or is capable of displaying digital photos in other ways.


For example, you can use a Live Photo as your custom watch face on the Apple Watch, or as the Lock screen wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad.


A Live Photo can still be treated as a regular digital image file. The iOS 11 edition of the Photos app allows you to edit, share, email, and print Live Photos.



To capture a Live photo, from the viewfinder screen when taking a photo, tap the Live icon, which looks like a target and is in the top-center of the screen on an iPhone. On an iPad, it’s the top command icon in the right margin of the viewfinder screen. When the feature is active, this icon is yellow.


Using the Built-In Flash

On the iPhone (and iPad Pro models), the flash icon enables you to control whether the built-in flash is used as you’re shooting photos or video. Tap the Flash icon, and then tap the On, Off, or Auto option to toggle this feature.


The Auto option is offered only on the newer iPhone and iPad Pro models. The Auto option enables the smartphone to analyze the available light for you, and it automatically determines whether the flash is needed.



Keep in mind that even in low-light situations, you can often achieve better results if you shoot photos using the HDR shooting mode rather than using the flash.



Starting with the iPhone 5 series, the smartphone includes what Apple calls a True Tone flash. This is really two flashes that work together and emit light in different colors. As a result, the Camera app analyzes the available light in each shooting situation and enhances it, while monitoring the natural colors in a photo.


The True Tone flash automatically reduces the red-eye effect when taking pictures of people, and it can often reduce or eliminate unwanted shadows in photos. In the iPhone 7 series, iPhone 8 series, and iPhone X, the built-in flash uses four separate LEDs that work together, as opposed to just two.


A True Tone Flash is also built into the latest iPad Pro models.



If you’re using a newer iPhone model and you activate the flash when using the front-facing camera, the entire screen of your iPhone automatically serves as a simulated flash to brighten your face when the ambient light isn’t adequate. Make sure the Camera app’s flash option is turned on for this to work.


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Using the Autofocus and Exposure Control Options

As you’re looking at the Camera app’s viewfinder and framing your shot, be sure to force the app to focus on your intended subject by tapping the screen directly over where your subject appears.


When you do this, the Autofocus Sensor box appears in the viewfinder, and the Camera app focuses on your intended subject (that is, what’s in the box). What’s behind, in front of, above, below, or to the sides of your subject may be slightly blurred.


If you’re shooting people, however, the Camera app automatically identifies each person’s face in a photo and focuses on those faces. An Autofocus Sensor box appears around each person’s face.



In addition to the Autofocus Sensor, some devices also have a manual Exposure Control slider. It looks like a sun-shaped icon that appears to the immediate right of the Autofocus Sensor. 


When this Exposure Control slider is displayed, place your finger on the icon and slide it up or down to manually adjust the exposure before snapping the photo.



Although the Photos app enables you to trim your video clips as well as view and share the videos, if you want to edit your videos, plus add titles and special effects, use Apple’s feature-packed iMovie app, which is available from the App Store. For more information about iMovie, visit



Depending on which iPhone or iPad model you’re using, your Camera app might include a second, circular (white) Shutter button. You can use this second Shutter button to snap high-resolution digital images at the same time you’re shooting HD video.


Using the Photos App to View, Edit, Enhance, Print, and Share Photos and Videos

Use the Photos app to view, organize, edit, and share images stored on your iOS device or in your iCloud account. The iOS 11 version of the Photos app includes a robust selection of photo editing and image enhancement tools.



The Photos app has built-in face and objects recognition, and it automatically sorts your images based on who or what appears in them.


In addition, the Camera app uses the GPS (Location Services) capabilities of your mobile device to record the exact location where each photo (or video) is shot, and it also records the time and date.


As a result, the Photos app’s Related feature is able to sort images based on location, who or what appears in your photos, and when they were taken and group those images together.


When you tap the Albums icon in Photos, you’ll discover that separate folders for People and Places have automatically been created. These folders are auto-populated with appropriate photos as you take them.



Tap the Places option to view a world map that shows the places you’ve been where you’ve taken photos, as well as how many photos you took there. Place your finger on this map and drag it around to reposition it. Use the reverse-pinch or pinch finger gestures to zoom in or out.


Tap any location tag on the map to view the collection of photos taken there. For this feature to work, you must have the Location Services feature turned on for the Camera and Photos apps.



The All Photos/Camera Roll, Favorites, People, Places, Videos, Selfies, Live Photos, Portrait, Panoramas, Time-Lapse, Bursts, Screenshots, Slo-Mo, and Recently Deleted albums are automatically created on your behalf in Photos. These albums are populated with appropriate photos and video clips as you take them or transfer them into your iPhone or iPad.


If you opt to use third-party photography apps, additional albums may automatically be created to store images taken or edited using those apps. Any Albums you create are displayed with their custom names under the My Albums heading.


Navigating Around the Photos App

Displayed at the bottom of the Photos app is a series of command icons. Use these to navigate your way around the app, find your images, and then use the tools offered by the app to manage your photo collection, edit your images, and ultimately share them.


The main command icons in the Photo app include the following:


Photos—Tap this option to sort and view all images stored locally within your iPhone/iPad or that are stored in your iCloud Photo Library. Images are sorted based on the time and date, as well as the location where they were taken. Use your finger to scroll up or down this screen.


To select and work with any of the images, tap the Select option, and then tap their image thumbnails. You can then delete those images, share them (by tapping the Share icon), copy them into another folder (using the Add To option). Tap any single image to view it, and then use the Photos app’s editing and management tools to work with that single image.



When you select the Photos option, images are sorted based on when or where they were shot. Years displays thumbnails of all images shot in a particular year and includes details about where those images were shot.


Collections further break down a Years grouping to sort images based on when and where they were taken. Moments enables you to display thumbnails of images in a Collection that represent one location or date.


As you’re viewing thumbnails in the Moments view, tap one of them to view and work with a single image. Tap the < icon in the top-left corner of the screen to move backward between individual photos, Moments, Collections, and Years.


Memories—Access, view, edit, manage and share Memories that are automatically created by the Photos app.


Shared—Access and manage images you’ve stored in custom folders, or that have been placed online using iCloud’s Photo Sharing feature.


Albums—Access, view, and manage albums (folders), as well as individual images stored in each album. In addition to the albums that the Photos app has created and populated for you, you can create and manage your own custom albums, and place groups of photos you select in them.



The Photos app offers nine preinstalled special effect filters. After tapping the Filters icon, select the filter you want to apply to your image with a single onscreen tap. A preview of the altered image is displayed. To save the changes, tap Done. To discard the changes, tap Cancel, or tap another filter.



In addition to the filters that come preinstalled with the Photos app, third-party developers can now create optional filters you can use with the Photos app.



The Photos app enables you to edit or enhance many different aspects of a photo. Begin by tapping the Adjust icon. Then, from the Adjust submenu, tap the Light, Color, or B&W option. Each one of these options reveals a submenu that offers a variety of editing tools.



As you’re using the various editing tools, press your finger gently on the image to toggle between viewing the original image and the edited version of the image you’re working with. Doing this enables you to see the effect the editing tool is having on your image.


The Light Tools

When you tap the Light tool, a slider appears that enables you to manually increase or decrease the overall Light effect in the image being viewed.


When you tap the Menu icon (after tapping the Light option), a submenu with options for Brilliance, Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Brightness, Contract, and Black Point is displayed.


Tap any of these options to reveal a separate slider you can use to manually adjust that option. Keep in mind that you can mix and match the use of these tools to create truly customized visual effects.



The new Portrait Lighting feature available on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X can also be used to digitally alter and enhance the lighting of an image shot using Portrait mode.


This can be done while taking the photo, or after the fact using the Photos app. This feature is separate from the Light tools available to all iPhone and iPad users working with the Photos app.


The Color Tools

When you tap the Color icon, a master Color slider is displayed. Use your finger to manually adjust this feature. Tap the Menu icon to reveal additional color-related options, including Saturation, Contrast, and Cast.


Each of these tools has its own slider that you can manually adjust. Again, after making a change, be sure to tap Done to save your edits. Alternatively, tap Cancel/Close to exit out of the selected editing tool without making any changes.


The B&W Tools

Tap the B&W icon to instantly convert a full-color image into black and white. You can manually adjust the black, white, and grayscale colors using the B&W slider.


By tapping the Menu icon after selecting the B&W editing tool, additional submenu options enable you to manually adjust the image’s Intensity, Neutrals, Tone, and Grain, which all relate directly to the black-and-white effect.


Upon tapping one of these options, a separate slider is offered, so you can adjust the intensity of the tool and the effect it has on your image.

After making a change, tap Done to save your edits or Cancel/Close to exit out of the selected editing tool without making any changes.


Sharing Photos and Videos

After you have selected one or more images, tap the Share icon to access the


Sending Images Wirelessly via Airdrop

If you’re within close proximity to another Mac, iPhone, or iPad and the other computer or iOS mobile device also has the AirDrop feature turned on, you can wirelessly send images from within the Photos app using the AirDrop feature.


This feature becomes active only when others nearby can receive an AirDrop transmission.



Use the options available from the Share menu to share selected images via AirDrop, Text Message, Email, iCloud Photo Sharing, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. You can also copy images to a compatible cloud-based file-sharing/storage service by tapping the Save to Files icon.


App icons for third-party apps that are installed in your iPhone or iPad and that you can use for sharing images are also displayed here—for example, Instagram or Facebook Messenger.


From the Share menu, tap the Add to Notes icon to export a photo directly into a note in the Notes app, or tap Save PDF to iBooks to export the image using the PDF file format so it can be viewed in iBooks.


Tap the More (…) icon to display a list of all apps installed on your iPhone or iPad that are compatible with the Photos app’s Share menu. To add apps to the Share menu, turn on the virtual switch associated with each app listing when viewing the Activities menu.


The bottom row of command icons displayed in the Share menu offers a selection of tools for managing the selected image(s).


Here, you’ll find options including Copy, Slideshow, Hide, Print, Duplicate, Assign to Contact, Use As Wallpaper, Add to Album, Save to Dropbox (if you have the Dropbox app installed and an active Dropbox account), Save to Files, and More (…) command icons. On an iPhone, you need to scroll horizontally to see all of the icons.



In the Share menu are options for iCloud Photo Sharing. To place photos online in a particular iCloud Photos album that you will ultimately want to share with other people, tap the iCloud Photo Sharing option, and then fill in the prompts offered in the iCloud window that appears.


To upload the selected images to iCloud Drive (which is different from iCloud Photo Library or iCloud Shared Albums), select the Save to Files option, select iCloud Drive, and then choose the folder or subfolder where you want to store the photo(s).


Troubleshooting Camera Problems on iPhone

Many of Your Photos Are Blurry

The iPhone camera hardware is gradually getting better and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch generally take pretty good shots. However, probably the biggest problem most people have with iOS photos is blurry images, which are caused by not holding the device steady while taking the shot.


Solution: The iPhone 6 and later do offer optical image stabilization, which means the camera automatically compensates for subtle handshaking and other small movements. But even if you have an earlier iPhone or some other iOS device (iPhone, ipad) there are a few things you can do to minimize or hopefully eliminate blurred shots:


  • Widen your stance to stabilize your body.
  • Lean your shoulder (at least) or your entire side (at best) against any nearby object, such as a wall, doorframe, or car.


  • Place your free arm across your torso with your forearm parallel to the ground, then rest the elbow of your “shooting” arm (that is, the one holding the device) on the free arm, which should help steady your shooting arm.


  • Hold your breath while taking the shot.


  • Remember that your device takes the shot when you release the Shutter button, not when you press it. Therefore, keep your subject composed and yourself steadied as best you can until you lift your finger off the Shutter button.


Note You might be tempted to press and hold the Shutter button and release it only when you are steady. Unfortunately, that technique no longer works because pressing and holding the Shutter button initiates burst mode, which takes photos at a rate of 10 per second.

  • After you release the Shutter button, keep the phone steady until the photo thumbnail appears in the lower-left corner of the screen. If you move while the device is finalizing the photo, you’ll blur the shot.


  • Keep some or all of these pointers in mind while shooting with your iOS device(iPhone, iPad) and you’ll soon find that blurry photos are a thing of the past.

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You Have Trouble Taking a Straight Photo



Although you’ll occasionally want to take a photo at a fun or interesting angle, most of the time our photos look their best when they’re straight. However, when you’re taking quick or casual shots, getting them straight can be a challenge. You can always straighten photos after you take them, but it’s better to get them straight right from the beginning.


Solution: A useful way to ensure your photos are straight is to display the Camera app’s grid, which divides the frame into nine rectangles (that is, a 3x3 grid) by displaying two horizontal and two vertical lines.


These lines don’t show up in your photo, but you can use them to make sure your subject is aligned both horizontally and vertically. Follow these steps to activate the grid:

  • \1.\   Open the Settings app.
  • \2.\   Tap Photos & Camera.
  • \3.\   Tap the Grid switch to On.


Tip The grid is also useful for composing pictures using the Rule of Thirds, where you place your subject on one of the grid lines (or on the intersection of two grid lines) instead of in the middle of the screen.

Troubleshooting Photo Problems

A Photo Has the Wrong Exposure or Similar Light Problems Even if you take quite a bit of care setting up and taking your shot, you might still end up with a photo that is under- or overexposed, has shadows that are too dark or too light, or has poor overall contrast.


Of course, most of our shots are taken quickly to capture a moment, so these on-the-fly photos are even more likely to suffer from light problems.


Solution: The Photos app comes with an Enhance feature that can analyze a photo and apply several fixes automatically. Here’s how to use it:

  • \1.\   In the Photos app, open the photo you want to fix.
  • \2.\ Tap the photo to display the controls if you don’t see them already.
  • \3.\ Tap Edit. The Photos app displays its editing tools.
  • \4.\ Tap Enhance. The Photos app adjusts the color and brightness.
  • \5.\   Tap Done. The Photos app saves your changes.


Note  If your photo edits have made the image worse, you can restore the original. Tap to display the controls (if needed), tap Edit, tap Revert, and when Photos asks you to confirm, tap Revert to Original.


If the Enhance feature didn’t improve your photo, or if you prefer a more detailed approach, the Photos app also offers editing tools that can help you solve specific problems related to light. It offers seven sliders that you can use to adjust the lighting in a photo:


A Photo’s Colors Look Wrong



Your photo’s colors might end up looking off somehow. For example, they might lack intensity, they might look too similar, or the photo overall might look too blue or too red.


Solution: The Photos app offers several tools you can use to improve your photo’s colors. The easiest of these tools is the Enhance feature, which can adjust the photo’s colors automatically.


To apply the Enhance tool, use the Photos app to open the photo you want to fix, tap the photo to display the controls (if you don’t see them), tap Edit, tap Enhance, and then tap Done.


If the Enhance feature didn’t improve your photo’s colors, or if you prefer a more detailed edit, the Photos app also offers editing tools that can help you solve specific problems related to color. There are three sliders that you can use to adjust the colors in a photo:


Saturation. Use this slider to adjust the intensity of the photo’s colors. If your photo lacks dynamism, try increasing the saturation.


Contrast. Use this slider to adjust the distribution of the photo’s color tones. If the colors all kind of blend together, increase the contrast to make the colors stand apart.


Cast. Use this slider to adjust a photo that has too much red or too much blue. To adjust a photo’s colors using these tools, follow these steps:

  • \1.\   In the Photos app, open the photo you want to fix.
  • \2.\ Tap the photo to display the controls if you don’t see them already.
  • \3.\ Tap Edit. The Photos app displays its editing tools.
  • \4.\   Tap Light
  • \5.\ Tap the Color list. (In some cases, you might need to first tap the List icon)
  • \6.\ Tap the setting you want to adjust. Photos display a slider for the setting.
  • \7.\   Drag the setting left or right until you get the look you want.
  • \8.\ Tap the List icon to return to the Color list.
  • \9.\ Repeat steps 6 to 8 to make other color adjustments as needed.
  • \10.\   Tap Done. The Photos app saves your changes.
  • You Think Your Black and White Photos Could Look Better


Earlier you learned that applying one of the iOS black and white photo filters — Mono, Tonal, or Noir — could improve you low-light images.


Of course, you can also apply a black and white filter to any photo when you’re looking for that certain starkness, simplicity, or intensity that comes with black and white. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes just as likely that your black and white efforts will end up looking uninspired, bland, or messy.


Solution: It’s possible that you simply picked the wrong subject since not all scenes are suitable for black and white treatment. Assuming that’s not the case, however, you might be able to enhance your black and white photos by taking advantage of four settings in the Photos app’s B&W category:


Intensity. Use this slider to adjust the intensity of those parts of the photo that were converted from color to black and white. If your black and white photo lacks punch, try increasing the intensity.


Neutrals. Use this slider to adjust the intensity of those parts of the photo that were converted from white or a shade of gray. If those parts of your black and white aren’t prominent, try increasing the neutral value.


Tone. Use this slider to adjust the overall intensity of the photo. If your black and white photo looks washed out, try increasing the tone.


Grain. Use this slider to add graininess to your photo. If you want your photo to have a vintage look, try increasing the grain.


To adjust a black and white photo using these tools, follow these steps:

  • \1.\   In the Photos app, open the photo you want to fix.
  • \2.\ Tap the photo to display the controls if you don’t see them already.
  • \3.\ Tap Edit. The Photos app displays its editing tools.
  • \4.\   Tap Light.
  • \5.\ Tap the B&W list. (In some cases, you might need to first tap the List icon) The Photos app displays the available settings.
  • \6.\ Tap the setting you want to adjust. Photos display a slider for the setting.
  • \7.\   Drag the setting left or right until you get the look you want.
  • \8.\ Tap the List icon to return to the B&W list.
  • \9.\ Repeat steps 6 to 8 to make other black and white adjustments as needed.
  • \10.\ Tap Done. The Photos app saves your changes.


A Photo Contains One or More Instances of Red-Eye

When you use a flash to take a picture of one or more people or animals, in some cases the flash may reflect off the subjects’ retinas. The result is the common phenomenon of red-eye, where the subject’s pupils appear red instead of black.


Solution: If you have a photo on your iOS device where one or more people or animals have red-eye due to the camera flash, you can use the Photos app to remove it and give your subjects a more natural look. Here’s how:

  • \1.\ In the Photos app, open the photo that contains the red-eye you want to remove.
  • \2.\ Tap the photo to display the controls if you don’t see them already.
  • \3.\ Tap Edit. The Photos app displays its editing tools.
  • \4.\   Tap Red-Eye.
  • \5.\ Tap the red-eye that you want to remove. The Photos app removes the red-eye.
  • \6.\ Repeat Step 5 until you’ve removed all the red-eye in the photo.
  • \7.\   Tap Done. The Photos app applies the changes to the photo.