How do you use the built-in Camera app for iPhone and iPad to take amazing photos, panoramas, bursts, time-lapses, videos, slow-mos, and more? Here is a learning treat for you!

iPhone Photography through Camera app

If you have an iPhone or iPad; you have probably the best camera in the world with you. All of us need to desperately use camera feature in daily lives and why not?  The camera has become one of the most important apps during the last decade. With it, you can capture selfies or else, squares or panoramas, 4K to slow motion, all with the help of the iPhone’s built-in high dynamic range (HDR), bursts, filters, grids, and more.

How to get quick access to the Camera on iPhone and iPad?

Life is unpredictable and it changes within fractions of a second. And you may want to capture a moment in that fraction of a second within your iPhone.   Unlocking your iPhone. Reaching the Home screen. Tapping the Camera app. And then finally shoot a video or take a photo, takes several seconds in which you may lose your moment.

iPhone Photography through Camera app

So, the time when you’re in a hurry, you should know how to get quick access to the camera app. Here are some methods:

  1. On the Lock screen, touch anywhere, tap on the camera icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. As shown in the picture below: –


  1. Also on the Lock screen, you can swipe to the left to launch the camera and shoot photos and videos.

iPhone Photography through Camera app

  1. Or swipe up to open Control Center, You just have to click on the camera icon.

iPhone Photography through Camera app

  1. You can ask Siri to open the Camera app by pressing and holding the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri or say, “Hey Siri.” Then say, Take a picturetake a square picture, or Take a panoramic picture. Then Siri will open the Camera app will open to the setting you asked for.


How to use all the features of the Camera app properly?

The Camera app helps you to take photos, videos, timer photos, selfies, panoramas, slow-mos and more. You can also take flash photos, high dynamic range photos, etc. Also, use the volume buttons or a headset remote to trigger the shutter. Here is how you can take photos with some of these methods:

  1. Simply Launch the camera icon on the home screen, place the frame on the object or scene and tap the shutter button in the mid-bottom of the screen. Or just press the Volume up button of the iPhone or the headset attached to the iPhone to trigger the shutter. Here you got your simple photo.
  2. For Burst mode pictures, you have to tap and hold the shutter of the camera But in iPhone 11 and 11 pro, press and swipe to the left in quick succession for Burst mode capture. iPhone will choose the best image on its own. But you can always select your favorite too by clicking on the thumbnail icon in the bottom right corner.

iPhone Photography through Camera app


  1. Click a Timer photo by clicking on the timer icon and setting it with the time frame such as 3sec or 10 seconds. Then tap the camera shutter button to start the countdown.

  1. To click Selfies tap the Flip camera button to switch between the front-facing FaceTime and rear-facing cameras. And then hit the shutter to get your selfie.
  2. For taking a Square Photo, On iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro devices, tap on the arrow at the top of the screen, and other devices just skip it. Then tap on aspect ratio, select square and go ahead, hit the shutter.


  1. Take a Panorama by swiping twice on the left to change the mode to Pano. Tap the shutter to start panorama. Try to keep the point of the arrow in line with the yellow guide. The app will also tell you if you’re moving too fast or too slow. Hit shutter to end panorama. Remember you can take up to 240º panoramas in-camera apps.


  1. To click Live Photos, understand the fact that Live Photos are other than video, but still, seem like the small 12-megapixel photo that animates 1.5 seconds of motion before and after the still. All you have to do is to tap on the live photo button of diffusing rings. And then start your photo clicking method

How to adjust focus and exposure?

The Camera application on your iPhone or iPad is basic however amazing. It can consequently center and pull together, expose and re-expose, on whatever piece of the picture you like. You can even predisposition the openness with a swipe. For better shots, you can turn on the grid. What’s more, you can turn geo-location on and off to either follow your photographs or ensure your protection, whatever you like.


  1. To lock the focus just tap on the screen where you want to keep focus, hold onto the focal point until you see AE/AF lock, and hit the shutter.
  2. To adjust the exposure or brightness of the picture just press the focus point and exposure button near it and long-press it to get an adjusting slider for your photo. With this slider, you can adjust your exposure to the photo.iPhone Photography through Camera app

How to shoot a video?

You can shoot video, slow mos, and time-lapse with your iPhone. Here are the methods:-

  1. To shoot a video, launch your camera app and tap on Video to switch to Video mode. Tap on the red circle in the middle of the screen’s bottom to start filming and tap it again to end filming.
  2. For Slow-mos’ tap on the slow-mo mode from the bottom menu in the camera app. Shoot your slow-mo from here. You can edit the speed of your slow-mo by looking at this blog post.
  3. For Time-lapse, you just need to switch to Time-lapse from the menu at the bottom. Then start shooting by hitting the record button. Shoot longer for Pro results.