New iPhone Camera Tricks to Revolutionize Your Photo and Video Experience

What you should know


  • How to quickly edit hundreds of photos and videos by copying and pasting edits across different files.
  • Adjusting exposure, brightness, brilliance, and saturation to make iPhone photos and videos look more realistic and less overexposed.
  • Taking Portrait mode photos without actually using “Portrait mode” on iPhone 15, including in low light conditions.
  • Using the iPhone’s Action mode for smooth video recording in moving vehicles, not just for high-action scenarios.


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Well, here we are again. Diving into the second chapter of our “tips and tricks” saga. Just like the first round, these little nuggets of wisdom are quick to pick up. Seriously, it’ll take seconds to learn ’em, and once you do, there’s no going back. You’ll see.

How about editing a boatload of photos and videos in a snap? No kidding, I’m dead serious. And making the light in your iPhone snaps look spot-on realistic every single time? Yep, we’re covering that. Oh, and snagging that Portrait mode vibe without actually flipping to Portrait mode? We’ve got tricks up our sleeves for that too. Plus, nabbing a killer Portrait mode shot in almost pitch darkness? It’s on the list. Want super smooth videos while you’re zooming in a car? Action mode is your new best friend. And drawing the straightest arrow known to mankind with your iPhone’s photo editor? I’ll show you how.

Now, don’t think these are just any old tips I’ve thrown together. Nope. I’ve been putting each and every one to the test on my iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 15 Pro Max I’ve got for science. And hey, maybe you’re already a pro with some of these tricks. But I bet there’s at least one you haven’t tried. And if you find a new trick, well, you’re supposed to win $100… But, uh, let’s just say that’s not exactly accurate. My bad.

Alright, let’s get into these iPhone camera secrets. Trust me, your photo game is never gonna be the same. We’re talking 10 must-try features that’ll blow your mind. Ready?

Ever heard of the magical “copy-paste” for your photo/video edits on the iPhone? I can’t quite remember when this revelation hit me, but boy, did it change everything. Editing became a whole new ball game. And honestly, I think it’s one of the most slept-on features out there. For those in the know, yep, I’m talking about that sweet, sweet ability to copy your edits from one pic or clip and slap ’em onto another. Just hit up your Photos app, tweak a photo/video to perfection, tap those three dots in the top right, and boom—copy those edits. Then paste ’em all over the place. Or, you know, check out the video tutorial I whipped up if you’re visual like me.

Now, onto a little issue we’ve all noticed but maybe not talked about enough. Your iPhone’s camera has a bit of an overexposure problem. Pics and vids come out looking too bright, washed out, and just… off. But don’t worry, I’ve got a fix or two for you. First off, you could dial down the exposure right in your camera app. Look for that little histogram icon and tweak your default exposure settings. I’m talking maybe -0.3, or even -1.0 if you’re really battling some serious brightness. But, because life loves to throw curveballs, those settings might not always stick thanks to ever-changing light conditions. That’s where Plan B comes in—editing after the fact. Just hit “Edit” on any photo or video and start playing with the Exposure and Brightness sliders. You’ll be amazed at how much more realistic your shots can look.

And don’t even get me started on Night mode. Those pics come out looking like broad daylight when all you wanted was a moody night shot. Here’s a pro tip: you might wanna tweak the Brilliance and Saturation settings too for that chef’s kiss of accuracy.

Now, for my iPhone 15 folks, get ready for a game-changer. You no longer need to switch to Portrait mode to get that dreamy Portrait mode effect. That’s right. The iPhone 15 series automatically saves every human or pet pic as a Portrait mode shot too. Just tap the toggle in the top left of your photo to switch between the portrait and standard versions. But here’s the kicker: this trick works for pretty much anything, not just living, breathing subjects. Tap on whatever you’re shooting, and if it’s within the right distance, bam—automatic Portrait mode without the hassle.

But wait, there’s more. You’re totally missing out on some epic Portrait mode shots at night if you’re not using your flash. I know, I know, flash photography is a bit of a taboo. But hear me out. With the iPhone 15 Pro Max, for example, you can snag stunning portraits in the dark by turning off Night mode and flipping on the flash. Dive straight into Portrait mode if you want, or just tap on your subject to keep things casual. Sure, the flash might feel a bit intense at times (looking at you, stuffed deer photo), but that’s usually because you’re too close. Step back, use a zoom lens if you have to, and watch the magic happen. Thanks to some clever optimization by Apple, and a little help from the LiDAR sensor, you can get some seriously nice portraits without that harsh “flash look.” And let’s not forget, Night mode isn’t always the answer, especially for those zoomed-in shots.

But hey, this story’s getting long, and I’ve still got more to share. So, let’s keep it brief. You ever find yourself in a moving car or train, wishing you could capture a smooth video? Enter Action mode. It’s not just for when you’re running or jumping around. Nope, it’s perfect for those bumpy rides too. Just remember, you need enough light for Action mode to work its magic. If it’s too dark, your iPhone will straight-up tell you it’s a no-go.

And last but not least, let’s talk about drawing perfectly straight lines on your iPhone photos or screenshots. Sounds impossible, right? Wrong. With this nifty trick, all you have to do is start drawing your line or shape, then hold your finger down without letting go. Like magic, your wonky lines straighten out. Who knew?

So, there you have it. A bunch of iPhone camera tips and tricks that’ll take your photo and video game to the next level. And remember, it’s all about experimenting and having fun. Happy shooting!

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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