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Advanced Photo & Video Features

Advanced Photo & Video Features

Learn how to access and use Camera modes, effects, customization, and crop a photo.


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To access the Camera app, from the home screen select the camera app Camera icon. You can also swipe left on the Lock screen. When you open Camera from the Lock screen, you can view (and even edit) photos and videos by selecting the thumbnail at the lower-left corner of the screen. To share photos and videos, first unlock your iPhone.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

• Access camera modes and filters
• Change Portrait Mode lighting
• Use Stage Light Mono
• Preserve camera settings
• Crop or edit a photo
• Use LiDAR
• Image stabilization

Access camera modes and filters

Swipe left or right to access camera modes such as Time Lapse Video, Slo-mo Video, Video, Photo, Portrait, and Pano.

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To access filters, select the Dropdown arrow icon then swipe left to and select the Filters icon. Select the desired filter

Note: Filters are not available in some camera modes.

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Change Portrait mode lighting

Portrait mode captures a picture with a sharp subject against a blurred background. You can add portrait lighting for dramatic effects. To access Portrait mode, from the camera screen, swipe left or right to Portrait mode. Scroll left or right on the bottom of the screen to the desired light setting

Note: Your photo depth preferences will be stored, allowing you to change or add to your desired lighting effects at a later time.

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Use Stage Light Mono

1. Stage Light Mono allows you to take a photo with the High-Key Mono portrait lighting effect and a real-time effect preview.  These computational portrait lighting effects can be easily adjusted right in the Photos app, even after the photo has been taken. From Portrait Mode in the camera app, swipe left on the bottom of the screen until you reach the STAGE LIGHT MONO setting. Select the Capture icon to take a picture. 

Note: A real-time preview shows you exactly how the photo will look before you snap it. The Camera app also tells you when you’re too close, too far away or if the area is too dark. This feature is only available on iPhone devices released in 2018 or later.

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2. To adjust the High-Key Mono portrait lighting effect, from the home screen, select the photos app Photos app. Select the Albums tab, then scroll to and select Portrait.

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3. Select the desired Portrait mode photo that you would like to edit then select Edit.

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4. Edit the photo as desired. When finished, select Done to save the changes.

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Preserve camera settings

Camera preservation settings allow you to preserve the last camera mode or filters used instead of resetting to Photo mode when you reopen the camera. To preserve camera settings, from the home screen, select the settings app Settings app > Camera > Preserve Settingsoff switch Camera Mode or off switch Filter & Lighting Switch.

Note: To learn more about camera settings visit the Camera and Video Settings tutorial.

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Crop or edit a photo

1. From the Camera app, select the Gallery icon. Swipe right to the desired photo, then select Edit.

Note: Alternately, from the home screen select the photos app Photos app then navigate to and select the desired photo.

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2. Select the Crop icon. Select and drag the crop corners to crop as desired, then select Done.

Note: With iOS 14, the editing feature has been completely re-designed. To further edit photos, from the editing screen, select the desired feature then edit settings as desired.

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The LiDAR Scanner on iPhone 12 Pro Max measures how long it takes light to reflect back from objects, so it can create a depth map of any space you’re in. Because it’s ultrafast and accurate, AR apps can now transform a room into a realistic rainforest or show you exactly how a new sneaker will fit. LiDAR allows for enhanced AR app functionality. It can also be used to measure objects.

From the home screen, navigate to and select the Utilities folder. Select the Measure app Measure app. Point the camera at the start point of the object you want to measure, then select the Plus icon Plus icon. Point the camera at the end point of the object you want to measure, then select the Plus iconPlus icon again. The measurements of the object will be displayed.

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Image stabilization

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a larger Wide sensor with bigger pixels to gather more light, for more detail and color in your photos. iPhone 12 Pro Max has stabilizer that moves with the sensor, keeping it even steadier than before. Until now, sensor‑shift stabilization was only on DSLR cameras. This is the first time it’s been adapted for iPhone. Whether you’re shooting video of your kids as you chase them around the park or holding your iPhone out the window on a bumpy road, you’ll get more precise stabilization than ever.

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