Advanced Photo & Video Features
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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
• Use Live Text with Video
• Isolate Image from background
• Visual Lookup

Access camera modes and filters

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

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To access filters, select the dropdown arrow then swipe left on the bottom of the screen 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.

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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 Modeoff switch Creative Control, or Switch off icon Exposure Adjustment 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: To further edit photos, from the editing screen, select the desired feature then edit settings as desired.

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Use Live Text with Video

Live Text works with videos. Pause any video to a frame with text and use Live Text to scan text to share, look up, translate and more.

1. From the Photos app Photos app, navigate to and select the desired video. Select the pause icon at the desired time.

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2. Select the Live Text icon, then select and hold the desired text. Select the desired option.

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Isolate image from background

Isolate the subject of an image from its background. You can then drag the isolated image into another app as an attachment such as the Messages, Mail or Notes app.

1. From the Photos app Photos app, navigate to and select the desired image. Select and hold the subject of the desired image, then select Copy.

Note: With iOS17 you can now use Visual Look Up to get more information about an isolated subject. Select Look Up from the callout bar. You can also isolate multiple subjects at a time. After isolating a subject, select Select All from the callout bar.


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2. With your isolated image copied, navigate to the desired app, then select and hold the desired location. Select Paste.

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Visual Lookup

With Visual Look Up in iOS17, you can discover similar recipes from photos of food, map routes to stores identified in photos, and the meaning of signs and symbols on things like laundry tags. You can also Look up information about objects that appear in paused video frames.


VIEW RECIPES THROUGH VISUAL LOOKUP: From the Photos app Photos app, navigate to and select the desired image. Select the Information icon, then select Look Up Food. Recipes based of the image will be displayed.


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VISUAL LOOK UP IN VIDEO: From a video in the Photos app, you can look up more information about any isolated subject. Pause the video on any frame. Select and hold the desired subject, then select Look Up for more information.

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