Hidden Features Revealed


  1. Take a picture: tap the on-screen shutter button or press either volume button. Pictures are placed into the Photos app Camera Roll.  You can even use the volume buttons on the earbuds.
  2. Burst mode: Hold down the shutter release or a volume button.
  3. Top Row feature buttons

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  1. Flash: Auto, On or Off. When should the iPhone’s flash be used? Answer: almost never!
  2. HDR: tap to turn on or off High Dynamic Range, which takes three quick shots at long, normal and short exposures and blends them into a single, optimal photo.
  3. Live Photos: On or Off. A snippet of animation is captured in each photo.
  4. Self-timer: set 3 or 10 Takes a short burst.
  5. Toggle between rear and front (selfie) cameras.
  6. Bottom Row formats

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Tap or slide the selector labels above the shutter to select …

  1. TIME-LAPSE – the camera automatically selects the best frame rate.
  2. SLO-MO – select 120 or 240 fps in Settings.
  3. VIDEO – record HD video, tap the record button or a volume button. Tap again to stop recording. Turn the “flash fill light” on and off any time during the capturing of a video.
  4. PHOTO – rectangular format pictures.
  5. SQUARE – format pictures (for Facebook and Instagram).
  6. PANO – Hold the iPhone in the vertical orientation. Tap the shutter release or a volume button and pan left-to-right. The iPhone will automatically create a panoramic picture.

>> When panning left-to-right, keep the arrow centered on the horizontal line. If you pan too fast, a prompt will warn you to slow down.

>> Tap the arrow to change the pan direction right-to-left.

If you have an iPhone 7 Plus, you also have PORTRAIT format, that will blur the background while keeping the subject in sharp focus.

Jake Jacobs

Jake Jacobs is a retired electrical engineer. He has worked many years in the high-tech arenas of Silicon Valley, MIT, and Orange County, where he co-founded a medical device company. He taught introductory computer science at Stanford University and has created and taught iPhone workshops locally for three years. If you would like more information on Jake's workshops, check out his website at JakeAir.weebly.com for the Fall schedule. Email Jake at JakeAir@cox.net
Jake Jacobs