Apple released a new playlist on their YouTube channel that has 9 short, less-than-a-minute videos.
Each of these videos detail how to use some of the camera features that the iPhones has. More particularly, their current flagships – the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Some of the topics shown in the videos are actually pretty useful. There are also some that we already knew about. While a few of them are the camera features that we already used, it’s not as creative like how Apple projected it in the video.
You can check out the said videos below, including some of my thoughts about it.
Shooting stills while filming
Well, this is one of the videos that should be included in a “Quick User Guide”. However, despite being a basic feature, it looks like a lot of iPhone users aren’t really familiar about it.
Shoot selfies with the timer on
This video is self-explanatory and I’m pretty sure everyone already knows it.
How to capture a unique angle
Now this third one is pretty nifty. The video below shows the power of framing and angles when taking a picture. This can be a useful tool, but it will still depend on the user’s creativity.
How to shoot golden hour
Probably one of my favorite setting when shooting is during the golden hour. That few moments when the light meets dark. There’s something about the dramatic lighting it creates that makes for a really good photo. And in the video below, Apple instructs us to use the remaining available sunlight as the primary lighting, then lower the exposure before triggering the shutter button.
How to shoot a great portrait
Now this feature is only exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus. As you may know, the higher-end variant of the iPhone 7 has a dual camera setup at the back. This not only allows its users to have an authentic zooming-in capability, but it can also be used to take images with shallow depth-of-field, or more commonly known as the ‘Bokeh” effect.
The video below basically teaches the iPhone 7 Plus users how to use the Portrait Mode, which can only be found in their devices.
How to shoot close up
This next one basically demonstrates how close an iPhone camera can shoot from a subject. And as per the video, Apple said that you can get up to 10cm away from the subject before it will have a hard time finding focus. The video also suggests that you pump up the exposure before hitting the shutter button.
How to shoot vertical Panorama
Now this is actually a more creative way to utilize this already popular feature. A lot of smartphone owners are used in shooting panoramas in horizontal orientation. But now, Apple demonstrates how to take panorama shots to a new level.
However, the success of the shot will still depend on your subject. So don’t expect to have yours to be as good as what Apple was able to capture on the video below.
How to shoot without a flash
Now this is probably a tricky one. Apple basically wants its users to take pictures at low-light without a flash. But wait, let’s hear them out.
Apparently, you will still need a light source, but not from the built-in flash that ruins the shot. You can either get it from a street light, a lamp, a car headlight, or like in the video below, the light coming from the establishment nearby. Apple also tasks you to tap the subject itself so the software can expose it right.
How to shoot action
Now you are maybe more familiar with this last one, especially if you have kids (or pets) that are always running around, or you and your squad loves to do jump shots. The video below basically shows you how to use the iPhone’s burst feature. A feature that has a lot of use other than shooting action.
Basically that’s it. All these 9 videos that Apple have beautifully produced are for those who are wanting to learn more about the capabilities of their devices. But for some pros out there, I’m pretty sure these are just elementary lessons. And with that, I encourage you to share some your tips and tricks when shooting on an iPhone, or any other smartphone in the comments below.