Pimp Your iPhone Camera: Tips And Best iOS Camera Apps

Pimp Your iPhone Camera: Tips And Best iOS Camera Apps on UltimateFreepps Top Blog

This just in: for some, the default iPhone camera app for iOS may seem bland and not capable enough.

Okay, this is nowhere near breaking - it's a well-rooted opinion, and while hardware-wise the iPhone camera is great, the default app appears lackluster to some.

But there’s still a way to make iOS photography great again - even though it’s been the camera of choice for millions around the world for a while now.

To a layman, the default iOS camera app is as good as it gets: it sports autofocus and refocuses automatically or with a slight touch of your thumb. When you need it, the exposure is changed without any hassle, and whether you have an iPhone or an iPad, photo location is managed easily.

Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get the most of your iOS camera app.

How to lock focus and exposure

  • Start the Camera app. (pic. 1)
  • Lightly tap your device’s screen and select the area of the picture you want the focus to stay on.
  • Touch and hold it until the AE/AF Lock icon appears. When it’s on, your exposure and focus are locked. (pic. 2)
  • Press the round shutter button to snap a picture.
  • Tap any area of the screen to unlock the automatic exposure and autofocus. (pic. 3)

How to change exposure

Depending on the light conditions, you may find yourself in need of making your photos either darker or brighter without additional processing. 

Doing this is as easy as it gets and all have to do is swipe in the right direction.

  • Once again, launch the Camera app.
  • Press and hold anywhere on your screen to highlight the focus area.
  • When you hold it long enough, you’ll see a Sun-shaped icon right next to the focus area.
  • Slide your thumb up and down to increase/decrease exposure. The sun icon will move up and down accordingly, and your photo will get darker or brighter.

To reset exposure and focus, tap anywhere on your screen again.

How to enable photo grid

If you want to make your photos a bit more artistic without any extra filters and excess painting-like effects, going with the rule of thirds is your safest bet. It helps you make your images more dynamic, natural and you’ll never screw up that horizon line on your seascapes again.

  • Go to your iOS device’s Settings.
  • Find and select Photos & Camera or just type it in the search bar.
  • Toggle the Grid button to turn it on.

When you restart the camera app, the grid lines will be there to help you.

How to enable geolocation

Geotagging is a great feature and it lets you build a map of your everyday activities as well as your overseas trips so you can relive the memories again and again.

However, sometimes going into full stealth mode is a valid option so you don’t attract too much unwanted attention and ensure your own safety - something Kim obviously missed along the lines.

To get yourself safe and covered, follow these simple steps.

  • Tap the Settings button on your homescreen.
  • Select Privacy.
  • Tap on Location Services.
  • Select Camera.
  • Make a choice between Never or While Using the App

These changes are not set in stone, and you’re free to turn location settings on and off whenever you want.

Best Camera Apps

If you feel like the default camera app is not going to cut it for you anymore, make sure you check out our photography apps chart and don’t miss out coming article, where we’ll cover 5 best iOS camera apps.

Got anything to add to this guide? Share it in the comments below!

Ryan Stone


Tech junkie, grilled haloumi devourer, cat owner @ultimatefreepps

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