Camera App Basics: How to Take A Photo with Your iPhone

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While some people consider their iPhone a camera first and a communication device second, not everyone has embraced iPhone photography. If that’s you and you want to get started using your iPhone camera, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re taking a photo of a pet, sunset, or yourself, your iPhone can be used as a point-and-shoot (in this case, point-and-tap) camera. And once you’ve mastered the steps below, check out this more advanced article on How to Shoot Clearer, Better Photos on Your iPhone.

Related: iCloud Photo Library vs. Google Photos: Workshop + PDF

Before trying to take a picture with your iPhone, be sure that there’s nothing blocking your lense such as a smudge or your own finger.

  • Open the Camera app. (You can also open the iPhone Camera by tapping the camera icon in the Control Center, or by swiping or pressing the icon on the Lock screen.)
  • Aim at what you want to take a picture of. It’s best to hold your phone upright as you normally would, but you can also tilt it on its side.
  • Above the white shutter button are options that can change how the photo will look, you can scroll through them, but staying on Photo is good for a quick picture.
  • At the top are camera functions such as Flash, Timer, and adjustments like white balance. If you’re in a well-lit place, you can wait until later to explore these options.
  • To the right of the white shutter button is Reverse Camera. This turns the camera around if you want to take a photo facing you, like for a selfie.
  • When you’re ready to take a photo, tap the white shutter button. You can also press on the iPhone’s volume buttons to take the photo.
  • After the photo is taken, you’ll see a smaller image on the lower left. Tap it to open Photos to see the picture you just took.