If You Aren't Using These iPhone Photo Hacks, Snap To It

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As easy as it is to open your camera app and take a photo on your iPhone, getting the shot you want isn't always so simple. Often, light is the culprit, creating glare where you don't want it and washing out otherwise Insta-worthy shots.
But there are plenty of professional photographers who only take photos on their iPhones and share them on Instagram, so you know that there has to be a way around the natural obstacles a scene throws in your way. This week, Apple launched a new website packed with tips for tackling the most challenging scenarios. Sixteen short videos break down everything from shooting during the golden hour to taking a vertical Pano.
Some of the videos, such as "how to shoot a unique angle" and "how to shoot a one-handed selfie" offer tips that are more practical than technical, but others solve problems that are serious threats to an A-plus Instagram game. Ahead, we pick five of our favorites and paired them with "shot on iPhone" images that make the grade.
Head here to brush up on the rest of the quick lesson plan; then, put your new skills into practice and school the competition.
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Long shadows at day's end, Lisbon #priime #priime_abundance

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The challenge: Shooting during golden hour

When the waning afternoon light is golden and the scene looks too magical to be real, taking a photo is practically a requirement.

Tap the screen to focus the camera β€” you'll see a yellow box with a sun icon to the right of it. Then, move your finger down to lower the exposure and take the spellbinding shot.
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I found myself in good company this evening.

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The challenge: Capturing a silhouette in front of the sunset

Just because golden hour is over, that doesn't mean your moment for Instagram glory is gone. If you're outside with friends or family, have them stand a short distance away from you, in front of the sun.

To capture the light at its best but keep your subject silhouetted, you need to lock focus. Do so by pressing down on the camera screen until you see "AE/AF Lock" appear in yellow at the top and a yellow box where your finger just was. Then, move your finger down to lower the exposure. Snap away!
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πŸ‘… #selfie #makeportraits #deptheffect #iphone7plus

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The challenge: Taking a photo of a subject with bright light in the foreground

If you've ever tried to take a photo of someone who's facing bright light, you've probably been frustrated to find that the resulting image is completely washed out. To balance the light and get a better look at your subject, turn on HDR (found on the upper toolbar of your camera screen) and lock focus. Slide your finger down to lower the exposure. Then take your photo.
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The challenge: Capturing a sharp portrait

Portrait Mode, which Apple introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus, takes advantage of both of the phone's rear-facing cameras to add depth to images. If you're taking a photo of flowers or a person, Portrait Mode enables you to focus on them and blur whatever is in the background.

To use it, toggle your camera to "portrait" and wait for "depth effect" to appear in yellow along the bottom of the screen. You can use portrait mode when taking a photo of one person or a group of people. In the latter scenario, wait for yellow boxes to appear around each person's face before shooting.
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Last night of 2016 🎊 Thamel, Kathamandu πŸ‡³πŸ‡΅

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The challenge: Conquering street lights

Street lights are beautiful, but the resulting flare in your photos is less desirable. To fight it, turn off flash, lock focus, and play with the exposure until you get it just right. Take your photo and post to the 'gram for bragging rights.
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