How can I turn on the iPhone camera grid?

Apple made some major changes to the stock Camera app in iOS 7. Photographers who are used to having the composition grid overlay switched on might be wondering, where are the controls? The toggle to switch the grid on and off has been moved to a new location under Settings.

turn on camera grid iOS 7

To turn the iPhone Camera grid on or off navigate to Settings -> Photos & Camera -> CAMERA -> Grid -> ON (green toggle).

Take Better iPhone Photos with the Camera Grid

The iPhone camera is not only convenient, but the stock Camera app has several features to help improve image quality. On top of all this, there's a simple tool that can improve photo composition as well. The built-in Camera grid divides the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically. This simplifies framing photos and makes it easy to snap interesting shots using the rule of thirds.

iPhone camera grid on

To start using the grid with iOS 7, switch it on by navigating to Settings -> Photos and Camera -> Grid -> ON. Next time the Camera app is opened, the grid will appear superimposed on the frame. Earlier versions of iOS had the grid toggle located directly inside the Camera app. Look for the Options button when taking a photo. Tap Options -> Grid -> ON. Now that the grid is activated, it's time to compose photos using the lines.

Using Burst Mode on the iPhone 5s

Burst mode is one of the latest additions to the stock iOS Camera app. With burst mode, limited to the iPhone 5s, images can be captured in Photo or Square mode at 10 frames per second. Up to 999 photos can be taken in a single burst. Recent interface improvements make it easy to choose the best photos from a burst group before discarding the rest to free up storage space.

iPhone iOS 7 burst mode

Initiating burst mode requires no prior setup. Simply open the Camera app, frame your shot, and hold down the shutter release button. This works with the on-screen button and the volume buttons. Rapid fire captures will start, with matching sound effects and a frame count displayed on the screen. In the example above, 8 separate photos were taken in under a second.

Burst Mode on the iPhone? Try SnappyCam Pro

Getting the perfect action photo can be tough, especially using the iPhone camera. Normally with burst mode on a DSLR camera, a scene can be captured many times per second by simply holding down the shutter release. Now this continuous shooting capability has arrived on iOS with SnappyCam Pro.

SnappyCam Pro app

To snap a series of photos at up to 60 frames per second, simply hold down the shutter release button in SnappyCam Pro. The volume up or down buttons can also be used, with the app storing every photo in its own roll. The best photos can be selected and exported to the iOS Camera Roll or Instagram, shared via email or copied to a computer using iTunes app file sharing.

Simulate Light Field Photography on the iPhone

There's no shortage of different ways to capture and share photos with the iPhone. One thing the camera cannot do is snap a light field photo. These images, pioneered by Lytro, can be refocused after they are recorded. Now with FocusTwist this capability can be simulated on the iPhone.

FocusTwist app iOS

The app creates refocusable images by snapping several photos in a row, using different focus settings for each one. After they are combined by FocusTwist, you can share a link to the resulting image on Twitter. People viewing your work can then focus on different parts of the scene, much like the result of using a Lytro camera.


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