Shooting Party Photos with the iPhone: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

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The carnival reaches its boiling point on Monday. Millions of Jacks catch the great days with the iPhone camera. We show how costume photos, mood videos and of course the compulsory party selfies succeed optimally.

Tips for Better Party Photos with the iPhone

Whether in carnival or at a classic club party: As a rule, you have to cope with party photos with poor lighting conditions and lots of movement – traditionally a problem for cameras. Apple’s TrueTone flash in the iPhone X and iPhone 8 creates amazingly good light conditions, especially in person pictures. Nevertheless, you should give up depending on the picture situation even on the flash. Especially the iPhone X copes well with low light conditions. By the way: By using the live photos (see below), you can check with flash photography, if the picture looks better without a flash. Just look at the moment after the flash in live view.

Plus versions of the iPhone and the iPhone X are a great way to capture stunning portraits in portrait mode – perfect for costume photos or just to photograph the party outfit. You activate it by swiping to the left in the camera app. In addition to a blur effect allows iOS with the portrait light function to simulate different lighting conditions. The trick here: This not only works during the recording, but also later. Through the “Edit” function, you can switch through the different lighting conditions for the portrait photo and share the best result.

When you take selfies of yourself and your friends, you can easily avoid blurring: Set the self-timer the camera app for three seconds. Simply tap the clock icon in the Camera app and adjust the timer as needed. This will prevent a trembling arm from blurring photos when you press the shutter button on your iPhone.

Optimal use of live photos on the iPhone

Apple has been using it since the iPhone 6S established live photos as standard. The iPhone X also captures a few seconds of video for each photo. Using the algorithm, the iPhone then checks which part of the image delivers the best result and defines it as a “key photo”. If you disagree with the selection – for example, someone blinks unfavorably on a group photo – you can simply adjust it: If you tap on “Edit” in the Photos app, the iPhone will show the live recordings in the form of a timeline below. Now swipe through the selection until you find a better version of the photo. Use the “Set as a key photo” button to save it. If you share the image on Instagram, Facebook or Messenger, the new key photo will appear. You can adjust the selection later at any time. As already mentioned, taking a look at the live photos is worthwhile, even with flash photography, to get a better exposure.

Retouch photos directly on the iPhone

Before you have your party photos on Twitter, Instagram and Co. Partly, you can give them the appropriate finishing touches. The iOS 11 Photos app can apply a number of fixes directly to your pictures when they are out of the box. Simply tap on “Edit”. With the menu bar below you can quickly correct the color, the perspective and more. Practical: All changes are non-destructive. The iPhone stores the steps, so you can always return to the original. By the way, if you save your photos in the iCloud, editing works on the iPad or Mac. You can also retroactively adjust the light conditions in portrait mode.

If the photo editing features of iOS are not enough, you can access hundreds of external apps. The App Store offers countless options to enhance photo editing on the iPhone with tools like Photoshop Mobile, Polarr 3 or Snapseed. Apple has conveniently given the photo app the ability to open external editors directly. Simply tap on the three dots and select the app that you want to use to edit the open photo. If she is still missing in the selection, tap on “more”. In the list that appears, just activate the apps that you want to use to open your photos.

Better filming with alternative camera apps for the iPhone

In addition to photos, videos are also traditionally one Strength of the iPhone cameras. Of course, this also applies to the current generation: the iPhone X is one of the few smartphones on the market that shoots ultra-high-resolution 4K videos at an impressive 60 frames per second. In relation to the options are the options of the iPhone-own camera app comparatively manageable. Luckily, Apple allows external developers to access the camera hardware. From

One of the best is Filmic Pro: The alternative camera app is expensive at around 17 euros, but offers a huge range of functions. That starts with the settings: You can determine without detours not only the video resolution, but synonymous the frame rate of the clips. Depending on the situation, you can, for example, shoot in cinematic 24 frames per second or with 60 FPS for buttery videos. Also, you can change the video resolution easier than with the Apple camera.

But that’s just the beginning: you can not only focus but also adjust the ISO settings while recording to adapt fluently. So you ensure that even in heavy light conditions, that everything is visible on your video.

Convenient for party recordings is the ability to adjust the volume level of the iPhone micro. Filmic Pro shows the volume level when shooting, so you can counteract oversteer – handy if you want to catch sing along or even a live performance. In short, whether holiday, party or product video: apps like Filmic Pro dramatically improve the video capabilities of iPhone X and the other iPhone models.

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