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The Camera app on your iPhone or iPad has a timer feature similar to that in standard point and shoot or DSLR cameras. This means that if you've got a tripod or you can prop your iPhone against something, you can easily frame a photo and then jump in it yourself, no photographer needed! Simply set the timer and let the Camera app do the rest!

How to set the flash on your iPhone camera

  1. Launch the Camera app from your iPhone home screen
  2. Tap the Flash button
  3. Set it to On when you want to use it.
  4. Set it to Auto, optionally, if you want to let your iPhone decide when to use it.

    Tap the flash button, turn it On or set it to Auto

How to enable HDR or Auto HDR on the iPhone or iPad

High dynamic range (HDR) merges higher and lower exposures to try and get as much detail in the highlights and shadows as possible. You can choose to turn it on or off, but on modern iPhones it's so fast you might as well keep it on.

  1. Launch the Camera app
  2. Tap on HDR at the top.
  3. Choose between On, Off, and Auto.

    Launch the Camera, tap HDR, choose On, Off, or Auto

How to set a timer on the camera for iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the timer button in the top navigation — if you're in landscape mode, the timer icon is on the side.
  3. Choose either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.
  4. Tap the camera shutter when you're ready for the countdown to start.

    Tap the Timer button, choose 3 or 10 seconds, tap the shutter to start the timer

On the iPhone, your flash will light up every second and then flash rapidly for the last 3 seconds of the countdown. Once the time ends, your iPhone or iPad will take the photo, in burst mode so you have a good amount of photos to choose from in case someone moves.

How to switch from the rear-facing to front-facing camera on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the Flip camera button in the upper right hand corner to switch between the front-facing FaceTime and rear-facing iSight cameras.
  3. Tap the Shutter button to capture a photo or start taking a video.

    Launch the Camera, tap the Flip camera button, tap the shutter button to take a photo or video

How to enable the camera grid lines on iPhone or iPad

If you need a little help establishing the "rule of thirds" for your photos, you can turn on the camera grid in Settings.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Photos & Camera. You have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Grid to turn it on. It's about half way down, under the Camera section.

    Launch the Settings app, tap Photos & Camera, tap the swithc to turn on the grid

How to turn GPS geo-location on and off on camera for iPhone and iPad

Geotagging is great if you want to keep track of where you took your pictures, like on a photo walk or a vacation, but if you want to protect your privacy and keep your location undisclosed, it's not so good.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
  2. Tap on Privacy.
  3. Tap on Location Services.

    Launch the Settings app, tap Privacy, tap Location Services

  4. Tap on Camera.
  5. Choose either While Using the App or Never.

    Tap Camera, choose While Using the App or Never

You can change your mind as often as you like, turning geotagging on when you want to use it, off when you don't.