How to use the HDR camera on your iPhone or iPad

The Camera on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad lets you take high dynamic range (HDR) photos. HDR involves taking a series of photos in rapid succession, at least one of which is under exposed and at least one of which is over exposed. Those photos are then all combined resulting in a single, unified image that shows details both in the shadow and the light. The results are landscapes that aren't lost to darkness and skies that aren't all blown out. Apple has provided an HDR mode on the iPhone for years, and more recently has provided not only an HDR mode for the iPad, but an automatic HDR mode for the iPhone 5s.

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

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

If you have a current model iPhone or iPad, there's no reason not to leave HDR on. It processes almost as quickly as a regular photo but typically provides better results. If you have an iPhone 5s or above, there's no reason not to leave HDR set to Auto. Your photos will thank you for it.

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