How to Set Timer on iPhone Camera – Basics
Have you ever wondered how to take crisp, high-quality, and low-light stills using your iPhone camera? Whatever the objective is, the camera timer embedded inside the native iPhone camera might just be your best bet.
Perhaps the simplest and most effective way to use the Timer in the iPhone camera app is to take a selfie without the classic selfie gimbals. Thousands of Instagram celebrities and photographers have mastered this art, so why not you?
Ideally, you want to have something to set up your iPhone with. Of course, you could lean it against some books or a wall, but the best approach to capture photos using the self-timer is to have a tripod stand.
The iPhone self- timer can come in handy when you want to be in a group shot without destroying the photo. That said, read on to find out how to set the Timer in the iPhone camera app, as well as how to choose from the several images captured.
The Process of Setting the Timer in the iPhone Camera App Is as Follows
If you’re a new iPhone user, or maybe you’ve not used the self-timer feature on the iPhone camera app before, you might have trouble finding it. So here is a step-by-step process of finding the self-timer and how to use it.
- Launch the camera app and decide whether you want to use either the ‘Photo’ or ‘Portrait’ mode. This feature works on both the front and rear-facing cameras.
- Next, click on the up-arrow at the top of your screen. Otherwise, you can swipe up on the ‘Mode menu, which is directly under the image the camera app is showing to launch the ‘Mode Settings.’ On previous IOS versions, ‘Mode Settings’ are at the top.
- Click on the ‘Shutter Timer’ icon, which looks like a clock. Depending on the mode you’re using, this icon could be in different locations, but the icon is still the same. When you click on the ‘Shutter Timer’ icon, it will turn yellow, which means you’ve clicked it.
- In the menu, choose whether you want the Timer to be 3 or 10 seconds.
- Click on the shutter button and assume position. The countdown will start and flash on-screen as it runs. Once the Timer has run out, the shutter will fire and take photos
Note: If you want your iPhone to capture images in ‘Burst Mode’ you need to activate ‘Live Mode.’ If you’re not shooting photos in live mode, your iPhone will capture a single photo regardless of whether your using ‘Photo’ or ‘Portrait’ mode.
How to Choose from the Photos Taken Using the iPhone Self Timer
As we’ve discussed above, when your camera starts taking photos, it will take ten consecutive images very quickly. This feature comes in handy when inevitably one person blinks or makes funny faces which can ruin the entire shot. To avoid this problem, you have the option of selecting the best image out of the ten captured.
To select the best photo from the ten captured, follow these steps.
- Launch the ‘Photos’ app and find the photo you’ve just taken.
- Click on the mid-bottom area of your screen. This option is only available if you see an icon at the upper-left corner of your screen indicating ‘burst (10 photos)’. At the bottom of the screen, you have the option to swipe through the ten identical images.
- Next, click on the small circular icon in the lower-right of the photo that you like best. The icon will change color to blue and will have a checkmark.
- Then click on ‘Done’ in the upper-right corner of your screen.
- If you want to keep all photos, click on the ‘Keep Everything’ button.
How to Reduce Blur Using the iPhone Self Timer
If you’ve ever tried to capture images in the dark using any phone, you know how difficult it can be. Blurry photos result from a lack of enough light to stabilize the image frame even when using the native night mode feature.
However, the iPhone self-timer can help lessen the blur of your nighttime shots because you won’t be holding your phone. Therefore as long as you can secure your phone, the nighttime photos you take should be as crisp and clear as the daytime shots.
Fortunately, the night mode feature on iPhone activates automatically. So all you need to do is set up your phone and activate the self-timer.
To sum it all up, now you know how to use the self-timer feature in the iPhone camera app. It’s a pretty straightforward process, and with this information, you can take all the family photos you wish without feeling left out ever again.