Tips and Tricks to Take Stunning HDR Photos from Your iPhone!

By Rimzhim Sharma November 28, 2016 How To, iOS

“A Picture speaks a thousand words”- Well its true. But not all pictures are capable of portraying the true beauty of a view or scenery. Annoyingly blurred pictures can effectively kill the charm, despite of how scenic the actual view might have been. Although current generation cameras are nowhere close to what we see with our eyes, a good photograph should be able to capture most subtleties in a scene.

But for this it becomes important that we click our pictures in the best condition like intensity of light, contrast and exposure. Luckily, our iPhone is capable of taking stunning HDR photos as it’s equipped with an inbuilt HDR feature.

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What is HDR Photography?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, and is an old school photography trick used by many professional photographers. As the name only implies, HDR aims to add more dynamic range to a photography by highlighting the best parts of each pixel. The dynamic range of a scene helps you easily differentiate between the brightest and darkest parts in a photograph. In simple words, the result which we get after clicking an HDR picture looks more like what our eyes see, rather than what the camera sees.

This might sound a little confusing at first, but we promise that by the end of this article, you will be able to take some stunning and captivating shots with your iPhone.

How take HDR pictures with Your iPhone?

Here are the quick steps to update your photography level from amateur to professional:

  1. Launch the Camera app.


  1. Here you will see an HDR option at the top most corner of the screen. By default, it is set as off, click the option to enable the HDR function of your camera. Simply tap the “HDR off” and that will toggle the HDR option to ON.


  1. Now to get ready, first choose a subject that will mainly be your focus point. This ensures that the main portion of your image is properly exposed to light. To focus the subject simply tap on the screen and you’ll see a yellow colored square covering the area.
  2. As soon as the image gets stable, tap on the capture button (white colored circle for taking photographs).

Some points to be kept in mind!

Like they say, practice makes a man perfect hence it falls true in the case of photography too. Here are some points to be kept in mind while taking HDR photos from your iPhone that can add wonders to your photography:

  • Choose your subject Wisely– When you tap to focus, the subject is usually the darkest area in the frame. Also avoid picking a subject, which is in motion. It is always better to hone your skills with still life photography before moving to more advanced, action photography.
  • It all comes down to Exposure– If your photo is looking way too dark then now is the right time to enable the HDR mode ON. Balancing exposure in a photograph can make the picture look brighter as HDR brightens the foreground.
  • Be Bold– Look out for things that catch your eye like a beautiful sunset, a serene beach or a scenic landscape.
  • Portraits in Sunlight– As lighting is one of the important aspects of photography, sometimes the natural sunlight spoils the picture by making it too bright. Hence turning the HDR mode can help us to reduce the harsh light of the photograph.

Now you can easily make your friends jealous by taking stunning pictures with your iPhone, without even touching the bulky DSLR. So don’t wait just grab your phone and update your photography status from ‘Novice’ to “Skilled”.

P.S. If you are already well versed with HDR photography then please feel free to share some photography tips in the comments section below.

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."