Whether you own a new iPhone 15, or use an older model running iOS 14, the photos you shoot will be significantly better after watching the comprehensive tutorial below. This “ultimate guide” from the Mount Media YouTube channel was designed for beginning and intermediate users alike.
Instructor Werner Plank discusses the most important camera settings and a wide variety of shooting techniques that you may not know could be accomplished with an iPhone. The lesson covers a huge amount of ground in 23 minutes, so you’ll definitely want to take a few notes. There’s also a time-stamped list of chapters in the description beneath the video so you can jump to a specific topic—either now or when you run into a snag in the future.
The lesson begins with an overview of important camera settings so you can configure the iPhone according to your specific photographic needs. That’s followed by a discussion about the basic operation of Apple’s iPhone 15 Camera App.
Plank then dives into specific shooting features, beginning with an explanation of the various camera modes available. Next he reveals several unfamiliar capabilities of the shutter button that can do much more than you think. And if you’re confused by the iPhone’s lens and zoom features, these are demystified too.
The lesson continues with a wide variety of shooting techniques that you’ve like explored with your “real” camera, including the best way to change the aspect ratio of a shot, techniques for use Night mode when shooting after dark, and how to set a timer in Photo mode.
Composition is no less important when shooting with a phone than it is when using a purpose-built camera, and Plank has several helpful tips for choosing the right framing. He does much the same for the various exposure options available, so you’ll always get the light right.
Other helpful advice includes how to employ an iPhone’s Photographic Styles, resolution and focus-setting options, and much more. You’ll even learn the best way capture panorama photos and portraits using iPhone’s selfie camera (if you can’t resist).
This video is a really deep dive into the iPhone’s abundant photographic capabilities, and by the time you’re finished you’ve be amazed by what you didn’t know. You can find more tutorials for shooting better mobile photographs by paying a visit to Plank’s instructional YouTube channel.