iPhone Basics: Camera and Photos

Lesson 18: Camera and Photos


Using the Camera app

You'll use the Camera app to take photos and videos with your iPhone. It's designed to work closely with the Photos app, which lets you view, organize, and edit the media you've captured.

To access the Camera app from the lock screen:

You can access the Camera app quickly from the lock screen. Just swipe left, and the app will open instantly. There's no need to unlock your device first.

Zooming in and out

Use the pinch gesture to zoom in and out when taking a photo. However, keep in mind that the iPhone uses a digital zoom instead of an optical-zoom lens (like you'd find on a larger camera). The digital zoom attempts to simulate an optical zoom. As a result, the image quality will decrease as you zoom in.

However, the iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one of which has a telephoto lens. This means you can zoom in with the iPhone 7 Plus and not have to worry about losing quality.

Camera orientation

Rotate the iPhone to change the camera orientation from Portrait to Landscape.

Flipping the camera

Tap the Flip Camera button in the bottom-right corner to switch between front- and rear-facing cameras. You can use the front-facing camera to take a photo of yourself. You'll also use the front-facing camera for video-conferencing apps like FaceTime.

Recording video

You can also use the Camera app to record video. To do this, swipe to Video, then tap the Record button.

Taking screenshots

Press the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time to take a screenshot. This will take a picture of whatever is currently displayed on your iPhone's screen.


When you take a photo or video on your iPhone, it goes straight to the Photos app. You can use Photos to organize your photos and videos into albums, create slideshows, and share your media in a variety of ways.

Editing photos

The Photos app also lets you edit your photos with simple options like rotate, enhance, remove red eye, and crop. This is an easy way to correct minor problems with your photos without using an advanced image editor.

To access editing options, tap Edit while viewing a photo in full-screen mode.

Editing options will appear at the bottom of the screen. When you're done editing the photo, tap Done.

Sharing photos

There are several ways to share photos from your iPhone. For example, you can send photos as an email attachment, post them to Facebook, or play them in a slideshow on your iPhone. First, tap the Share button in the bottom-left corner.

Next, select the photos you want to share and choose the desired sharing option.

If you connect your iPhone to your computer with the included USB cable, you'll be able to move photos from your iPhone to your computer. Review Apple's page on importing photos to learn how.

You can also sync photos wirelessly among your devices using iCloud photo sharing. Read Apple's overview of iCloud photo sharing to learn more about how it works.