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How to shoot HDR photos on your iPhone

Mary Gordon | May 9, 2014
Your iPhone's Camera app offers all sorts of neat tricks for taking photos any environment. For most images, you can adjust the lighting and focus by tapping your iPhone's screen; that may not be enough, however, when you're snapping in very bright or very dark locations. That's where your iPhone's HDR (high dynamic range) feature comes in.

Viewing HDR images in your Camera Roll

By default, when you shoot an image with HDR turned on, your device keeps both photos — the original unaltered image, and the merged HDR photo. If you'd prefer to not keep the original image, open up the Settings App and go to Photos & Camera > Keep Normal Photo. Disable the switch, and when you next take an HDR photo, only the altered version will appear in your Camera Roll. Personally, I like to keep this enabled, as having both versions allows me to compare and contrast, to decide if I should take a new shot.

To tell the difference between your normal and HDR images in your Camera Roll, look for the HDR image marker — when you tap on an altered image, you'll see a slightly opaque icon in the upper left corner of the image that says "HDR."

 

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