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I went to my last-ever university ball on Thursday. Among other things, such as dolling up in the prettiest dresses, drinking just a little too much and dancing the night away, university balls are known to involve taking lots and lots of glamorous photos.

It was during one of these photo-taking sessions that a friend happened to show me something really neat about iPhone cameras: you can adjust the brightness while taking a photo!

What this means is that, whenever you’re pointing your iPhone camera towards something, and the photo appears too dark or too bright, you’ll be able to adjust the brightness to a setting that’s just right. No more dark, blurry photos!

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open up your iPhone Camera by going to your menu screen and tapping on the Camera app
  2. Point your camera towards something that you wish to take a photo of
  3. Tap the screen on wherever you wish the Camera to focus
  4. You’ll see a yellow box with a little sun icon on the right
  5. Swipe upwards on your screen to make the photo brighter. The little sun icon will move upwards
  6. Swipe downwards on your screen to make the photo darker. The little sun icon will move downwards


There you go! Now you can take your photos with the perfect lighting.

This feature is available on all iOS 8 devices and above, so feel free to try this on your iPad as well! But sorry, Android users, your cameras don’t have this feature yet.

Do you take photographs on your smartphone or tablet? What sorts of photographs do you take?

Michelle Pham

Michelle works at ReadyTechGo - an Education business helping people gain confidence and skills to embrace modern technology. All lessons are personalised, and held in the comfort of your own home or office. ReadyTechGo also runs technology workshops to help people discover how to make the most of your devices.

  1. Another useful trick, when you want to take photos of people without them being aware of it, is to wear the earphones that came with your iphone, plugged in to the unit. Now turn on your phone and switch to camera in the usual way, hold it up in front of you, which will look as if you’re listening to, or watching something, because of the earphones plugged into your ears. Now press the little volume control of your earphone cable and voila, you have taken a photo – and more importantly you have done it silently, with no “shutter” noise, so the people you are shooting have no idea you are doing it. I don’t know if this trick works with android phones as well, or just Apple.

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