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Hidden iPhone photography tricksUnlock the power of your iPhone's camera and leave your point-and-shoot at home.
It seems like everybody's ditching their digital cameras and using their Smart phones for every photo captures. And why not? My IPhone has a great camera, is always with me and I can share my photos instantly. I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET and today I'll show you 4 photography tricks for your iPhone. The iPhone's latest software lets you snap a photo using the volume app button. It's convenient but what's even cooler about this is that you can plug in your iphone headphones and use the volume app on here to snap a photo as well. That means that you get super (??) shots and you can mount your phone on a tripod and use this as a remote shutter release. Now, let's talk about lighting and focus. When you're taking a photo, you can tap the screen to set the focus on exposure for any object but when you move around, those settings changed. So to lock those settings, tap and hold until the blue box pulsates and this message shows up here. Now, as you move around those settings won't change. You might have seen the new grid option on your iPhone's camera. Top options, turn the grid on and hit done. Now, with this grid, you can use something called the rule of thirds. Some people believe that if you align objects along these horizontal and vertical lines or along these intersections you can create a more pleasing photo so with this flower, I'll put it on this entry section, top to focus and now I have a more interesting photo than just placing it in the middle. Once you take a photo, you might wanna crop it to change the composition. IOS has that tool but here's an even easier way to do it. Open your photo in the photo gallery and pinch to zoom to change the composition. Now, hold the home button and top the lock button to take a screen shot. Now, your crop will show up as a new image in your camera roll. So there you have it 4 simple tricks for taking better photos on your iPhone. If you take any great shots send them to me on Twitter. For cnet.com, I'm Sharon Vaknin.