Apple Shares New Tutorial Videos on Framing Photos and Composing Shots With the Telephoto Camera

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Apple this afternoon shared two new iPhone photography tutorial videos on its website, focused on composing images using the telephoto camera and experimenting with framing.

Each short video walks users through a series of step-by-step instructions on how to use the camera to capture unique shots.


In the telephoto camera video, for example, Apple suggests using the telephoto lens to "simplify composition" by cutting out more of the background and focusing on your subject. Telephoto images are available on the iPhone X and larger Plus model iPhones with dual cameras, such as the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus.

In the framing video, Apple suggests looking for interesting shapes in an image and then placing your subject near the shape to get a natural frame.


Like most of the videos in Apple's ongoing photography series, these tutorials are aimed at people who aren't particularly familiar with photography techniques or the feature set available on the iPhone.

These two concepts are likely to feel obvious to many iPhone users who take a lot of photographs, but for people who are new to the iPhone or want to improve their shots, Apple's videos can be worthwhile.

Apple has been sharing iPhone photography tutorials on a regular basis for the past several months, and the company maintains a dedicated Photography How To website where the videos are aggregated.

Top Rated Comments

Chupa Chupa Avatar
38 months ago
Nooooooo. If Apple is going to teach framing videos then the first thing it should do is record those lessons in landscape. Videos in portrait are so freaking annoying. It really is a huge pet peeve of mine.
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Chupa Chupa Avatar
38 months ago

They probably assume people are gonna be watching it on iPhone X®.

OK, I'll bite. My iPhone X plays video great in landscape. What deficit are you referring to? I know it's not the notches because the user can view video in full window with slight notch obstruction or reduced without. Either way not a big deal for a short instruction video.
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SoGood Avatar
38 months ago
When did iPhones acquire 'telephoto' lenses? When did 56mm (equivalent focal length) move into the telephoto range? Last I heard, 56mm is still in the 'normal' focal length range. Serious?
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