GOT a new iPhone X but still working out how to get the most from your shiny £999 blower? Here’s an easy guide to epic selfies on Apple’s latest handset.
The iPhone X is chock full of selfie-boosting features that’ll take your Instagram and Snapchat game to the next level, so here are six easy tips you need to know.
iPhone X selfie tip #1 – Portrait Mode
If you’ve seen Apple’s iPhone X selfie advertising campaign, you’ll know the phone is capable of some incredible portrait shots.
The first thing you need to know is that the iPhone X has a dedicated Portrait Mode.
This adds a depth-of-field effect that puts your face in sharp focus, and sets it against a blurred background to create a professionally snapped look.
First, go to your Camera app and then swipe along to Portrait mode. You can then swipe between modes with studio-lighting effects. Alternatively, you can ‘Edit’ your photo and add even more effects after you’ve snapped a selfie.
iPhone X selfie tip #2 – Exposure
It’s often the case that the lighting around you isn’t conducive to a top-notch selfie.
Fortunately, it’s really easy to change the exposure settings on your iPhone X camera, so you can take a good photo even when it’s very bright or dark.
Just tap and hold on the screen, and then slide up or down to increase or decrease the exposure – until your pic looks great.
iPhone X selfie tip #3 – Lock focus and exposure
You can also lock the focus and exposure in, so that when you move the phone around, the camera won’t constantly re-adjust for your shot.
This makes it much easier to snap pics in difficult lighting conditions.
All you need to do is press and hold on the screen until you see AE/AF Lock, allowing you to lock your settings in for snapping from any angle.
iPhone X selfie tip #4 – Timer
It’s not always easy to try and hit the shutter button and pose for a great selfie.
To make things easier, try using the iPhone X camera’s built-in timer mode.
At the top of the camera screen, hit the timer icon and choose from a three- or 10-second timer.
iPhone X selfie tip #5 – Auto-enhance
If you’ve taken a selfie and you think your snap could be improved, you could try Apple’s image processing feature, which works a little bit like an Instagram filter.
This takes your existing photo, and adjusts various details like exposure, contrast, and saturation to improve the quality of your photo.
All the difficult decisions happen automatically – you just have to head into ‘Edit’, then tap the wand in the upper right corner to instantly improve the photo.
And if you don’t like the new effect, you can simply ditch it and stick with your original photo.
iPhone X selfie tip #6 – Live Selfie
You can also take Live Selfies, which generate a short looping clip – a bit like the Boomerang app.
First, you’ll need to enable Live Photos, so tap the small circle at the top of the screen in the Camera App. It’s the second icon in from the left.
Once that’s turned yellow – which means it’s on – you can start taking Live Selfies.
Take your selfie, and then head into your Photos app and click on the image, and then swipe up to reveal various Live Photo effects like loop and bounce.
Have you got any great iPhone selfie tips? Let us know in the comments section.