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How to Take Photos with Your iPhone’s iSight Camera

The iSight camera is located on the back of your iPhone. This is a handy feature for those times you want to capture the moment. Here's how to take a photo with it:

  1. Tap Camera on the Home Screen or, if your iPhone is locked, unlock it by clicking the Home button and then drag the Camera button up.

    A shutter opens, revealing a screen.

    The words above the onscreen shutter button indicate the type of photo you're going to take:

    Slo-Mo (iPhone 5s): Used to take slow motion video.

    Video: Used to shoot video.

    Photo: To take a standard rectangular photo.

    Square: To take a square “Polaroid” or Instagram style photo.

    Pano: Use to take panoramic photos.

  2. Flick across the middle of the screen to move from one photo style to another. The one you choose is highlighted.

  3. Point your iPhone at whatever you want to photograph.

  4. (Optional, iPhone 5 or later)Tap the Filters button, and then tap a special effect you'd like to apply to your photo.

    You see the effect onscreen immediately, before you take the photo, but you can also add an effect when you edit the photo in Photos after it's taken.

  5. Tap the Camera button or press one of the Volume buttons.

    A clicking noise lets you know the photo was taken. You can mute the shutter sound by moving the ring/silent switch to silent.

    If you have a hard time holding the phone still when tapping the onscreen button, you can press on the shutter button, steady the camera, and then lift your finger.

  6. A thumbnail preview of the photo you took appears in the lower left corner (in landscape mode, the lower right or upper left corner, depending on which direction you rotate your phone).

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