The iPhone’s default camera app is a relatively simple affair. For most people that has long been a positive thing, but there’s still plenty of hidden features and photography tricks to get the most from your iPhone photos, whether you have an older model or the more advanced on board cameras of the iPhone 11 series.

All of these smartphone photography tips and tricks can be used with the iPhone’s native camera app, so there’s no need to install anything new, shell out for any expensive apps, or have the faff of learning a new interface. Bonus. If we can teach you one thing, though: settings is your friend.

Preserve your settings

In itself, this won’t make for better photographs, but by ‘preserving your settings’, you might be better equipped to catch spur-of-the-moment snapshots. This is an option which is hidden in the main settings app, rather than the camera app itself. Go to Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings. You can preserve both the Camera Mode, and the Creative Controls.

This means that every time you open the app, it’ll stay on the last settings you used, rather than reverting back to the standard Photo mode – handy if you’re often shooting with specific settings applied and don’t want to reapply them every time