Quartet of videos from Apple demonstrate key iPhone photography features

in iPhone edited February 2019
Four new videos from Apple educate users on Key Photos, Depth Control, Stage Light Mono, and how to search for photos, all on an iPhone.

All of the videos published on Tuesday evening are in the portrait orientation, and are obviously intended to be viewed on an iPhone. On all of the new videos, Apple suggests users to to the landing page for the topic at Apple.com for more information.

Key Photo

The first video is a walkthrough of selecting a Key Photo in a Live Photos session.

Depth Control

Diving a little deeper, the second video demonstrates depth control. Specifically, Apple says that users can use "Depth Control while shooting in Portrait mode to selectively add more impact to your subject."

Depth Control was highlighted in an advertisement published on Feb. 15, called "Bokeh'd."

Stage Light Mono

Stage Light Mono will generate a different effect than the regular Portrait feature that first debuted with iOS 11 and the iPhone X.

Searching for photos

While a photo search seems to be the most self-evident feature, Tuesday's video demonstrates practically how to search for a specific subject, and other machine language identified objects.

The four videos added to the series bring the count of Apple-generated iPhone photo tutorials to 29.


  • Reply 1 of 2
    Great videos! Voiced instructions would be useful too.
    edited February 2019
  • Reply 2 of 2
    palegolaspalegolas Posts: 1,328member
    Nice.. Missing videos (functions) though:
    - How to not to expose for the face, and potentially ruin every evening shot with faces within the frame, because the iPhone will always expose for the face if a face is present.
    - How to make the HDR not indecisively flicker the HDR on and off in conditions where the software is on the threshold between where it thinks HDR will improve the shot, or not… especially in video. Oh the ceiling is blown out and white. Oh the ceiling is actually a ceiling. Oh the ceiling is blown out white again.
    Sorry for the whine.. I really hope that Apple will both improve the HDR, make the feature gradually come in and out, and also leave better manual options for users.
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