Enable the iPhone Camera Grid to Take Better Pictures

Mar 4, 2012 - 5 Comments

iPhone camera grid

Turning on the iPhone camera grid makes it easier to take better pictures, here’s how to enable it:

  • Launch the Camera app from home screen or lock screen
  • Tap on “Options” at the top
  • Swipe Grid to “ON”
  • Tap “Done” to hide the Options again and return back to Camera

The grid will not appear on finalized images in the photo stream.

What’s the point? If you’re new to photography or don’t know why the grid is potentially useful, the grid makes composing images using the “rule of thirds” easier. Essentially that means by dividing a picture into horizontal and vertical thirds and placing compositional elements along those lines and intersections, you’ll end up with better pictures. It’s an old artistic technique that has been around for hundreds of years.

Rule of Thirds

The animated gif shown above from Wikimedia demonstrates this well, and there is more information on Wikipedia if you want an in depth explanation of the technique and its usage in art and photography throughout history.

The grid option is available only to iOS devices with a camera using iOS 5 and later.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

5 Comments

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  1. Barnes says:

    This is a great tip, but I must laugh at the sample photo where the rule is completely ignored ;)

  2. Wendell Beto says:

    Thanks … Will come back soon …

  3. [...] and you’ll be taking great pictures from your iPhone in no time. Don’t forget to enable the grid too to aid image composition. [...]

  4. John says:

    I still do not know why the grid and how to use it…..cna you help?

  5. [...] features as TimerCam, but includes timing options of up to a minute before triggering, offers a grid guide like the default camera app for rule of thirds shooting, zoom settings, and then branches into more [...]

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