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‘What does HDR mean on an iPhone?’: A guide to the iPhone’s HDR camera mode, and how to control it manually

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‘What does HDR mean on an iPhone?’: A guide to the iPhone’s HDR camera mode, and how to control it manually

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  • On an iPhone, the acronym HDR stands for “High dynamic range,” and refers to the way an image is processed.
  • With HDR on, every photo you take on your iPhone will be optimized with the best exposure settings.
  • You can turn on HDR manually through the iPhone’s Settings menu, and make sure you only use it when you want to.
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One of the most remarkable aspects of the iPhone is its powerful camera. That’s more true than ever with the recently announced iPhone 11 Pro, which features not just two, but three camera lenses.

But for those of us still living with our older iPhones, there are camera settings that can help us take great shots, too.

One of the most useful is “HDR,” or “High dynamic range.” Enabling this setting can elevate an average photo to an extraordinary shot.

Here’s what the setting means, and how to make sure you’re taking advantage of it.

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What HDR means on an iPhone

Here’s a common scenario: You want a shot of someone in front of a gorgeous outdoor backdrop, but doing so means they’ll be blasted with overly-bright backlighting. 

Rather than having to choose between focusing on your subject and losing the background, or vice-versa, HDR makes it so you can experience both in one photograph. 

How? By taking three photos consecutively at different exposures — one normal, and one each adjusted for the brightest and darkest details. 

The end result: a final photo with the best of everything. 

On older iPhones, you can set HDR manually by tapping its icon when you’re taking a picture (as depicted below in step five). Newer models of iPhone, however, are automatically set to use HDR when deemed necessary, with a setting called “Smart HDR.”

But you can still manually control the feature. Here’s how.

How to manually control HDR on iPhone X and 11 models

1. Open your iPhone’s Settings app. 

2. Search or select “Camera.”

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Overriding the automatic Smart HDR feature can be reassuring if you want to control which shots use HDR.
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3. Disable the slider for Smart HDR so it turns white.

4. Close Settings and open your Camera.

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If you remember older iPhone models, the HDR setting’s new location at the top of your camera screen should be familiar.
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5. HDR will now appear as a setting in the top-left corner.

This lets you turn HDR on and off whenever you like. Just tap it when using your camera.

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Sammy Singh

Global VC, Founder, and entrepreneur extraordinaire as featured in Inc. Magazine, Bloomberg, and Forbes. Sammy Singh is a graduate of UCLA and Wharton School of Business as well as a former student of Loyola University of Chicago. Sammy is best known as a renowned financial technology global entrepreneur and has founded over 26 different firms across industry and all over the world. He is a venture capitalist,a TV/ Film actor, tax specialist, and marketing solutions strategist. Connect with Sammy Singh on social media below! www.linkedin.com/in/cfo www.instagram.com/champagnegqpapi www.facebook.com/officialsammysingh www.twitter.com/cxosynergy www.medium.com/@sammysingh www.crunchbase.com/sammysingh

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