30 Second Tips - Better Photos With HDR

This is the 20th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!

Owners of an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S have access to a really cool feature in the Camera app that can produce better photos. That feature is called HDR (High Dynamic Range). Here is Apple's description of HDR:

HDR blends the best parts of three separate exposures into a single photo.

Here is an example of a photo taken without HDR.

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Notice how washed out the carpet looks in the sunlight.

Here is the same photo taken with HDR turned on.

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Notice the detail in the carpet in the sunlight. You can see the individual diamonds.

It's easy to turn HDR on. Tap the Camera app.

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Tap on Options.

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Tap on the On toggle for HDR.

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Your iPhone will now take HDR photos. By default it will save a non-HDR version of the photo and a HDR version of the photo. If you don't want duplicates of every photo you take you can stop that behavior by tapping on the Settings app.

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Tap on Photos.

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Switch the On toggle to Off for Keep Normal Photo.

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