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iPhone: Why You Should Use the Camera Grid (Turn It On Now!)

Why you should turn on your iPhone’s camera grid, and how: Want to take professional-looking photos with your iPhone? Wondering how to take your snaps to the next level?

There’s one cool iPhone camera feature that you’ve probably been missing, and it’s called the, “camera grid.”

It’s surprisingly simple and requires no extra downloads. Scroll down to learn more about the iPhone camera’s hidden secret and how to use it.

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Gone are the days when we all carried digital cameras around with us. Smartphones are now starting to dominate the photography world.

In 2016, 48% of all photos uploaded to Flikr were taken on a smartphone. Of those photos, 47% were taken on an Apple device. And for good reason.

iPhones are known for having fantastic cameras. As well as an ever-increasing number of megapixels with each model, there are numerous features that make them a rival of DSLRs.

One of those is the camera grid.

What Is the iPhone Camera Grid?

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The camera grid is a feature which divides the frame of your photos using four lines which run horizontally and vertically along the screen.

When activated, it shows 9 squares overlayed across the screen. It looks like an empty tic tac toe grid, but there’s much more to it than that.

Placing objects in your photos at the points where those lines intersect can make them much more visually striking.


How to Turn on the Camera Grid: (settings)

iphone settings camera grid

In order to start playing with the camera grid, you need to know how to use it. Here’s how to activate it.

Enabling the camera grid:

  • Open Settings
  • Select Photos & Camera
  • Select Grid and turn it on
  • Open the Camera app and you’ll see the grid.

*If you’re using a version of iOS earlier than iOS7:

  • Open Camera app
  • Select Options
  • Find Grid and turn it ON.

Benefits of the iPhone Camera Grid

The iPhone camera grid can add a lot to your photos. Here are the top reasons why you should be using it.

It’s Based on a Technique Used by Professionals

The entire premise of the camera grid is the rule of thirds.

It’s a technique commonly known amongst professional photographers, which has been used in art since the 18th Century.

To most photographers and artists, the rule of thirds is second nature. To untrained iPhone photography enthusiasts, it’s not so obvious. That’s where the camera grid comes in handy.

With the camera grid, anyone can take photos like a pro.

The rule of thirds is the concept of dividing your shot with a 3 x 3 square grid and matching the subjects up to the lines on that grid.

As a result, you end up with much more captivating photos. Add in a great iPhone filter, and you are set. It’s really that easy.

camera grid settings on iphone

It Makes Your Photos Level

The camera grid enables you to make your photos level by matching objects up with the straight lines on your screen.

You can avoid wonky, uneven photos and line things up perfectly. This means there’s no need to rotate or angle the photos when editing.

The camera grid Improves Your Landscape Photos

The camera grid is especially useful for landscape shots, as it shows you where to frame the horizon in order to get the most interesting picture.

Putting the horizon right in the center of the photo is just plain boring. Anyone can do that.

You can match up objects of interest in the foreground to the lines, making sure they complement your shot and draw the eye into the scene.

The area of the photo that is most interesting to you should take up two-thirds the frame. The grid makes it incredibly easy to place it that way.

It’s Easier to Frame Your Subjects

When we take out our phones to snap a photo, we usually put the subject right in the center and think nothing of it.

The subject is the entire focus of the photo, so, therefore, should be in the middle, right?

According to professional photographers, that’s not the case. Not only is that method bland and unimaginative, it’s not even the best way to display a subject.

Using the camera grid to match the subject up with lines on different sides of the screen actually draws more attention to them in more subtle, artistic ways. That way, you get the most out of your pictures.

When shooting portrait photos, align the subject’s eyes with the grid; they’re usually the most important part of the shot.

It Improves Photo Composition

iphone camera grid how to use

Activating the grid highlights different areas of your photos to show the exact composition of the frame.

It forces you to focus on the entire frame rather than just the subject alone.

By placing points of interest along the lines of the grid, you create a much more balanced photo and avoid using a lot of negative space.

This results in a picture which is much richer in composition.

It Will Get Your More Likes

300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day.

With so many photos on social media, you want to make sure yours are getting their share of attention.

The camera grid is a sure-fire way to do that. If you start using it, you’ll already be a step ahead of many others.


Get Creative with It

Use the camera grid to your advantage, but don’t get too sucked into it. It’s there to help you, not to dictate you.

The rule of thirds is a general guide and doesn’t need to be strictly followed. Subjects don’t need to match up with the grid precisely; placing them relatively near them could still do the trick.

If you feel it doesn’t complement your picture, throw caution to the wind and do it your own way.

What to Do with Your New Photos

With this newfound technique, you’re sure to be snapping some beautiful photos. Why not get them printed so you can admire your work?

  • Snapfish: Click here for discount coupons for Snapfish, a printing service which can turn your photos into prints, calendars, wedding invitations, notebooks and more. We also have their latest shipping times.
  • Walgreens Photo: A hugely popular way to print your 4×6 and 4×4 digital photos. Coupons here
  • Shutterfly – Probably the best place to print photos online – coupons here ,

Now, get out there and give it a try!

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12 Ideas for Photographing Dogs: Include Your Dog in Photo Books

dog photo book ideaRemember to include your dog in family photo books: We don’t take a lot of video in our family, but whenever I look back on old videos, I can’t help but notice how often the dogs are present. Whether it’s one of the kids taking their first steps, the kids dancing, or a birthday party in the backyard, the dogs are always there.

So, this past holiday season when I was finishing up a photo book to give to the grandparents I was shocked when I realized that the dogs weren’t in it! That’s like leaving one of the kids out of a family portrait, and it’s ridiculous that our photo book almost got printed without the inclusion of our furry kids.

As I went back though our digital photos on Shutterfly.com, I realized that I had dozens of great pictures of our dogs, but I had just overlooked them. Do you need ideas for photographing your dog?

Check out these great Instagram (webstagram) photos for inspiration! (click to view larger)

Tips and ideas for photographing your dog:

Now that I’m aware that these shots might end up having prominent places in our house and in gifts, I want to share some ideas for photographing dogs:

  • Get candid photos of your dog – Pets do some funny things on their own, so when you observe them as a “fly on the wall,” you’ll get great candid pictures
  • Photograph them at their worstDo they look guilty after eating a shoe? Maybe they just scattered trash across the kitchen, or have to wear a lamp shade after a trip to the vet. Remember the saying, “one day you’ll look back and laugh?”
  • Take a photo of them in the bath – There is nothing like the look of a dog mid-way through a bath!
  • Take a picture of them asleep – Especially if they sleep with one of the kids
  • Keep a treat handy if you want them to look at you – If you aren’t taking candid photos, you’ll soon realize that dogs and cats don’t turn and give you a frozen smile like the kids will. (sometimes?) Have a treat handy, and you’ll have their full attention
  • Take lots of pictures of them as puppies and kittens – There are no do-overs after your pet grows up, and when they are young they change every day. A fun idea would be to get one picture a week for your pet’s first year to collage on a few pages of a photo book (look for a coupon)
  • Natural light is best – Flashes can’t compete with the rich natural light that the sun gives off. If you are photographing your dog or cat, try going outside or shooting near a window. Rooms with southern exposure are usually well-lit
  • Lighting from the side or above emphasizes detail – If you want to show off your dog or cat’s fur, wrinkles, and color, then don’t light them from the front. If you take a flash shot from straight on, your going to lose detail and texture
  • Check online for inspiration – Sites like webstagram have millions of photos organized by tags (like, #dog) that you can search, which is where most of the pics came from above. You can even search by breed
  • Before placing an order, don’t forget to use a coupon for Shutterfly photo books here.

dog photo book

Any family photo calendar or book without your dog is incomplete. Remember that they are part of the family, and make a wonderful addition to any photo gift. I even have my dog on my personalized iphone case!