iPhone Burst Photos

Use the Burst Photo feature on your iPhone to get otherwise improbable shots. By taking a series of photos you can then select the perfect one instead of relying on pressing the shutter button at just the right moment. It is easy to choose the photo or photos you want to keep from the series.
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When taking a photo with your iPhone, of course, all you have to do is press the shutter button here on the right side. But if you press and hold down instead of taking one photo it will continuously take photos. It's called a Burst. It comes in very handy if you're trying to get a difficult shot.

So here I'm going to move my camera over the keyboard and I'm going to hold down the button. You can see it just took a whole bunch of shots if you looked at the bottom right hand corner. Now when I go into look at them, I can see it says Burst 23 photos. I have a select button. I hit that select button and now I can move between them to get which shot I want. Now my example is not a very useful so let's take a look at a good example.

So here's a perfect example. I'm on a train and it's very quick moving. I want to get a shot out the window. So I've taken a burst photo just by holding down my finger over the button. You can see now when I look at it on the Photos app on my iPhone it says Burst 10 photos.

So I go and tap the select button at the top and now I can see all of these photos. I can move back and forth between them and pick which one is the perfect photo. Once I select which one I want, put a little check mark there, and I can actually select multiple ones. Then I can hit Done at the top and it will ask me if I want to keep everything or keep only those two favorites. In other words throw the others in the trash.

So I can use Burst photos to get the perfect shot. If somebody is moving very quickly, maybe you're filming a sport and the pitcher is throwing the pitch and you're focused in on the batter or you're focused in on the basket as someone is approaching with a basketball, you can use Burst to grab a whole bunch of photos and then later when you have time go back and pick the perfect one and only keep that one.

Or it could simply be a situation where there's bad lighting or maybe things are a little shaky from where you're standing you can use it and you'll grab the perfect photo. Maybe the one that is still, maybe the one that has the best lighting, maybe if the lighting is very variable. Things like that.

It's a really handy technique. You want to practice it a little bit so maybe next time you see an opportunity try using burst photos and get used to using it. Once you do you'll catch some amazing photos that you couldn't catch otherwise and people will think you are a fantastic photographer because you took the photo at just the right moment when in fact you just used burst photo and grabbed the one photo that worked.

Comments: 3 Responses to “iPhone Burst Photos”

    Robert Gregg
    2 years ago

    It’s great. But the problem I have is I sometimes get a burst when I thought I had just touched the button. Is there any way to set a delay before it starts taking the burst instead of a single photo?

    2 years ago

    Robert: No, there’s no way to turn it off. You just have to get used to tapping the button. A quick tap is all you need. But if you make a mistake, the good news is that you didn’t miss the shot, you just have to select the best one.

    Jimmy Tierney
    2 years ago

    Thanks for this information. I have never understood this feature and never used it.. but will from now on.

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