One of the options that’s not used hardly enough on the iPhone is HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range imaging. In photography, an expansive dynamic range (light to dark in a photo) can help you capture shadows and highlights, changing the entire perspective of the resulting image. Rich, vivid imagery can often be the result of HDR photography, which uses three images to capture an image at different exposure levels. These are blended together to create a single image. When Apple introduced HDR as an option in the Camera app, it was disabled by default. Those who enabled it were met with multiple copies of a photo in their camera rolls, which can impact your storage by filling up your iPhone. It’s not always the case that HDR will have any noticeable impact, especially when viewing the images on a 4-inch display. A cluttered camera roll and at times, three images that similar? You can see why users would steer clear of HDR. I know what your thinking, “If only your iPhone knew when HDR was the best option.” Apple has done just that with HDR auto on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6Plus, available in the iOS 7.1 update and of course, on iOS 8. Read on to learn how to use HDR auto on iPhone and never miss an opportunity to create, bright, vivid images with plenty of pop.

HDR auto on the iPhone

First thing you’ll need to do is update to iOS 7.1 or later. Open up the Camera app and take a look at the center of the black bar up top, where you should see the current setting for HDR. Tap on it and you can select HDR Auto, in addition to HDR or HDR Off. In most cases, the new auto setting is all you’ll need. Your iPhone will auto-magically determine if the subject would benefit from additional dynamic range.

HDR Auto iPhone

HDR photos often look best when you are taking photos of a landscape, building or some form of intricate architecture. These can be the primary focus or make for a brilliant background to a friend or family member. HDR helps to recreate the intensity often found in scenes that are rich in color and benefit from a wide dynamic range, one that you can capture using your iPhone and HDR auto. Experiment, have fun and you’ll be amazed at the results.