How to Set a Photography Style on iPhone

For many of us, the iPhone is our best camera. He is always with us and ready to go when a spontaneous moment arises that we want to capture in a photo or video. While the Camera app’s default setting is good, there are times when you want to add a bit more ‘oomph’ to all the photos you take. For cases like this, you can use the Photographic Styles feature.

Photo Styles is a newer feature that is only available on newer iPhones. As of this writing, that means only the iPhone 13 series, as well as the iPhone SE (2022) have camera styles. So if you have an old iPhone, unfortunately you cannot use this feature. But what are photographic styles? Essentially, they’re like camera filters, except they apply to all your images from that point on.

Here’s how to set a photography style on your iPhone.

What are photography styles?

Photographic styles are basically similar to iPhone photo filters, but you can adjust the tone and warmth of each style to suit your preferences and tastes. These stylistic effects will not affect the skin tones of people in your photos. There are four preset Photo Styles: Rich Contrast, Vivid, Warm, and Cool.

Vibrant will give your image bright, vivid colors that still look natural and not overdone. Rich Contrast gives you a slightly more dramatic look with darker shadows that will increase color and contrast. Warm adds a golden undertone to the photo and Cool has slightly more blue undertones.

Although each photographic style has a default tone and warmth setting, you can adjust them as you see fit. Once you make your changes, it stays that way until you make changes again. With Photographic Styles, you can bring out certain aspects of a photo as you take them, rather than waiting for post-processing.

Photographic styles can also be used with the front-facing True Depth camera. However, it is crucial to remember that Photo styles cannot be deleted of a photo once it has been taken, so they are technically destructive. But you too Can’t apply Photo Style to existing photos.

How to Use a Photography Style in the Camera App on iPhone 13 and iPhone SE (2022)

Here’s what you need to do to use Photo Styles on your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, or iPhone SE (2022).

  1. Launch it Camera app on your iPhone 13 or iPhone SE (2022).
  2. Make sure you’re regular Photo fashion, then swipe up from the bottom of the viewfinder, or touch the arrow button at the top of the screen to display additional controls.

    Source: iMore

  3. Press the Photographic Styles button. It looks like three squares lined up together.
  4. Scroll through the four presets: Rich Contrast, Vibrant, Warm and Cool.
  5. Adjust Your Where Heatjust tap the one you want to set, then drag your finger on the dial until you reach the desired tone or heat setting.

    Use a Photographic Style in the Camera app on iPhone 13 by displaying: Tap the Photographic Styles button, swipe to choose a style, tap Tone or Warmth to adjust settings, then tap the Shutter buttonSource: iMore

  6. Take your photo by pressing the Shutter button.

Now that you have used a photographic style, it will remain in effect until you select another or switch back to the standard style.

How to Change the Active Photographic Style Through the Settings App

Another way to change the default photography style is to use the Settings app on your iPhone 13 or iPhone SE (2022).

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone 13 or iPhone SE (2022).
  2. Scroll down and tap Camera.
  3. Below Taking picturesfaucet Photographic Styles.

    Use the Settings app to change Photo Styles on the iPhone 13 by displaying: Launch Settings, tap Camera, tap Photo StylesSource: iMore

  4. Scroll through the four different styles with your finger, then tap Use styling on the one you want.

    Use the Settings app to change Photo Styles on the iPhone 13 by displaying: Swipe left and right to browse the preset styles, tap Use on the one you want to activateSource: iMore

Highlight your photos

As you can see, Photographic Styles are similar to photo filters, but they use the magic of Apple’s computational photography to make your photos look their best. It’s important to note that you can’t delete a Photographic Style once it’s applied, and unfortunately they can’t be added to existing photos in your Photo Library.

Updated July 2022: Added iPhone SE (2022) to compatible devices. Steps for Photo Styles are up to date with the latest versions of iOS.

Michael E. Marquez