3 Top iPhone Tips to beautiful hands-free photos of you and your pet

Do you struggle to get a good picture of you and your pet with your iPhone or wish you had another pair of hands with trying to photograph your pet?

Did you know there are some really clever ways you can easily take hands-free photographs on your iPhone?

Once you have mastered any of these clever hacks you’ll be all set up to capture fast and informal photos of you and your pet that can then be printed and transformed into a beautiful colour pencil pet portrait.

Here are my three top tips to keep it simple.

  1. Ask Siri to take your photo for you, that one is completely hands-free!

You don’t always have to tap on the shutter button to take a photo on an iPhone, you can instead just ask Siri to take the photo for you.

All you need to do is tweak your Voice Command Settings. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to Accessibility and tap it.
  • Tap Voice Control.
  • Toggle ‘on’ the Voice Control button.
  • At the top of the screen, right beside your clock, you will see a blue mic button. That means Siri can now listen to your voice commands. Even if your iPhone is asleep, it will wake up once you say “Hi, Siri.”
  • To take a photo, call Siri by saying “Hi, Siri,” or simply tap on the camera app.
  • Next, Siri will ask how she can help you. Tell her, “Take a photo”.
  • Siri will open the front camera.
  • To capture the photo, say, “Turn down volume.”
  • This will capture the photo and save it in your gallery

2. Use Voice Control to take the photo.

If you don’t want to use Siri you can just simply use the Voice Control option in iOS 11 Pro and this will allow you to take a photo, as well as a few more hand-free photo tasks.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to Accessibility and tap it.
  • Tap Voice Control.
  • Toggle ‘On’ the Voice Control button and command your iPhone to take the photo by saying “Turn down volume” or ask it to do any of the following:
  • “Show grid.”
  • “Zoom in.”
  • “Zoom out.”
  • “Take a screenshot.”

3. Use the iPhone camera’s timer to take hands-free photos with a tripod and a timer.

  • To hold the camera still you will find it easier to use a tripod. There are plenty of iPhone tripods available but here are a few tips to choose the right one.
    • Tripod and selfie stick in one – consider choosing a tripod and a selfie stick in one. This will offer more versatility when you want to vary the angles of the images.
    • Gorilla tripod – A gorilla tripod is a great option to grip on to multiple surfaces or fixtures as the legs will wrap around rails and pipes.
    • Remote shutter button – thirdly, find a tripod that comes with a remote shutter button. It’s a great alternative to your iPhone camera’s timer or voice control.

To take the photograph set up your tripod in a sturdy position with enough space behind the tripod to see the rear of the phone, should you need to check the photo from time to time. If you’re using a gorilla tripod and can’t see any desk or table for support, you can wrap its moveable legs around anything sturdy. 

  • Now, secure your iPhone into the adapter.
  • Tilt it into the position to take the picture of you and your pet.
  • Open your camera. 
  • Switch to the front camera. 
  • On the iPhone 11 Pro or a later model, tap the arrow at the top of your screen to access the self-timer. You can also access it by swiping up the area above the shutter button. 
  • Choose your preferred duration. Either 3 seconds or 10 seconds. Press the shutter and move to your desired pose with the animal.
  • Watch the seconds countdown in the bottom right of the screen. 10 second option will give you more time to prepare you and your pet.

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