Photo Styles: How to use it on iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 2022

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 24, 2022

You might be wondering “How do I use Photographic Styles?” after Apple announced this great feature on the iPhone 13. The Cupertino-based tech giant bragged that Photographic Styles (PS) allows users to choose from four different presets that can make your photos more impactful or more discreet, while preserving the complexion.

Thanks to the A15 Bionic chip inside the iPhone SE 2022 under $500. It also offers photographic styles and other benefits (eg Smart HD4) for budget-conscious consumers. PS offers four presets: Rich Contrast, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool. You can select one and customize it to your liking. For a simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to access Photographic Styles, see the instructions below.

How to Use Photographic Styles on iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 2022

If you’ve had trouble finding the Photographic Styles feature, we understand why – it’s not readily available in the camera app like other features (eg Cinematic Mode). Follow the steps below and you’ll be applying PS presets to your images in no time.

1. Go to Camera application.

2. At the top you will see an up arrow (i.e. an upside down V). Press it.

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Photographic Styles (Image credit: future)

3. A row of icons will appear at the bottom. Tap the icon that looks like three stacked squares (fourth icon from the left).

Photographic Styles

Photographic Styles (Image credit: future)

4. The Word “Standard” will appear indicating that you have successfully accessed the Photographic Style feature, but to use any of the presets you will need to swipe.

5. As mentioned, you can choose from four presets: Rich Contrast, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool. Below you will find Apple’s Descriptions for each filter:

  • Rich contrast: Darker shadows, richer colors and stronger contrast create a dramatic look.
  • Vibrant: Wonderfully bright and vivid colors create a shiny yet natural look.
  • Warm: Golden undertones create a warmer look.
  • Costs: Blue undertones create a cooler look.
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Photo Styles: Rich Contrast (Swipe Right)

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Photographic Styles: Vibrant

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Photographic Styles: Vibrant

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Photographic Styles: Hot

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Photographic Styles: Hot

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Photographic styles: cool

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Photographic styles: cool

Once you’ve selected a given photography style, the camera app will default to it going forward, so if you weren’t looking to make a permanent change, be sure to switch back to standard when you have finished.

How to Customize Photographic Style Presets

Under each preset, you will find two settings: Tone and Warmth. You can adjust either by tapping on it and sliding your finger across the dial to raise or lower it as you see fit.

From my observations, increasing the tone reduces the contrast of the photo. Turning up the heat, on the other hand, accentuates red, orange, and yellow hues for a “sunset” effect. If you want to reset the PS preset to its default setting, tap the circular icon and press the reset to [Insert Preset Name] bubble that appears.

Photographic Styles

Photographic Styles (Image credit: future)

It’s worth noting that the Camera app isn’t the only way to access Photographic Styles. You can also go to Settings, scroll down to Camera, and tap “Photography Styles” under Photo Capture. Here you can browse the presets to select the filter you want to apply.