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Apple posts three new tutorial videos covering iPhone photography

Apple on Tuesday published a fresh batch of tutorial videos to its official YouTube channel covering different facets of iPhone photography including overhead photos, black and white snapshots, and slo-mo timing.

Each of the new clips runs about 35 seconds in length and features portrait formatting for optimal iPhone viewing, continuing a style introduced with Apple's "How to shoot on iPhone 7" series last year. The latest installments seem to target iPhone X owners — or prospective owners — as the home bar is clearly visible in each video.

The first video tutorial, "How to adjust slo-mo timing on iPhone," touches on the Photos app's editing editing capabilities. With Photos, users can choose where to apply a slo-mo effect in a high frame rate video simply by scrubbing through the clip and expanding the UI's built-in sliders.

Though not mentioned in Apple's tutorial, users can also trim slo-mo clips as they would a regular iPhone video file by using the UI handles provided in the scrub bar at the bottom of the Photos window.

A second video explains how to capture visually please overhead shots using Camera's grid feature, which can be turned on by navigating to Settings > Camera. Apple suggests photographers avoid getting in the way of overhead lighting when taking top-down photos, as they can produce distracting shadows.

With the grid function enabled, a pair of "+" symbols appear when an iPhone is tilted parallel to the ground. These symbols act as a digital level, pulling motion and orientation data from onboard sensors. Lining up the two icons ensures the shot is perfectly level with a table or other flat surface that is also parallel to the ground.

Finally, Apple dives into photo filters with a short covering black and white photography. In this explainer, the company selects "mono" and suggests users look for contrast between a subject and its background. Adjusting the exposure using the Camera app's built-in exposure slider can help achieve better results.

Apple consistently posts new iPhone video tutorials to its YouTube channel on a regular basis, most of which tout the handset's photo taking capabilities. As with past installments, the short clips are cleverly crafted to act not only as informational assets, but also advertisements for potential buyers.