We’re sure you’ve tried to capture that perfect moment with your camera and you’re just a tad too late or too early and you miss it. If you own an iPhone or iPad, you can use burst mode and never miss that perfect shot again.

One of the biggest problems with digital cameras, or any camera really, is that they’re often ideally suited for taking still photos or portraits. Line everyone up, group them together, and have them say “cheese” and you’re likely to get exactly the photo you want.

Not so much, however, if you’re trying to capture a live moment, such as people or things in action. In such cases, you might try to take several pictures by tapping the shutter button but chances are you will probably miss your shot or it won’t turn how you wanted.

Burst Mode to the Rescue

Burst mode on iOS means that you can point your iPhone or iPad at your subject, hold the shutter button or the volume up button, and it will begin taking one photo after another until you let go.

You’ll be able to tell burst mode is occurring because you’ll notice that the thumbnail in the lower-right corner will continually change as each photo is taken.

Unlike the old Camera Roll, the new Photos app doesn’t group burst photos into one single thumbnail. Instead all the photos you took in burst mode will appear separately.

The Photos app doesn’t group bursts of photos, so you will see each one taken separately.

You can tap on the first photo in the series (unless you immediately see one you like) and the Photos apps will open to full screen. From here, you can swipe through each photo until you find one or more that genuinely appeal to you.

You can then favorite each photo if you prefer. Once done, tap “Select”, then tap each photo you want to delete, and tap the trash icon in the upper-left corner.

Tap “Select” and then tap each photo you want to keep or delete. A blue check indicates it’s selected.

When it comes to the photos you do want to keep, you can share them such via AirDrop, Mail, Facebook, or simply print them, among other options.

Once you’ve figured out what you want to keep, you can share your photos via AirDrop, a Message, Mail, or any of the other sharing options available at your disposal.

Burst mode is obviously useful because it eliminates a lot of uncertainty. You won’t be asking, “Did I get I get the shot?” On the other hand, it probably doesn’t make up for trying to be a better photographer. Also, you’re likely to end up with hundreds of extra photos in your camera roll that you will need to later sort out and delete.

So, the main takeaway here is use burst mode as needed but only as needed lest you end up filling your iPhone’s storage with unnecessary pictures.

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Matt Klein has nearly two decades of technical writing experience. He's covered Windows, Android, macOS, Microsoft Office, and everything in between. He's even written a book, The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8.
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