How to Take Burst Photos on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Burst Mode refers to when the camera on your iPhone captures a series of photos in rapid succession, at a rate of ten frames per second. It's a great way to shoot an action scene or an unexpected event, since you're always more likely to end up with the picture you were aiming for.

Apple has changed the way Burst Mode works in its redesigned Camera app for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro devices. On older iPhones and on iPads, you simply tap and hold the shutter button at the bottom of the Camera interface for the duration of the scene that you're trying to capture.

However, on the iPhone 11 series you have to press the shutter button and drag it towards the square displaying the last image you shot. The shutter will stretch elastically under your finger as you do.


Notice that the counter increases in the shutter's original position for as long as you hold it down. This indicates how many shots are being captured in the current burst. Simply take your finger off the shutter when you want to end the burst of shots.

When you take a series of burst photos, they automatically appear in the Photos app under the Album name Bursts. You'll also find them in your main Photo Library. To learn how to view and select the best of your Burst photos in the Photos app, click here.



Article Link: How to Take Burst Photos on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
 

err404

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Since iOS started letting you change the key frame for Live Photos, I have stopped taking bursts. I have more flexibility with a Live Photo or two than a bunch of still shots. Yes, the burst is a hair better in quality if I shift the frame, but if I’m taking an action shot, I want that video anyway.
 

Justanotherfanboy

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Needlessly complex. One of the most useful features of the camera made harder to use. Especially hard to use if trying to take burst selfies.
Well worth the trade off of having the ability to now hold down the shutter to start capturing video immediately; I’m sure that is more of a common want while snapping pics than to snap bursts.... by at least several orders of magnitude.
 

zunamo

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I believe burst is not used that often and even initiated by accident by many people. I assume there is a delay before it switches to video to avoid accidental video taking.

Why only on the new iPhones though?
 
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C DM

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Remember when apple products didn’t need a manual. Imagine a user (especially an older user) coming to iPhone for the first time! The new cut copy paste / undo redo gestures alone are mind boggling. It’s getting crazy now.
I recall even in the early days of the iPhone there were still manuals and how to’s that plenty of people looked to.
 
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talkin73

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So would you rather they never give us new features?
One persons feature is another’s turd pile. New burst gesture is horrible. They require delicate sliding and holding in a fixed position at a time when a user is about to photographic action. Delicate and gentle with action. Makes no sense from ergonomic. Slide to the side is terrible when used on a multi-purpose button. Press hard enough, but not too hard, now slide and hold. A perfect sequence of events to ensure you miss the action burst. This will be polarizing for sure.

And it’s not a feature. Both video and burst mode existed for many iterations of the OS. this is a change in how users initiate the action. Those who liked it as it was will almost undoubtedly dislike the change.

speaking of annoyances, the new keyboard requiring press on space bar to move cursor is also lame. Also, when did we lose the magnifying glass when pressing to select text?
 

fireandmirth

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As a parent, this is fantastic news. No more toddler burst fests, where kid finds phone, shoots three hundred photos of her forehead and the ceiling (bc the camera app is so helpfully on the lock screen). A single video will be so much easier to delete.
 

Justanotherfanboy

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Well the new gestures don’t work for me at all so they’d be fine
I am eager to see the Google event, since they actually added a “gestures” chip, to recognize the minute differences of very similar hand movements & are thought to be introducing myriad gestures into the new Pixel.
I am definitely with you in that I think these gestures don’t really work & are not (to me) helpful. Swipe forward and back is fine... I’m not really trying to do fancy 3 finger pinches, nor hover my finger above a screen and the like.
 
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Bawstun

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Remember when apple products didn’t need a manual. Imagine a user (especially an older user) coming to iPhone for the first time! The new cut copy paste / undo redo gestures alone are mind boggling. It’s getting crazy now.
Good post. Their design has really fallen off in recent years. It isn’t intuitive anymore, I’ve found myself Googling articles just to find where Apple has hidden basic settings.

A good example is the new update section of the App Store, all hidden and in weird spot. Strange...
 
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jimbobb24

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As a parent, this is fantastic news. No more toddler burst fests, where kid finds phone, shoots three hundred photos of her forehead and the ceiling (bc the camera app is so helpfully on the lock screen). A single video will be so much easier to delete.
You delete both with the exact same action.
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This is one of those issues where the real problem is options. Why not let the user pick which they prefer? The Apple preference is preloaded and the user can reverse it to their preference. I would love more options.
 

fireandmirth

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You delete both with the exact same action.
Not sure how you mean. Say more.

For me, it’s not the same. I’ll catch the issue a week after it happens. On any given day there’ll be legit photos, business receipts, and 300 toddler selfies. I’ve got to hunt down photos and swipe to select rows and rows, then delete. A video is a single click.

I’m happy for anything that makes toddler photography trickier.
 

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Well worth the trade off of having the ability to now hold down the shutter to start capturing video immediately; I’m sure that is more of a common want while snapping pics than to snap bursts.... by at least several orders of magnitude.
yep, video is probably more deserving.

good article - I was wondering about burst and now I know.
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Not sure how you mean. Say more.

For me, it’s not the same. I’ll catch the issue a week after it happens. On any given day there’ll be legit photos, business receipts, and 300 toddler selfies. I’ve got to hunt down photos and swipe to select rows and rows, then delete. A video is a single click.

I’m happy for anything that makes toddler photography trickier.
For receipts I use scannable and it goes straight into Evernote and I like it.
 

szw-mapple fan

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Remember when apple products didn’t need a manual. Imagine a user (especially an older user) coming to iPhone for the first time! The new cut copy paste / undo redo gestures alone are mind boggling. It’s getting crazy now.
Most of my older relatives used to hold the shutter button for longer than needed to take a photo, resulting in bursts. They don't even know that there is a burst mode and always end up confused by the burst shutter sound. I don't see how this is worse. At least now people will know what's going on when they do a long press.

As for the copy/paste, it's not like feature discovery is hidden and you can't copy/paste with the context menu like before, and I think most users will still do it that way. The new gestures are for power users similar to how you can get hidden functions with the option button on the Mac.
 

hortod1

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As a parent, this is fantastic news. No more toddler burst fests, where kid finds phone, shoots three hundred photos of her forehead and the ceiling (bc the camera app is so helpfully on the lock screen). A single video will be so much easier to delete.

not to judge and all but that sounds like more like a parenting parenting problem
 

TheSkywalker77

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Well worth the trade off of having the ability to now hold down the shutter to start capturing video immediately; I’m sure that is more of a common want while snapping pics than to snap bursts.... by at least several orders of magnitude.
What they could’ve done was added an option in settings to toggle between the two.
 
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This is one of those things that sounds oddly simple but is frustrating in practice. I made five 1-second clips before getting it.
 
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gr8hii

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I would have liked it better if burst was at least given its own selection at the bottom next to “square” or something. I loved using burst when at the fair. I’d hold my phone high, hold down the volume and come back to select the best image of he kids on the swings or whatever. I ALWAYS got a great shot. Now, I get a video..... awesome change for the sake of change.