iPhone 11: Photos Outside the Frame

Apple iPhone 11

If you use an iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, you can activate a setting in your camera app that allows you to capture data outside the frame. This works with the telephoto or wide-angle lens.

The outside the frame option automatically records what’s outside the frame using one of the other lenses. This can be useful in case you accidentally left or cut something out that was crucial to the picture.

In order to use this feature you must enable it in the Camera app settings. This way you can take advantage of the extra data when editing pictures in Apple Photos.

Look for any picture with a square icon and star. That means there is more data.

Personally, I don’t see this being super useful unless you make a lot of group photos and are worried you accidentally cropped out your significant other!

The feature doesn’t work on all pictures and you need to be aware of the penalty that you incur when you use it.

Enabling outside the frame DISABLES Deep Fusion. That’s not something most photographers will want to do.


Our advice? For special occasions when you think you might be (literally) close to the edge with your photographs, feel free to enable outside the frame in your settings. Just turn it off when you are done so the camera defaults to Deep Fusion.

NOTE: This feature is only available on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max or newer.

Image Credits: apple.com.

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Scott Bourne

Scott Bourne (ASINWP) is a professional wildlife photographer, filmmaker, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He’s been involved with photography for more than four decades and his work has appeared in more than 200 publications.

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