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Apple Shares Tips for Taking 'Pro' Photos Using iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

iphone7plusportraitmodeApple today shared some tips to "Shoot like a Pro" with depth-of-field "Portrait" effect in the iPhone 7 Plus, highlighting a range of suggestions collected from professional photographers on its news site.

Tips include getting up close to a subject to bring out details, minimizing the background, putting the sun behind a subject, slightly underexposing, and using soft, diffused lighting.

The suggestions are sourced from fashion photographer JerSean Golatt, celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, travel photographer Pei Ketron, and wedding photographer Benj Haisch, and are accompanied by photos shot on the iPhone 7 Plus.

For many years running, the iPhone has been the most popular camera on Flickr, which has encouraged Apple to make continual improvements to the camera equipment in its smartphones.

Along with dual cameras and the Portrait mode in the iPhone 7 Plus, both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus feature lens, sensor, stabilization, and image signal processor improvements that offer much improved performance compared to previous-generation devices, especially in low-light conditions.

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16 weeks ago
Step 1: buy a camera
Rating: 24 Votes
16 weeks ago

Step 1: buy a camera

You win the "good photography obviously requires expensive equipment" prize.


He didn't say buy a Nikon D5, just to buy a dedicated camera - that doesn't have to be expensive - and he's not wrong. Sure, the best camera is the one you have on you - and iPhone is great for day to day point and shoot - but anything more than daily point and shoot, there are better options.

The iPhone's camera is great but if you're serious about photography, you will want something better to be able to learn and grow on.
Rating: 14 Votes
16 weeks ago

That's a fantastic camera, with well balanced performance between stills and video.

Video on Android devices is years behind.


What are you talking about? Lots of great Android devices that offer video and stills that rival Apple devices. Which rock you living under? Google Pixel.
Rating: 11 Votes
16 weeks ago

Step 1: buy a camera


You win the "good photography obviously requires expensive equipment" prize.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 weeks ago
Tip: Buy a Galaxy S7 Edge...

If you take photos in anything other than perfect lighting conditions.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 weeks ago
We should give em some tips on how to make a 'Pro' Macbook.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 weeks ago

What are you talking about? Lots of great Android devices that offer video and stills that rival Apple devices. Which rock you living under? Google Pixel.

Inb4 trashing the Pixel for having EIS and not OIS.

Yes, OIS is better, but overall? Pixel smokes the 7. True story.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 weeks ago
I enjoy portrait mode on my 7+

It's semi beach proof, unlike my DSLR - and it fits in my pocket!

Yes she's due for a dental cleaning... :(



Rating: 6 Votes
16 weeks ago
This is official, Apple has really no clue what the word PRO really means. And the word MAGIC too!:mad:
Rating: 5 Votes
16 weeks ago

The iPhone's camera is great but if you're serious about photography, you will want something better to be able to learn and grow on.


Nope, that's exactly the "need expensive equipment" thought. Composition is the number one skill in photography, and it requires no camera at all. Go walk around with your hand in a square. It's the same. Lighting. Directing a model/dog. These are the skills that those pro photographers talk about.

In fact, a lot of the film skills like metering and exposure, which you did need equipment, are gone now, thanks to bracketing, instant preview and editing.

Sure, there's specialized fields like sports photography and photography for print, but that's not something you do until you are skilled at the basics.
Rating: 5 Votes

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