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Apple Highlights Holiday-Themed Photos Shot on iPhone XR and XS

Apple today highlighted a series of holiday-themed photographs shot on its latest iPhones, the XR, XS, and XS Max.


All of the photos were shared on social networks by iPhone users, highlighting new iPhone features like Smart HDR, better blurring in Portrait mode, and improved low-light performance.




Apple has shared other "Shot on iPhone" images from its user base, highlighting images shot on iPhone XR and iPhone XS after each iPhone's release.

In its post of holiday-related iPhone photographs, Apple recommends users check out the how to section of its website for tips on how to capture great photos and videos.



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26 weeks ago

I wish I could take pictures like those with my phones. No matter how hard I try mine never turn out at all. Always blurry, always has some residual nonsense on them. It has to be something I'm doing... as usual. Those photos look so good! AGH!! Jealous!


A couple of tips:

1) Make sure you have decent light
2) Tap on the screen where you want the focus point to be
3) Try not to move the phone when hitting the shutter button
4) If shooting in low light, prop your phone on a fixed surface; ie wall, table, rail, etc.

iPhone cameras are outstanding and can return excellent photographs.

Here's one of mine from last Sunday, at San Francisco's Ocean Beach:




Rating: 9 Votes
26 weeks ago
The dark to light tonal range is pretty awesome on my XS Max. Pic I took of my kids yesterday. Obviously not going to win any photo awards, but highlights this aspect perfectly.



Rating: 6 Votes
26 weeks ago
My wife shot what wound up being our Christmas card photo on her X. I think it's one of the best pictures either of us has ever taken.

https://twitter.com/nwsayer/status/1074709199198646272
Rating: 4 Votes
26 weeks ago
Moderator Note:

Some off topic comments have been removed from the thread.

If you would like to discuss the use of the word holiday vs. the word Christmas, please start a new thread on that topic.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 weeks ago

In before the struggling photographers criticize the iPhone camera quality.


Its not so much the quality of the camera but the effect it has where people take some nice photos on an iPhone and claim to be a "photographer".

Or when people claim upon viewing a photo taken by a professional photographer that "I could take that on my iPhone". People don't seem to realize just how insulting that is.

Or when people say things like "iPhones will make DLSRs obsolete in a few years" (They wont).

For their intended purpose they are excellent cameras. But they still lack in a lot of areas where DSLRs excel (and always will).
Rating: 3 Votes
26 weeks ago
The photo with the little girl grabbing the lights is awesome. The light reflecting on her face really highlights the photo with the blurred background.
Rating: 3 Votes
26 weeks ago
These are lovely Christmas photos.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 weeks ago
I wish I could take pictures like those with my phones. No matter how hard I try mine never turn out at all. Always blurry, always has some residual nonsense on them. It has to be something I'm doing... as usual. Those photos look so good! AGH!! Jealous!
Rating: 2 Votes
26 weeks ago
No need to buy XS, XR or XS Max.

The X does the same.

RAW is the same.



Rating: 2 Votes
26 weeks ago

Its not so much the quality of the camera but the effect it has where people take some nice photos on an iPhone and claim to be a "photographer".

Or when people claim upon viewing a photo taken by a professional photographer that "I could take that on my iPhone". People don't seem to realize just how insulting that is.

Or when people say things like "iPhones will make DLSRs obsolete in a few years" (They wont).

For their intended purpose they are excellent cameras. But they still lack in a lot of areas where DSLRs excel (and always will).

So true! It's the same folks that say a laptop will be able to replace a desktop. Yes, you can do more with laptops now than you could in the past, and the current crop will beat desktops of yesteryear. However, anything you can build into a laptop you can build faster in a desktop without the heat, space, and power constraints. Likewise, phones will always be chasing the DSLR with bigger sensors, better glass, and potentially better electronics for the same reasons: heat, space, and power.
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