Apple Shares Tips for Shooting in Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus ‘Like a Pro’

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Dec 6, 2016
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Apple just shared a bunch of tips from experts on how to shoot with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode like a pro.

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The iPhone 7 Plus packs in some serious optics without a doubt. Apart from serving a telephoto lens alongside the regular one, the former can be used to take beautiful portrait shots complete with depth-of-field effect. Of course, that effect is generated using software since the camera hardware is too minuscule to pull off such a thing on its own. Basically, the camera packs in a lot of potential waiting to be unlocked. Apple realizes this very well, and has shared a bunch of tips from experts on how to take the best shots using iPhone 7 Plus in Portrait mode.

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Kicking things off in typical Apple fashion, the company shares that the iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr in 2016. To give you a sense of how big Apple is in photography stakes, 47% images uploaded to Flickr are taken using an iPhone. Interestingly, 8 out of the top 10 devices on Flickr are iPhones. How amazing is that?

Apple then dives into highlighting some tips pro photographers have shared on how to take the best Portrait mode shot. Here’s one from JerSean Golatt:

JerSean Golatt says using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus is “important for storytelling as a whole” and “adds value for those with lower than commercial budgets and brings speed to share their stories like never before.” Golatt recommends, “get up close to your subject to bring out the details.”

Here’s what Jeremy Cowart has to share with people, who happens to be a celebrity portrait photographer:

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When he’s behind the camera, Jeremy Cowart is known for taking incredible portraits of celebrities. This portrait of his son is a favorite image he’s shot using iPhone 7 Plus saying, “I’m kind of freaking out. Portrait mode is unbelievable.” He recommends minimizing the background and “cut out the distractions from your subject,” and “try to find the shade and put the sun behind your subject as a nice back light.” He also finds “pulling the exposure down just a hair really makes my images look more cinematic.”

Pei Keton shares the following with the world:

Pei Ketron is a world traveler and when not taking photos of incredible landscapes she’s enjoying time with her dog, Luna. She says, “Portrait mode on the new iPhone 7 Plus creates beautifully realistic background bokeh that rivals DSLRs.” When taking photos of pets and animals she advises, “give your pup some space. Portrait mode uses the telephoto lens, so a distance of about eight feet away is recommended. Have treats ready. You’ll get the best results when your subject isn’t moving.”

Last but not the least, wedding photographer Benj Haisch shared the following tip:

Wedding photographer Benj Haisch said Portrait mode “is absolutely changing the way I look at mobile photography. Having a wide angle 28 mm equivalent paired with the 56 mm equivalent and Portrait mode has been game-changer in achieving professional results without bringing any additional equipment.” He says, “having soft, diffused lighting will help with keeping the photo flattering to your subject. Find a space that isn’t too busy or distracting, as Portrait mode will create a photo that really pops.”

Smartphone cameras have come a long way and it’s only a given fact that they’ll get better with time. But will they be good enough to replace every other camera out there? We’ll leave that for time to answer itself.

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