Ever wanted to take your own shots worthy of Shot On iPhone? Here's how … (Image: UNSPLASH)
So, have you ever seen the beautiful Shot On iPhone billboards in town and want to know how to get equally stunning photos with your shiny new iPhone?
If you're like me, you'll be a little dismayed to find that the photos you're getting from the camera app aren't worth billboards.
Fortunately, Apple runs a series of masterclasses to help you get the most out of your hardware.
Armed with a bright new iPhone 11 Pro Max, which has the first triple camera system seen on any Apple device, we went to the Covent Garden Apple Store to see what we could learn. Turns out we could learn a lot.
Today At Apple is the name of the scheme, available at Apple stores around the world. The goal is to educate customers who already own Apple products to get the most out of their kit … or to show people who are not Apple customers what they are missing out on.
If you don't have an iPhone, MacBook, or any other Apple device, be sure to attend one of these sessions. The company lends you all the gadgets you need to attend the session.
"We like to say we are lending your next phone," an Apple Genius tells me with a wink as I ask about the ability to borrow the latest smartphone.
We took part in the Photo Walk session, which takes you on an uninterrupted tour of the store to learn some tips on how to get the best and most interesting photos from your iPhone. Given that we had the iPhone 11 Pro Max, that meant learning about the best times to use the telephoto lens, which offers 2x lossless optical zoom, the ultra-wide camera that squeezes into skyscrapers and huge groups of friends with one eye. fish look, and the main 12MP shooter.
Here is what we learned …
Don't be afraid to fall to the ground for a whole new perspective on your photos. (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)
Being creative with perspective will allow you to play with light and shadows in interesting ways (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)
1 – Play with your prospect
You know those awesome silhouette photos you often see on the Shot On iPhone campaign billboards or in your Instagram feed. Well, these are rarely shot with the camera directly in front of you. The chances of placing the sun directly behind the object without having to do more than a slight stretch is, well, a stretch.
According to the Apple Store guide, you should not be afraid to play with the perception of your shot.
If you want the sun to be directly behind the subject for a dramatic silhouette – kneel down and tilt the camera up to position it directly in front of the sun. And if you're wearing your best jeans and don't like to press it against the city streets, note where the triple camera module is located on the back of your phone.
Apple has deliberately kept the cameras as close to the edge of the chassis as possible, so it's easy to hold the top left corner of the iPhone close to the ground and lean toward the object without getting your knees dirty.
The new wide-angle camera lets you squeeze skyscrapers into the frame (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)
You can also use the fisheye effect to distort nearby objects and create some interesting results (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)
Remember to add context to your photo – like the motorcycle in the background above to explain the mirror (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)
2 – Play with the cameras
If you have an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, you may have noticed some changes in the camera app. Apple has subtly redesigned the user interface to give users an idea of what each of the three cameras sees in any given situation.
If you're shooting with the main wide-angle sensor, the camera app's edges (which were solid black on previous iPhone models) show ultra-wide, poor vision. So if you're struggling to squeeze a tall building but you can see the top of the frame at the camera's edge, you know that switching to ultra-wide means you won't miss a thing. Similarly, if you are using the 2x telephoto lens, the 12MP main camera view will be slightly visible at the edge.
All this to say, if you're using an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro – keep an eye on the camera's edge. You can achieve more dramatic framing – or more framing – by switching to one of the other available lenses.
If you are using one of the new iPhone models, the first thing to do is go to Settings> Camera and turn on the feature labeled Capture out-of-frame photos. That was one of the most helpful tips we learned during Photo Walk.
The feature, which is off by default, means that iPhone shoots at ultra wide-angle whenever you take a wide-angle shot, so that if you accidentally crop the top of someone's head – or a building or The last person in a friend formation. You can then retrieve the missing member / architecture / person after the fact.
Your iPhone stores the extra data for 30 days. If you do not edit the image during this time, the smartphone assumes that the cropped body part was an artistic option and discards the extra data to save to its storage.
High-Key Light Mono is a new portrait lighting effect included with iOS 13 (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)
3 – Portrait mode
If you want to give your photos a little more excitement, it's worth investigating the available Portrait Mode options.
With the release of iOS 13Apple has introduced a new High-Key Light Mono finish, which adds a Photo Studio-style white background behind the subject and shoots in black and white. It is based on a technique used by professional photographers and really enhances your photos.
As it works in group photos and selfies, you can also add the look to photos with friends.
High-Key Light Mono is just the latest in a growing list of Portrait Lighting options available on iPhone, including Studio Light, Contour Light, Stage Light and Stage Light Mono, which leverage the depth map used to add adjustable artificial lighting. Bokeh blur behind your subjects to change the lighting of the scene. Or, in the case of Stage Light Mono, set your subject against a dark pitch black background with deep shadows on your face for a dark noir film look.
According to our guide on Photo Walk, there is no wrong answer with this material. So have fun playing with the available options. And because all edits and adjustments made to Apple's built-in Photos app are not destructive, you can always go back to the original image if you're not satisfied with the filter, portrait lighting, or crop you created.
So try it and expand your creativity.
Obviously, this is just an excerpt from the tips and tricks we learned during the Apple Store Photo Walk. So don't think that by reading this article you learned everything they will teach in the next session Today at Apple. Find Availability at your local Apple Store here.