Rejoice, iPhone photography fans, as Apple shares useful tips from professional photographers on using Portrait mode with iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras to help users achieve best results when taking depth of field photos. As noted in a blog post published Tuesday morning on Apple’s website, the iPhone’s popularity has increased among photographers in 2016.
The post cites Flickr’s camera stats which rank the iPhone 7 Plus sixth within iPhone cameras on Flickr at over five million uploaded photographs.
Here are some of the choice tips from pro photographers:
- JerSean Golatt: “Get up close to your subject to bring out the details.”
- Jeremy Cowart: “Minimize the background, 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. Pulling the exposure down just a hair really makes the images look more cinematic.”
- Pei Ketron: “When taking photos of pets and animals, 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.”
- Benj Haisch: “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.”
Apple’s embedded some of the best full-resolution “bokeh” images that the above pro photographers have taken on their iPhone 7 Plus devices, check them out below.
Interestingly, Apple’s bypassed the stock Tips app on the iPhone and iPad and published these tips in a blog post instead of pushing them directly to user’ Home screens.
Top image: a depth of field photo I took Sunday evening with my iPhone 7 Plus.