Austin Mann is a professional photographer that got to spend some time with the triple cameras present in the iPhone 11 Pro Max. He’s shared several different photographs he captured with the smartphone, praising its quality along the way. That includes several photos captured with the new Night mode, which is designed to take great photos even in low light.
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max feature three cameras on the back, the brand new ultra-wide lens, the telephoto lens, and the wide-angle. Each allows for distinct framing without a distinct lack of quality.
The addition of any new lens is a pretty big deal. You might remember my excitement when we gained the “telephoto” 51mm lens with the iPhone 7 Plus, and today I’m just as thrilled to be putting an entirely new Ultra Wide lens in my pocket. It gives us another format to tell the story, another perspective to visualize, and a better rounded tool for doing our best creative work.
Any new lens would be great, but I especially love shooting super wide angle — my main lens on my dSLR has always been the Canon 16–35 f/2.8 or Hasselblad’s 21 mm (16 mm equivalent), and anyone who knows my work knows these super wide angle shots are often the ones I’m most proud of. I often reach for a super wide lens because it naturally captures a strong sense of place, and more layers to a story.
I’ve had a blast shooting with the new Ultra Wide on iPhone 11 Pro in all kinds of scenarios here in China.
Mann took the iPhone 11 Pro Max with him to China where he captured the photographs. He published a blog post outlining his results, of which he is very happy with. And for other photographers there are plenty of technical details to go along with the praise, too.
Of course, Night mode is another big addition to the cameras in Apple’s newest smartphones. Mann’s time with the feature went very, very well (pictured above and below):
After the Bach Project in Xi’an, I went down to Guilin to photograph the amazing landscapes and rivers. I met up with Huang Gaohui on the river and spent some time photographing him on his boat at sunset/dusk. It was an incredibly beautiful scene and the perfect place to test some of the new capabilities of iPhone 11 Pro, especially Night mode.
One thing I love about Apple’s approach to Night mode is the strategic balance of solving a technical problem while also caring deeply about artistic expression. When you look at the image above, it’s clear their team didn’t take the let’s-make-night-look-like-day approach, as some of their competitors have. Instead, it feels more like an embrace of what it actually is (night) while asking, “How do we capture the feel of this scene in a beautiful way?”
There are a lot of photos to sift through from Mann’s post, and if you are at all remotely interested in iPhone photography it’s definitely worth a read.
Are you looking forward to the launch of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro because of the cameras?