One of the most talked about features of Apple s newest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones is the newly added Portrait Mode which offers DSLR-like depth-of-field effect. The Portrait Mode keeps the subject sharp while creating a bokeh background. Other than adding to the aesthetic value of a particular image, the effect is primarily restricted to professional, standalone camera. However, with the new feature, the ability has now been brought onto the Apple flagship smartphones with the roll out of iOS 10.1. Now, the Cupertino-based technology giant wants you to make the most of the feature and to help you achieve pro results. Apple has released some pro-level tips to help you become a better photographer using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus. The guide has been compiled with a range of suggestions from professional photographers and includes tips related to lighting conditions, proximity to the subject, and much more. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformationAlso Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
According to Flickr, iPhone remains the world s most popular camera, and its popularity increased in 2016. Eight out of 10 camera types used for photography are from iPhone models. About 47 percent of all Flickr users used an Apple device to upload images to the community. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a dual rear camera module, Apple has certainly upped the smartphone photography game. Although some of the tips from its guide for pro-level smartphone photography can be applied even if you do not own the high-end iPhone 7 Plus smartphones, most of the suggestions are aimed at further enhancing the results driven out of the Portrait Mode. Here s Apple s complete guide on using the new feature to shoot like a pro. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode review: Adding a new dimension to your photos Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
1. Up, close, and personal
If you want to make your subject stand out from the background, the idea is to bring the camera lens close to it. Fashion and lifestyle photographer JerSean Golatt suggests, get up close to your subject to bring out the details. While this ensures the focus is squarely on the subject, with the Portrait Mode on iPhone 7, the unnecessary clutter in the background is thus blurred which further adds to the overall beauty of an image. The idea is also to place the subject further from the background. This will ensure the blur effect is more pronounced.
2. Throw the sun behind
Photography is all about the right lighting conditions. Jeremy Cowart, who is a celebrity photographer, finds the Portrait mode unbelievable. He recommends minimizing the background and “cut out the distractions from your subject. In outdoor photography situations, using natural light does the trick. Cowart recommends finding shade and using the sun as a back light for the subject. You can further bring down the exposure wee bit lower to get cinematic effect.
3. Distance is important too
Travel photographer Pei Ketron suggests that if you are trying to capture photos of your pet or animals, it is important to have a distance of about eight feet to get the most realistic background bokeh. As the Portrait Mode uses telephoto lens, it is important to ensure there is enough distance between the subject and the lens to get the results right.
4. Diffused lighting
Wedding photographer Benj Haisch recommends using soft, diffused lighting to keep a photo flattering to your subject. The idea is to find a space that isn’t too busy or distracting, as Portrait mode will create a photo that really pops.” Alternatively, you could also go ahead an experiment with a busy background while making sure the subject is still to achieve a neat motion effect.
5. Honor the Portrait Mode guide
In case, you are an amateur smartphone photographer, you can take guidance from the Portrait Mode suggestions which guides you in real-time with a live preview of the depth effect, including how to best distance the camera from the subject and whether the lighting is just right. Tap and hold anywhere on the scene to lock AE/AF, then slide your finger up or down to tweak exposure up or down to get the desired light based on your shot.
6. Bonus tips
To get the best out of the Portrait Mode, it is important to shoot against a non-solid background as such a background makes the intended bokeh effect more noticeable. If you are shooting more than one person, it is important to keep all of them in the same plane so that the subjects are sharp. It is also important to keep the number of subjects under 3 people. If there are kids in your frame, make them stand still so that neat results are achieved. Using a timer for 3s or 10s will make sure you are no longer the one who captured this photo . For videos, it is best to use the landscape mode and adjust the camera settings to enable record video at 60 fps to capture HD videos. To record 4K video go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video > Select 4K. Once you ve made the selection, a 4K badge will pop in the Camera app. You can further tweak the Auto Exposure and Auto Focus by pressing and holding anywhere on the scene. If you want to capture a picture while you are recording, you can tap the white circle to the left of the record button.