PHOTOS December 6, 2016
Pro photo tips for using Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus
Shoot Like a Pro with New Depth-of-Field Effect
In a short time, Portrait mode has become a favorite feature for iPhone 7 Plus users, with people capturing a range of subjects with the stunning depth-of-field effect, bringing them closer to the subjects they love. iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. And its popularity increased among photographers in 2016, according to Flickr. Below are a few photos and tips from photographers who are finding creative ways to use Portrait mode everyday.
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.”
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 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.”
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."
Photos shot in Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus