A lot of people have not bought into the hype of Apple's iPhone 7 Plus because they are going to wait for the release of the iPhone 8 instead, which would also mark the 10th anniversary of the phone. But for people who are more than willing and eager to purchase the latest iPhone, there are still no regrets because one of its outstanding features is its camera. With that being said, here are 3 of the best ways to capture stunning photos with the iPhone 7 Plus.
Portrait Mode In Focus
Many iPhone 7 Plus owners have instantly become huge fans of the Portrait mode feature on its camera. Using this camera feature will most certainly take your already amazing Instagram photos to a whole new level, all thanks to the phone's dual-lens camera, which is a 12-megapixel wide-angle f/1.8 lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. This extra shooting mode will allow users to create amazing blurred backgrounds and even sharper foregrounds, and even take photos with an improved depth of field.
With this feature, you will definitely be inspired to take some great portrait photos of humans, pets, plants, and other inanimate objects. With the iPhone 7 Plus, you are now able to create bokeh, which is a Japanese word that literally means "to blur." Bokeh photography will allow you to create an "out-of-focus" background to focus on some visual emphasis on your subject in the foreground.
To be able to use this Bokeh Photography, you need to be using the iPhone 7 Plus, along with an updated iOS 10.1 software. Open the phone's camera, slide the camera wheel at the bottom to Portrait mode, and tap on to the shutter button to take some photos. You will be prompted if you are too close or too far from the subject.
Taking Better Bokeh Photos
In order to make the most out of Portrait mode, ensure that your subject is really close by, along with the background being further away. Keep in mind that the closer you get to your subject, the greater the photo is going to be. Also, the larger the gap between your foreground and your background, the more pronounced and sharp the depth of field will be.
Lighting also plays a significant factor as always. Portrait photography does require some huge helpings of light in order to work, so make an effort on choosing a space that is well lit and avoid overexposed backgrounds.
Tips on Blakey Photography
Photographer Jeremy Cowart highly recommends people to use simple backgrounds, cut out any distractions from your subject and try to find the shade and try to position the sun behind your subject for a nice backlight.
Professional photographer Pei Ketron stated that the iPhone's portrait mode hugely rivals the DSLRs. Also, when it comes to taking amazing photos of your pets, she recommends that you give them some space. Portrait mode utilizes the telephoto lens, so a distance of about eight feet away is recommended.