The camera built into the iPhone 12 Pro models isn’t just impressive for a smartphone – it’s actually one of the more powerful and versatile cameras available to consumers anywhere on the market today.
Not only does it feature a 120 degree Ultra Wide lens, but it also includes a telephoto lens (perfect for those interesting portrait shots) and a brand new f/1.6 aperture wide camera as well. This, coupled with features like the LiDAR scanner that allow for autofocusing in low light situations that is six times faster than before, creates an incredible package that is hard to ignore.
Of course, none of that actually matters if you don’t know how to get the most out of your camera. Therefore, if you want to capture some truly stunning floral photos at home with your iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, here is what you need to do.
Once you’ve selected your subject, the first factor you’ll need to account for is lighting. Presuming that you’re indoors, look for an area with diffused, natural lighting. If there is any light source in the area at all, try to make sure that it is coming from the side of the flowers you’ll be taking a picture of.
If you’re outdoors, try to find a space with lighting that is as even as possible. Avoid hotspots and bright pops of light for the best results.
Selecting the Best Framing
Whenever you’re taking still life photographs like floral photos, framing is the key to success. Sure, you can crop later – but getting the initial shot from the best angle and perspective will really make everything easier.
Using the iPhone 12 Pro’s telephoto lens, make sure that your flowers are in the center of the frame. Likewise, adjust the camera so that the frame is evenly filled. You may choose to experiment with a downward angle, but straight on will also work just as well.
Putting Portrait Mode to Good Use
If you really want to add an incredible sense of depth to your photos, Portrait Mode is definitely the way to go.
Portrait Mode first debuted on the iPhone a few years ago, but it’s made incredible strides since then. Flowers already have a natural sense of complexity and dimensionality, and Portrait Mode will really bring that out. There are a number of different styles that you can experiment with, including those that adjust the strength of the blurry effect in the background and those that are in black and white.
That’s it! Once you’ve taken a few photos, you can edit them directly in the “Photos” app on your iPhone. Or, if you have an iMac or MacBook lying around, you can sync your photos to those devices and edit them there where you have a little more control. Regardless, you’ll soon be able to share your creation with the world and show off just how well you’re getting along with that stunning iPhone 12 camera.