Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max by Nathan Underwood. Flower arrangements by Kiana Underwood.
Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and ahead of the booming, festive love holiday, Apple has shared a detailed post on “How to Take Amazing Flower Photos with iPhone 12 Pro Models.” And the writing from a professional flower photographer has tips that can be useful for a variety of topics beyond flowers as well.
Apple shared the new feature to get the most out of its iPhone 12 Pro camera systems in a Newsroom post today.
Nathan Underwood from Tulipina (@tulipinadesign), one of the world̵7;s leading flower design studios, says that the advanced camera systems on iPhone 12 Pro models have helped bring a more flourishing flower to his flower photography.
Features like Apple ProRAW, the new LiDAR scanner, enhanced portrait mode and more make it easier than ever to take stunning photos with your iPhone.
In his own words, here’s Nathan’s approach to photographing flower arrangements from setup and framing to using portrait mode, ProRAW and editing.
It all starts with lighting. Look for diffused natural light, ideally seen from the side. If it is indoors, this usually comes by setting up 0.5 to 1 meter from a window. If you are outdoors, find a room with even light, and avoid hotspots and shadows. Often this means looking for a place with even hue.
The next component is the background, which is as simple as finding a neutral background (grayscale and blues work well) with minimal pattern. Avoid bricks, stripes, dots and other disturbing patterns. The motif should really pop, and this combination of lighting and background does the trick.
For still lifes, it is important to frame the image. While you can crop later, it is important to get a properly framed image from the right angle and perspective to ensure you have the best image to work with. With the iPhone, I almost always choose the lens with the closest focal length. On iPhone 12 Pro models, this is the telephoto camera.
When framing a flower arrangement, place the design in the center and make sure the frame is evenly filled. I usually handle cameras, including the iPhone, and use a slight downward angle (just a few degrees) from the front of the subject. This ensures that you can see the vase, but also get great depth and dimensionality from the flowers, which are the stars.
The tele-camera provides 2x optical zoom range on iPhone 12 Pro and 2.5x on iPhone 12 Pro Max.
For photos that go from camera to editing to upload, I love the portrait mode, as shown in the image below, which is available on all iPhone 12 models. Portrait mode captures an incredible sense of depth that can be manipulated when editing in the Photos app, providing an incredible range of creativity. This is especially useful when shooting flower arrangements, given their complexity and dimensionality. If you are new to still life photography, portrait mode is your best friend.
Editing in the Photos app
There are a few changes I apply to 99 percent of the photos I take, all of which are made in the Photos app. These are personal preferences; You should experiment to find your own signature style. For example, I like to focus on crop or aspect ratio, exposure, saturation and heat. To find these tools in the Edit Workflow in Photos, tap an image to view it in full screen, then tap the call icon at the bottom and swipe through all the different options.
- Crop the image as needed so that the flowers fill the entire frame, making them as “in the face” as possible.
- Small exposure increases light up the frame and allow the event to pop, especially on a mobile screen.
- For flower arrangements and other colorful still lifes, the saturation adds a small amount (less than 10) further to the colors and allows them to stand out.
- Finally, adjust the heat on the image. In general, this means cooling the image only for an elegant calming effect that is also still true in life.
Although all these changes are simple, they are very meaningful to produce a wonderful final image that is ready to share and delight others.For more information on how to access and use each tool, visit “Edit photos and videos on iPhone. ”
Something very exciting for me is the introduction of Apple ProRAW on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which provides the absolute maximum amount of image information for using deeper edits. This means that you can now take and export RAW images with the iPhone, which enables new creative possibilities, and personally I can now easily incorporate iPhone images into my normal professional workflow after production with the DSLR. Just remember to enable Apple ProRAW on your iPhone 12 Pro model to get started.
To get the most out of Apple ProRAW, I like to edit the image in Adobe Lightroom. In Lightroom I generally make the same changes I would make in the Photos app – crop or aspect ratio, exposure, saturation and heat – but especially for flower still lifes I like to have the ability to enhance specific flowers using Radial Filter tools, such as allows me to select a small area where I want to make specific changes. As shown in the image below, this can mean getting the exposure of a single flower that was hidden in the arrangement – a detail that can be seen with the naked eye, but which can be difficult for any camera to capture.
To get started with Apple ProRAW on iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, select Settings> Camera> Formats, and then turn on the feature.
For more examples of flower photography and event inspiration, visit @tulipinadesign.
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