Le iPhone the cameras are good enough for even professional photographers to spend time using the smartphone and Apple recently highlighted the ProCam app as a popular and versatile tool. Apple interviewed well-known iPhone photographer Koichi Miyase for tips anyone can use, along with app recommendations.
Images change from warmer tones at sunrise and sunset to appear cooler but more contrasty in the middle of the day due to the quality of the sunlight changes. These changes occur throughout a landscape in complex and subtle ways that would be difficult to recreate with a filter or special effect. As a smart device, the iPhone can help the user identify and adapt to changing light conditions. These changes provide unique opportunities specific to a particular place and time with a little creativity.
Apple recently featured the work of photographer Koichi Miyase in the App Store and asked which iPhone apps were used to capture such striking photos. “ProCam 8 Manual Camera + RAW” tops the list along with “Sun Surveyor,” an app that reveals where the sun and moon will be with an AR overlay. Miyase notes that ProCam 8 has an on-screen guide that indicates when the iPhone is tilted or level, as well as a grid overlay option for the golden ratio. This pattern repeats in nature and is preferred by many photographers when framing a subject in camera preview. ProCam 8’s manual functions allow manual adjustment of focus and exposure, while other aspects of camera settings are left to the app. Some of Miyase’s tips include adding human silhouettes to landscapes to bring the image to life. This invites the viewer to imagine what the person is thinking and doing, perhaps making the image more appealing than a landscape with no people in the scene.
iPhone and Golden Hour Photography
“Golden Hour” or “Magic Hour” is a photographic term referring to times of day when the sun is low in the sky, creating more dramatic shadows and unusual colors. This happens because shadows from vertical objects get longer as the sun gets closer to the horizon. The color change is because sunlight passes through more of Earth’s atmosphere when it rises in the morning and when it sets in the evening. While these changes can make any photo more interesting and unique, the opportunity is brief, and that’s where the iPhone’s Sun Surveyor app comes in.
Sun Surveyor plots the course of the sun throughout the day, allowing an iPhone to know in advance where the sun will be at any given time. Setting up an early morning shoot before sunrise is possible for a dedicated photographer. They can scout the location well in advance and direct a model to the right spot for the perfect figure, so all it takes is adjusting a few ProCam settings, framing and shooting. Anyone can capture amazing photos with a iPhone with the right applications and a bit of experience in using them.
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