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How to Photograph Flowers with Your iPhone: One Trick Makes All the Difference

June 10, 2014 11:19 am

This post will help you take the best close-up photos possible using your iPhone.

Get close, but not TOO close

Obviously, closeup photography is, well, close to whatever you’re shooting, but if you get too close, the lens won’t be able to focus. For an iPhone, that means about 4 inches. If you notice it’s a little blurry, just back up a bit.

Lock it down (this is the big trick)

There’s a somewhat hidden feature on the iPhone for taking closeup pictures: AE/AF Lock. When you focus on something by tapping the screen, it often becomes unfocused a second later, and that is pretty annoying. Well, the people at Apple realized that and added a feature that allows you to lock the focus in place, and it’s really helpful. Instead of tapping the screen where you want to focus, HOLD the spot you want to focus on, and the square will start pulsating. When you release, you’ll notice it will say “AE/AF Lock” on the screen, ensuring that the spot you focused on will persist while you set up the composition of your shot. AWESOME!!

Pay attention to light

It’s really easy to block your light source when getting close to an object, so be mindful of that when you’re taking that photo!!

Depth of field is cool

With a shallow depth of field, you can add…er…depth to your photo. A shallow depth of field is controlled by aperture, focal length, and distance to your subject. iPhones only allow you to control distance, so the closer you can get to your subject, the shallower the depth of field you’ll be able to accomplish. See if you can get objects in the background to become blurry about your subject.

What are you waiting for? Go out and shoot!!

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