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iPhoneography 101: 10 Tips and Tricks on using the new iSight — by Sookie Lioncourt

iPhoneography 101: 10 Tips and Tricks in using the new iSight

The iSight is the brainchild of Apple’s continuous innovation in terms of shooting and imaging prowess. This has led to “iPhoneography,” a term coined referring to the art of creating a photograph using an Apple device. But with the birth of the new iPhone, the ball game of creating masterpieces has shifted from quantity to quality.

For a stunning mobile photograph, the page of iPhone 5S on O2 suggests to use the improved larger pixel, and new features such as the Burst Mode, True Tone Flash, and the Slo Mo. In this post, we’ll highlight tips to help you fully maximize the new iSight.

USE NATURAL LIGHT
Instead of the LED flash, natural light yields greater results in terms of the contrast, color, and saturation. When shooting indoors, the larger pixel comes in handy, as it increases the light sensitivity to 33%. The sensor area was increased to 15%, expanding each pixel at 1.5 microns.

CAPTURE A MOVING TRAIN
With the help of the Burst Mode, users can snap 10 shots of a moving object in a split of a second. After this, the phone will automatically select the ones with the best combination of motion blur, clarity, and sharpness.

PANORAMIC SHOTS
When shooting panoramas, you must hold the iPhone still, and then proceed with moving the device horizontally. At 30fps, shooting is now twice as fast, while the auto exposure adjusts to changes in lighting conditions.

CALCULATE THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT
To control the amount of light, you can use the iSight’s new True Tone Flash feature that automatically determines the right amount of light it needs. You can choose from two LEDs – bright white and amber. The software will then determine the final color temperature, which illuminates the LEDs accordingly.

CREATE A SLOW MOTION PICTURE
This provides a steady flow of objects that roam in front of your iSight lens. For this, you need to use the 720p 120fps mode, popularly known as the Slo Mo feature. This gives a silky smooth filming experience and a quarter speed video capture.

STITCH A DRAMATIC SLO MO VIDEO
This is ideal for kids who are skating, highlighting the biggest action moment, and putting it back into its normal and original speed. For a more dramatic transition, you can use the 3x live video zoom feature.

SNAPPING SOMEONE IN ACTION
The Burst Mode is also ideal for capturing someone, or something in action. To document all the moments, you can hold two fingers down on the virtual shutter to take a burst of 20 photos at 10fps. The Camera will then present you the entire series for editing.

GET RID OF YOUR TRIPOD
The optical image stabilization (OIS) eliminates the need for tripods. Instead, Apple makes use of the auto image stabilization (AIS), where you can take four photos with shorter exposures, in which the sharpest areas will be smashed in a single photo.

BALANCE THE LIGHTING ELEMENTS
With the Apple A7, you can balance all the colors and lighting of your portrait. The ISP now has the local tone map, in addition to the auto exposure, white balance, and face detection features. This balances the highlights and the shadows, preventing photos to be blown out of proportion.

GET THE BEST EXPOSURE POSSIBLE
To get the best exposure, you can use the autofocus matrix metering, which measure 15 focus zones. It also works with the Burst Mode, yielding the sharpest image taken.

Do you have any rules that you follow when using your iPhone 5S to shoot photos? Share with us in the comments!

Sookie LioncourtSookie Lioncourt is a freelance writer and a mobile photography enthusiast. She’s always on top of the latest trends in mobile technology, including the latest Nokia 1020 that is exclusive to O2.  Sookie also has an immense fascination with music gadgets and classic films such as the Titanic.

 

Hero image via chris.alcoran

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