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The iPhone camera has really come into it’s own with the release of the iPhone 7 Plus. I remember attempting to take artistic photos with my iPhone 3G, which had a 3 megapixel camera; it and was sad, I was sad, and the photos usually came out grainy and borderline indistinguishable. But, look how far have you come from that, my dear iPhone.
On the iPhone 7 Plus, there are now two cameras. The first is a ‘wide-angle’ camera, that has the same look and feel as previous iPhone models. The wide angle camera allows for more of the scene in front of your iPhone to get captured – commonly used for landscape photography. The telephoto lens will capture less of the the scene, and is best used to capture a subject that is further away for telephoto photography – commonly used for portrait photography (telephoto lens -> like a telescope) .
So you maybe asking yourself, what else is the telephoto lens good at shooting? Well, just by the nature of how some telephotos lenses are made, they also can be used quite effectively for macro photography. Macro photography is used to take photos of small subjects really close up. The iPhone 7 Plus “2x” camera is really good at capturing just that (macro photography -> think microscope). See the images above for examples.
There are a couple steps to take good macro photography on the iPhone 7 Plus:
Step 1: Utilize the dual camera system
The way to access the telephoto is the small 1x button at the bottom of the frame, right above the shutter button. After tapping that, the scene should look further zoomed in, and that same button should now read 2x
Step 2: Step back
Because you are utilizing a telephoto lens, you need to physically move your camera further back from your subject.
Step 3: Find your minimum focus
Slowly try and move your iPhone as close to your subject as possible; you iPhone will try to refocus automatically, but remember, you can always refocus manually by tapping on the screen where you want to focus. Eventually you will reach the spot where the iPhone will be as close to the subject as possible while staying in focus.
Step 4: Enjoy your photo
You probably took an awesome photo, good job 🙂
Here is a quick step by step on how to take awesome macro photos on your iPhone 7 Plus. If you want anymore tutorials, let us know by commenting below or tweeting at us @goenjoy.