IPhone Photography Prices Show You Don't Need an iPhone 11 to Take Amazing Shots
The Winners of the iPhone Photography Awards 2020 have just been announced - and the winning entries prove that you don't need an iPhone 11 Pro to take gallery-worthy photos.
The iPhone Photography Awards (or IPPA for short) have been running since 2007 and this year, they crowned winners in 19 categories, including Landscapes, News, and General Photographer of the Year.
What's most remarkable about the awesome variety of winning photos is how relatively unimportant the actual model of the iPhone was in producing an award-winning result.
We counted all iPhones used for each photo at first, second, and third place in each category, and about half of the winning entries (26 of 57 winners) were using an iPhone 8 (or older) model to take their picture.
One entry - Omar Lucas 'dramatic "Knitting to Heal Injuries ", which won the ' People 'category - was even shot on the iPhone 4, which is now more than ten years.
Interestingly, the most featured model iPhone Photography Awards 2020 was the two-year-old iPhone X, which was responsible for a quarter of the winning shots,including the grand prize. 'winner shot by Dimpy Bhalotia (below).
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Of course, the propagation of iPhones represented in the IPPAs can be part of the selection process. And the high performance of the iPhone X could also be due to its combination of relatively new technologies such as dual 12MP cameras, while staying in nature long enough to capture stunning moments.
But whatever the reasons for the variety of iPhones in price, photos show that factors such as composition, color, editing, and readiness to break conventions like the 'rUA third party is just as important as features like 'night mode' and an ultra-wide lens, like that of the iPhone 11 Pro. Image 1 of 3
Image credit: Kristian Cruz (First Place, 'Travel '), shot on iPhone X (Image credit: Kristian Cruz) Image 2 of 3
Image credit: Dimpy Bhalotia (Photographer of the year, Grand Prix), shot on iPhone X. (Photo credit image: Dimpy Bhalotia) Image 3 of 3
Image credit: Omar Lucas (first place, 'People '), shot on iPhone 4 (Image credit: Omar Lucas)
For example, the winner of the section ' Voyage 'photographed by Kristian Cruz (above), is an extraordinary piece of composition created with anticipation, an understanding of light and experiences with low angles to add drama. It was shot on an iPhone X.
Editing is another important factor. IPPA rules state that "photos should not be edited in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop ", but "you may use iOS applications ". Most of the winning photos clearly benefited from a bit of finishing, whether it was to lift the shadows or increase the contrast.
We asked some of the winners tos indicate their favorite editing apps, and there was a wide variety of responses. Nico Brons, who won second place in the 'Landscape ' category (below), is a fan of SnapSeed and DistressedFX. Image 1 of 3
Image credit: Fernando Merlo (first place, " News & Events "), shot on iPhone X (Image credit: Fernando Merlo) Image 2 of 3
Image credit: Nico Brons (second place, " Landscape "), taken on iPhone 11 Pro Max (Image credit: Nico Brons) Image 3 of 3
Image credit: Renata Dangelo (Second place, "Portrait "), shot on iPhone 8 (Image credit: Renata Dangelo)
Renata Dangelo, whose stunning black and white shot (above) won second place in the "Portrait and Recommend instead Photoshop Express to refine your images.
That said, Fernando Merlo (whose dramatic photo above won # 1 in 'News & events ') is simply relying on the native iOS Camera app, which has relatively limited editing tools. And Dimpy Bhalotia (Grand Prize winner) says: "I rarely spend time editing - maybe a few photos but also just a minute more or less of highlighting ".
Clearly the lesson is to experiment with the many iOS tools available to you and find the one that works best for you.
Raw shooting is one of those tools that can have a big impact on your iPhone photography. Apple added the ability to shoot and edit Raw files on iPhone in iOS 10 in 2016. These files contain much more information than compressed HEIC files, which can give you extra leeway to edit your snapshots. .
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You shouldn't always shoot in Raw - these files are about three times the size of their compressed cousins and Apple's built-in Smart HDR processing has become increasingly popular. Awesome time. But Raw shooting is another tool that can give you improved detail and editing flexibility in tricky situations, like scenes with dark shadows and bright highlights.
The real one The advantage of recent phones like the iPhone 11 Pro is that they give you additional photographic tools.point-and-shoot image quality, the reason this model ranks second on our list of best camera phones is that it gives you extra versatility in the form of a lens ultra wide angle of 13 mm and night mode.
We expect these features to be more represented in future IPPAs, as snappers will have more time to play with them. But in the meantime, browse through this year's impressive gallery of winners (above and on https://www.ippawards.com/ "data-original-> IPPA Site ) to spark your imagination. photographic.
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