“The Cave” by Marco Colletta. Taranto, Italy. Shot on iPhone 13 Pro.
“The enveloping shape of the petals, accentuated by intense shadows, made me think of a deep cave, ready to be explored; by keeping the point of view inside the flower, I wanted the hibiscus’s natural framing to make us feel fully part of its beauty. When I first learned about macro mode, I thought it was one more cool new feature I was excited to get with my new iPhone 13 Pro. But when I started exploring its possibilities, I really started loving it. I discovered it gives me the possibility to turn nearly everything I see into an abstract subject, different from what it is in reality. This feature really did unlock my imagination.”
If you’re a fan of iPhone photography, you’ll want to check out the winners of Apple’s latest iPhone contest. Apple launched a call for photographs in response to the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge, and they received a tremendous number of responses. An international panel of judges evaluated the submissions and chose the top ten photos for special commendation.
The iPhone 13 Pro lineup has taken things to a new level, and these photos are a perfect testament to its capabilities. Anyone can capture macro shots at a moment’s notice, thanks to sophisticated camera technology. According to the Macro Challenge winner photographs, the tech’s abilities are exceptional. Now, photographers from Argentina, the United States, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, and Thailand will be able to see their work displayed on billboards in select cities.
Guido Cassanelli’s vibrant photograph of sea glass is a standout. The macro-environment enhances the photo’s artistic, abstract appeal. “When the macro function is employed, the tiny world grows magnified, which is a great illustration of it,” competition assessor Yik Keat Lee adds. “To be honest, I’m not even sure what this stuff is, but the fact that there is order in disorder, coupled with a variety of bright hues, makes it extremely intriguing.”
Marco Colletta, an Italian photographer, was recognized for his beautiful depiction of a hibiscus blossom. The composition draws us into the lush, cavernous bloom with a soft focus in the foreground and a sharp center. Ashley Lee was rewarded for her talent for transforming something mundane into a work of art. Her photograph of a strawberry floating in soda is primary yet powerful. The smooth, clear vision of the fruit bathed in clean bubbles is expertly demonstrated by the different textures while also being attractive to view.
Apple has recommendations for anybody interested in creating their own macro shots using an iPhone. First and foremost, you must get close. The iPhone 13 Pro can capture subjects approximately as close as an inch away. Second, keep the primary focus of the photo in the middle of the frame, as that’s where the most significant emphasis is when using macro mode. Finally, have fun playing with various fields of view. You can shoot at .5x for an Ultra Wide perspective or 1x for a more focused frame for a broader field of view.